I can't believe I'm going to say this...but I really wish their attention was focused on improving Ember and Clear (instead of tools like this).
I've been on the receiving end of that comment so many times to know how asinine it is, but it was my honest first reaction!
I don't think it's always a clear cut equation like that.
Well, sometimes it is, and this is one of those times. They had to drop Ember for iOS because they couldn't solve a bug with iCloud.
I paid $55 for Ember because I wanted a library that would sync to my iPad. What I got was months of bugs that caused me to lose my data several times, and finally their solution was to stop development on it within a year of me buying it.
Now they are building a new application based off of open-source work by Google, and they are charging $15 for it. I really want to like Realmac, but this is just too sleezy for me...
FYI If you're looking for an Ember replacement, Pixa is great (no iPad app, though), Pixave is very similar ($10 I think, no companion app either), or Dropmark, which is like $45 and has a similar sets/tagging setup (they say they have an iOS app coming soon).
The creators of Pixave or working on a companion app, they're really fast at implementing new features. I hope they keep it up.
It often is. Realmac sold off or discontinued several older products because they were promising to focus on their core efforts.
Several abandoned attempts at using Ember later, many of us are still waiting for that focus to show itself.
The rest of us aren’t waiting anymore because we’ve moved on from Realmac. Source: the comments in this thread.
Yeah I've abandoned Ember because it seems like they're not particularly interested in it anymore. I tried so hard to use it, but losing my library two times really makes me hate the crappy product that it is.
Ditto. I've switched to Dropmark.
Hey Luke: not the case, but I can absolutely appreciate why it would seem like that! Hot off the press:
Doesn't that imply that Ember users will need to pay to upgrade to get a non-buggy version after the public beta?
Selling a bunch of other peoples work for £10…… nice, "Apps" everyone!
Aren't there a lot of paid weather apps that rely on a free API? Or paid RSS readers that wrap a great UI over RSS feeds that are technically "free"? Or paid Twitter clients?
I feel like it's a low price, and it's a nice GUI wrapper for this. That's what the cost is for.
I think the difference is that Realmac is a well established company with several other full-featured products. This is basically just a UI wrapper around Google's work, using all the default OS X form elements. It should be a side-project at a company like Realmac.
If a couple of kids released something like this, I would probably think, "$15 is a lot for this app, but good for them for releasing something useful!". This is just weird.
That's a fair point, I'd agree with that.
Although there's nice shiny wrapping paper around, I still think selling it like that feels like a low movie.
They did something weird with Clear, too. If I remember correctly, they tried releasing Clear for iOS 7 as a whole new app, touting it as an "upgrade". The "upgrade" was basically just a slightly new UI (Helvetica Neue!), but tried charging their current customers for it as a whole new app while deprecating the existing app that was in the store.
To clarify: “Clear for iOS 7” was the first time Clear ran natively on the iPad, i.e. it was a Universal app whereas before Clear was iPhone-only. The naming caused a lot of confusion, as you rightly point out.
I wish they fix Ember's bugs first. I am very disappointed.
We're working on a big update to Ember right now, it'll be released as a public beta in the next few months.
It's a very cool effect but not sure if I'd buy an app to do this.
To go over old ground, I invested in Ember also and would like them to focus on that. Also yes this app just seems weird. It's like one of those apps that some groups would release as a fun project but not charge. I'm thinking this could damage them more than benefit them as it does seem a little desperate and shady.
Good news: we are focusing on Ember! http://blog.realmacsoftware.com/article/our-plans-for-ember We use Ember ourselves, all day everyday, and it’s not going anywhere :)
Nice site design. Nice looking app.