Feeder 2.4 and Sandboxing

October 2nd, 2013 by Steve Harris

Feeder iconFeeder 2.4 is now available on the web and in the Mac App Store, and includes improvements to editing, publishing and Sparkle appcasting.

However, most of the work in this release isn’t visible, which is to get Feeder working with OS X’s App Sandbox, which is a requirement for apps sold through the Mac App Store.

The App Sandbox is a security technology built into OS X that limits the way apps can access files, interact with other processes and the network.

I originally started this work back in 2011, when Apple first announced this would be a requirement for all apps distributed through the Mac App Store following the release of OS X 10.7 Lion. Unfortunately, that original implementation of sandboxing was too restrictive, and prevented many existing apps from functioning properly, so Apple postponed the requirement until improving sandboxing with OS X 10.7.3 in early 2012, and allowed existing apps to delay making the transition until a release that adds new features, so that bug fixes could be released and enhancements to OS X accommodated.

Consequently, Feeder 2.4 now requires OS X 10.7 and later, and 10.7.3 for the Mac App Store version.

Now that early problems with sandboxing have largely been ironed out, the transition should not be noticeable at all for new Feeder users, and there are no restrictions on what the app can do over the direct version beyond those imposed by the Mac App Store guidelines.

For existing users, Feeder may need to ask for permission to access files such as images, enclosure files and any linked feeds, amongst other things. This will happen automatically when you first run the Mac App Store version of Feeder, and as necessary to cover some other, more obscure cases such as SSH private and public keys for publishing with password-less SFTP.

Hopefully, this will be a seamless transition, but if you do use the Mac App Store version of Feeder and notice any strange behaviour, please get in touch using the email address shown on the Feeder support page.

Feeder is available both direct from Reinvented Software and from the Mac App Store for $39.99. An upgrade from version 1.x is $19.99, and education discounts are also available directly from Reinvented Software. To see a list of all the changes or download a 15-day demo, go to the Feeder downloads page.

Together Tip: Use Folder Actions to Auto-Import to iCloud Libraries

June 7th, 2013 by Steve Harris

One of the more popular features in Together is auto-import: you save a file to one of Together’s library folders, and the app automatically imports it into that library.

However, iCloud libraries aren’t visible in the Finder or standard Save dialogs, so this isn’t possible.

A workaround for this is to use Finder folder action scripts to watch a particular folder and import any files added to that folder to your library.

I have created some scripts to do that, and they can be found, along with instructions, on Together’s Script Library page.

There are two folder action scripts: Move to Together or Copy to Together; typically you will want to use Move to Together, as you can then continue to work on the document in the original application, but I’ve provided the other in case that isn’t appropriate. You cannot link to files in iCloud libraries.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.