Most of us are keeping entire image libraries inside numerous folders on our Macs, and I am not talking about family vacation photos or any other personal photo albums that you naturally keep and edit inside Apple’s own iPhoto. There are also a lot of other photos that most people store and share, like inspirational photos, good examples of typography, screenshots, and any other kinds of images that are sitting right there on your computer. It would be great to have an additional photo organizer where you can keep all these photos and easily preview them, which could beat basic functionality of OSX’s Finder. As it turns out, there are several interesting tools for this job, and you’re about to learn more about one of those.
In this article we are going to talk about an application called Inboard, which is currently in its public beta phase. I am focusing on a beta product because it’s stable enough to be used like any other regular app, and it’s free to download and use which is usually not the case with most photo organizers.
Inboard can be used just like any other photo organizer, which means that you can use it to store images and organize them according to your sense of logic. Right from the start it’s important to say that Inboard doesn’t have any editing tools, and it won’t have any even in its final version. This application is trying to focus only on images and its organizational aspect, as well as to give you minimalistic interface that’s easy to handle.
When it comes to interface design, this application is a good examples. It comes with dark and interestingly looking graphic elements that really allow you to focus on your images. On the left side there’s a sidebar which holds categories, tags, and folders. In the middle part you can find adjustable image thumbnails, while on the right you can find specific details of a selected image. This pretty much gives you an idea of features you can expect, since there are no hidden panes and windows, and everything is in clear sight from the first time you start Inboard.
In order to add new images, there are several ways to go by. You can simply drag-and-drop a bunch of images, so you can later add tags and place them into folders. There are also more refined ways, which include dragging images onto Inboard’s menu bar icon, where you’ll be prompted to change title and add tags. You can also capture a screenshot, or add a selectable or automatic screenshot of a webpage in Safari. Finally, you can also associate Dribbble account to download new images. Sadly, there’s no RSS, Flickr, Facebook, or any other popular service integration, even though you can share Inboard images using Facebook, e-mail, and Flickr once you right-click on an image.
Inboard is pretty basic image library that allows you to store and organize images. Some good sides of this application is its nicely looking interface, ease of use, and that it’s currently free in its beta version. On the other hand, it’s quite limited and doesn’t bring anything other than basic features, so it’s not for everyone.