Capturing and annotating webpages, images, or portions of articles can be useful for work, school, or even personal research. With tools that allow you to mark up items quickly and easily, Chrome offers a nice selection of extensions.
For capturing and annotating an entire webpage, selected text, an image, or just the visible part of the page, Awesome Screenshot is a great tool. Once you have captured your desired items, a new tab will pop open allowing you add annotations.
Mark up features include cropping, using a pen, adding a shape, drawing an arrow, inserting text, and highlighting. Once you are finished, you can quickly save, copy, or print your items as either a PNG or JPG image. Awesome Screenshot also offers a Chrome app for those prefer an app on their launcher.
Similar to Awesome Screenshot is Nimbus which also allows you to select the browser window, a fragment of the page, a chosen area, or the entire webpage. Then, just click the Edit button to open the annotation options in a new tab.
You can then draw shapes and arrows, add text and notes, blur and shadow, and even add numbering. Nimbus offers several options for saving your PNG image including sending it to Google, Slack, or Nimbus, saving it, or printing it.
Another nice feature is that you can add your own comment plus include environmental information like the URL, user agent, and platform with a simple checkbox. Nimbus also has a Chrome app in addition to the extension.
3. Smartshot [No Longer Available]
Smartshot is another capture and annotate extension with intuitive options. Capture your desktop, the visible part of the page, selected text, the entire webpage, or perform a delayed capture. Then, add your text, shapes, highlights, drawings, or crop the screen shot as needed.
When you are finished adding your annotations, you can download, print, or save the image to Imgur, Smartshot, or Google Drive. If you have discovered an error while marking up the page, you can click the Back button and edit it again. You can adjust the default image type, seconds for delayed captures, and keyboard shortcuts from the extension’s settings.
While qSnap does not offer as many capturing options as Awesome Screenshot or Nimbus, it does offer the same annotation options as the others. What makes qSnap different is that when you pop open the screen shot for annotating, you can see a list of all captures at the bottom and switch between them quickly. If you are marking up and saving multiple screen shots, this is a handy feature.
After you have completed editing, you can save or share individual screens or all of them at one time. The qSnap extension also lets you choose between PNG or JPG for your default image type and adjust the image for low, medium, or high quality.
Diigo Web Collector is a nice tool for capturing and annotating pages, images, and portions of articles. The first set of tools available allows you to screen shot the page, save it for later, bookmark it, or share it quickly.
The second set of tools lets you mark up the page before even saving it. You can apply highlights, add a note, and see a list of those annotations without ever leaving the webpage.
Signing up for a free account gives you access to your library of saved items where you can edit your annotations, add more notes, and apply bulk edits. You can also share items, obtain a shareable link, create groups, search, and sort easily. Diigo is also available for Android and iOS mobile devices.
For easy page notes and annotations, check out Hypothesis: Web & PDF Annotation. After creating a free account, you can access the sidebar by clicking the button in your toolbar. You can then select and highlight text or add a note to the chosen text.
Sharing annotations and notes is simple with the shareable link you are provided along with options to pop it right onto Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or send it via email. All markups are done directly on the page, so you never have to leave the site.
Then, you can view annotations and notes which are neatly displayed in the sidebar. Hypothesis also offers features for searching, sorting, and creating private groups for sharing.
Annotary is a different type of annotation extension for Chrome in that it saves what you highlight on a page. Once you set up a free account, your items will be saved to collections that you can create. The application then displays your collections for further actions.
Your captured items will remain linked to the pages they came from, allow for notes to be attached, and let you share or bookmark them easily. If you highlight more than one spot on the page, you will see both of those markups as separate items in your collection. So, if you just need a simple tool for saving and commenting on page portions, check out Annotary.
Do You Use Quick Chrome Annotation Tools?
Some people prefer to save a webpage and open a separate application to complete their annotations. Does that sound like you? Or, do you like Chrome extensions that let you do simple markups quickly?
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