Hook 3.1 Release Notes

Hook 3.1 (4331) is now available for download! It tweaks last week’s Hook 3.0 release.


  • Please check whether your annual Updates License has expired before updating. See below.
  • Hook 3.0, and of course 3.1, are compiled for M1 (Apple Silicon), which fixed odd permission-related problems that some M1 users experienced. (Demonstrating Rosetta 2 is not perfect.)
  • We highly encourage users to consider using the Hook to New feature. You can Hook to a new > single item (object or file), or to an entire folder. It is a unique and remarkably useful and powerful feature.


  • NEW: after typing a search string, the status bar now provides a tip for keyboarders: “To select a result, press the Tab key then ↓ key.”  
  • NEW: If a new version of Hook is launched that has new or updated templates, Hook will now ask you whether you’d like to update your “built-in templates” folder. 
  • NEW: If Hook detects that your templates are out of date, its Preferences > Notes pane will say so. You can dismiss the notice. 
  • CHANGED: The Hide Hook window automatically General Preference is now enabled by default and for first time upgraders. This tweaks a change introduced in Hook 3.0. In the future, we may add a wizard for first-time users giving the ability to configure this and related settings that are (relatively) specific to Hook. 
  • CHANGED: Replaced the built-in MindNode template. Users with a recent version of MindNode may wish to store a newer custom template in their Custom Templates folder.
  • CHANGED: If Pinboard integration is disabled, Reveal Page in Pinboard is now hidden.
  • FIXED: Disabling Pinboard service from Hook’s Services Preferences pane now causes its status “light” to go non-green.
  • FIXED a possible crash. 
  • Fixed some typos in the UI.

Software integration

  • FIXED an issue that interfered with Hook’s context window in some Adobe Acrobat installations. Please note that not all versions of Adobe support deep PDF linking. For optimal integration with Acrobat, use Big Sur and the latest Adobe software.
  • NB Hook already supports Eclipse IDE (not previously mentioned in our documentation). If software with which you use Hook is not listed on our linkable apps page, please let us know. Many apps work “out of the box” with Hook given its default integration framework.

Documentation updates

Eligibility for updates

Hook software updates are free to any Hook customer with a valid Hook Updates license. Hook Pro and Hook Essentials each come with one year of free access to updates.

If your Hook Updates license has expired and you apply this update, please note that Hook will revert to Lite mode until you purchase a license. (Hook will later have a built-in warning as part of its in-app update.) However, you can then

a. apply a valid Updates license, which will give you access to the full Essentials or Pro functionality; or
b. revert to a previous version of Hook that was released during your Updates License period.


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