Favorite Apps Tab

If you have more than one linkable email client installed, the Favorite Apps tab in the Preferences window allows you to select which one to use with Hook. That setting determines which email app is opened when you click on Hook’s email links, which have the form hook://email/<message-id>.

Currently supported apps are:

  • Apple Mail,
  • MailMate,
  • Airmail,
  • Outlook email (which does not however support RFC-compliant email IDs), and
  • Postbox

See the linkable apps page because this list is growing fast. And that page has links to further information about links to those apps.

Hook email link handling is very flexible.

This setting does not prevent you from using Copy Link or Copy Markdown Link in other email apps. It just affects what app is used to open hook://email links.

Hook links to emails are not bound to any particular email app. You can switch the favorite email app setting any time.

What’s more, you can send hook://email links to anyone who has Hook installed, and they can use whatever email app they choose. This works for any email app that automates fetching email by RFC-compliant email ID (Outlook does not).

Your recipients don’t need to pay for Hook to use the email links you send them: Hook Lite, which is free, supports opening hook://email links.

Alternative email format : message://

Some users prefer the traditional message:// format. Therefore we have published this alternative integration script that Hook Pro users can apply in the Mail app:

Mail links format – Discussion & Help – Hook Productivity Forum.

You’d paste the script in Hook’s Scripts Tab – Hook for Mail.app.

Future apps

You may be wondering why we call this “Favorite Apps” if Hook only allows configuring emails. That’s because we foresee configuring the default app for other kinds of information resources 😊.

Help Contents

Help > Preferences Window :

  1. General tab
  2. Notes tab
  3. Scripts tab
  4. Shortcuts tab
  5. Favorite Apps tab This page.
  6. Sync tab and
  7. Update tab