Acquire and organise images from anywhere
£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.
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.