By Blue Mango Learning Systems
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Clarify 2 is now in Beta testing. We plan on making Clarify 2 available in the the App Store. At this time we do not recommend purchasing Clarify 1 through the App Store as we will not have a way of offering free upgrades to Clarify 2.
Praise for Clarify:
Macworld - 4 our of 5 mice and picked as a Mac Gem
MacFormat – 5 stars
Best Utility App of 2011 – Time Management Ninja
Top 10 Best Mac Apps of 2011 – Mashable
Image capture, image editing and text authoring, together at last!
Many screen capture applications let you work with one picture at a time. But combining multiple screenshots into clear documents is a pain. It's such a pain that most of us don't take the time to do it, even though we KNOW our clients, co-workers and friends would like us to use more pictures when we are trying to help them.
Clarify gets rid of all of the hassle and frustration of creating documents out of screenshots. Say goodbye to working with multiple screen capture, image editing and word processing applications and say hello to instant productivity.
Clarify lets you:
• Capture multiple images and turn them into a document
• Add text and annotations with simple, integrated tools
• Share your document via email, PDF, Dropbox or Clarify-it.com
“I LOVE THE CLARIFY APP. I like it so much, it makes me nostalgiangry (I'm mad it wasn't around when I started my business). :-)” - Ben Chestnut, Cofounder, MailChimp
“Definitely My Best Buy of 2011 — Useful in ways you don't yet know” – Mac App Store Review
“The App is genius! Just created an instructional document that would have been 6 paragraphs of exposition otherwise. Thank you!” - @mostlymuppet
“LOVE Clarify. Took me 3 minutes to do what would usually take 30 minutes! Clients are happy, which makes me happy!!” - @zolihonig
• Capture windows or regions
• Import photos or other image files
• Assemble multiple images or screen captures into a document
• Easily reorder screen captures
• Easily replace images (Clarify remembers the size and location of the original capture making updates a snap)
• Crop and resize images
• Add borders or picture frames
• Add arrows, boxes, circles, highlights, text annotations and numbers
• Blur out sensitive information
• Export as PDF
• Export individual images or all images in a document
• Share online via Dropbox or Clarify-it.com
• Copy RTF content to emails, word processing documents or Evernote
What's New in Version 1.1.3
• Image capture on Retina displays now works. (Interface does not support Retina yet, however.)
• Fixed a crash that was occurring on some Mountain Lion installs.
• Dragging a step to top of navigator list would generate an error.
• Setting the list style to none using the Format menu would cause an error.
• Dragging a step from one document into an empty document would not work. A document had to have at least one step to accept a drop from another document.
• Quitting Clarify during a screen capture session by means of a keyboard shortcut now works properly.
• Pressing the return key in the spell check suggestion field was not tabbing to the next control.
• When opening a document window an error could occur when positioning and sizing the document window.
• Certain characters were not being escaped in the header and footer strings. This would cause PDF generation to fail.
• Setting the text color for a PDF template would not update the template properly.
• Setting the footer text color for a PDF template would not affect PDF output.
• Fixed some issues with text running into the footer in PDF output.
• PDF footer text hint said to use html formatting when in fact it doesn't accept html formatting.
• Clicking the star icon in the web accounts/PDF template lists was not turning off the default account setting.
Huge Productivity booster for comnicating technical ideas
This is an amazing one-offs tool. Don't compare it to 10 tools that do very precise things that cna be used to create the absolute best output for the masses.
This is an amazing one-offs tool for very quickly writing instructions that are clear and very visual. To do this it automates the time consuming parts. It is not the toool for professional documenter who are publishing their output. IN its intended use it is the best tool I have ever seen! For other uses, it will certianly end up ahving some limits.
I've been using it to explain changes needed in websites prototypes. Amazing!!!! People think I am spending way more time that I need to becasue they know how long it would take to create this output using a handful of tools. Most improtantly, they say this is the clearest they have ever received such feedback.
To the authors, my one wish is that you would add mis-spelling indicators into the app. I hit CMD-A, CMD-C (select all, copy all) and then paste all of the contents it into another app here on the app store call notepad. Notepad accepts only the "text" form Clarify and spell checks it. Then, I look upt he mistakes and correct them. This isn't the best solution, but works rather quickly compared to alternatives. This is the only reason I need to go to another app in this process.
Still five stars for greatness on all other counts!
Not really usable for anything complex
It's quick to do really easy things, but as far as being really useful for walking through a complex explanation, not really. There is an extremely rigid layout for each document that makes it pretty difficult to do anything. Basically, you can put one image and one block of text per 'step' and thats it. There's no freeform capabilities at all.
To say there's image editing capabilities is probably the overstatement of the century. You can drop some objects on your image, but not much else. Also there is no way to put multiple images into each step, or overlay images with one another. One plus is that it does export full-resolution images to your pdf, so no loss of quality.
While Clarify leaves a lot to be desired in terms of flexablity and capability, I do find myself using it all the time. It's so simple to use that your focus is on the information, not the software, which is exactly what I need.
Simple, effective, great
I purchased Clarify and Snagit. I previously would do screenshots, open keynote, mock up. Clarify is a breeze to use, little learning curve, and efficient. It works good for capturing and anotating, calling attention to items with a box. The PDF works great. Clarify also allows users to export all images. When doing, it exports the individual images. I haven't had luck in getting an export of the document as an image, but not a big deal. Screen capture will work for that (if I want to post a mock up image to a website rather than PDF).
Snagit is much more powerful with some different features, including screen capture. I struggled trying to more or less replicate what I did with Clarify. They both have their place and are both beneficial. For me if I had to choose 1 I would choose Clarify for a casual user.