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.

Moving your MobileMe Podcast with Feeder

May 11th, 2012 by Steve Harris

MobileMe is shutting down. If you host a podcast there you will need to move it soon. Here are the things you will need to do:

  • Find a new place to host your web site and / or media files.
  • Change Feeder’s settings and upload the files to the new location.
  • If your feed URL has changed, tell iTunes to check the new location.

Hosting

You will need to get some kind of web hosting with enough storage space to host your files and providing enough bandwidth for your needs. You can see how much storage space you need by looking at how much is used by your podcast files on your iDisk in the Finder. To find out how much bandwidth you have been using each month, look at the Summary section on http://www.me.com. Click “Details” next to the Data Transfer figure for a full breakdown.

Most podcasters either use general-purpose web hosting (e.g. GoDaddy or Dreamhost) alone or a hosted weblog (such as one from wordpress.com or Google’s Blogger) in conjunction with something like Amazon S3 or Libsyn to serve the media files, or some combination of those.

Feeder has the ability to publish feeds and enclosures to different servers and can also post to most blogs automatically, so you can choose the solution that best suits your needs.

Changing Feeder’s Settings

Before changing the settings for your feed, first make a copy of it.

  • To duplicate a feed, select it and choose File > Duplicate from the menu.
  • If you like, you can change the name of the feed in the sidebar to show which is which. This name only appears in Feeder and not the feed itself.

To change the settings:

  • Click Publish, then click the Settings button.
  • From the Server pop-up menu, choose New Server to create a new server to use when publishing.
  • Adjust the other details as necessary. The top section of the settings concerns the feed itself and you can expand the Enclosure and Images sections to change the settings for those too.

When you are done, publish the feed to make sure it all works. You may see an alert to submit your feed to the iTunes Store. You do not need to submit it again, but unless iTunes is using a FeedBurner URL, you will need to follow the instructions below to change the feed’s URL in iTunes after you have completed the other steps.

The next step is to upload the media files to the new server. Start with your artwork:

  • Click the (i) button in the lower left of the window to show the Info list.
  • Select “iTunes Podcasting” from the list (“Feed” must be selected above the list).
  • Click on the artwork and choose “Upload Settings” from the menu, then check the “Upload Next Time Feed Published” checkbox. The Upload Settings option will not be available if the artwork file can no longer be found. Drag the artwork from your iDisk to the artwork box instead.
  • Publish your feed.

Next you will need to upload your media files again. It is up to you to decide whether to upload only the most recent files or all of them:

  • Double-click each item to edit.
  • Check the Upload checkbox in the Enclosure section. If you do not see a checkbox, the enclosure file will no longer associated with the item and you will only see the URL, Type and Length fields. Drag the file from your iDisk to the Enclosure section to attach it again.
  • Close the window and choose to save the changes.
  • Publish your feed.

Updating iTunes

If the server move means that your feed’s URL will change, you need to tell the iTunes Store and subscribers to check the new URL. You can do this by publishing the original feed one more time with its New Feed URL field filled out.

Note you do not need to do this if you are using FeedBurner to track your podcast, instead you will need to tell FeedBurner to use the new URL in your feed’s settings there. You can get that URL by choosing File > Copy Feed URL from the menu.

To set the New Feed URL:

  • With your newly published feed selected, choose File > Copy Feed URL from the menu.
  • Select the original feed that you duplicated earlier.
  • Go to the “iTunes Podcasting” section in the Info list again.
  • Scroll down to the very bottom and paste the URL into the New Feed URL field.
  • Publish the feed.

The iTunes Store checks your feed every day or so and new subscriptions will use the new settings straight away. Existing subscribers will switch to using the new feed the next time their feeds are refreshed.