Napkin – say it with a picture and skip the 1,000 words.

Sometimes explaining something with an email or instant message is frustrating and slow. Miscommunication costs time and money. Use Napkin to effortlessly create an image that makes your point crystal clear. Simply start by importing images or screenshots. Sketch and type to create beautiful annotations and markup. When you are done creating, share your result quickly with the sharing menu or our simple drag and drop export from the toolbar.

Napkin is designed to be easy to learn and efficient to use. Our innovative user interface dispenses with the need for complicated tools and lets you just scribble directly on the canvas to create annotations and markup. Designers, product managers, software developers, artists, photographers, journalists, educators and anyone who needs to annotate and markup images quickly will find Napkin makes their work easier.

Napkin has been the recipient of many high profile awards and accolades such as the Mac App Store Editor’s Choice and Best of 2013 as well as the Mac App of the Year from iMore.

A few of the countless applications happy users have found for Napkin include:

• Markup a screenshot
• Call attention to a detail in a photo
• Comment on a graphic design
• Create a visual tutorial
• Report a bug
• Enhance a presentation
• Caption an image
• Create a visual specification
• Annotate a map
• Create marketing materials for apps and web sites
• Provide a visual aid for tech support

No Tools Required
Napkin's unique scribbling interface makes it a breeze to quickly communicate your ideas without a cumbersome tool-based interface. Markup your images with text, shapes and arrows in seconds by just drawing or typing. Napkin gets out of your way, letting you construct your message in a natural and fluid process.

Get the Images You Need
Place and arrange any number of bitmap images or photos on your napkin. Need a quick screenshot or still from your laptop camera? We have the features to quickly import the content you need.

Call-Out the Details
Napkin's innovative Call-Out allow you to emphasize precise elements of images. Just focus the Call-Out on a portion of an image and it magnifies the content you want to highlight like magic.

Stay Discreet
Dying to share that message but don't want to broadcast that account number? Napkin allows you to quickly redact areas of an image you need to keep private. Choose from Black-out for the most secure redaction, Pixelate to obscure text with a more pleasing style and Blur to obscure photographic elements.

Crop Away the Excess
Napkin lets you crop away parts of an image, photo or screenshot you don’t need. Make your point easier to follow be removing the unnecessary visual noise.

Dress It Up
Napkin excels at creating markup with zero friction. Our default styles look great and require no fussing about. Like to fiddle and finesse the look anyway? We still have you covered. Add decorative frames to images and text. Style your text with the rich type controls Mac users expect. Control the color, fill and borders of shapes, arrows and lines. Use our fun textured background, or simply go with white or transparent as desired.

Share Everywhere
Napkin makes it a snap to share your creation with others. Mail, Messages, Twitter and Facebook are all supported. Our inventive File Pip in the toolbar makes creating an image file snapshot of your work as easy as drag and drop.

Built for OS X Yosemite
Napkin supports all the great features of Yosemite including an updated look to match the new look and style. All your favorite apps that support share extensions will appear in the sharing menu. iCloud Drive is fully integrated.

Help Included
Napkin has a built in tutorial system that guides you through the interface and options available without getting in your way. There are also easy to access video tutorials for common actions and links to online support.

What's New

Version 1.5.3

Fixes an issue with decorative frame rendering around text boxes.
Tweaks to better adopt the look & feel of El Capitan.
Enables App Transport Security on El Capitan.
Minor bug fixes.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5

15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Nice Concept but Limited and Buggy - Prefer MONOSNAP!


I like the idea of it but find it to be mostly unasable or, at minimum, inconvenient. For simple screen shots There are one or two more steps to screen shot and share than many of the other screen shot apps which, when doing many screen shots per hour, adds real time. And, when creating more complex collecitons of screen shots on a single canvas I find the images get corrupted.

It is missing the tools I would like for annotation such as hilight, shapes, differnet size arrows, etc. For the price of this app I am dissapointed and have gone back to using Evernote until I find something that has the approach of Napkin with the human factors and reliability of Evernote.

Working with a few different options and am finding MonoSnap to hit all of the marks from Napkin and from other capture apps I have used. And, it is free with most of the features of Napkin and so far has been more stable.

Powerful but intuituve


I bought this app primarily to help me make tutorials, and I was worried that it might be overkill for my needs. I bought it based on its reputation, and I'm very glad I did. It does everything I am looking for, and I find myself immediately using some of its more powerful features without struggling for a moment with some of the usual hassles of image markup. The call-out tool in particular is great, and works perfectly for what I need. The helpful hints when I click on the "?" icons are some of the best in-app support I've seen. I could've managed with Skitch or similar apps, but I'm actually quite glad that I spent the money on this app.

Useful, time-saving app


I’ve been using this app for a couple of weeks. I also have used Sketch, Annotate, Monosnap, CloudApp, and Skitch. So far I like Napkin the best. My favorite feature are the callouts because it is dead simple to highlight a detail in context. If you need to quickly explain concepts visually and you find the simple menubar apps too limiting and the bigger design apps (Photoshop, Sketch) too cumbersome, then you should give this a try. Feature request: I’d like more control over export details, like compression and size.


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