If you follow articles at MacReview.com, or if you like following trends in the OSX App Store, than you’ve probably noticed always interesting applications created by Realmac Software. We’ve reviewed several applications made by this developer, and in most cases we were very surprised how functional, useful, and interestingly designed they were. These are the reasons why I am always looking forward to reviewing new versions of their apps, or their newly released applications, which is going to be the case with this article.
If you continue reading you’ll be able to find out more about Ember, which is a new digital scrapbook tool created by Realmac Software. This is a tool used to organize images and to take screenshots, which could be later annotated, stored and organized, and exchanged with others as well.
As it turns out, Ember is actually a replacement for the Little Snapper, which was a screenshot grabber made by the same developer a while back. This application is not available any more, since Ember completely replaced it with its overhauled features and some interesting additions as well.
Once you open Ember for the first time you’ll see some interface elements which resemble Little Snapper, but in this case they are much more elegantly designed and streamlined. First you’ll need to add new items, and there are several ways to do. Users of the Little Snapper will be able to import their own libraries, but new users can simply drag-and-drop images, or make screenshots using its built-in tool. You can create several kinds of screenshots, like: fullscreen snap, timed fullscreen snap, area snap, or window snap. In case you like browsing websites for inspiration and grabbing screenshots, you’ll get a chance to use Ember’s built-in browser, or Safari and Chrome extension for image grabbing. Finally, as you can imagine you can also use drag-and-drop technique to automatically import images from a website into Ember.
It’s interesting to know that web browser extensions don’t offer the same screen grabbing options like Ember’s built-in browser. Currently, these extensions support only full webpage grabbing, so you’ll need to use good old drag-and-drop to get images into Ember.
This application also brings ability to subscribe to RSS feeds, so you can always stay up to date with your favorite websites, and easily store interesting images.
Finally, there’s also ability to add annotations and share your images with others. Annotations are fairly limited, especially if you compare them to Skitch, since you’ll only get a few tools like text, freehand, crop, and rotate. And there are also only a few choices when it comes to color. I expected more from an application of this price, even though this could be easily solved with future updates. And when it comes to sharing, there are standard sharing tools like Twitter, Facebook, CloudApp, Flickr, and other similar services.
Ember could be purchased for $50, and as much as I like this application I need to say that it’s not worth this money. There are other alternatives which are way less expensive, and which are perfectly usable as well. The price will certainly be the big barrier for any potential user.