Together 1.7 for iPad and iPhone

January 9th, 2017 by Steve Harris

Together 1.7 for iPad and iPhone is now available. This version adds item counts in the groups and tags lists, can sort tags by name or item count, adds shortcut keys for hardware keyboards, and improves the document picker so files can be saved or exported to Together from within other apps, along with other changes and improvements.

Groups and Tags

Together can now show item counts next to groups and tags, and this works the same as the Mac version. For folders, it shoes the total number of items when a folder is collapsed, and only what’s in that folder when expanded. Tags can now be sorted by name or item count, as in the Mac version.

Item counts are shown by default, but can be disabled by tapping Edit above the Groups or Tags list, then Settings and switching “Show Item Counts” off. There is a separate setting for groups and tags. You can find the setting to sort tags in the same place.

Together Groups and Tags screenshot

Document Picker

The document picker can be accessed in other apps that work with documents, such as Pages or Numbers, and lets you open and edit documents in Together’s library. Changes are then saved by Together to iCloud automatically, even when the app isn’t running.

In Together 1.7 the document picker now supports another mode where you can move or export a document to a group or folder in Together from within the other app, and (in the case of a move) that app will be able to keep track of it.

Hardware Keyboard Support

This version also adds shortcut keys that can be used with a hardware keyboard to perform common tasks, such as creating and finding items, going to the groups or tags lists, showing Info, and so on. To see the available shortcuts, hold on the Command key.

And More…

Various other changes include support for printing notes, rich and plain text documents, web pages and mail messages, improvements when importing and removing items, the display of file sizes when downloading items from iCloud, and more besides. See the release notes for a full list of changes.

Together 1.7 for iPad and iPhone requires iOS 10 costs $9.99 from the App Store, and is a free upgrade for all existing users.

Feeder 3.4

January 9th, 2017 by Steve Harris

Feeder Icon

Feeder 3.4 is now available. This version adds support for the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, updates the look of the main window, and includes other minor improvements.

The Touch Bar is customizable and changes based on what’s on screen. Here are some of the things you can do, with screenshots of the default setup.

Library Window

In the Library window you can switch between the Feed, Items, Drafts and Settings views, create a new item, reload and publish the feed, show the Links panel, share items and toggle the sidebar.

Library Touch Bar

Editor Window

The editor window has both touch bar items that apply to the whole window, such as switching between the Edit, Preview and Template views.

Enclosure Touch Bar

Additional items that appear when you’re in a certain field, including choosing enclosures and fetching their attributes, inserting HTML tags, links and images, and uploading files.

HTML Editor Touch Bar

Other Changes

In addition to these changes, the appearance of the Feed, Items, Drafts and Settings buttons have been updated, there is now support for publishing to Amazon S3 buckets hosted in Canada, and there are accessibility improvements, including new menu items that perform the equivalent of some of the action menus in individual fields. See the release notes for a full list of changes.

Availability

Feeder 3.4 is a free upgrade for all Feeder 3 users or costs $49.99 otherwise. Feeder 2 users can upgrade from this site for $24.99, with free upgrades if Feeder 2 was purchased between the release of 10.10 Yosemite in October 2014 and the release of Feeder 3 in July 2015. A 15-day trial is also available for download from this site.

Together 3.7 and Evernote Importer Update

December 5th, 2016 by Steve Harris

Together IconAvailable today, Together 3.7 for Mac adds support for the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar and Touch ID, along with other improvements. Together’s Evernote Importer has also been updated to improve performance and note conversion.

The Touch Bar is contextual, so what you can do depends on what has focus in the app. The defaults are pretty lean, but customizing the Touch Bar will reveal many more possibilities:

General

Across the app you can create new items, import files, and search the library. When searching, you can adjust the search scope and criteria.

Adjusting Search Criteria in the Touch Bar

Sidebar

In the sidebar you can switch between Groups and Tags. When the groups are visible you can add groups and folders, and quickly view the All Items group, Inbox, Last Import group, Favorite Items group and favorite groups.

Groups Touch Bar

In Tags view you can find tags, add tag bundles and labels and quickly view the Untagged group.

Tags Touch Bar

Items

In the item list you can switch between the list and thumbnails views, change how the list is sorted and resize the thumbnails. You can also tag, label, rate, share, favorite, Quick Look, open, and remove items, and view or decrypt encrypted items with Touch ID.

Thumbnails Touch Bar

Previews

When editing text items such as notes and rich text files, you’ll be able to format that text. When viewing encrypted items you can use Touch ID to authenticate, and when the cursor is in any of the mini info fields you can tag, label, rate, favorite, share and encrypt the current item.

Mini Info Touch Bar

Other Changes

The Tags column in the Landscape list has been changed to show tags as just text instead of tokens, exported notes and rich text files will have any comments preserved in the file, it’s now possible to remove a library from iCloud without opening it, and there are other minor fixes and improvements. For a full list of changes, see the release notes.

Evernote Importer

Evernote Importer IconTogether’s Evernote Importer has been largely rewritten to address shortcomings in the previous version, and improve note conversion.

Notes that are web clippings will now be converted into web archives, which helps preserve their original layout and appearance, and checklists in notes will be converted to similarly representative bulleted lists. As before, notes that contain a single file and no text are imported as standalone files, rather than notes with attachments.

Performance has been improved and importing larger notebooks is no longer an issue. Each notebook is now imported into a folder in Together, which removes the need for the importer to make note filenames unique when one notebook contains a note with the same name as a note in another notebook.

Availability

Together 3.7 is available today from this site and the Mac App Store, and requires macOS 10.12. Version 3.7 is a free upgrade for all Together 3 users and a fully functional 15-day trial is also available for download from this site.

Feeder 3.3

October 4th, 2016 by Steve Harris

Feeder IconFeeder 3.3 is now available. This version includes support for tabs on macOS Sierra, along with improvements for split screen mode, editing, sharing to Facebook, publishing, drafts and more.

macOS Sierra

Sierra has introduced tabs for windows, and Feeder 3.3 has been updated to work well with these. In version 3.3 library and editing windows can be tabbed together, if desired, and there’s a new setting in General preferences to control that. Feeder respects the setting for tabs in Dock System Preferences, but you can reverse that default by holding on Option when you create or edit items.

Editing & Drafts

Drafts were added in Feeder 3.2, but it wasn’t always clear when something not in the feed had been saved as a draft. Now Feeder shows a count next to the Drafts button, along with a count of unpublished items next to the Items button.

It’s now possible to set defaults for when pasting or inserting HTML links into the description for the “target” and “rel” attributes. People who have Feeder set up to post to their blogs may set the target to “_blank”, for example, to open the link in a new window. The “rel” attribute can be used for a number of purposes, including to thwart “tab nabbing” in some browsers.

Publishing

Occasionally people need to upload everything in a feed again, such as when moving to a new server. Feeder 3.3 normally only uploads files once, but you can now set all files to be uploaded again in the Publishing section of a feed’s Settings. This can also flag any missing files, so you can be sure everything will be uploaded.

Facebook Sharing

Feeder 3.3 can now share links to Facebook groups you administer, and when sharing manually by choosing Post to Facebook from the Share button in the toolbar or Item > Share menu, you can now choose a page or group from all the ones available to your Facebook account.

Availability

Feeder 3.3 costs $49.99, is a free upgrade for all Feeder 3.x users and requires El Capitan 10.11 or later. An upgrade from Feeder 2 is $24.99. A fully functional 15-day trial can be downloaded from Reinvented Software. See the release notes for a full list of changes.

Together 3.6 for Mac

September 20th, 2016 by Steve Harris

Together IconTogether 3.6 for Mac is available today. This version adds iCloud in the direct version of the app, new library management features, compatibility with macOS Sierra and a variety of other improvements.

iCloud for Everyone

With macOS Sierra, Apple has made iCloud available to apps sold outside the Mac App Store, which means the direct version of Together for Mac can now work with iCloud libraries and use those libraries with Together for iPad and iPhone (available as a separate purchase from the App Store). When you first open a library in the direct version of Together 3.6 you’ll be offered to store the library in iCloud.

Import Text Files as Notes

Together already has separate downloadable importers for Evernote and Yojimbo, but to assist with moving from other apps, Together can now import text files as notes.

While Together’s normal file import will keep the files in their original format, this will convert text files you select or that it finds in any folders you select to Together notes, preserving the folder hierarchy and including any Finder tags. Supported formats include RTF, RTFD, plain text, Word, HTML and web archives.

Updating Smart Groups

Smart groups have been changed for compatibility with iCloud. Currently smart groups that search file content or check for linked files are considered incompatible, because results will differ between devices.

Incompatible smart groups in iCloud libraries will be shown with a warning icon and will not update on either Mac or iOS. You can edit these smart groups on Mac to change the affected rules (which will also be marked with warning icons) or remove them from the library. You will not be able to create new smart groups that use incompatible rules in iCloud libraries. Non-iCloud libraries are unaffected by these changes.

Changes for macOS Sierra

With macOS Sierra, iCloud Drive can now keep your Desktop and Documents folders consistent across Macs and make those files available to iOS devices. However, Together libraries cannot be kept in iCloud Drive without the risk of data loss and unresolvable errors in the case of iCloud libraries.

If you enable the option to store your Documents and Desktop folders in iCloud Drive, Together libraries in those folders will be moved when first opened, and an alias put in their place, so you can still access your folders in the Finder as before. The alias will work across Macs running macOS Sierra.

The same problem affects libraries whose folders have been stored in other file syncing services such as Dropbox. Together 3.6 will prevent iCloud libraries from being stored in Dropbox and Google Drive, and this will be extended to all libraries in future. Other services — indeed, any case where a single Together library file can be accessed by more than one Mac at a time while the app is running — will result in the same problems and should not be used to store Together libraries.

The new location mentioned above is known as the Default Location in the app, which is a folder in your Library folder that can be accessed by the app and extensions such as Together’s Share extension, and will allow those extensions to do more in the future.

And More…

Quick Open has been improved, there’s now a default font for empty rich text files, the Path row in the mini info view now shows the path relative to the library, the name and URL can be edited in the share extension, the Shelf can remember the last import group when import options are enabled, and web page text can be imported as a new notes. See the release notes for a full list of changes.

Availability

Together 3.6 is available from this site and the Mac App Store today and is a free upgrade for all Together 3 users. Together 2 users can upgrade for $24.99 from this site. To Try Together, download the version from this site, which works as a fully functional 15-day trial until you enter your registration details. Together for iPad and iPhone can be purchased from the App Store for $9.99.