Using Hook with Apple News

Instead of binge reading in Apple News, use Hook to bookmark the current article. Only return to it later if you need to.

You can also use Hook’s uniform gesture to copy a link to the current article. Then paste it anywhere.

Apple News is a mobile app and news aggregator developed by Apple Inc. Users can read news articles with it, based on publishers, websites and topics they select, such as CNN, technology or politics.

Hook also enables you to ‘hook’ Apple News app stories to and from anything that is also linkable.

Copy Link, Copy Markdown Link, Hook to Copied Link and Hook to New

Hook’s Copy Link and Copy Markdown Link in Apple News return links of the form You can paste those links anywhere. You can even use them on your iPad or iPhone.

This means you can now

  • “hook” (bidirectionally link) Apple News articles to anything addressable, such as Apple Notes, Craft documents and OmniOutliner (Hook to Copied Link).
  • Hook to New from Apple News articles, allowing you to take notes about deep articles
  • Copy Markdown Link in Apple News and paste in your favorite Markdown-enabled editor like Craft, Bear, Drafts, MultiMarkdown Composer and nvUltra
  • Copy Link and paste anywhere (e.g., Apple Notes)

Many of those apps can sync to iPad and iPhone, which means if you paste your Apple News links in those apps, they will be available there.

Search for Apple News Hook-bookmarks

As you would expect, Copy Link, Copy Markdown Link, Hook to Copied Link and Hook to New also add a bookmark in Hook, which means that you can later find the items with Hook’s nifty search tool. You can also use Hook’s Add Bookmark command to bookmark item without the above side-effects.

Later to find Apple News items you’ve processed with Hook, simply

  1. invoke Hook
  2. enter search mode (with ⌘F or a click)
  3. type: url:"" and hit the return key

Your Apple News bookmarks will show up in the search results.

Hook also enables you to rename bookmarks. Click the Title or link’s menu item and select Rename, or use the standard keyboard shortcut for renaming items.

Implementation details

Hooks integration with Apple News uses Apple News’ ⌥⌘C shortcut to Copy Link. If you’re using a different Copy Link keyboard shortcut in Apple News, you’ll need to change the keyboard shortcut in Hook’s News integration script. Changing integration scripts requires Hook Pro and is easy to do.

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