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Why Keep It for iPad and iPhone uses subscriptions

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Keep It for iPad and iPhone (aka Keep It Mobile) offers a choice of subscriptions. Prices vary for each region’s App Store, but are based on the US App Store’s prices of $0.99/month or $7.99/year.

In 2016, Apple opened up auto-renewable subscriptions to all app categories. Their guidelines include examples of appropriate uses for subscriptions:

While the following list is not exhaustive, examples of appropriate subscriptions include: new game levels; episodic content; multi-player support; apps that offer consistent, substantive updates; access to large collections of, or continually updated, media content; software as a service (“SAAS”); and cloud support.

Through this change, Apple is encouraging the use of subscriptions instead of the traditional full price / upgrade discount model that has been used by software developers for many years.

Like its predecessor Together, Keep It aims to provide substantive updates, and although it uses iCloud for its cloud storage, there is an ongoing and significant support overhead that comes with providing that.

I based Keep It’s pricing on my experience with Together. As a one-off payment of $9.99 (reduced to $4.99 for its final months on sale), Together for iPad and iPhone only managed to recoup a third of its development costs over the three years it was on sale. Few people will pay $30 for an iOS app, even when that app provides most of the functionality its Mac counterpart offers. Meanwhile, at $49.99, Together for Mac just about covered its own costs, including the two apps’ shared foundation; its own sales did not change after the iOS app was released, and only about half of Together for Mac users purchased the iOS app, and so it would not be fair for the Mac app to subsidize the iOS app further.

As an independent developer, I cannot afford to spend time on an app that cannot, at the very least, break even. Rather than abandon the idea of offering an iOS app altogether, I decided to try subscriptions with Keep It. These bring the additional benefit of allowing the subscription to be priced lower than one-off payments or regular in-app purchases (IAP). That’s because, while developers get 70% of the proceeds from a one-off sale or IAP on the App Store, with auto-renewable subscriptions that only applies to the first year; for subsequent years they receive 85%. At $7.99/year with a subscription, Keep It Mobile should cover its costs over a typical 3 to 4 year release period.

It is my hope that this move will allow the development of Keep It for iPad and iPhone to become profitable in the long-term and continue for many years to come.

Keep It 1.0 Released

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Keep It IconKeep It is for writing notes, saving web links and documents, and finding them again. Available on Mac, iPhone and iPad, Keep It is the destination for all those things you want to put somewhere, confident you will find them again later.

Keep It is designed to be effortless and can handle whatever you throw at it — make notes for that idea you need to save, or list you need to make, and save interesting web pages as links or PDFs for offline viewing. Keep It can edit its own notes, along with rich and plain text files, and can store any kind of file. Keep It will show summaries, thumbnails and previews for most file formats. Keep It can use iCloud to make your library available on Mac, iPad and iPhone.

Keep It provides the simplicity of a notebook with the power of an organizer. Nothing in Keep It needs to be filed anywhere — its Recents list shows both things you’ve added lately across all your devices, and things you’ve changed, newest first. Keep It can help you get organized when you need it, with folders, which work as you would expect, and bundles that can be used to collect items into virtual piles where, unlike folders, items can be in more than one bundle at a time. For quick visual recognition, colored labels will grab the eye, and tags and comments can help you find things later.

Keep It for Mac

Keep It can search as you type, with suggestions to help narrow things down, whether by name, kind, date, tags, content and so on. Its innovative tag filter lets you drill down to items with any or all of the selected tags with a tap or click.

Keep It can be where you need it, in more ways that one. In Compact Mode its window will reduce to a single column, ideal for using alongside other apps or in split screen. Keep It provides a share extension for adding text, links, images, and other files to Keep It, and can append text to notes.

Keep It works with the apps you know and love. Too many apps lock your stuff away in databases, and often aren’t great when you need to get that stuff back out again. Keep It for Mac stores the original files in folders that match what you see in the app, and you can open and edit those files in their original apps, search them with Spotlight, back them up with Time Machine, and so on. On iOS, Keep It’s document picker lets you access everything in Keep It and save documents directly to Keep It from within other apps.

Keep It for iPad

Here is a summary of its main features:

Create notes with built-in styles that look good and read well on all your devices. Notes can contain checklists, bulleted and numbered lists, images, links and other attachments.

Web Links
Save web links to Keep It, view them in the app, open them in your browser, or save them as PDFs for offline reading.

Add other files to Keep It, view them in the app and open them for editing in their original applications. All changes can be saved to iCloud and made available across all your devices.

iCloud Sharing
Add people to items and share them via iCloud. Any changes they make will be automatically shared with all participants.

All items can have tags and comments, along with color-coded labels for quick visual recognition, plus automatically generated thumbnails and summaries where appropriate.

Folders let you organize items and bundles when needed. Select a folder to see everything it contains.

When you need to see things in one place, make a bundle. Items can be in more than one bundle at a time, and when you remove the bundle, everything else stays where it was.

Use the Recents list to see things you’ve added or viewed lately, with the latest shown at the top. Favorites provide quick access: swipe right to favorite items. Deleted Items shows the most recently removed at the top, and these are permanently deleted after 30 days.

Most file types can be searched as you type. On Mac, suggestions help you narrow things down to exactly what you need. Use keywords and natural language for dates. Searches can be saved for later reuse.

The Tag Filter shows all the tags attached to the currently visible items, whether. Select tags to filter the list to just the items you want to see.

Compact Mode
In compact mode, Keep It for Mac will become a single column, ideal for using alongside other apps or in split screen.

Adding from Other Apps
Pretty much anything can be dragged to Keep It for Mac, and you can also add text, links, images and other files from a variety of apps with its Share extension. Keep It for iPad and iPhone also provides a Share extension wth identical capabilities, along with a document picker for accessing files in Keep It and saving files to Keep It from within other apps.

Moving to Keep It
Keep It can import files and folders, converting text files to notes if desired, and can also import Together libraries and Evernote ENEX files.

Pricing & Availability

Prices vary by region; on the US App Store, Keep It for iPad and iPhone is $7.99/year, or $0.99/month. All subscriptions include a 1-month free trial and are billed to your iTunes Account. You will not be billed until the trial period ends, and you can cancel at any time up to 24-hours before the trial ends at no charge.

Keep It for Mac
Purchase a license for all Keep It for Mac version 1.x for $49.99. When version 2 is released, you will qualify for a half-price discount. A 15-day free trial is available from this site. Keep It is the successor to Together, and Together 3 users will be treated as though Keep It is a Together upgrade. Existing Together 3 users can move to Keep It for $24.99, or obtain a free license if Together 3 was purchased on or after February 17, 2017. See the support page for instructions.

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.


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 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.


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:


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


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


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


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.


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.