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Together 3.8 for Mac and Together 1.8 for iOS

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Together 3.8 for Mac and Together 1.8 for iPad and iPhone are now available. These new versions bring checklists to notes, shared defaults for notes and rich text documents and changes to stationery. The Mac version also gains a format bar and improved thumbnails, and the iOS version gets improved text formatting and the ability to set default fonts and colors for notes and rich text documents.

Checklists in Notes

Checklists can now be inserted into notes in both the Mac and iOS versions by clicking the checklist button in the format bar in the Mac version (see below) or by selecting the Checklist text list option in iOS.

Checklists in Together 1.8 for iOS

Notes with checklists remain compatible with earlier versions of Together (e.g. if you’re running the latest iOS version, but v3.5 in El Capitan) or when copying text or exporting notes as rich text files, but the checklists will appear as static symbols rather than interactive checkboxes. The Evernote Importer has been updated to import checklists.

Text Editing

Notes and rich text documents in the Mac version now have a format bar that can be used to change fonts, styles, colors, alignment, insert bulleted and numbered lists and highlight text that provides the same options as the iOS version, and the appearance of the text ruler has been improved. It’s now also possible to indent text and lists in the iOS version.

Format bar in Together 3.8 for Mac

Default fonts and colors for notes and rich text documents are now shared between all devices via iCloud, whether or not a particular library is stored in iCloud. Previously there was no way to set these defaults in the iOS app, and this change will mean that new notes and rich text files created in the iOS app will look different, but will now be consistent across devices.

Editing & Previews

On Mac, each file type now has its own main menu title (e.g. Note, Image, PDF), rather than “Preview”, and autosave has been improved to make saves to iCloud less frequent and more closely match the iOS version of the app in behavior. This also means, for example, that the app will be smarter about when to do the first save, which helps when automatically naming notes.

File types are now interpreted more liberally on Mac (also to match iOS), which could mean something that is essentially a plain text file may now be editable rather than just viewable.

Thumbnails

The thumbnails view has been rewritten to remain compatible with future versions of macOS. It’s also been changed to improve the appearance of some kinds of thumbnails, allowing the name to be edited inline and changing the text color depending on whether the applied label is dark or light, as in the list view.

Stationery

Stationery is now always global, which means all stationery is available on other devices whether or not the library is stored in iCloud (library-specific stationery was never stored in iCloud) and can be used as a default new document.

Other Changes

On Mac, when the app first starts up or when you hold on the Option key as the app starts, now shows a Choose Library panel that combines all the features provided by multiple panels before, allowing you to create a new library, choose a previously opened local library, open an iCloud library or another library on disk, and rebuild libraries. See the release notes for a full list of changes in the Mac version. On iOS there is now URL scheme support for creating notes — again, you can find details in the iOS app’s release notes.

Availability

Together 3.8 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 before registration. Together for iPad and iPhone can be purchased from the App Store for $9.99.

Together 1.7 for iPad and iPhone

Monday, January 9th, 2017

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.

Together 3.7 and Evernote Importer Update

Monday, December 5th, 2016

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.

Together 3.6 for Mac

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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.

Together 1.6 for iPad and iPhone

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Together for iPad and iPhone IconTogether 1.6 for iPad and iPhone is available today. This update adds Spotlight searching, improved text formatting for notes and rich documents, updating smart groups, an improved Share extension and more.

Search Content

Together can now search file content on iOS 10, both in the app and with the systemwide Spotlight search. All items will be added to the device’s Spotlight index to index their names, comments and tags, along with the content of notes, rich and plain text documents, web archives, HTML files, bookmarks, mail messages and PDFs, making these available to both the systemwide Spotlight search and in the app. In addition, when using Spotlight, you can continue the search in Together.

Together indexes content for downloaded items straight away, and temporarily downloads other indexable items in the background when there is a Wi-Fi connection to extract their content.

Improved Text Editing

When editing notes and rich text documents on iOS, there is now a toolbar for accessing new features to change fonts, styles, alignment and colors, and create bulleted and numbered lists. The toolbar also makes existing features easier to reach such as text highlighting and inserting a photo or video. It’s now also possible to find text in notes, rich text files and plain text files.

Updating Smart Groups

Smart groups will now update on iOS without needing to make the roundtrip to Mac, provided they are compatible with iCloud libraries. Currently smart groups that search file content or check for linked files are considered incompatible, because results can differ between devices.

Share Extension

Together’s Share Extension has been improved on iOS so you can now set tags on the items that get imported, and it will also use iCloud when available, so those changes appear on all devices without needing to open the app on the original device first.

And More…

Previews can now be made full screen on iPad in landscape, the total number of items (or found items) is now shown under the item list. On iPad, the New Item sheet no longer covers the whole screen, and there are VoiceOver improvements for expanding and collapsing folders, along with clearer labelling across the app.

Together 1.6 for iPad and iPhone is a free upgrade for all existing users or $9.99 otherwise, is available now on the App Store and requires iOS 10. For a full list of changes, see the release notes.