Annotate Screenshots in Mountain Lion is Super Easy
I often have to create documentation with screenshots of web pages or applications. In order to make it easier for a reader to focus on what is important I want to annotate the image with ovals, rectangles or text. So far this was not very easy but by pure luck I figured out a quit fast and easy solution which does not to require to create temporary files.
These are the steps:
- Create a screenshot to the clipboard (Shift-Control-Command-4) and optionally you can then hit the spacebar to select a window
- Go to Preview (open it if not yet done)
- Create new document (Command-N) => the image from the clipboard is placed automatically into the window
- Annotate (like Control-Command-R) the image
- If needed select all (Command-A)
- Copy the image (Command-C)
- Go to the target App (Nisus Writer, Pages etc)
- Paste the image (Command-V)
The only annoying step is that I have to “delete” the image in Preview afterwards but that can be done at the end.
I can also copy an image from the target document or from another source like Safari etc.
Happy documenting – Andy