BeeRef lets you quickly arrange your reference images and view them while you create. Its minimal interface is designed not to get in the way of your creative process.
Get the file for your operating system (Windows, Linux, macOS) from the latest release.
Linux users need to give the file executable rights before running it. Optional: If you want to have BeeRef appear in the app menu, save the desktop file from the release section in
~/.local/share/applications, save the logo, and adjust the path names in the desktop file to match the location of your BeeRef installation.
MacOS X users, look at detailed instructions if you have problems running BeeRef.
- Move, scale, rotate and flip images
- Mass-scale images to the same width, height or size
- Mass-arrange images vertically, horizontally or for optimal usage of space
- Add text notes
- Enable always-on-top-mode and disable the title bar to let the BeeRef window unobtrusively float above your art program:
Regarding the bee file format
Currently, all images are embedded into the bee file as png files. While png is a lossless format, it may also produce larger file sizes than compressed jpg files, so bee files may become bigger than the imported images on their own. More embedding options are to come later.
The bee file format is a sqlite database inside which the images are stored in an sqlar table—meaning they can be extracted with the sqlite command line program:
sqlite3 myfile.bee -Axv
Options for exporting from inside BeeRef are planned, but the above always works independently of BeeRef.