Announcing Together 3

May 9th, 2013 by Steve Harris

Together iconTogether 3 is out today. Version 3.0 adds thumbnails, tab exposé, an inbox, stationery, navigation history, autosave and versions, along with improved favorites, previews and Shelf all wrapped up in a smart new design.

Oh, and the Mac App Store version can now share libraries with iCloud. Finally!

New User Interface

Together’s user interface has been modernized and improved to make the app better in every way, while remaining familiar to anyone who’s used it in the past.

Library window screenshot

A reorganized sidebar puts what you need within closer reach. Together now has an Inbox for collecting imports that have not been added to any groups or folders, and favorite groups and items now appear in the sidebar too.

The item list now has a cleaner layout and the new thumbnails mode shows zoomable preview icons. Navigate the history of previewed items by swiping left or right, or using the back and forward buttons above the list.

Above the preview is a new customizable mini Info view, showing just the information you need, or you can hide the preview altogether and show Quick Look previews with the spacebar.

Tabs now span the whole width of the window, and tab exposé makes it possible to swipe through pages of tab thumbnails to find the one you need.

The Shelf has been completely redesigned with a lighter, cleaner look, improved Quick Look previews and rich text in Quick Notes.

Stationery

Create items of any file type with Stationery. Together comes with built-in options for plain text, RTF and RTFD files, but any file can be used as stationery. Stationery can be made available to all libraries or just the current library.

It’s also possible to customize which type of document is created when pressing ⌘N. By default, this will be a new note, but any kind of global stationery can be used.

The Stationery Chooser can be used to browse, preview, reveal, rename and remove stationery items. Files can also be dragged here to become stationery and any item in Together can be saved as stationery too.

Info and Previews

The new mini Info view above previews always shows an item’s name and can be customized to show tags, comments, dates, labels and ratings too. It’s also possible to favorite items by clicking the favorite star next to the item’s name. The mini Info view can be hidden altogether if not needed.

Full Info is now displayed as a popover, either from the Info toolbar button or alongside items in the list and also includes the Where list, showing every group and folder to which an item belongs. Select these to see their paths, double-click to show that group and select the item.

Each preview type now gets its own menu commands in the Preview menu. This allows for more shortcut keys, improved accessibility and easier discovery of features.

Edited items are now autosaved as versions that can be managed from within the app. Open tabs are now preserved across launches.

iCloud

The Mac App Store version of Together can now share libraries and stationery between your Macs with iCloud. Apple requires that all Mac apps that use iCloud are sold through the Mac App Store.

When you create a new library with the Mac App Store version of Together, you can choose to store it on your Mac or in iCloud. Libraries stored in iCloud will be available on your other Macs.

After that, you need do nothing. iCloud ensures all your files and Together’s library is kept in sync whenever your Mac is online, so any files you add or changes you make will appear automatically on the other Macs a short time later.

Whether or not the current Together library is stored in iCloud, global stationery is always synced between Macs.

Sandboxing

The Mac App Store version of Together is now a sandboxed application. With advances in OS X, this now means very few other differences between the two versions:

  • It’s no longer possible to store libraries on the Desktop, or link to files on the Desktop. Together will offer to move any such libraries / files.
  • Importing KIT (aka Together 1.x) libraries is no longer available (but can be done with the demo version from this site).

And Much More…

Just about every area of the app has been improved and you will notice there are as many small refinements as large ones.

Some examples: Groups can now be filtered, a new find bar for web pages and PDFs, improved highlighting for found text, dragging documents to notes inserts a hyperlink instead of embedding the file (reverse by holding on Option), relative dates are used in the item list and menus are clearer to navigate.

Also, what you see hides a multitude of changes below the surface, so that Together works as efficiently as possible and can continue to embrace the latest OS X technologies.

In many ways, Together 3.0 recaptures the simplicity of earlier versions while building on its almost decade-long legacy.

Upgrading

Together 3 is a paid upgrade from version 2.x. If you purchased Together from the Reinvented Software web site in the three months before its release, you qualify for a free upgrade to the new version from this site, otherwise an upgrade costs $19.99 and the full version will cost $39.99.

Free upgrades and discounts are not available for the Mac App Store version, but pricing on that version will also be reduced to $19.99 for a limited period following Together 3.0’s release, however if you purchased Together from the Mac App Store in the last 4 weeks, please get in touch.

After that promotion has ended, the Mac App Store version will also cost $39.99. This gives customers who bought through the Mac App Store a chance to upgrade at reduced cost, and allow direct customers cross-grade to the Mac App Store version should they wish.

Please try it!

Finally, anyone can try out Together 3 before buying. A 15-day demo is available for download, and the same page shows the full list of changes. Together 3 requires OS X 10.8 or later.

PopClip Extension for Together

January 30th, 2013 by Steve Harris

There is now a Together extension for PopClip, which you can use to create new items from selected text.

Together PopClip extension in action

It works the same as the system service (which it uses) so, for example, selecting something like this paragraph will create a new note, selecting a URL will create a bookmark / web archive / web PDF according to your preferences, etc.

You can download the extension from the page Together — PopClip Extensions on the PilotMoon site and it’s listed on the PilotMoon Extensions page.

Reinvented Software Apps on Mountain Lion

July 25th, 2012 by Steve Harris

Apple is releasing OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion today. Current Reinvented Software apps will work fine on 10.8. In addition, all three apps either already have, or will have, additional support for OS X 10.8 specific technologies.

Note that older versions of Feeder 1.x and KIT 1.x no longer work on 10.8, see the previous post about this for more information.

Together 2.6.1

Together iconWhen used on OS X 10.8, Together 2.6.1 will show an additional “Share” toolbar item (and corresponding Share submenu in the Items menu) for using the built-in sharing services, such as Twitter, Mail, etc.

Together will also post notifications to the new Notification Center (instead of show Growl alerts). This version is currently available both from this site and the Mac App Store.

Feeder 2.3.3

Feeder iconSimilar to Together, when used on OS X 10.8, Feeder 2.3.3 will show additional items in its Share toolbar and menu items and will also post notifications to the Notification Center instead of Growl. This version is currently only available from this site; the Mac App Store version has been awaiting review for the last two weeks.

Poster 1.3

Poster IconPoster is a Mac App Store-only app and version 1.3 has been awaiting review for the last two weeks, so this version is not currently available.

Once version 1.3 has been approved, Poster will also use the Notification Center instead of Growl on 10.8. Also on 10.8, once posting is complete, a Share button will be shown for sharing various links through the built-in sharing services. You will be able to choose which link to share, such as an individual photo, album or Flickr set.

Feeder 1.x and KIT 1.x on Mountain Lion

July 23rd, 2012 by Steve Harris

All the current versions of Reinvented Software apps work fine on OS X 10.8, however the previous generation versions of Feeder 1.x and KIT 1.x will crash shortly after launch.

Unfortunately, I can’t find a suitable workaround, nor can I build new versions of these apps, so 10.8 spells the end of the line for them.

Users of Feeder 1.x and KIT 1.x can still upgrade to Feeder 2.x and Together 2.x respectively for $14.95.

To upgrade, go to the Reinvented Software store, choose an Upgrade license, click Continue and enter your registration code on the next page.

If you need your registration code, you can retrieve it by going to the Lost Codes page.

Together 2.6

June 28th, 2012 by Steve Harris

Together IconTogether 2.6 is now available. This version includes an updated design, Retina graphics, improvements for working with linked files, email indexing and more and prepares the app for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

User Interface

With the introduction of Retina displays and OS X 10.8 on the horizon, the time felt perfect to update Together’s user interface.

Lion softened the look of buttons in the toolbar and with the majority of Together users now using Lion, Together’s toolbar now takes advantage of that style.
Together screenshot

The status bar has been removed, with layout and info buttons from the status bar now in the toolbar. The source list on the left gets its own function bar below and buttons to switch between groups and tags above.

Most of the individual preview toolbars have also been removed, and the ones that remain (for bookmarks and web archives) have been simplified. New optional toolbar items are provided to serve the most common functions, such as showing the fonts panel and highlighting text.

All these changes provide more room for content and make more use of the underused toolbar.

In addition, the new Labels toolbar item can now apply the last used label to selected items and there’s a new item in the Items > Labels menu with a shortcut key to do that too.

Also, the groups list now comes in three sizes, and the File and Items menus have been simplified.

Linked Files

Together doesn’t require you to store your files in its library, it can link to files in other locations. In version 2.6, the app can now also rename the original files when you rename items in Together.

Another new feature offer the reverse functionality: when you move items to Together’s library, you can also choose to make aliases in the original locations. This feature also works for folders.

Other Changes

Normally Together uses Spotlight to search the contents of files, but issues with Spotlight and email messages require Together does its own indexing. Performance and memory use when indexing email files has improved considerably in Together 2.6.

Also, the Shelf can now be resized from all sides, support for the discontinued MobileMe sync service has been removed and the app icon has changed colors.

To see a full list of changes in Together 2.6 and to download a 15-day trial of the latest version, see the Together release notes page.

Version 2.6 is a free upgrade for all registered Together 2.x users. A full license costs $39.95 and upgrades from KIT 1.x are $14.95. Education and bulk discounts are also available through this site.