玉树芝兰 @ SSPAI.com on How Hook Connects with and Compares to Other Software

At SSPAI.com, an Asian technology review website, 玉树芝兰 (nkwangshuyi) has written an excellent detailed review of Hook. In particular, it explains how Hook uniquely differs from and complements existing software. It shows how Hook’s two way links enable you to connect information in disparate apps, including personal information management tools like DEVONthink and Roam. It also emphasizes that with Hook, you can skip an information management step by leaving your information in place, and still have it connected to your other information (within and outside of information managers).

The article is in Mandarin. You can translate it in Safari using View > Translation > Translate to ….

The source article is called “Hook: How to efficiently link different types of information resources in 2 directions” (Hook:如何高效双向链接不同类型的信息资源?) and its contents include

  • Overview
  • Demonstration
  • Two-way links
  • Operation
  • Installation
  • Advanced function: Create Markdown link
  • Advanced function: create a deep link
  • Shortcut keys
  • Advantages
  • Origin
  • limitations
  • summary

A Chinese speaking colleague here at CogSci Apps Corp. confirmed that 玉树芝兰’s article is very helpful. I couldn’t find 玉树芝兰’s twitter handle. If you can, please let me ( @LucCogZest) know.

How I read this article and wrote this blog post

I accessed the article in Safari. As noted above I used Safari to translate it to English. I then printed the article to PDF. I found the OCR layer was not very good, so I used PDFpenPro to re-OCR the document.

I hooked this document to the original article’s webpage. That means that from now on , I can find the PDF with Hook’s search tool; and I can instantly navigate between the original article’s webpage and the PDF. In fact, the web page is now an index for the folder in Finder where I wrote about this. Whatever links I create between from this project will indirectly be accessible from the website. That’s handy! (I will also then hook this markdown file to the blog post on the web). You might hook the original webpage and this response too.

Then I used Nitro’s PDFpenPro 13.1 app to create a table of contents in the PDF for this article, as I described on the CogZest website. While I was doing this, I got a sense of the article.

When I decided to write a blog post in response to the article, I created a folder for this project as described here How to Create Systematically and Stay “in the Zone” using OmniFocus, OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle and Hook – Hook, except I used TaskPaper and markdown files rather than OmniFocus and OmniOutliner.

Then I moved the PDF of the article to the Resources folder and hooked it to my main markdown file for this project.

About SSPAI.com

SSPAI is “a digital consumption guide platform based on the professional creative community”. According to crunchbase SSPAI.com currently averages 727,149 visits per monthly.

Luc Beaudoin

Luc P. Beaudoin Co-founder, CogSci Apps Corp. My Cognitive Productivity books.