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.

Together 1.6 for iPad and iPhone

September 13th, 2016 by Steve Harris

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.