Pangie’s Rules: “Drag Me” Is Not Just for Drag Queens; It’s Skitch!

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on August 16, 2011

in How To Use The Internet,The Internets

UPDATE (8.18.11): As of today, Evernote purchased Skitch only to make it even MORE Awesome. Clearly, I am on the cusp of everything Awesome, Evernote heard that, and immediately bought Skitch. OR, it’s just a coincidence that I wrote about Skitch 2 days before Evernote bought them. Either way, the whole deal is amazing because now the Mac Skitch app is f-r-e-e, and Evernote says they are “bringing Skitch to every desktop and mobile platform under the sun.”
Thanks to Jenbug for the heads up!

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It appears my tech teachings are so amazing that people are begging for more tutorials on how to make the internet even more Awesome. Or maybe it was just one person, but it takes just one friend to put that feeling of being needed into my black heart. Daisy is clearly my favorite today.

My friend, Daisy, has requested over and over that I continue my Pangie Guides You Through the Internet series with a how-to lesson in Skitch. If you don’t know Skitch, you’re either a Mac person with your head in the dirt, or you’re a PC person and if so, I’m sorry for you. Macs rule, PCs drool. If Apple wants to use that as their new tagline, Steve Jobs can have it for a price.

I’m all about quick & dirty ways to do things. Skitch is my super quick & dirty way to enhance photos without paying millions of dollars for Photoshop. Granted, the difference between Skitch and Photoshop are somewhat like comparing me to Gloria Steinem; we’re both cool chicks, but she can do so much more with her life than I can ever imagine to accomplish. Plus, I’m free and Gloria Steinem would probably cost you tens of thousands of dollars to speak at your Discovering Your Bagina party.

Skitch is an app for Macs that makes for the easiest, peasiest way to share screen captures, with or without extra super special drawing enhancements. It’s how I make masterpieces like these:

How did I make this masterpiece in mere seconds? I stole it from Daisy!

With Skitch, you can steal, or borrow with credit blah blah blah laws, photos or screen caps of what you want to share. Here’s what Daisy’s blog looks like today:

But I just want to steal her picture of Daisy’s dog, Rhett Butler. Instead of downloading the photo or copy/pasting it to Photoshop, I snap a capture of just the photo into Skitch. This is also helpful when you want to steal and/or borrow screen caps from people like Brittany who disable copy/pasting from their blogs, SUCKAS.

To “snap” the photo of Rhett Butler, I clicked “Snap” and command-tabbed to my browser, and used the crosshairs to “grab” the part I wanted to capture. Once I have the image snapped into Skitch, I can use all of the features FREE Skitch has to offer to make my picture extra special:

Now that I’m ready to save the image to my computer, it’s super easy and super Steve Jobsy:

1. Give it a name & file type
2. Click Save —> History

3. Now, like the good Lord Steve Jobs intended, I click the “Drag Me” and drop the file where I want it in Finder:

How much more simple can it get to steal and/or borrow with credit blah blah blah laws a screen cap or picture to share with friends?

And just like being a teenager, it gets better: SHARE!

Now your pretty, pretty picture is automatically uploaded to your Skitch account online. (You did set that up when you downloaded the Skitch app, right?) I have my Skitch account online set up to be private, only able to be seen if I directly link to the picture in the account.

You can copy the link to the Skitch page:

Most often, if I’m sharing a Skitch with my friends, in an email, on Twitter or Facebook, I’ll copy the Direct Image link from my Skitch page (seen above).

Now that I’ve inundated you with amazingly cluttered Skitches, go forth and SKITCH!

If you’re still confuzzled by all of this mess, let me know in the comments because you’re probably not the only one confused, and I’ll do my best to answer. If I can’t answer you, it’s clearly an unanswerable question, and you need to quit the internet.

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1 hilary August 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

There it is again, bagina!! Love it, lol

This is great, I just started using a Mac a few months ago, so I suppose my head is in the dirt 🙂
An Awesome post on hilary´s blog … Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza (the crust, not the topping)

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2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] August 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Get thee SKITCH!

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3 Daisy August 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I LOVE YOU WITH THE FIRE OF 1000 SUNS.

Also, stealing is totally cool. I mean, I think I learned that my second year of law school. I think. I don’t really remember.

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4 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] August 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I’ll defer all of my accusations of stealing internet materials to my lawyer.

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5 Amber August 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Yet another reason to feel bitter that I do not own a Mac.

Frownie face.

PS Rhett Butler is the coolest name for a dog ever.

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6 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] August 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

You need to get one.

And yes, Rhett Butler IS the coolest name for a dog.

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7 Amber August 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Now accepting donations!

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8 DogsOnDrugs.com August 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Well, Mr. Law-Talkin’ Gal up there would tell you that you’d be cool if you stole a Mac, so I say go with that. Double-bonus style points if you steal it while going double-thumbs up Fonzie-style.
An Awesome post on DogsOnDrugs.com´s blog … My (Hopefully Not Mobbed Up) Garbage Company Is Manned By Morons

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9 Jenbug August 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Did you see this?

http://blog.evernote.com/2011/08/18/evernote-acquires-skitch-evernote_etc/

Are you glad or sad it’s going to happen?
An Awesome post on Jenbug´s blog … It’s for the children. For reals!

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