Ask DN: How do you guys organise your screenshots?

8 years ago from , Designer at 9GAG

I've ran into issues with Ember for so many times that I'm thinking about switching to another solution.

I wonder how you guys organise your screenshot/references? And what do you guys think about the other apps, specifically in the reliability department. For example, Pixa, inboard, etc.


  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, 8 years ago

    The trash can. After a while, I stopped fighting and just gave up organizing anything. There's always new sites, icons, fonts, etc. coming out, so rather than try and fight it I decided to embrace the chaos and trust Google to help me find things again.

    17 points
    • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, 8 years ago

      In Google we trust.

      0 points
    • Diesel LawsDiesel Laws, 8 years ago

      Couldn't agree with this more. I've gotten to the point that when I take a screenshot and share it (for work etc) I delete it from the desktop straight away (as it's now saved in the imessage/Slack channel anyway). It's rare that I won't be able to screenshot that item again later anyway (including live streaming events as they're usually recorded).

      0 points
  • Martin KMartin K, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    Like a mess on my desktop.

    5 points
    • Vincent OrbackVincent Orback, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

      This was my way until i learned that you can specify a folder for screenshots using the terminal on a mac like this:

      1. Create a folder somewhere, like on your desktop and call it "Screenshots"
      2. Write this in your terminal: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Desktop/Screenshots or wherever you created the folder.
      3. Then restart the Mac UI like this :killall SystemUIServer and voilá!
      13 points
  • Bilal MohammedBilal Mohammed, 8 years ago


    Everytime I hit cmd+shift+4 (or cmd+shift+3) Dropbox simply puts it in that folder.

    3 points
    • Tyrale BloomfieldTyrale Bloomfield, 8 years ago

      Word. When the folder gets too full. Archive what is there. This way you get all the Finder tools to navigate, no crazy web-based tool, and its FREE.

      1 point
    • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

      plus 1. although I typically just use bookmarks instead of screenshots. Saving down images that I know will likely change or be deleted in the future doesn't appeal to me. Personal opinion of course.

      0 points
  • Patrick SmithPatrick Smith, 8 years ago

    Out of interest, what are people looking for in a screenshot / reference app? What are the three most important factors? Being able to categorize them and search for them later? Having a nice presentation? An easy workflow of automatically storing them somewhere? I make a file productivity app Blik, and have been considering adding screenshot organization to it.

    3 points
  • Joseph Decker, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    The solution of Tobias van Schneider & his team works like a charm, it's called DotSnap.

    You can find it via the link below: https://www.behance.net/gallery/15908335/DotSnap-App

    3 points
  • Jesse C.Jesse C., 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    I gave up on trusting, and relying on, Ember, Pixa, Inboard, Stache, and monthly new online ones. I've started using a browser extension to take full-page screenshots and then store them in sorted folders, and to use tags sometimes. It's safe and I really don't find myself missing the features in any of those apps.

    1 point
  • Charlie SneathCharlie Sneath, 8 years ago

    Recently decided to use Finder. I have a folder called "Web Design" and add tags for things like "landing pages" or "sign up."

    For videos, I capture with CloudApp and then just save the link to finder (drag from the URL as a .webloc file). You can also tag these files.

    1 point
  • Tristam GochTristam Goch, 8 years ago

    I use Inboard, it's mostly fine but I wish development on it was a little more active. Hitting a few quirks and there are a couple of features I'd like to see added/tweaked

    1 point
    • Brian Yu, 8 years ago

      Yea I looked into that and it seems that it wasn't too actively maintained.

      0 points
  • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, 8 years ago

    I know the guys at Ember are working on 2.0 which is supposed to be awesome. But I'm still using Ember. I switched from Pixa to Ember and while it isn't without issues, it seems to be the best.

    Haven't tried Inboard much though.

    1 point
    • Brian Yu, 8 years ago

      I have had to reset my ember library more than 5 times now. Library got stuck and won't sync etc. For both iCloud and Dropbox syncing.

      It loses all the thumbnail suddenly, which triggered me to create this post.

      Things I've tried

      • Restarting the app.
      • Restarting my Mac
      • Delete the local copy of the library, and copy from another computer
      • Use the various method mentioned in the help
      • Rebuild library cache
      1 point
  • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, 8 years ago

    I'd really recommend Niice.co. With the pro subscription you can backup to Dropbox, and the Chrome / Safari extension is one of the best extensions I've ever used.


    Extensions: https://niice.co/apps

    0 points
  • Bryce York, 8 years ago

    I use stashboard.com and love it.

    I also use Annotate.app over Skitch for annotation, just because it's insanely more responsive. Skitch just feels really laggy and as an Evernote product, it's syncing is tragically slow outside USA (even with ~100 gbps upload speeds)

    0 points
  • Ali DemirciAli Demirci, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    inboard help me a lot http://i.imgur.com/uCZk6QW.png

    0 points
  • Sabih MirSabih Mir, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    Missing Lookwork, wish it had kept up in development. :(

    0 points
  • Dawid AdachDawid Adach, 8 years ago

    Picassa + tags

    0 points
  • Cecil Lancaster, 8 years ago

    What issues with Ember?

    0 points
    • Brian Yu, 8 years ago

      Library syncing issue. Basically, 3 issue

      • Image refuse to sync – Image not appeared on other computer, even after several days
      • Metadata refuse to update – after I batch edited the caption, added tags, after a few minutes it reverted back to the original file name and loses all my edits
      • Thumbnail disappeared – I can open the image view and see the picture perfectly. Just all of the thumbnail is missing.
      0 points
  • Ray MartinRay Martin, 8 years ago

    I've been using Droplr over a year now and it's pretty useful to see all of your screenshots nicely organized. Definitely recommend it.

    0 points
  • Ollie BarkerOllie Barker, 8 years ago

    I literally had this discussion today. I'm currently trying out Pixa and it's worked a treat so far :)

    0 points
  • Ed AdamsEd Adams, 8 years ago

    Gyazo is usually enough for me. I find that I rarely need to take screenshots of stuff for myself, it's usually to share with a colleague or friend. For that reason, a 1-click tool (Puush is also good) is all I need.

    0 points
  • Account deleted 8 years ago

    Ember has always intrigued me, but always seemed way too "beta" for the $50 cost they wanted. My biggest concern with them is that they seem a little sloppy in so many areas that doesn't make me feel that they take the app seriously. For example, the site sells the app for $25, the app store sells it for $32.99 if you search for it, but then shows it as $50 when you go to the product page.

    Also concerned how on their site they have seemed to downplay it completely in their blog and it shows it's been last updated nearly a year ago.

    I WANT to like this app so much...

    0 points
  • Kevin SuttleKevin Suttle, 8 years ago

    Cloudup streams. https://cloudup.com/blog/embed-your-cloudup-streams

    0 points
  • Marc Olivier LapierreMarc Olivier Lapierre, 8 years ago

    I tried a lot of differents options and ended up chosing Pixa. The UI needs some love but they're apparently working on a new update. It handles a huge library with ease and has some nice features I couldn't find anywhere else like the Chrome extension that shows you all the images in a page so you can select which ones you want to import instead of doing it one by one. I really wish I could access my library on mobile though.

    0 points
  • Falko JosephFalko Joseph, 8 years ago

    Ember all the way, can't live without it

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    0 points
  • Nathan HueningNathan Huening, 8 years ago

    Still loving Ember but curious to know what else is available.

    0 points
  • Niclas Hellberg, 8 years ago

    I'm pretty happy with Pixa. I put my library folder in my dropbox so I can upload stuff from other devices.

    0 points
  • Thom StoodleyThom Stoodley, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    Call it old school but I use Onyx to select what format and directory for my Screenshots to save to, Skitch for annotations, host them all on Dropbox and access them all from my dock via a custom stack folder.


    0 points
  • Tony DolanTony Dolan, 8 years ago

    The only downside to inboard is no cloud syncing. So if you work on multiple laptops its a pain. But I believe cloud sync is bent worked on. Great app otherwise

    0 points
  • Tony DolanTony Dolan, 8 years ago

    Onboard app

    0 points