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Hook links useful resources to the key documents you are creating or “reading”. The focal document becomes a hub (your context), so you can instantly access the information that is most relevant to it. Stay focused, and “in flow”, by accessing linked documents without Finder, folders, Spotlight, tags, or a launcher. Learn swiftly, create products, and solve problems with pertinent knowledge resources.

  • Link items together (For example, files, web pages, email, notes, tasks (e.g., in OmniFocus or Things) together).
  • Link to new item: Create, link, name and access items with one command. (For example, link a web page or PDF to a new document in order to take notes about them.)
  • Hook links are robust and bidirectional (instantly navigate between linked items)
  • Get robust formatted links to various resources (files, web pages, email, notes, tasks (e.g., in OmniFocus or Things), and more!) (see “Open” footnote).
  • View linked items in Hook’s compact popup window.
  • Create, view and follow links with the Hook window (see Hook window footnote).
  • Create Markdown links to various resources too (PRO).
  • Share links to email (don’t just quote emails, embed links to them so your recipients can access the entire email, and you don’t need to quote the entire email) (see mail footnote).
  • Share links to shared files on their Macs (avoids confusion, communicates more precisely, enables them to immediately access the shared file). For instance the shared files could be in Dropbox, iCloud, Git, or elsewhere (see Dropbox footnote.)
  • Multi-link! Link multiple items together in one or two steps (PRO).
  • Copy all of a resource’s links (Pro).
  • Hook links can trigger Spotlight searches!
  • Reveal the current document in Finder.
  • Customize with AppleScript (Pro).
  • Export/import
  • Even Link to and from files in DEVONthink (PRO), EagleFiler or Evernote. (see Databases footnote).
  • Create Hook files that are like aliases and .webloc files, but that are in plain, editable text ( Markdown or a simple URL). They are more robust, versatile and convenient than Finder aliases and .webloc files. (Pro)
  • Even More to come!

Example

To give you an example, I’ve linked this web page to its markdown file in SVN. I can instantly navigate between these two documents. I don’t need to use the Finder or Spotlight to get from this web page to the file on my Mac. While I am in a web browser on this web page, I just bring up the Hook window. It shows me a link to the markdown file on my Mac. I enter that link and it opens in BBEdit (my text editor), and I am off to the races.

That means I don’t need to remember where this file is stored in SVN. Nor do I need to remember its name.

This is just one of the infinite applications of Hook.

You know links are useful on the web. With Hook you will discover just how useful they can be on your Mac!

Footnotes

Hook window. Hook provides a simple popup window for creating, viewing, navigating and copying links to various items. You can also link items by dragging and dropping them onto the menu bar icon.

Open. Hook is non-sectarian. You can obtain links not only to web pages, but to any file (and to any object in a database app, so long as the app is sufficiently scriptable.)

Mail. By sending links to emails and files, you can save your recipients eons, and increase the chances that they act on your messages.

Databases. Hook does not require that items be in a database (like EvernoteĀ®, DEVONthink or EagleFiler) but it plays nicely with them.

Dropbox. Without Hook, the only way to link to a Dropbox file or folder is through http:// links. These links bring you to the Dropbox website. That is not as convenient as sending a link to the Dropbox folder synced on their Mac. If you want Mac users to act on your requests to examine Dropbox files, send them a Hook link to it instead. That saves everyone time. If they don’t have Hook, they can download and use Hook Lite for free; it can unlimitedly access URLs.

Download a free trial and see for yourself.

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