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In the photography and digital imaging industry "annotate" typically means to add visible data to an image, like notes or comments, lines and pointers, without modifying the master image itself. It can be very useful to annotate images when teaching students photography, or to share images in a team, e.g. among architects or engineers. Think of annotations as "document mark-ups".

Annotate Expert by Nikonians (Download the free software here) is a free program to add comments to images and to automatically email and exchange annotated images in a team collaboration effort. It is currently available for MS Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. If you have any questions not answered by this online user guide, please see the Annotate FAQ. We are providing a Mac OS X version of the uploader module of Annotate Expert for all Nikonians on Silver level or higher called NikoniansUploader.

We suggest you start looking at the Annotate Use Cases to get a better feeling about what you can do with it :-)

You may also want to read the Annotate article in our (PDF) eZine #42, starting at page 10.


Some characteristics of Annotate Expert

  • Very simple to use
  • Community Edition available for free. Upgrade at any time to Expert edition
  • Does not destroy the original image - Annotations are stored as a new layer - a "glass sheet" on top of the original image
  • Comes with a plugin for Adobe Lightroom
  • No need to draw annotations: Just mark the area and type the text. The layout of the resulting annotations is done automatically.
  • Easily capture screenshots and annotate them
  • Email annotations to other team members/photographers directly out of the program
  • Upload images to the cloud: To online galleries, Bugtrackers such as Mantis and more
  • Annotate multiple images
  • Export images in various formats
  • Automatically create IPTC keywords based upon annotations
  • Search and find images based upon their annotations and keywords

For comparison of Expert vs. Community Edition features, please refer to the Annotate-Feature comparison matrix.

The Annotate Online User Guide consists of these chapters:

Nikonians Photo Glossary

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