Presentify - Screen Annotation 4+

Screen Draw. Highlight Mouse‪.‬

Ram Patra

    • 4.3 • 58 Ratings
    • $5.99
    • 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. Simply 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.
- 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, change 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
- Background mode
- 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 over to and see the faq page or click on the Support link.

What’s New

Version 4.1.8

- Added support for macOS 10.12 (Thanks to Scott for requesting)

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 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.


teamkatie ,

Handy for math

I've been looking for an inexpensive app to help me annotate on various platforms and applications I use in my math class. This seems like an easy and good fit. I wish the line/arrow option - allowed me to make a line without an arrow, as I often need to be able to connect two points but don't want the distraction of an arrow or don't want it to look like a ray. Connecting two points to create shapes with a straight line is something that is hard to freehand with just the drawing tool. Is adding this as a function possible?

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review. Yes, drawing Straight Line is already possible with Presentify. Just press the Shift key while annotating in Freehand. This is also mentioned on the FAQ page. You can even press / to see all the other key shortcuts or features.

Hit the support link if you have further questions. Happy to help.


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