Sport & Auto
- About Future
- Digital Future
- Cookies Policy
- Terms & Conditions
- Investor Relations
- Contact Future
For every snapshot we have of our kids, there are three screenshots cluttering our camera rolls and photo streams. But even if you're not a chronic app reviewer, you likely have more than a few web clips and Pinterest postings messing up your moments and collections — and if you don't want to delete them en masse, there aren't too many options for easy organization. Ember thinks there's a better way. Users of its pricey Mac app already know all about its slick navigation and organizational skills, but even web hoarders who haven't used Realmac's digital scrapbook since it was called LittleSnapper will want to check out the free iOS version.
While Ember for iOS isn't nearly as powerful as its OS X counterpart — though Realmac promises future in-app purchases to rectify its shortcomings — there's a certain elegance to its interface that translates extremely well to touch. A set of built-in filters automatically sorts images by where they were captured — phone, tablet, web, etc. — all of which can easily be accessed in its customizable sidebar. A powerful system of filters lets you organize snaps by tags, colors, and ratings, and iCloud syncing keeps snaps organized across all of your devices (and Macs). Snaps can be further organized into folders and smart collections, which quickly sort screens based on a customizable set of criteria.
While Ember certainly has potential, those who don't own the Mac version might wonder what the fuss is all about. We experienced some slowdown — especially when importing large batches of screenshots — along with occasional lag when scrolling through collections. While the app lets you take photos, it doesn't provide a built-in browser to grab new screenshots, a feature we often use in the Mac version. Ember strangely also doesn't let you import photos directly into a collection, and we would have liked it to alert us to any duplicates in our library. Also, an option to filter screenshots when browsing our camera rolls would be useful in a future update.
The bottom line. Ember is great as a companion to the Mac version, but it doesn't have the same spark as a standalone iOS app.
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later
Elegant interface. Powerful filtering features. Excellent organization and automatic sorting.
No built-in browser for capturing screens. No way to manage duplicates. Can't import directly into collections. Some lag.