If you’re a user of Realmac’s Ember scrapbook application for the Mac, you’ll be glad to know the company has some big plans for updating the app. In a Thursday post on the Realmac blog, the company laid out the app’s future.
“In the next 6 – 8 weeks, we’ll be releasing a free-to-use public beta of Ember 2. We want to make Ember the best it can be, and we don’t want to build it in isolation from the people who use, love, and advocate for the app.”
The company notes that this will be a Mac focused beta, and Ember for iOS will not be returning. Ember 2 will not work with the discontinued iOS Ember app.
The company’s main goal with the public beta of Ember 2 involves the syncing functions. Realmac is looking to improve the perfomance of sync, as well as opening it up to other cloud services in addition to the current iCloud and Dropbox options.
Multiple libraries is also on the agenda, with the ability to place an Ember library on the chosen cloud service.
Other things in the works include:
- A freshly-reworked library view – now that we don’t need a standardized size to keep things lightweight on iOS, we’re going to make your library look even better!
- Full support for Yosemite sharing services so you can share images easier
- Relocatable and multiple libraries
- All-new, Mac-centric annotation tools (see video below)
- More! We’re also looking to improve the website capture in Ember, and potentially move the snapping to a Sharing extension.
- It will be a paid upgrade, and we’ll be making sure that upgrade pricing (for Mac App Store and direct customers) is a no-brainer once the public beta concludes.
- We will only offer Ember 2 directly, so every Ember customer can receive upgrade pricing. No MAS-ing about 😉
During the public beta, Ember 2 will require OS X Yosemite, although that system requirement will likely change.
Realmac should be launching Ember 2 later this year. Users who wish to join the public beta, can sign up at the Realmac blog site.