Ac­quire and or­gan­ise im­ages from any­where

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£7.99 De­vel­oper YoungHo Kim, lit­tlehj.com Re­quires OS X 10.10 or higher

Pix­ave is a tool that al­lows you to col­lect, or­gan­ise and man­age im­ages from mul­ti­ple sources. You can im­port them by drag­ging a folder onto Pix­ave’s win­dow, tak­ing a screen­shot, or grab­bing an im­age from a web­site.

Once you’ve im­ported im­ages, they’re or­gan­ised into col­lec­tions. These can be named af­ter the folder you im­ported or given any other name you choose. You can also cre­ate Smart Col­lec­tions. Like Smart Playlists in iTunes, these group im­ages to­gether based on cri­te­ria you spec­ify. The cri­te­ria can be based on tags, file­names, creation dates or a va­ri­ety of meta­data.

Liv­ing colour

Pix­ave’s neat­est trick, how­ever, is the way it al­lows you to view im­ages ac­cord­ing to the dom­i­nant colours in them. Click on a Col­lec­tion, then click on the drop­per icon, and you’re pre­sented with an ar­ray of colour sam­ples lifted from its im­ages, each with its hex code dis­played be­low it. Click on a colour and you’re shown the im­ages in the Col­lec­tion which fea­ture that shade. How­ever, the sam­ples are so spe­cific that none were fea­tured in more than one of our im­ages. The work­around is to select mul­ti­ple sim­i­lar sam­ples. Also an is­sue is the colours ex­tracted from im­ages. In the pic­ture above, Pix­ave de­cided the rel­e­vant colours were black and a dark shade of grey, rather than the or­ange and pink that form the most in­ter­est­ing part of it.

You can’t edit im­ages di­rectly in Pix­ave, though it sup­ports OS X Yosemite’s Ex­ten­sions, so if you have an im­age edi­tor in­stalled that makes its edit­ing func­tions avail­able as an Ex­ten­sion, you can use them in Pix­ave. You can also open an im­age with a third-party edit­ing tool, such as Affin­ity Photo, from within Pix­ave, send it to another app like Pho­tos or Ever­note, or pub­lish it to so­cial net­works. You can im­port na­tive doc­u­ments from Affin­ity Photo and Pix­el­ma­tor, too.

The app pro­vides a menu bar icon for tak­ing screen­shots and grab­bing web pages, and Pix­ave mini, which sits on top of other win­dows so you can eas­ily add im­ages to it. You can add tags to im­ages, em­pha­sis­ing that Pix­ave is very much a tool for or­gan­is­ing pic­tures rather than edit­ing them.

The key ques­tion is who Pix­ave is for. Its de­vel­oper talks of col­lect­ing im­ages for in­spi­ra­tion. We think its best use is as an al­ter­na­tive to the or­gan­i­sa­tional part of a tool like Light­room, to use with an edi­tor such as Pix­el­ma­tor or Affin­ity Photo. Such a pair­ing could pro­vide a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to Adobe’s sub­scrip­tion-based tool.

Pix­ave isn’t per­fect, but it’s a promis­ing start and has plenty of po­ten­tial. Kenny Hem­phill Pix­ave has lots of po­ten­tial, but its ap­peal is lim­ited and the ‘or­gan­ise by colour’ fea­ture is flawed.

Easy to pull in im­ages

Works with Ex­ten­sions and apps

Colour or­gan­i­sa­tion is un­help­ful

No sup­port for batch re­nam­ing

Click on a colour and you’re shown the im­ages in the Col­lec­tion which fea­ture that shade – but it’s very spe­cific

In the Info panel on the right, Pix­ave has cho­sen shades of grey as the dom­i­nant colours here.

You can im­port fold­ers of im­ages and cre­ate Col­lec­tions from them in Pix­ave.

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