#applications


Skitch’in It

Skitch

I final­ly got to check out what all the talk is about with Skitch.

Skitch.com + Skitch = fast and fun image shar­ing.

Skitch.com is a web­ser­vice that works hand in hand with our appli­ca­tion Skitch to give you 1‑click upload­ing of images for fast and fun image shar­ing.

Cur­rent­ly, I use Paparazzi to take screengrabs/screenshots of sites/design I feel inter­est­ing. Before get­ting my Mac­Book Pro, I used a Fire­fox plu­g­in called Screen­grab.

Mean­while, my first impres­sion of Skitch in adding it to my work­flow of doc­u­ment­ing sites/design snip­pets is pret­ty good. The auto upload fea­ture to Flickr alone is good. I just hope it pro­vides anoth­er fea­ture, well a cou­ple:

  • Tags, Title, and Descrip­tion dia­logue/in­put-box
  • and a way to just spec­i­fy a URL so Skitch can take a screen­shot of the actu­al page itself

With the lat­ter, what I am try­ing to say is that cur­rent­ly, I still use Paparazzi to grab the actu­al web­page, and then “copy (the) image” into Skitch’s can­vas to upload it to Flickr; at least I haven’t found out a way for Skitch can do it auto­mat­i­cal­ly as I’ve only spent 10-min­utes on it so far.

Any­ways, Skitch is pro­vid­ing to be bet­ter than I expect­ed; espe­cial­ly when I need to do snip­pets vs whole web­pages. I guess the only appli­ca­tion I can com­pare it is with ScrnShots.com’s tool, Scrn­Shot Desk­top. How­ev­er, I would give point to Skitch as it can just upload to your Flickr account and oth­ers, while you’re just stuck with hav­ing it Scrn­Shots (respec­tive­ly).

PS. I do give a point to ScrnShots.com’s tool as it work with Win­dows as well.

Quick News on iPods, the Web and on the Streets

Today was the first day of the Apple Expo in Europe, Paris to be exact. I was hop­ing that Steve Jobs would be announc­ing the new “Core 2 Duo”-based Mac­books. But alas, that spec­u­la­tion was­n’t even close.

His announce­ment weighed more heav­i­ly in the release of prod­ucts from the iPod fam­i­ly, then the release of iTunes 7. Here’s the break­down of the new fea­tures per iPod fam­i­ly mem­ber:

iPod:

  • 60% brighter dis­play
  • 75% longer video bat­tery life
  • Gap­less play­back
  • Excit­ing new games
  • Search and Quick Scrolling
  • New head­phones
  • $249 for 30GB
  • $349 for 80GB

iPod Nano, 2nd Gen­er­a­tion:

  • Made of thin­ner alu­minum
  • Col­ors of blue, pink, green, sil­ver and black
  • 40% brighter dis­play
  • 24 hour bat­tery life
  • Gap­less play­back
  • Search and Quick Scrolling
  • New head­phones
  • $149 for 2GB (sil­ver), $199 for 4GB (blue, pink, green and sil­ver) and $249 for 8GB (black)

iPod Shuf­fle, 2nd Gen­er­a­tion:

  • World’s small­est MP3 play­er
  • Alu­minum case with clip
  • 1GB — up to 240 songs
  • 12 hour bat­tery life
  • USB 2.0
  • Dock & ear­buds includ­ed
  • $79

I’m eye­ing that Shuf­fle for $79. Seems rea­son­able and func­tion­al if you play sports; espe­cial­ly when you run a lot.

Any­ways, besides Mr. Jobs announce­ment, a cou­ple of the MA folks and I will be attend­ing Car­son Work­shop’s Sum­mit: The Future of Web Apps tomor­row and Thurs­day. Should be some inter­est­ing and excit­ing time. It’s just too bad I don’t have a Mac­book (yet) so I can look as cool as those tech­f­reaks attend­ing. Oh well, I hope this Dell Lat­i­tude loan­er can do the job of writ­ing notes and check­ing email.

The Future of Web Apps