Whether you are a student or a regular user, the annotations help you exchange ideas in a useful way. Chrome Web Store carries many extensions to take screenshots and annotate web pages, articles, and images without leaving Chrome. We have compiled a list of the five best annotation tools for Google Chrome and two original solutions for Windows and Mac.
So how does it work? When you come across an insightful article on the web, you can take a screenshot of it with a Chrome extension and use the built-in annotation tools to add arrows, text, highlight words, and make it more personalized for sharing or use later.
As for taking screenshots, you don’t need to use the default Mac or Windows method to take a screenshot. All of these annotation tools come with a screenshot feature to capture part of a web page or an entire page. This way, you can easily go to the editing interface without breaking the workflow.
1. NIMBUS SCREENSHOT
The Nimbus screenshot extension for Chrome is part of the Nimbus Notes app. The company behind the popular note-taking app has created an excellent Chrome extension for annotating photos and recording screen videos.
Install the Nimbus Screenshot extension on Chrome and access it from the top right corner. Simply capture screen content with an extension, and select the edit icon at the bottom.
You can add graphics and text boxes to an image, add arrows and stickers, blur irrelevant information, and even add a watermark to give it a personal touch.
One can also record videos for screencasting, record video from webcam, apply watermark, and play with various video editing options before finishing the video.
Moreover, Nimbus screenshots allow you to save those photos and videos to Google Drive or Dropbox.
2. AWESOME SCREENSHOT
As the name suggests, this third-party annotation tool for Chrome is really great in use and functionality.
Simply capture the webpage with the Awesome screenshot extension and edit it with a bunch of options like crop, different shapes, fonts, highlighter, and more. You can blur sensitive information in the screenshot.
The extension is flexible with export and sharing options. You can save a screenshot as PNG, JPG, or PDF. You can also share your edited screenshots to Jira, Slack, Trello, Asana, GitHub, etc.
Other features include video recording with the built-in camera with your face, support for resolutions up to 4K quality, and more.
GoFullPage provides the simplest way to take a screenshot of an entire page from your current browser window. Click on the extension icon and watch the extension capture every part of the page. After that, you will be taken to a new tab to download your screenshot as an image or PDF file.
You can export your result to PNG, JPEG, or different paper sizes in PDF format – all configurable from the extension options.
Plus, you can crop your favorite emojis, annotate them, and add them to any screenshot with the new featured editor.
qSnap is another browser-based screen capture tool. With a single click, you can capture a visual or full screen and automatically have multiple screenshots combined into one lightweight document.
For annotation, you can enrich your photos with note boxes and built-in callouts and seamlessly share your photo documents. For annotations, you can use a highlighter, create rich digital dialogue, and even hide sensitive information.
qSnap also offers a free hosting service to save and store screenshots for 30 days at no cost.
5. WEBPAGE SCREENSHOT
Webpage Screenshot is an open source Chrome extension for taking screenshots on Google Chrome.
The extension is feature-rich with a bunch of annotation options like adding arrows, shapes, Paint tool, and more.
You can export the image to Google Drive, send a tweet, upload it to WordPress, post it to Facebook, and even send it directly to an email address.
6. KAMI FOR GOOGLE CHROME
Kami is an all-in-one tool that turns any document, PDF, image or any other educational resource into an interactive learning environment. From its point of view, it is mostly suitable for students and teachers.
You and your students can collaborate through annotations, video and audio recordings, graphics, and more. It works with popular Google services like Google Drive and Google Classroom and has dozens of annotation options like text highlighting, underlining, centering, voiceover, freehand drawing, inserting images, shapes, signatures, offline mode, etc.
Kami offers a paid version for teachers. You can pay $99 annually and unlock all the premium features for your students.
Use dedicated annotation tools for MAC and WINDOWS
So far, we’ve only talked about annotation extensions for Chrome. As expected, they will not work outside of the browser. You need to invest in a dedicated screen annotation app on Mac and Windows to use system-wide annotations.
1. CleanShot X (Mac)
CleanShot X is the best annotation tool for Mac. You can replace the original system screenshot commands with CleanShot X.
It’s fast, easy to use and works well in the background. When you take a screenshot, CleanShot X will offer to add arrows, blur information, add text, shapes, and more.
You can save these screenshots directly to the CleanShot cloud for easy access. Our favorite tool is video recording. We’ve seen many teachers use the CleanShot X video editor to create a detailed guide or course. You can also play with your Mac’s microphone and audio before exporting the video.
CleanShot X costs $29.99 as a one-time payment.
2. SNAGIT (MAC & WINDOWS)
While CleanShot X is exclusive to the Mac, Snagit plays well on both Mac and Windows. If you frequently switch between Mac and Windows, look no further and turn to Snagit.
The list of features includes panoramic scrolling, the ability to extract text, screen recorder, record audio, create animations, annotations, stamps, and more.
You can instantly share your edited photos and videos with Microsoft Office apps, Slack, Google Drive, Box, Microsoft Outlook, Dropbox, and more.
Snagit offers a free trial. Then, you will have to purchase the app for $59.99, which is a one-time payment.
Annotate screenshots on the go
Those who only need the annotation functionality once in a while should stick with a Chrome extension like Nimbus and Awesome Screenshot. If you’re a power user like many of us are at GT, consider investing in a native screen annotation tool on Mac or Windows.