Keep It 1.0 Public Beta

August 17th, 2017 by Steve Harris

Keep It IconKeep It is for writing notes, keeping web links and documents, and finding them again 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 for Mac is available today as a public beta, which is free to try and use. Keep It for iPad and iPhone will be available as a beta soon — you will need to sign up to take part.

Keep It for Mac Window

Here are Keep It’s main features:

Notes
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.

Files
Add any kind of file to Keep It, view them in the app and open them for editing in their original applications. With iCloud changes will be available across all your devices.

iCloud Sharing
Add people to items and share them via iCloud. Changes will be seen by all participants.

Items
All items can have tags, comments and colored labels for quick visual recognition. Keep It automatically generates thumbnails and summaries for most common file formats.

Search
When searching, suggestions appear to help narrow results down to exactly what you need, or use keywords and natural language. Searches can be saved for later reuse.

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

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

Folders
Use folders to organize items and bundles. Keep It lets you see everything a folder and its nested folders and bundles contain.

More Lists
Use the Recents list to see things you’ve added or viewed lately across all your devices, with the latest shown at the top. Favorites provide quick access. Deleted Items shows the most recently deleted at the top, and these are permanently removed after 30 days.

Compact Mode
In Compact Mode, Keep It for Mac becomes a single column that you navigate with single-clicks and swipes, ideal for using alongside other apps or in split screen.

Adding from Other Apps
Pretty much anything can be dragged to Keep It, and you can also add things from a variety of apps with Keep It’s Share extension, the Services menu, its bookmarklet, etc.

Information for Together Users

Keep It is the successor to Together. Many of Together’s fundamental features were established years before iPhone apps, iPad, the Mac App Store, iCloud, etc. Keep It has been developed from scratch, preserving the best of Together, but recast in full knowledge of where we are now, and ready for the years ahead.

Keep It has many new ideas and improvements over Together, including:

  • Tag Filter can filter combinations of tags in the same straightforward way on both Mac and iOS
  • Compact Mode for working alongside other apps on Mac
  • Summaries and thumbnails on both Mac and iOS
  • iCloud sharing for individual items
  • Search suggestions on Mac, and saved searches that work consistently across Macs and iOS
  • Use keywords and natural language when searching on both Mac and iOS
  • Favorites Bar for quick access to lists on Mac
  • Hide the sidebar on Mac; it will reappear when you drag to the side of the window
  • Folders can show all items in nested folders and bundles
  • Selecting multiple items shows options to add them to a bundle, move to a folder, change the label or add tags
  • See and search a list of tags in the Info view
  • Save web links as PDFs on both Mac and iOS
  • Predefined styles for notes and improved file attachments
  • Edit notes in tabs or their own windows on Mac
  • Text for notes and rich text scaled to match the Text Size setting on iOS
  • Recents list shows added and edited items across all your Macs and iOS devices
  • Deleted items automatically removed after 30 days
  • Each list can have its own sort settings
  • Automatically rename items created from stationery
  • Share extension can tag items, choose locations, append text to notes and more
  • Bookmarklet can import a link or the selected text from a web page

About The Beta

This beta is feature complete for Keep It 1.0. This is an opportunity to try out the app, import your data and see if it works for you. Keep It can import Together libraries, Evernote ENEX files, and regular files and folders.

Beta Discount Period

Keep It is free to use during the beta period. When released, Keep It for Mac will be priced the same as Together: $49.99 for new users and $24.99 for upgrades from Together 3.

During the beta period Together 3 users can get Keep It for Mac 1.0 for $19.99 (60% off full price) and new users for $34.99 (30% off). These licenses will work for all Keep It for Mac 1.x versions and have the exact same status as licenses purchased after the beta. Anyone who purchased Together for Mac in the last 6 months qualifies for a free upgrade, both during and after the beta period. See the Keep It for Mac support page for information on obtaining the discounts and importing Together libraries.

Keep It is the product of everything I’ve learned over the last 14 years, and returns the app to its roots, offering the power of an organizer with the simplicity of a notebook. I hope you enjoy using it.

Poster Discontinued

March 31st, 2017 by Steve Harris

Feeder IconPoster has now been discontinued. Unfortunately, Poster never made enough money to support itself, and over six years later it’s struggled to make back even a quarter of its costs. Looking ahead, the app is going to need a lot more work to keep it going, and it’s impossible to imagine that will pay off.

If you’re one of the two people who purchased the app in the last 90 days (i.e. this year), you’re welcome to ask for a refund via the support address in your registration codes email. Unfortunately, I cannot do anything for the four people who purchased it from the Mac App Store this year.

The app got one final update today to ensure Facebook support keeps working for as long as possible, and it will remain available for download in the Mac App Store’s purchases tab, along with the direct version on this site via the app’s page. On Macs, backwards compatibility is largely based on the OS version the app was built on, which in Poster’s case is 10.12.4, so it should keep working for a while to come.

Together 3.8 for Mac and Together 1.8 for iOS

March 23rd, 2017 by Steve Harris

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.

Thumbnails

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

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.

Availability

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

January 9th, 2017 by Steve Harris

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.

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.