When you are writing a blog post or a tutorial in which you want to display each step using an annotated image, then you have to use a picture editor that lets you use various graphics tools like drawing arrows, drawing shapes, blur some content and so on. There are many such tools available for various platforms, but none of them can compete with iPhotoDraw specially considering that it is available for free.
iPhotoDraw is a basic image editor and annotation tool for Windows that packs so many features that not even the commercial software like SnagIt come close to it. And the whole package for the iPhotoDraw software is only 23 MB which is very small file to download these days.
In order to edit or annotate a picture, you can load it in iPictureDraw (or capture the image using the in-built screen capture feature) and then choose one of the tools from the left side bar. There are all of the possible drawing tools available – text, lines, line arrows, polygon, rectangle, ellipses, triangle, callout box, linear dimensions, outlined arrows, pixelation, numbered stamps and so on. For each of these tools, you can customize and change the properties from the right side.
From the menubar, you can add special effects to the added shapes like the glow, shadow, wavy lines or the rounded corners. You can add sepia effect, inverted colors effects, make the image grayscale, slice the image into multiple sections, add watermarks and so on. Moreover you can also perform batch image conversions using which you can change the image formats, resize the images and rename them.
Conclusion: Overall, the iPhotoDraw is a really very impressive image editor and annotation tool. All the bloggers and tutorial writers will find it very useful for their regular use.
You can download iPhotoDraw from http://www.iphotodraw.com/.