The decoder window allows each packet to have its own annotation. Clicking the small circle in the second column will create a new annotation for that particular packet. Annotations are great ways for providing information about a packet or narrating a capture file. Annotations support Markdown syntax, which allows the text to be formatted in various ways. Markdown also supports linking, which a great way to link directly from an annotation to another capture file, trouble ticket, bug report etc.
Note that when you click away from and annotation it will be automatically saved. To delete an annotation, select it, highlight all text, delete it, and click away from the annotation.
When annotations are applied to a packet the blue circle in the second column for that packet will light up.
CloudShark annotations support Markdown syntax. For complete description of Markdown, please see this page. Here are some simple examples of common formatting tweaks available with Markdown:
To make a link:
[an example](http://example.com/ "Title")
The annotation converts the Markdown after you are done editing. Just click something else on the page to tell CloudShark you’re done editing the annotation.
To make a header, put an equal sign by itself on the next line:
This is a header =
When you click away, it will be converted to a large, header style text. You can make a smaller header:
A smaller header -
Lists are prefixed with an asterisk and a space:
* list1 * list2
This screenshot shows an annotation after being rendered by CloudShark. Note that CloudShark will automatically convert between the raw Markdown and the rendered output when you click on or away from the annotation, respectively.