Evernote is moving to integrate its annotation and sketching product Skitch into its core note-taking product,which it says will strengthen the service by bringing syncing, searching and sharing features to it.

The changes will be made on October 10, 2012, after which sharing and updates made on Skitch, which is currently available standalone for the iPad, Android and Mac, will go through and be saved on the main Evernote service. Skitch.com will be inaccessible as of that date.

Though users will be unable to sign in, the data held on Skitch will be archived and all public and secret links will remain active and accessible. Private images, however, will be unavailable and Evernote is recommending that users download any private files they want to keep, and then add them to their Evernote account using the following steps:

  • Choose either “Download Private Image History” or “Download Image History”, then confirm your email address.
  • Skitch will collect and compress your image history (this may take a few minutes).
  • You will receive an email from the Skitch Team with a link to a zip file once the process completes.
  • Click the link and download the file.
  • Double click to open it and select which images you want to save in Evernote.
  • Drag your image history onto the Evernote app icon, or into any Evernote notebook. If you have any problems with bringing your images into Evernote, please contact our support team.

The move is an interesting one which very much suggests that Evernote users, and particularly those on tablets that can take full advantage of Skitch’s freeform note-taking, are seeing many benefits from the new layer of functionality that Skitch offers.

In using its API to build new products — such as Skitch or Evernote Hello — the company is able to road-test features and functionality that can later be added to its core offering, as is the case in this instance.

That kind of constant iteration is one reason that Evernote has risen to dominate, and arguably pioneer, the Web note-taking space.

Speaking at the launch of a new office in Taiwan, and following its third operator partnership, CEO Phil Libin revealed that the company has now passed 38 million users. It continues to dedicate itself to fostering links with developers to build interesting products, Libin added.

Here’s a catch-up video for those that are not overly familiar with Skitch, the version featured is for the Mac:

Image via Flickr / Ian Alexander Norman