Keep It Shortcuts Support

October 26th, 2021 by Steve Harris

Keep It for Mac 1.11.5 adds support for the Shortcuts app introduced in macOS Monterey. The actions Keep It provides to the Shortcuts app are identical to those that have been included with Keep It for iPad and iPhone since version 1.7 on iOS 13, and therefore the same shortcuts can be used on both Mac and iOS.

Keep It provides the following actions to the Shortcuts app. In most cases, expanding the action will show additional options, and return either a Keep It item or list — you can use the properties of those in further actions.

  • Add Files to Keep It: Adds the specified files. Optionally specify a destination, tags, and whether to convert text files to notes. Returns the created items.
  • Add List to Keep It: Add a folder or bundle. Returns the folder or bundle.
  • Add Text to Keep It: Creates a new item from the text. Optionally specify a destination, format, style for the next (notes only), and tags. Returns the new item.
  • Add Web Link to Keep It: Adds a web link. Optionally set a name for the saved web link, choose whether to save it for offline and in what format, the destination and tags. Returns the new item.
  • Append Text to Keep It Item: Append text to a note or editable text item in Keep It. For notes, choose the style of the text to add. Returns the item.
  • Attach Files to Keep It Item: Attach one or more files to a note or editable text item. Returns the item.
  • Find Keep It Bundles: Find bundles by name and / or parent. Returns the bundles.
  • Find Keep It Folders: Find folders by name and / or parent. Returns the folders.
  • Find Keep It Items: Find items by name, filename, comments, source, tags, the presence of attachments, kind, list, label, date added / created / modified, or a range of dates.
  • Find Keep It Labels: Find Keep It labels by name.
  • Get Keep It Item: Get a specific Keep It item, optionally by its item link or identifier. Useful for integrating shortcuts with other automation methods such as AppleScript or x-callback-urls.
  • Get Keep It Label: Get a specific Keep It label, optionally by its identifier or URL. Useful for integrating shortcuts with other automation methods such as AppleScript or x-callback-urls.
  • Get Keep It List: Get a specific Keep It list, optionally by its identifier or URL. Useful for integrating shortcuts with other automation methods such as AppleScript or x-callback-urls.
  • Get Text Content from Keep It Item: Gets the plain text content of any note or editable text item in Keep It.
  • Open Item in Keep It: Opens the specified item in Keep It.
  • Open Keep It List: Opens the specified list in Keep It.
  • Remove Keep It Item: Removes the specified Keep It item either from the library (and to Deleted Items), or from the specified bundle.
  • Set Properties on Keep It Item: Set properties such as name comments, source URL, favorite, tags, bundles, folder, or label on an item.
  • Set Properties on Keep It List: Set properties such as name, parent, or favorite on a list.

Keep It for Mac also provides support for Automator, AppleScript and x-callback-urls for cases where Shortcuts cannot be used.

Feeder 4.3

October 25th, 2021 by Steve Harris
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Feeder 4.3 is now available. This version adds support for Shortcuts in macOS 12 Monterey, and makes improvements for dealing with podcast artwork.

Shortcuts

Feeder provides the following actions to the Shortcuts app on Monterey. Most of these actions have additional options that can be set by expanding them, and will return feeds and items whose properties can be used in other actions:

  • Add New Item to Feed: Adds a new item to the specified feed with a title (required), and optional link, enclosure file (required for podcast and Sparkle feeds), Description, and any categories. Returns the new item.
  • Export Feed: Export the XML from the specified feed as a file that can be saved with the Save File action or passed to another action.
  • Find Feeds: Get feeds from feed by name, link, description, feed URL, folder or title, all of which are optional. Returns a list of matching feeds (or all feeds if no criteria specified).
  • Find Items in Feed: Finds items in the specified feed by their title, link, unique ID, date, description, or enclosure URL, all of which are optional. Returns a list of matching items (or all items in the feed if no criteria specified).
  • Publish Feed: Starts publishing a feed. To perform actions when a feed has finished publishing, set a script in the feed’s Publishing settings in the app itself.
  • Reload Feed: Reload a feed from the web or a file.
  • Remove Items From Feed: Removes the passed-in items (e.g. found with Find Items) from the feed that contains them.
  • Set Properties on Feed Item: Use to set standard RSS, Dublin Core, Media RSS and WordPress tags on an item.
  • Set Properties on Podcast Item: Set podcast-specific properties on an item in a podcast feed.
  • Set Properties on Sparkle Item: Set Sparkle-specific properties on an item in an appcast feed.

Podcasting

Feeder will now offer to fix artwork that does not meet the Apple Podcast specifications for dimensions, color space, and resolution provided the image is large enough and at least 72 DPI. In addition, all issues with the original image will be reported immediately, rather than individually.

Pricing & Upgrades

Feeder 4.3 is a free update for all existing Feeder 4 users. Feeder 4 is $39.99 and is available from Reinvented Software and the Mac App Store. Feeder 3 users can upgrade for $19.99 unless you purchased Feeder 3 in the last year, in which case it is a free upgrade. Upgrades are only available from Reinvented Software, not the Mac App Store. See the Feeder support page for more information about upgrading from Feeder 3. To download a 15-day trial and see a full list of changes, see the Feeder downloads page.

Keep It 1.11

September 20th, 2021 by Steve Harris
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Keep It 1.11 is now available for Mac, iPad and iPhone. On iOS 15, Keep It includes Text From Camera support, and improved windows and keyboard navigation on iPadOS 15. There are also improvements for notes, tags, file imports, the Share extension, and Markdown previews.

iOS 15

On supported iPhone and iPad models, you can use the camera to add text to notes, rich and plain text files, and Markdown documents. Drag and drop is now possible between apps on iPhone on iOS 15, which allows you to drag things to and from Keep It.

iPadOS 15

On iPad, items opened in new windows now open prominently, in the centre of the screen, and it’s possible to open items in new windows by pinching to zoom on the items list.Key commands have been grouped into categories such as File, Edit and View, and it’s now possible to navigate the UI with the tab and arrow keys.

Keep It 1.11 for iPad note editor window open

When using Dark Mode, Keep It can now adapt custom text colors in the note to make them more readable. Previously notes with white backgrounds and black text were displayed so that both background and text were appropriate for Dark Mode, but other colors would remain unchanged. This could mean that text pasted from a web page (which rarely use pure black text) would appear unreadable unless changed. As before, notes with custom background colors will be shown exactly the same in both light and dark modes.

The first page of an attached PDF can now be shown inline on iPad and iPhone, but it’s still possible to show attached PDFs as an icon by tapping and holding on the preview.

Convert to Note

Standalone PDFs and images can be converted to an attachment on a new note by choosing Convert To Note from the PDF or Image menu on Mac, or by choosing Convert To Note in the Activity sheet on iPad and iPhone. The converted note will retain all the original tags, comments, creation date, etc of the original file, and on Mac the original image or PDF file will be moved to the system Trash.

Tags

Keep It can now be set to use hashtags in notes, rich text, plain text, and Markdown documents. When enabled, tags in the text will be used as the item’s tags in Keep It with the leading # removed and underscores replaced with spaces. Hashtags can be clicked / tapped to filter for all items that contain that tag.

On Mac, when using the tag filter, the window subtitle (or status bar on Catalina) shows how many items have been found, as the app already did when searching.

Imports

Keep It for Mac can now import web links from bookmarks HTML files, such as those exported by a web browser. Tags and the folder structure of the bookmarks will be preserved.

The Share extension now shows recent items in the Where pop-up when adding links or files to Keep It, without you needing to choose “New Note” first. There is now a setting in Import preferences on Mac or Settings on iOS to include HTML and plain text files when converting imported files to notes.

And More…

On Mac, when moving items to a folder, and an item exists with the same name, it’s now possible to choose to skip all, rather than have to deal with each conflict individually. You can now set custom HTML for the <head> section of Markdown previews. The maximum depth of folders on iCloud has been removed, thanks to improvements in iCloud. See the release notes for a full list of changes:

Pricing & Availability

Keep It 1.11 is a free update for all existing customers. 

Keep It for Mac is available for $49.99 directly from Reinvented Software, and Together 3 users can upgrade for $24.99, unless they purchased Together 3 in its final 6 months on sale, in which case the upgrade is free. A 15-day free trial can be downloaded from this site.

Keep It for Mac is also available from the Mac App Store, offers a free trial and a choice of one-time purchase for all Keep It 1.x releases for $49.99, or an upgrade from Together 3 for $24.99 (or free if Together 3 was purchased in its final 6 months on sale). Alternatively, choose from yearly or monthly subscriptions at $19.99/year or $2.49/month.

Keep It for iPad and iPhone is available separately from the App Store with a choice of yearly or monthly subscriptions at $9.99/year or $1.49/month.

Feeder 4.2

May 26th, 2021 by Steve Harris
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Feeder 4.2 is now available. This version includes improvements for editing and previewing podcasts, Touch Bar support when editing, specifying tags when posting to WordPress blogs, and more.

Podcasts

When editing the Episode Summary, clickable links are now shown. The conversion of links from HTML to the plain text Episode Summary has been improved to handle phone numbers. Podcast feeds can now be downloaded via their Apple Podcasts URLs.

Editing Changes

Touch Bar support has been added for the rich text editor, and the HTML editor’s Touch Bar now matches that. It’s now possible to set default categories in the template editor, and there are improvements when converting HTML to Markdown.

Posting to Blogs

Feeder 4.2 restores the ability to include tags when posting to WordPress blogs. The Tags field can be enabled by editing the template, and default tags can be specified in the template too. Posting to blogs has also been improved with better error reporting.

Other Changes

The library window now looks better on macOS Big Sur. Various other changes have been made to Feeder over the past few releases to support Apple Podcasts Subscriptions – see this post for more information, and see the release notes for all the changes specific to Feeder 4.2.

Pricing & Upgrades

Feeder 4.2 is a free update for all existing Feeder 4 users. Feeder 4 is $39.99 and is available from Reinvented Software and the Mac App Store. Feeder 3 users can upgrade for $19.99 unless you purchased Feeder 3 in the last year, in which case it is a free upgrade. Upgrades are only available from Reinvented Software, not the Mac App Store. See the Feeder support page for more information about upgrading from Feeder 3. 

Feeder and Apple Podcasts Subscriptions

May 24th, 2021 by Steve Harris

Recently Apple announced Podcasts Subscriptions, which are now live in macOS 11.4, iOS, iPadOS and tvOS 14.6, and watchOS 7.5. Feeder 4 has some changes to help people who want to offer podcast subscriptions in Apple Podcasts, and to handle HTML links in show notes with the latest Apple Podcasts redesign.

Apple provides two ways to offer alternative versions of episodes without subscribers seeing the freely available versions as duplicates. Feeder supports both these methods.

Matching Type, Season and Episode Numbers

If your podcast is a Serial or an Episodic podcast that includes Season and Episode Number tags, you will not need to do anything different in Feeder, apart from make sure the numbers match the episode in Podcasts Connect.

Feeder Episode Type Field

Serial podcasts show the Episode Type / Season / Number fields by default. If you want to use these for your Episodic podcast, you can show the fields:

  • While editing an item, choose Editor > Edit Template from the menu
  • Scroll down to the Apple Podcasts section
  • Click the checkbox next to Episode Type
  • Click Save

Using the Apple Podcasts Episode ID as the GUID

If your podcast is not a Serial or Episodic podcast that uses season and episode numbers, you can set the episode’s GUID to match the Apple Podcasts Episode ID, which you can get from Podcasts Connect after uploading your subscriber audio there.

In Feeder, the GUID is called the Unique ID. Feeder automatically generates a Unique ID for each item in the feed. The Unique ID field is normally hidden; to show it, while editing an item:

  • Choose Editor > Unique ID > Show Unique ID from the menu
Edit Unique ID in Feeder

The Unique ID is not editable by default, because if it’s changed for an item that has already been published, your episode will appear as a duplicate. To edit the Unique ID:

  • Click the action button next to the Unique ID field
  • Choose Make Editable from the menu shown

If the item has already been published, Feeder will show a warning.

Formatting Show Notes

Update: From July 1, 2021 this issue has been fixed in Apple Podcasts.

Apple Podcasts no longer uses any HTML in your show notes, but other podcast apps might. That means that links in the show notes won’t be active in Apple Podcasts unless they literally appear as URLs. 

If necessary, Feeder can create a version of your show notes just for Apple Podcasts in the Episode Summary, which is an alternative to the Description.

When a podcast episode has an Episode Summary, Apple Podcasts shows that instead of the Description. This means you can keep your Descriptions as before, and use Episode Summary to provide a plain text version for Apple Podcasts only.

Feeder can convert HTML in the Description to plain text, expanding links that otherwise wouldn’t appear clickable. The links will be shown in brackets alongside what would normally be the clickable text.

To show the Episode Summary, while editing an item:

  • Choose Editor > Show Episode Summary from the menu

You can now switch between the Description and Episode Summary fields using the buttons above the text area.

To have Feeder insert a plain text version of the Description with links expanded:

  • Choose Editor > Episode Summary > Insert Description With Links from the menu

You can see how your podcast will look in Apple Podcasts and other apps using Feeder’s preview.

  • Click the Preview button in the editor window toolbar
  • Use the pop-up below the preview to switch between the Podcasts and Standard previews.