In one of his lectures, John Cleese said, “Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” But for anyone who’s into art, creativity or even in marketing, it’s challenging to jumpstart a project unless one freely writes, scribbles, brainstorms, or simply paints to his or her heart’s content.
It’s because ideas have their ebb and flow—and to keep up with them, to organize everything systematically, and to make them more concrete and palatable—you need tools and methods.
Fortunately, Realmac’s Ember for Mac OS X does a pretty good job with this. It’s a must-have app for professionals and creative types who are into curating, organizing, collecting, and visualizing photos, designs, ideas and more.
Ember is a beautifully designed application for curating, collecting, and organizing ideas through photos and designs, allowing you to save files and categorize them according to collections, tags, and library. Whether it’s a photo taken from a screenshot, web, iPhone, or tablet, you can access it anytime and anywhere. It works well with iCloud syncing, too!
Once you launch Ember, it provides you a quick tutorial on how to use it. First things first, if you want to maximize Ember with your browser, download the browser extensions available for Safari and Chrome, or you may use its web browser.
You can import photos from your library or sync items across all devices to access the other images, but of course, you need Ember in your iPhone/tablet or Android device to enjoy this feature.
Add your first collection if it’s your first time using the app. Ember comes with easy navigation; it’s not cumbersome to search for the basic buttons and options. Frankly, just drag an image, categorize it, and there, you’ve jumpstarted your designing stint or scrapbooking project.
You can also use the RSS feed feature to get updates on highly recommended websites for web designs, photos, and the other similar websites that’ll be helpful in your project. Every once in a while, you’ll be notified with the new feeds.
You can use its browser directly to save photos in the Ember library, my favorite feature. I also found some notable features on its Browser mode, allowing you to snap photos by selecting only a part of the webpage or snap the whole webpage as a screenshot.
Aside from that, it also features a self-timer snapper, whether in full screen, by area, or in a window only. If you’re a web designer or developer, you can check out the recommended subscriptions where you’ll find inspirations on landing pages, web pages, and more stuff to keep you in tune in with your designing projects.
Ember is straightforward Mac app that lets you create content and take control of every detail with its collections. In terms of navigation, it’s simple to search for the buttons and options. Everything you need for curating and organizing ideas and photos are in this app.
I wish the developer would add the ability to zoom in and out and the ability to open multiple tabs on its browser, but overall it’s a must-have application for all your Apple devices.
Buy Ember for Mac
Provides: Idea and design organization
Format: Digital download
Developer: Realmac Software
Requirements: OS X v10.9 or later, 64-bit processor
Availability: Out now