Hook for macOS
One simple habit. Countless benefits!
Hook is a CogSci Apps® invention that keeps you focused. How?
Hook enables you to instantly retrieve the information you need. Whether it’s on the web or in one of your favorite apps, with Hook you don’t need to search. Just click on links to access that email, PDF, task or other item — and get your job done fast.
Join countless researchers, lawyers, writers and other professionals who are hooked on Hook!
Hook supplies the missing links.
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Hook's Context-Sensitive Window
Hook info to stay in the zone.
Hook works with the selected item of the foreground app. You can get a link to the current item, “hook it” to another, open an item you’ve already hooked to it, share it, reveal it in Finder, and more. Hook is so easy, nimble, and satisfying, you’ll never leave “the zone”.
Universal 'Copy Link'!
Instantly access linked items
After you’ve copied a link, you can ‘hook it’ to another item. A ‘hook’ is a contextual bidirectional link. Next time you invoke Hook on this item, you will see links to everything you have hooked to it.
You’ll also love the `Hook to New` command, which creates a new document in your favorite app, and simultaneously names, stores, bookmarks and hooks the document to the source! So you can navigate back/forth between them, and also find them via Hook’s search.
Find anything you've linked
Other bookmarking apps have 2 major limitations: they can only bookmark web pages; you need to remember to manually add the bookmark. We at CogSci Apps discovered the clearest signal of information relevance: that you copied a link to it!
So, Hook automatically bookmarks whatever you link. Not just web pages, but important items from all your favorite apps: emails, tasks, presentations, spreadsheets, etc. Type ⌘F in Hook for instant gratification. Learn more
Deep PDF Links
Link to specific locations in PDFs—Adaptive and shareable!
Select text in any fully linkable PDF app, use Hook’s “Copy Link” or “Copy Markdown Link”. Paste the link in your notes, todo list, doc-review comments, tasks lists, even in emails. Clicking on the link will (a) open the PDF, and (b) auto-scroll to that specific location in the file! You can even share these links with others: they can open the shared files on their Macs, like magic!
Hook delivers what researchers, lawyers & others have needed since the dawn of PDF! Learn more
Why we invented Hook
From Cognitive Productivity author & cognitive scientist, Luc P. Beaudoin
Every day, I work with numerous files, emails, web pages, and tasks across many apps and projects. Search-tools can help me find information the first time. But I also need to instantly retrieve prior information relevant to my current focus without searching again.
Because most work on a Mac revolves around webs of related resources, we at CogSci Apps invented Hook, which is loaded with completely original information-retrieval features.
Hook lets you use your favorite apps together as a private hyperlinked network.
Know your bookmarks are private
Hook stores your bookmarks on your Mac. You can sync your data across devices with a USB stick, a cloud service, or other means. Either way, your data are not sent to our servers. Learn more.
Stay in the zone when writing
Nobody wants to rummage around for documents when they’re on a roll. Stay focused on your writing by letting Hook recall your outline, reference material, notes, images, contact information and more right when you need it. Learn more.
Become a note-taking ninja
Never wonder again about what a specific note is referring to. Use
Hook to New (⌘N) on any item (ebook, PDF, email, etc.) and Hook will instantly create a new note in the note-taking app of your choice, and Hook will: name the note, store it, tag it, bookmark it, and link it to the item. Invoke Hook on the original item and you will see a link to your note, and vice versa! Learn more.
Instantly access any type of project information
Instead of trying to remember to save different files to specific folders and sub-folders, let Hook bring your most important work together. For instance, your todo list can contain links to specific files and emails to work on! Learn more.
Hook connects a raft of great apps on macOS such as DEVONthink, OmniFocus, RStudio, Craft, BBEdit, Sublime Text, OmniOutliner Pro, Curio, nvUltra, Marked2, TextMate, Scrivener, Tinderbox, Bookends, GoodTask, Nisus Writer, PDFPen, Skim, Obsidian, BibDesk, Sketch, OmniGraffle, EagleFiler, Keep It (by Reinvented Software), Things, HoudahSpot, Path Finder, Trickster, LibreOffice, MaiMate, Airmail, Apple Mail, iThoughts X, TaskPaper, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and many more 😊. Hook links your research and development! Learn more.
Hook's file links are adaptive
macOS file:// URLs are hard to obtain, and they are brittle (they break when you move the file.) Instead: popup Hook in Finder (or even while editing the file in an app), use Hook’s
Copy Link (⌘C) and you’ll get a properly formatted link that works even if you move or rename the file.
Hook’s file links are like Finder aliases, but more robust, well formatted (URL & name) and shareable! Learn more.
Be nicer to your network: share Hook links
It’s a hassle to receive an email asking you to edit a file, only to have to dig around the Finder, iCloud, Dropbox, or a Git folder to find the file. With one Hook command (⌘C), you can instantly create a shareable link that your recipients can click which reveals the specified file on their Mac! You can even send them a link that opens a PDF they have on their Mac and automatically scrolls to the specific location in that PDF!
Share links to emails too! While an email is open or selected (in Apple Mail, etc.), invoke Hook, and
Copy Link (⌘C) creates a link to that email; send it to others, and when they click that link, Hook opens the email on their Mac.
As long as the recipient has the shared file or email, and the free version of Hook: it’s like magic, and they’ll love you for respecting their time. Who knows, maybe they’ll return the favor? Learn more.
Get more out of your other bookmarking software too
Hook Pro can automatically add and tag bookmarks in Pinboard, and reveal pages in Pinboard. That way you don’t have to remember to add bookmarks to that service. Stay tuned for integration with other bookmarking software like Instapaper, Goodlinks, Raindrop and more. If they have an adequate API, our R&D will attempt to help you get more from them. See compatible apps. And learn more.
More from Markdown
If you use Markdown, you’ll love Hook. Hook lets you instantly create Markdown links to the current file, web page, and more, that you can paste anywhere. Even create “.hook” files which are like aliases and webloc files, but instead contain a plaintext URL or markdown link to anything (x-devonthink-item://, OmniFocus://, whatever you want!) Learn more.
People Are Talking About Hook
“How have I not heard about @HookProductvT before today?! Incredible Mac App that lets you make bidirectional links between any files on your system (or web pages). Basically Roam for OS. Totally a missing piece I’ve been looking for. Highly recommend.” Conor White-Sullivan: Founder Roam Research.
“Hook connects parts of my workflow that I’ve long-believed would never be connectable.” Brett Terpstra: Coder (Marked 2, nvALT, SearchLinks, nvUltra, etc.), author, web developer.
“I’m a big fan of links and Hook allows me to link the things I couldn’t easily link before.” Benny Kjær Nielsen. MailMate developer.
Hook is loved ❤️ by authors, researchers, developers, lawyers, Mac app enthusiasts, and others who value their time and cognitive productivity.
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