Image annotations that aren't ugly? Ask me a few weeks ago and I'd have told you that much like evolution and anthropogenic climate change, such a thing doesn't exist, followed by a vigorous shaking of the cane and a cantankerous "move it along now sonny." Now however, the answer is much easier: try This, a new image markup app from developer Tinrocket, that does exactly that — properly handsome annotations and markup of photos and screenshots that are easy to create, edit, and share.
Let's start with that easy stuff, because working in This is super straightforward: tap the camera icon to get started, browse your photo library for the desired image (or snap a pic with the camera), and once loaded, just tap anywhere inside your image to drop a label with accompanying pointer. Drag the label anywhere to reposition, or drag the pointer to the desired area of attention — This handles both in silky smooth fashion. Tap the label to edit your description, tap the pointer to cycle between one of seven options, and as before — reposition as needed. Of course you can tap again for additional labels, or if need be, long press a label to delete it. Along the way you'll notice This is doing some nice things in the background — changing the color of the label and pointer from black to white and back again depending on how it contrasts with the background, and bumping other labels out of the way to avoid overlaps. All of it works so nicely, so simply, and yes — the results look pretty sharp too.
But don't delete your favorite annotation app just yet. At least at version 1.0, This is noticeably limited in its abilities. Colors choices are constrained to black and white, there's only one sans-serif font to choose from, and there's no way to outline, circle, or highlight selections. Granted these "limitations" are arguably what keeps This so simple and its results so appealing, but I don't think it's all that hard to imagine a few additional tools appearing in future updates. While we're working on a This update wish list, let's add a share extension to access This directly from the camera roll, and (this one's tougher) the ability to save work inside of This. As we've learned ourselves, a spelling error on a screenshot with multiple labels is painful to fix when it requires restarting from scratch — which is exactly what happens now with This if you've moved on to annotating other images.
So yes, there are times when only a big neon orange arrow and baby blue text highlighting will do when it comes to image and screenshot annotations (and for this I still use Skitch, but Pinpoint works too). For all of those other times though, like when you actually want markups and labeling that don't advertise your sense of aesthetics has been left in the trunk of a car currently on fire on the side of the highway, try This — because beautiful annotations do exist.
This requires iOS 9.2 or later and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.