Good old, Steve Jobs is back in the news this week with two stories. You want to know why Apple TV hasn't been kicking butt lately? No Steve is the answer there. But if you need your Steve fix, just take a jaunt down to the post office. Meanwhile, who's up for some games? And where's your place in the universe?
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.
Ember is the successor to the five-year-old LittleSnapper, and in classic Realmac style it offers powerful tools in a finely crafted interface. At its core, Ember helps you collect and organize images, whether they are screenshots destined for documentation, or inspiration you’re collecting for your next website design. Built around a clean, smart file browser and an excellent set of organizational tools, Ember is a bit of a niche product, but if you need its feature-set, the $50 price tag shouldn’t be a deterrent.
So the people have begun to get iPad minis in their hands, the reviews are in, and now we move on. Biggest tech news this week was Scott Forstall's sudden descent, though even that story was fairly (and rightly) crushed by Hurricane Sandy. As things slowly return to normal, what else did we miss amidst the storms?
With so many apps now available in the App Store, it’s not often that one comes along that makes everyone swoon over it. Let’s face it: We’re jaded by having so many cool apps on the iOS platform, so we stand up and take notice when one gets so much attention. This week, it’s Realmac Software’s Clear which has everyone talking.
Batch uploading via a web interface is often slow and agonizing, and while iPhoto is certainly a better alternative, it can be a slow-opening memory hog. Courier can solve this annoyance, with a bit of aesthetic flair.
With iWeb already on your Mac, you might not bother to explore alternative web-design applications. But since it didn’t get updated for iLife ’11, now might be the perfect time to shop around for something new—especially if you’ve outgrown iWeb’s simplistic feature set. Adobe’s popular Dreamweaver is a huge, complex, and expensive piece of software that’s out of reach for casual designers. Thankfully, RapidWeaver just got a brand-new update, and it’s both simpler and cheaper than Dreamweaver.
For better or worse, personal email is dying. Two decades ago, email was the future--and now it’s beginning to feel like the past. Between Twitter, Facebook, and other sharing tools, my email inbox has become a repository for sales pitches, a few residual mailing lists I can’t seem to get off, Facebook alerts, and spam. Almost all of the personal emails I used to exchange with friends and family have moved onto social networks.