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Capture and Annotate

Just a few days ago, my friend sent a link to my inbox. When I opened it up, I was greeted by something that looked very similar to this:

It’s a full snapshot of a webpage, complete with annotations showing me exactly what she wanted me to focus on. Of course, there was also a hyperlink to the original page on the web. I thought to myself, “Self… this is neat-o!” I mean, how many times have you sent someone a link, followed by a little message explaining the most essential part of the article or webpage? All the time, right?!

This new add-on, Capture and Annotate lets you markup web pages any which way you please, and then share them fast! It fits easily right into your Firefox or Chrome browser.

Today I’ll be demonstrating the functionality of Capture and Annotate in Firefox 4, but it is nearly equivalent in Google Chrome.

First, head over to the download site, which is here [1] for Firefox, and right here [2] for Chrome. Select Download Now, or Install (respectively).

Follow, the installation procedure for the add-on and, in just a few moments, you’ll have a nifty little icon in the top right corner of your browser. So what can it do for you?

Navigate to an article, and press the Capture and Annotate button. A panel of tools will appear, allowing you to crop, insert shapes, lines, drawings, and text. It’s just like using Microsoft Paint – just point, click, and draw!

You are free to scroll up, down, left and right across the entire webpage to make annotations; you’re not limited to just what you see on the screen, which is a great feature of Capture and Annotate.

When you’ve finished marking up the document, select Done from the toolbar. Now you have some sharing options: to download, or upload to the web.

It really depends on where the annotated webpage needs to go, and with whom it needs to be shared with. For example, if you want to share with family and friends over the Internet, select Upload.

Within seconds, you will receive a link to share via email or instant message. Not to mention a plethora of other communication portals such as Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter.

Your other option is to save the file locally to your hard drive. Utilize this option if you want to save a copy for backup, or to save to a removable media like a flash drive. For example, I recently had to send a copy of a bunch of webpages, so I fired up Capture and Annotate and saved all of the image files to my hard drive. Then, I just inserted the images into a Word document, before sending it to my brother. Easy!

Give Capture and Annotate a spin, and let us know in the comments if it’s made your life just a little bit easier.

~Jay Neil Patel