Keep It 1.5

September 17th, 2018 by Steve Harris

Keep It 1.5 is now available. This version adds support for Dark Mode on macOS Mojave, Siri support, highlighted search results, the ability to see unfiled items, and the Mac app is now scriptable. Searching on iPad and iPhone has been improved with suggestions, the ability to combine terms, save the current search, and to find text and step through each occurrence in a variety of file types. Both Mac and iOS apps also benefit from improvements to the item list, Markdown editing and previews, PDFs, and plenty more besides.

Keep It in Dark Mode

macOS Mojave

Keep It for Mac will support Dark Mode and accent colors on macOS Mojave, which is due out next Monday. For Dark Mode, the content of notes, plain text files, and Markdown files using built-in preview and editor styles will automatically switch to a dark appearance, and there are options to override that, and always use a light appearance for notes and Markdown files.

Siri Shortcuts

On iPad and iPhone, Siri can now create notes in Keep It, append text to notes, and search for items. Keep It makes viewed items available for shortcut predictions in iOS 12.

Search Suggestions on iOS

When searching on iPad and iPhone, Keep It will now show suggestions above the keyboard, and can tokenize terms in the search field, allowing complex searches to be created. Tapping a suggestion will add it to the search field, tapping and holding on a suggestion will show alternative ways to match results. It’s now possible to save the current search on iOS.

Keep It 1.5 search suggestions on iPad

Highlight Search Result

When searching, Keep It can now highlight the found text in the content of notes, rich and plain text files, Markdown files, PDFs and web pages on both Mac and iOS.

Find Text

On iOS it’s now possible to find and step through each occurrence of a particular word or phrase in notes, Markdown files, rich and plain text documents, PDFs and web pages. On Mac, which could already do that for most file types, it’s now possible to step through occurrences of text in web pages, and finding text in PDFs has been improved to highlight all occurrences at once, and show the number of results.


There is now an optional “Unfiled” list that shows items which haven’t been filed into a folder or bundle, along with a “No Label” list to show unlabelled items.

It’s now possible to see and work with favorite lists on iOS by tapping the icon above the Lists view. Tapping a favorite list will show that list, and favorite lists can be rearranged and removed here too.

Item List

The item list has been redesigned to provide greater flexibility and make better use of space. It’s now possible to show no preview lines in the item list; the date is now on the same line as the summary, and can be hidden if not required. It’s now also possible to always show the item’s Kind at the start of the summary, and on Mac tooltips will be shown when hovering the mouse over a name that is too long to be shown in its entirety. On macOS Mojave, the date will be shown in the system accent color.


You can now paste and drag (on Mac and iPad) links into Markdown files, and drag Keep It items to create links to those items. Markdown previews will now include syntax coloring for fenced code blocks where the language is indicated.


Keep It for Mac is now scriptable, so it’s possible to manipulate pretty much everything in the library, add files and web links, create notes from text, attach files, get highlighted sections, and export.

Other Changes

You can now see when a PDF highlight has an associated note. On Mac, it’s now possible to use bookmarklets that override the defaults to save links in specified formats, and there are new keyboard shortcuts and improvements for organizing items on iOS. See the release notes for Mac and for iOS for a full list of changes.

Pricing & Availability

Keep It 1.5 is a free update for all existing customers.

Keep It for Mac is available for $49.99 directly from Reinvented Software, and Together 3 users can upgrade for $24.99, unless they purchased Together 3 in its final 6 months on sale, in which case the upgrade is free. A 15-day free trial can be downloaded from this site.

Keep It for Mac is also available from the Mac App Store, offers a free trial and a choice of one-time purchase for all Keep It 1.x releases for $49.99, or an upgrade from Together 3 for $24.99 (or free if Together 3 was purchased in its final 6 months on sale). Alternatively, choose from yearly or monthly subscriptions at $19.99/year or $2.49/month.

Keep It for iPad and iPhone is available separately from the App Store with a choice of yearly or monthly subscriptions at $9.99/year or $1.49/month.

Introductory Pricing to End for Original Keep It Subscribers

September 15th, 2018 by Steve Harris

When Keep It was originally released on the App Store and Mac App Store last year, there was a discount for anyone who subscribed within the first 12 weeks, as well as a month-long trial. 

That introductory pricing is now set to end, and over the next few months those who have remained subscribed since then will be offered to renew at the current prices, which have been in effect for everyone else since December 2017. In USD that’s $9.99/year or $1.49/month for iOS and $19.99/year or $2.49/month for the Mac.

If you choose not to renew your subscription, the app will stop working once your current subscription expires. You will be able export all your data using the relevant buttons on the subscription sheet, or can follow the instructions on the apps’ support pages:

Keep It for Mac 30% off for Club MacStories members

September 15th, 2018 by Steve Harris

Keep It for Mac is 30% off for Club MacStories members until September 28, along with a host of other apps and services, in celebration of its third anniversary.

Club MacStories is written by true enthusiasts, and stands out in an age where you can read the same press releases regurgitated on countless sites, often verbatim, but trustworthy reviews and in-depth looks at apps and technologies are rare, as the ad revenue and affiliate payments that once paid for such content dries up.

Supporting such sites is vital, not only for their survival, but for the survival of independent app developers who fill the gaps that big players simply don’t care about, and who listen to their customers and respond. 

Check out all the perks of membership, and the sample issue of MacStories Weekly, on the Club MacStories web page.

Keep It Now Supports X-Callback-URLs

July 11th, 2018 by Steve Harris

Keep It 1.4.2 for iPad and iPhone now supports x-callback-urls that can be used with apps such as Drafts and Workflow (to become Shortcuts on iOS 12).

The functionality is broadly the same as using Keep It’s Share extension:

  • Add a note
  • Add a new item from data (e.g. an image)
  • Append text or an attachment to a note
  • Save a web link

It’s also possible to pass additional parameters to specify whether a web link should be saved for offline, to specify a destination folder or bundle, and tags for the created items.

Full documentation is available here, and linked on Keep It’s support pages.

Yojimbo Importer for Keep It

July 10th, 2018 by Steve Harris

Keep It Yojimbo Importer iconThere is now a dedicated Yojimbo importer for Keep It for Mac that will automate the entire process, converting Yojimbo notes, serial numbers and passwords to Keep It notes, and preserving the original format of all other items. Passwords and encrypted items can be re-encrypted as they are imported. Yojimbo collections become bundles in Keep It, tag collections become saved searches, and labels are preserved with their original colors.

The importer requires Keep It for Mac 1.4.2 or later, and Yojimbo 2.0 and later.

Keep It can already import Evernote ENEX files, Together libraries, and from files and folders, preserving the folder structure and tags, and converting text files to notes if desired.