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MarkUp: Annotate Websites

October 8th, 2010

MarkUp is a free bookmarklet that allows anyone to scribble and type on any website.

The service works exactly how you would expect. Drag the bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar, and click while visiting a website. A small toolbar will pop up in the upper-right hand corner of the page, allowing you to change color and stroke thickness. Click to draw, and begin painting the website you’re viewing. Once you finish drawing, you can move around any lines or text boxes. Your Delete key works as expected, and hitting ctrl+z or cmd+z to undo works too.

Using MarkUp, drawing on a site feels like you’re using a sophisticated drawing application. Lines come out crisp and polished. Edges smooth once you release your mouse button, which gives you a set of scribbles that are ready for sharing.

And sharing may just be our favorite part of MarkUp. Along in the toolbar that pops up, you have the ability to Publish your annotations. The service generates a shortform URL that can be shared with colleagues. People viewing the published page cannot edit your changes, but they can add their own marks or start fresh and publish a new page.

MarkUp is a free service, and since it is distributed via a bookmarklet, no software or scripts are required. Give it a try. It’s the type of web app that may find a permanent place in your bookmarks bar.

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