How to Enable Markup Annotation Tools in macOS

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

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    Recognizing the utility of Markup annotation tools, Apple has extended their availability in recent versions of iOS, but it's worth bearing in mind that you can access a similar and equally useful annotation toolset within several native Mac applications.

    In macOS, accessing an application's Markup toolbar lets you draw on and annotate images or PDF documents within the app using arrows, shapes, and text. You can also use it to quickly sign a document with your digital signature.

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    We've highlighted which native apps support Markup in this article. But before you can access the toolset in desktop apps, you'll need to check that the relevant extension is enabled on your Mac. Keep reading to learn how it's done.


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  2. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000

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    Having Markup available in many places (such as Mail and Notes) is cool, but in practice I find the annotation tools a bit baffling. Maybe I just need to get used to them. I want a highlight pen like in Windows Snipping Tool.

    Is there a third-party extension that does this?
     
  3. ThrowerGB macrumors newbie

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    Nice to have the functionality, but here's yet another example of loss of consistency in the UI. Apple seems to be straying from this design principle more and more. Jobs would be livid.
     
  4. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000

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    Consistency to what? It's a drop-down button on an image that only appears on hover. People would hate it if it always appeared…

    Also, Jobs introduced plenty of questionable HIG-violating UI choices. All sorts of crazy stuff UI stuff happened under his watch. Look no further than iLife or Brushed Metal.
     
  5. syklee26 macrumors 6502

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    Apple pencil support (on trackpad) with more expansive markup tools in macos would be awesome.
     
  6. satchmo macrumors 68000

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    I'll go further and suggest touch screens on all Apple products.
    I don't understand the opposition.

    No, you're not going to draw vertically on an iMac or laptop. But there are plenty of times where a quick finger touch to select a button is quicker than a cursor.

    Make it optional. If you don't like using touch...guess what...don't touch the screen.
     
  7. chabig macrumors 601

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    There simply is no touch UI on the Mac—it’s pointer based. Without a touch UI, a touch sensitive screen makes little sense. And no, we don’t need to be dragging the pointer around with our fingers.
     
  8. satchmo macrumors 68000

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    Never suggested dragging any pointer around with a finger.
    And not everything happens in a Mac environment. There are plenty of interactions on the internet.

    I browse the internet on an iPad docked to a keyboard/case. No reason this can't happen on a Macbook as well.
     
  9. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000

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    There are plenty of reasons. There's plenty Apple would need to do to change macOS to make it suitable for touch, such as adding a virtual keyboard, making the controls suitable in size for touch targets, changing the gestures, …. And you'd roughly end up with the touch experience of Windows 7, which wasn't great.
     
  10. satchmo macrumors 68000

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    I recognize macOS itself is not optimized, but responsive and properly designed websites take in account usability on any platform.
     
  11. ThrowerGB macrumors newbie

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    I was referring to the three examples in the article, all of which are different.
     

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