Hook 3.0 adds folder-level links

Hook 3.0 adds folder-level links, Pinboard integration

People who regularly read this publication know that I am a big fan of Hook, the macOS app that connects information resources from all types no matter where they be located, potentially turning your Mac in a huge zettelkasten system. Hook 3.0 has been released and I got a chance to preview its beta.

The update is free to any Hook customer with a valid Updates license of Hook, or in valid trial or Lite mode. Hook integrates with your apps on the Mac (Big Sur and M1 compatible). Starting with version 3.0, Hook will integrate with your favourite bookmarking services, with Pinboard the first to be supported. This means you can access Hook web bookmarks on all your devices, unlocking the full power of Pinboard. The developers have promised other bookmarking services like InstaPaper will follow soon.

Hook has a handy Reveal File in Finder command that you can apply to any file in Hook. You can now apply the same commands to web pages, as this reveals the page in Pinboard. With one command you can now access the Pinboard page for any web page, without any browser plugin and across all web browsers supported by Hook. You can Pinboard-bookmark and tag web pages, add Pinboard notes to a web page, view the current (contextual) web page on Pinboard, add tags to a web page, or view the tags applied to a web page, and, on Pinboard, search for all web bookmarks you’ve added or edited with Hook 3.0.

What I found an even more exciting new feature is the new ability to create and hook entire folders and files of multiple types. It’s hard to overestimate the impact of this, because it implies that you can use Hook to create and link entire project resources with the project itself, use Hook as a contact manager, to annotate resources with different templates, and much more.

I’ll give you an example. Scrivener is software that lets you write books by delivering an environment that puts everything you need to write a book together in one app. Scrivener has a cork board for jotting down outlines, a research binder that accepts all kinds of files and hyperlinks to web pages, and more.

With Hook’s new functionality to create and hook folders and files, the app offers something similar but with an extra advantage: you can choose your own, favourite apps for every step of the project and you’re not bound by the choices the developers of Scrivener (which I find an excellent app, by the way) made. Hook has become a binder to hold documents regardless of what you’re generating and outputting them with.

I tried it myself by “hooking” a Scapple document (Scapple is a freeform graphic board that is close to a mind mapping app https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple/overview) to a new Bear note, and hooking that note to a folder with image files.

You could have done that with Craft, OmniGraffle, Ulysses,… You get the point.

Try Hook 3.0 and once you grasp the power of that app, you’ll never regret having upgraded to the Pro licence.