More Sketch Options in Google Hangouts

Some time ago I posted this about the sketch tool in Google Hangouts. This little tool allows you to make quick sketches in the Hangouts window to help you explain yourself to your colleagues.

This neat little tool has one or two tricks not mentioned in the previous post.

Firstly, you don’t need to start your sketch from scratch; you can draw on a diagram, photo or other image you have saved as a file. To do so, go to the top of the drawing region and click on the little camera icon:

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Now you can load up the image and draw right on top of it:

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You can also retrieve and re-use a sketch you’ve previously made. Simply find the sketch in the Hangout, hover over it and click the pencil icon at the top right-hand side:

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The image will be reloaded into the sketch canvas, ready for more work.

I’ve found this extremely useful for marking up screenshots from Google Maps and Streetview; without doubt, though, there’s a whole lot of other places it would be handy.