We Value Interoperability and Are Here for the Long Run

CogSci Apps Corp. is a Canadian 🇨🇦 company. We are committed to the interoperability of Hook, that your investment in Hook will last forever, and that you are not locked into a proprietary solution.

We not only are committed to interoperability, we champion it. The very essence of Hook is to help you access and connect documents and data from all your favorite apps. That requires inter-app communication.

Thus we have worked hard to ensure you can always make use of your investment in Hook, get your data out of Hook, and even extend Hook.

  1. Hook’s key feature is Copy Link. This command returns a link whose URL, whenever optimal, is the one served by the app in which it is called. That means you don’t need Hook to use those URLs. For example, if you use Hook’s Copy Link in a browser, you will get a http(s):// URL (or whatever the browser provides); if you use it in OmniFocus, you get an OmniFocus:// URL, in DEVONthink,a DEVONthink:// URL.
  2. URLs returned by Copy Link are only in a hook:// scheme (format) when it provides sufficient value to do so. For instance, a hook://file URL is returned for files, which have many substantial advantages over file:// URLs. hook:// URLs can be converted to other formats via automation.
  3. Hook enables you to export your link data in a transparent XML format.
  4. Hook Pro supports AppleScript / JavaScript automation. That means users can get their data out of Hook and add data to it. For instance .hook files could be converted to aliases or .webloc files. Hook’s links could be exported to the Finder or a third party database in a structured manner, enabling similar operations.
  5. Hook Pro has an integration script editor. These scripts control how Hook interacts with other apps. That means you can inspect how Hook interacts with the vast majority of apps. You can even edit those scripts and add new scripts.
  6. Hook is based on an open architecture. There is an active community of savvy users and developers who help Hook work with various apps.
  7. Hook’s database can be inspected and accessed. It resides in the standard location (~/Library/Application\ Support/com.cogsciapps.hook/).
  8. .hook files are plain-text editable files (more general than aliases and .webloc files). This makes them very easy to convert via automation. One could convert all .hook files containing hook://file links to aliases, and all .hook files pointing to web resources to .webloc files.
  9. Hook Essentials and Hook Pro are available for a one-time fee. Users can continue using it indefinitely, with one year of free updates. Annual Updates licenses can then be purchased to extend app updates for a year at a substantially discount from the initial license.
  10. Hook Lite is free. You can consume links with it (and make hook://email links too). This means that if you want to stop adding links, you can still freely consume your prior links (and links from others). See buy page for terms.

CogSci Apps Corp.

CogSci Apps Corp. was founded in 2014, a spin-off of CogZest (founded in 2010).

CogSci Appsis not a “one person” show. It’s a corporation. Our three founders (and we have more than three people 😉 ) have been doing R&D on hyperlinking/meta-access issues since 2001, 2003 and 2006 respectively — dating back from their Simon Fraser University days together. Luc P. Beaudoin remains as Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science and Adjunct Professor of Education.

The founders use Hook every day for our own R&D and papers and intend to do so for as long as they live. (See Luc Beaudoin’s academic R&D projects). Beaudoin not only uses Hook, but enables the participants in his academic research (other professors and researchers) to use Hook for their joint projects.

The reader may recall “OpenMeta ” project (tagging). OpenMeta data were eventually migrated (or at least can be migrated) into macOS itself. No data was ever lost for compatibility reasons. But OpenMeta had a significant problem which Hook does not have: it stored data in extended file attributes (xattributes [see man xattr]) which are not adequately documented by Apple. Hook in contrast plays by the rules.

Membership in VentureLabs

CogSci Apps Corp. is a member of SFU VentureLabs, based on its current products and its impressive product road map.

Luc P. Beaudoin was an at-founding member of two of Canada’s most successful tech startups 😉, which each reached over billion $ valuations.

Check out our founders and download Hook to take it for a ride.


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