Realmac Releases Ember For iOS, An App To Collect And Organize Ideas

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Back in July, Realmac Software released Ember, a Mac app for collecting websites, photos, and more. Ember is pitched as an inspiration tool for designers, but it can also be used as a digital scrapbook for organizing random snippets from the web and other places.

Today Realmac is releasing an iOS counterpart to Ember in the App Store. With Ember on the iPhone and iPad, you can add, organize, and share items and have your library synced via iCloud.

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Ember for iOS is a natural extension of the Mac version that looks great in iOS 7. You can take photos inside the app using your device’s camera or import from the Camera Roll. The app intelligently separates iPhone and iPad screenshots. Images can be shared via Twitter, Facebook, and AirDrop.

You can add tags like you can on the Mac and build Smart Collections. In the app’s sidebar options, you can customize which sections you want to see in the main menu. So, for instance, you can hide the “Colors’ feature if you don’t use it to browse your library by color.

Realmac knows good design, and the same attention to detail that is evident in apps like Clear is present in Ember. I’m not a designer, but I can see how this app could be a designer’s best friend.

Ember for iOS is a free download, and Realmac will be adding more pro features during the coming months as in-app purchases. On the Mac, Ember costs $49.

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