Nap­kin

Take ideas from your brain to the page with con­sum­mate ease

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

£29.99 De­vel­oper Aged & Dis­tilled, aged-and-dis­tilled.com

Re­quires OS X 10.9 or higher, 64-bit pro­ces­sor

Armed with an el­e­gant set of markup tools, Nap­kin al­lows any­one to con­vey ideas or ex­plain con­cepts in a more am­bi­tious way than words alone.

For starters, you can draw lines or shapes with a mouse and Nap­kin will con­vert those scrib­bles into clean, vec­tor-based ar­rows, text boxes or call­outs. Th­ese can be em­bel­lished by im­port­ing images from your Mac or us­ing the built-in screen­shot fea­ture to grab some or all of the dis­play.

You can crop, pix­e­late or blur im­ported images in the app it­self, while shar­ing your fi­nal cre­ation is also easy thanks to the Share menu and the abil­ity to drag and drop JPEG or PNG ver­sions be­tween apps.

Nap­kin makes short work of cre­at­ing call­outs. Draw around the area you want to draw the viewer’s at­ten­tion to, click to lock it, then drag it into po­si­tion. Ar­rows drawn be­tween ob­jects re­tain links when one is moved, and smart guides make it easy to re­po­si­tion el­e­ments.

The app is priced at £29.99 and you can’t try be­fore you buy. The cost of ad­mis­sion feels ex­or­bi­tant com­pared to free markup apps like Sk­itch – that is, un­til you spend time with Nap­kin and re­alise what an ef­fort­less time­saver it re­ally is.

How­ever, there’s no way to im­port PDF files, and key­board jock­eys will lament the lack of short­cuts while tak­ing screen­shots. J.R. Book­wal­ter

Nap­kin has a range of tools to get your mes­sage across with the min­i­mum amount of ef­fort. Don’t let the price fool you: Nap­kin is our new go-to markup app and well worth the in­vest­ment.

Fast, sim­ple im­age markup

Plenty of use­ful fea­tures

Ex­pen­sive; no trial ver­sion

Lacks PDF im­port

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