Alternatives to Ember App?

almost 9 years ago from , Senior Product Designer

I lost all my data again, and the app keeps crashing as soon as I want to restore the data form iCloud. The latest update basically made the whole app unusable. I guess they're loosing lots of loyal customers on a daily basis.

I've been looking at some alternatives like Pixa and Inboard but I need something that syncs my library over Dropbox, iCloud or something similar so I can use and edit the same library on two different computers (and as far as I know only Pixa does that).

Do you use something else? Some amazing app I never heard of?


  • Yannis SteriotisYannis Steriotis, almost 9 years ago

    Pixa is great and I also use the free in-browser app Dragdis https://dragdis.com

    7 points
  • Julian NJulian N, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    Shameless plug of our project, called Scrapd. Check http://scrapd.nl

    Currently in beta, but we plan to release this spring. And the app itself won't cost $50.

    Edit: Scrapd probably won't fulfill all of your needs right now, but we plan on expanding and adding features over time. And as a bonus, here's a sneak peek: http://instagram.com/p/l4aRtXGoxl/

    7 points
  • Pizza Yap , almost 9 years ago

    Recently trying http://inboardapp.com/ but still waiting their cloud integration to have better experience.

    6 points
    • Jaffar KhorshidiJaffar Khorshidi, almost 9 years ago

      Inboard is amazing! I use it myself but as you stated, can not wait until they release cloud integrations. Spoken to the guys behind it and they've got quite a bit in the pipeline supposedly. Looking forward to seeing what they reveal in due time.

      0 points
    • Toby Negele, almost 9 years ago

      Inboard looks very promising and I'll definitely give it a try as soon as they support some kind of cloud sync.

      0 points
  • Nik Fletcher, almost 9 years ago

    Hi Guys,

    Disclosure: I work at Realmac Software, who make Ember.

    We’re incredibly sorry that some of you have been experiencing problems with Ember: it’s the very last thing we’d want, and we’re doing everything we can to make it right.

    Since the launch of Ember v1.5 we’ve been investigating (and more importantly fixing) the iCloud problems that some customers have been experiencing. The problem stems from a “quirk” in Apple’s iCloud / Core Data integration that we currently use. For more details, we posted a status update as we started work on the problem:


    We’re in the process of dropping the use of this integration in favour of something that is both more robust, and a system that we’re able to fix if something goes wrong.

    The new sync system we’re using will also enable us to add a further (more popular) sync service in a future update (read: Dropbox / v1.6)

    Right now, we’re solely focused on making things right for iCloud customers (both on OS X and iOS), and we’ll be updating the Realmac blog with an additional post as soon as we’ve completed testing of v1.5.1. We’re working as quickly as we can to get the update out to customers.

    If you have any further questions about this problem with Ember, don’t hesitate to give me a shout: nik at realmacsoftware dot com.



    3 points
    • Meng ToMeng To, almost 9 years ago

      Thanks for the reply. That speaks volume about the team. I look forward to the update.

      1 point
    • Toby Negele, almost 9 years ago

      Thanks for replying Nik. I'll give it one last chance as soon as you released the update. I hope you'll fix these problems.

      0 points
  • Jon GoldJon Gold, almost 9 years ago

    Inboard is excellent.

    3 points
  • Gadzhi KharkharovGadzhi Kharkharov, almost 9 years ago

    Let me introduce you to the best alternative: The Filesystem.

    3 points
  • Stelian FirezStelian Firez, almost 9 years ago

    I still use LittleSnapper. Have been doing so for years. Works fine with 10.9 and I sync the library with Dropbox. The problem is you can't buy it anymore.

    2 points
    • Toby Negele, almost 9 years ago

      I should have kept using Little Snapper. It worked so much better with its Dropbox sync then Ember. Do you know wether it's possible to import an Ember library to LittleSnapper.

      0 points
      • Stelian FirezStelian Firez, almost 9 years ago

        I doubt it. But, probably, Ember is more future-friendly. Who knows what the next OS will be like. LittleSnapper might still work, but it could as well crash all the time or be slow or just not have some new integration that will be really useful.

        1 point
  • Mariusz CieslaMariusz Ciesla, almost 9 years ago

    I keep using Pinterest for the same reasons. Will need to check all the recommendations here, because Ember... don't even get me started.

    1 point
  • Maciej ZadykowiczMaciej Zadykowicz, almost 9 years ago

    In the same boat as you, had my library wiped out by actually trying to follow their troubleshooting guidelines. Still have everything backed up in Evernote, so I can vouch for that.

    1 point
  • Marko NikolovskiMarko Nikolovski, almost 9 years ago

    You could always move Pixa's library to your Dropbox folder. This was possible some time ago, while in beta.

    1 point
  • James De AngelisJames De Angelis, almost 9 years ago

    Not to point out the obvious, but Pinterest? Why bother saving everything locally just to possibly lose the files. Plus, it's a piece of cake to share when you want to.

    1 point
  • Toffeenut DesignToffeenut Design, almost 9 years ago

    I swear by Pixa (http://www.pixa-app.com). It supports more files than Ember too (at least last time I tried Ember).

    1 point
  • mewo a, almost 9 years ago

    I used to use this https://icebergs.com/site which was pretty decent.

    1 point
    • Millie LinMillie Lin, almost 9 years ago

      I vote to iceberg, too. It is a nice online inspiration collection tool. The chrome extension is powerful.

      0 points
  • Jason CsizmadiJason Csizmadi, almost 9 years ago

    Why not use Evernote? It's a great tool for collecting inspiration. The interface is well developed, with great workflows for capturing and exporting content. Sync's across multiple computers and devices. The most over looked feature of Evernote is it's OCR technology. Giving you the ability to search images looking for specific needs.

    I wrote more about how I use Evernote here: http://www.cooper.com/journal/2012/10/serve-your-art-not-your-tools-tips-for-a-leaner-faster-creative-process-2

    1 point
  • Jessi Wiiliams, 6 months ago

    Almost 8 years later, if you are still looking for Ember App alternative, you might want to take a look at Eagle App. With almost the same feature and purpose to help designers managing assets, offline software, sync with clouds.


    Ember App VS Eagle App full feature comparison -> https://eagle.cool/blog/post/ember-alternative

    0 points
  • Tomas MiskinisTomas Miskinis, over 8 years ago

    I tried Ember 1 yaer ago, and I just downloaded a new version today hopping few problem that were bugging me will be fixed by now. Well oh well we still have useless auto area shot position and inacuare arrow tool.

    Back to old LittleSnapper, I hope Realmac Software team will fix this.

    0 points
  • Matt Pinheiro, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    I happily pay for Kippt every month. They have extensions for all major browsers and it works like a breeze. Can't recommend enough.

    0 points
  • Suleiman Leadbitter, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    I use Pixa and love it, I use Copy as a sole sync/backup for it.

    I've started using it for more than just reference images. I now have project folders set up in it and also use it for Sketch resources for UI icons etc.

    It works brilliantly, and I highly recommend it.

    Also, I used to be a Littlesnapper user and Pixa allowed me to import all of my old images along with tags from LS. :)

    0 points
  • Daniel HaimDaniel Haim, almost 9 years ago

    Ember is worth the money.

    0 points
  • Boy van AmstelBoy van Amstel, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    We're working on Paperstage: a Mac (and later iOS) app that helps you discover websites that you find inspiring.

    The current beta has its own Ember-like organizer, but we're exploring possible integrations with other apps and services like Pixa, Inboard and Ember. If this interests you, we'd love to hear what you think.

    For more info: http://www.getpaperstage.com.

    0 points
  • Removed AccountRemoved Account, almost 9 years ago

    Has anyone tried this? http://bastianallgeier.com/openzoo/

    0 points
  • barry saundersbarry saunders, almost 9 years ago

    I have Pixa but I find I just use Skitch and Evernote.

    0 points
  • Meng ToMeng To, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    I was beginning to really enjoy Ember, then as you pointed out, I lost all my data as well. But I am resilient, because I know there is a great team behind this that needs to look at these problems and fix them.

    Let me be a little more specific:

    1) The idea of synchronizing between iPhone and OSX is amazing! But it just doesn't sync properly which defeats the purpose.

    2) Just recently taking screenshots of apps stopped working properly. Like Xcode, Sketch, etc. This feature is essential.

    3) I lost my data because I was playing around with the Ember / Library settings. I wanted to fix the sync problem, but it ended costing me.

    On a positive side, this app is really efficient. The editing, sharing and filtering tools are great. The Dribbble reader is lovely because it saves automatically to your Library. And obviously, the iPhone app is insanely useful for taking screenshots of apps. The auto-upload is better than Dropbox's since that later requires you to open the app while Ember doesn't. It's like Photo-stream for designers.

    0 points
    • Nik Fletcher, almost 9 years ago

      Hi Meng,

      Just wanted to update on these points!

      1. The reliability of the current iCloud sync setup using Apple’s iCloud / Core Data integration isn’t working as smoothly as it should. The system is slow to process library changes, and we’re bringing this back under our control in the v1.5.1 update.

      2. I’ll drop you an email about this. If you’re using iCloud, this may be why but I’ll drop you a note as we obviously want the screenshotting tools to be as robust as possible!

      3. Sorry to hear this: it’s related to #1, and we’re working as quickly as we can to get the updates to Ember on iOS and OS X out so you can get back to using Ember.

      As always, if you’ve got any more feedback I’d love to hear it here or by email.



      1 point
  • Bertrand Bruandet, almost 9 years ago

    If you used ember to save websites you can give a try to our solution.

    We are working on a web app similar to Ember. Everything is stored on our server. So you can access from everywhere. With our bookmarklet you can automatically take screenshots of your favorite websites. We take each pages in 6 resolutions (so you can view how the ipad or mobile version looks like).

    Everything you add is visible by everyone so you can discover websites.

    We are in beta, we have plenty of ideas of features but if you want to test you can register on http://hypershoot.com/en/register/

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