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November 6, 2014 / carlispina

Edit Screenshots and Other Images with Szoter

Szoter LogoThere are a lot of tools out there for annotating and editing images, but in this post I want to highlight one option that is simple to use and versatile. Szoter is an image editing and annotation tool that works with many types of images. With this tool, you can take a screenshot, use your device’s webcam to take a picture, import an image from your device, or type in a URL to load an image from the web.

Once you have imported your image, you can crop, resize and rotate the image with the click of a button. If you want to include multiple images, Szoter offers this option and allows you to move the images in relation to one another through a menu on the right side of the screen. Once you are happy with the base image(s), Szoter also lets you annotate it in a variety of ways, ranging from drawing directly on the image to adding arrows, circles, boxes or other shapes. You can also add text. The default color for all annotations when you first launch the application is red, but you can select any color you would like, including a specific hexadecimal value if you are trying to match another image or your organization’s official colors. And you can also determine the thickness of your lines and the weight of your text using a slider in the left menu. Other than that, the annotation options are fairly simple, including only one font and only four types of shapes, but this simplicity is what also makes Szoter so easy to use.

Completed images can be exported either by saving them to your device as PNG files or by publishing them to the web, which results in a URL where the image is hosted for free (though it is important to note that there is no way to delete images published online). Szoter offers both a desktop version and a browser-based version, which makes it a nice option for those who don’t have the necessary rights to install programs on their computers. Overall, it is a nice lightweight tool for simple image annotation.

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