Presentify - Screen Annotation 4+

Screen Draw. Highlight Mouse‪.‬

Ram Patra

    • 4.3 • 70 Ratings
    • $6.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



The best screen annotation app recommended and used by Harvard and MIT professors. Featured in 'Elevate your presentations' Apple App Store Story.

A macOS menu bar app that helps you give better presentations, online classes, or video tutorials by letting you annotate any screen, highlight your cursor, and more.

You can annotate anything on the screen, be it images, videos, pdfs, code, you name it. Presentify is quite helpful for online teaching, recording video tutorials, giving a demo, working remotely, and the list goes on.


- You can draw on or annotate any screen you wish. Select `Annotate Screen` from the menu bar and start doodling.
- A lot of drawing shapes to choose from. You can even write Text now.
- Draw with random gradient colors instead of just plain colors.
- Auto-erase your annotations. Perfect for emphasizing something specific or explaining your thoughts. Also, toggle its behavior by pressing the Control Key.
- You can draw even when other applications are running in full-screen mode. Great for live presentations and during video calls when working remotely.
- New Interactive Mode: This opens up Presentify in the background letting the user use other apps and allowing them to annotate by pressing and holding the Fn key.
- Now users can interact with the underlying apps when annotating (in default mode) with Presentify. Just press and hold the Fn key to do so. You no longer have to toggle Presentify to advance your presentation slides, play/pause videos, etc.
- Highlighter feature lets you highlight portions of text without obscuring it.
- You get a Straight Line by pressing and holding the Shift Key while Freehand drawing. And, you can fill the Rectangles and Circles with a semi-transparent color by pressing and holding the Option Key.
- Works on iPad connected to a Macbook via Sidecar, Astropad, or Duet.
- Works with Keynote (even in Presentation mode).
- Compatible with all video calling software like Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, etc.
- Works with drawing tablets like XP-Pen, Wacom, etc.

- Draw on a whiteboard (and not over other apps) if you wish.
- You can even change the color of your whiteboard to whatever you feel like.

- A handy control panel to switch between different annotate tools and colors.
- Move the control panel anywhere on the screen by dragging it.
- Completely hide the control panel.

- Do not have to worry about mistakes while annotating.

- You can start annotating the screen, highlighting your cursor, changing pencil colors and shapes, etc. from any app with simple keyboard shortcuts.
- Customize the key shortcuts as you like.

- With Presentify you never have to keep moving your cursor to grab the attention of your audience.
- Change your cursor highlight color, opacity, size, and more.
- You can even choose to highlight only when you move your cursor/mouse.


- Ability to cut and move annotations
- Spotlight feature
- Zoom

- New mouse highlight designs and animations

- Change the slides of your presentation from your iPhone
- And, many more


Featured in 'Elevate your presentations' Apple App Store Story. Also, on Hacker News, Reddit, Product Hunt, and various other blogs like,, etc. with more than 230 upvotes in each.


For any questions or concerns, you can head to and see the faq page or click on the Support link.

What’s New

Version 4.1.9

- New Interactive Mode: This opens up Presentify in the background where the user can annotate by pressing and holding the Fn key.
- Now users can interact with the underlying apps when annotating (in default mode) with Presentify. Just press and hold the Fn key to do so. You no longer have to toggle Presentify to advance your presentation slides, play/pause videos, etc.

- Full macOS Ventura compatible.
- New Toast messages inform the user of their otherwise unclear actions.
- Popover is shown only for the first time the app starts.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

CharlesThornton ,

Really close to perfect, just needs more color buttons and keystroke eraser

This app is the closest answer I've gotten to my perfect annotator prayers. It's clear that the developer has thought this app through carefully and worked hard on it. It's so incredibly functional, fast, and easily accesible. The hotkeys, in particular, are very well thought out and puts other apps to shame. Please, please consider adding the below 2 items to get this app to top-tier level. I'll gladly rate up to 5 stars.

1. Add more color buttons to the tool bar. I use 4 colors on a daily basis and this is sorely needed. 5 would be even better. If toolbar size is a concern, perhaps make it an option to display 3, 4, or 5 color selections at a time.

2. Keystroke eraser with eraser size option (like the [ ] function) is needed so that can erase selected items only.

BoltKy ,

Great! Needs a keystroke eraser and one more thing to be 5 Star

Great app - I use it everyday as a virtual classroom teacher. It's minimal design isn't distracting from what I'm teaching and demonstrating. For me though, it needs 2 things.
1. A keystroke eraser - Right now its either erase everything or use the control z undo. If I need to erase something from the beginning of the writing, I have to undo every stroke or just erase it all.
2. A pointer/click/mouse ability - I cannot interact with any button while I'm writing. I would love to be able to switch back to my pointer mouse without turning off presentify and everything erasing everything.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your insightful review. The two features you have requested are currently being developed. Will be live soon. I can update this comment once I release them.

Stay tuned and thanks again for using and reviewing Presentify.


EfiniX_PDX ,

Love it, but v4.1.6 did away with critical features!

Annotations are now persistent between enabling them vs. older versions where they would automatically clear. Please bring this feature back as an option!

Also, annotations are only active on the current screen, which makes annotating a presentation a real pain. It used to be that when activated, I could annotate either screen on a dual-monitor setup.

I want 4.1.5 back until these two issues (they are issues) get resolved!

Developer Response ,

I understand your problem and therefore in the latest update, the behavior is changed. The annotations aren’t saved across sessions by default (like it was before 4.1.6) and one can change this in the Preferences if they want to.

Please, kindly update your app to the latest and maybe update your review if you’re happy :)

Regarding your multi screen annotation request, please reach out to me via the support link and I would be happy to discuss more.


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