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Ember, the Most Used Versatile Digital Scrapbook for Mac, is Back

Ember, the Most Used Versatile Digital Scrapbook for Mac, is Back

Ember for macOS is still alive. Version 2 is showing a lot of promise but it’s far from finished. It’s free to use for everyone and the developer, RealMac Software hope to have a stable release sometime in 2018.
Ember (formerly LittleSnapper) is your digital scrapbook of things that inspire you: websites, photos, apps or other things. Just drag in images that you want to keep, organize them into relevant collections, annotate the images you need to give on, and share your images to your favorite web services.
  • Organise your ideas and design inspiration. Drag in images from your Mac and around the web, and organise them into Collections. Apply tags to images, and build Smart Collections based on the tags and other metadata in your library.
  • Subscribe to your favourite websites. Subscriptions allow you to visually browse the web. Images can be saved to your Ember library, and shared with friends and co-workers.
  • Build a scrapbook of designs you love. Save websites to your Ember library from Safari and Chrome with the powerful browser extensions. Ember doesn’t need to be running, and you can send images to collections right from your browser. Ember uses the width of your browser window when snapping, meaning that the layout is exactly the same in the captured image. Ember also features a responsive browser, allowing you to save responsive webpages at any desired width, and the Element Selection mode detects appropriate areas of the webpage to snap as you roll over them. There’s even handy presets for your favourite iOS devices to quickly set the browser width.
  • Take Screenshots. Take screenshots with Ember, and they’ll automatically appear in your library with the name of the app applied to them. You can capture Fullscreen, Timed Fullscreen, Area and “Window” images.
  • Sketch feedback on your images. Beautiful drawing and text tools allow you to give feedback on images. Cropping and rotation ensure that your images are always perfectly sized and aligned.
  • Go Full Screen. Work undistracted with Ember in its own space.
  • Share with friends and co-workers. Send your images with Email, AirDrop, Messages, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and CloudApp.
  • Auto-detects iPhone and iPad screenshots. Library organisation has never been easier: just drag in those PNGs from your favourite iOS device and Ember will automatically sort them into “Phone” and “Tablet” for you!
  • Import from LittleSnapper. Ember imports libraries from LittleSnapper, and adds them to your Ember library.

Currently, the software developer Realmac Software confirmed that Ember will be back. They stopped working on Ember 1.x some time ago due to its high-development cost and declining sales. However, they continued to use it internally and a lot of designers out there are still using it. It’s been their plan to slowly work on Ember as a side project and hopefully bring it back to life mainly because the alternatives are still not up to scratch.

This week Apple released macOS High Sierra and unfortunately this broke Ember 1.x for a lot of people, it left them unable to view or add to their Libraries. Realmac Software have been using a development build of Ember 2 that runs just fine under High Sierra. However, it wasn’t really ready for public consumption, and it’s still not, but it is usable. To help out those users that have made the move to High Sierra, there is an early build release of Ember 2.

Ember 2 will be free to use for the duration of the alpha/beta phase, and development will be slow since it will be a side project. However, as the company uses it internally, they will make sure it continues to work and hope to ship a fully featured and stable 2.0 GM release sometime in 2018.

Note: If you are using macOS 10.12 Sierra, you should continue to use Ember 1.8.5.

Download Ember 2: The alpha of Ember 2 with all the usual caveats that come with running in-development software, main library management and annotations tools are working fine. This Alpha does not represent the final version of Ember 2, the UI and feature set will change. This is very much a work-in-progress snapshot. You can download it from RealMacSoftware website.

If you want to move from the current version of Ember to the Ember 2 alpha, please follow the article ‘How to migrate your Ember Library’.

Credits: https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/29991/ember , https://blog.realmacsoftware.com/ember-2-alpha/

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