Together
Together
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Together

3.8.8
11 August 2017

Store and organize all of your files.

Overview

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface.

Together Features
  • Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.
  • Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.
  • Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize items into groups and folders, add color-coded tags and labels, and even generate Smart Groups to bring new levels of order and control to your files.
  • Dynamic searching. With Together, searching your files is never limited to a single term: an integrated Find Bar offers fine-tuned searching, and intra-file search capabilities let you dig even deeper for the information you need.

What's new in Together

Version 3.8.8:
Changes:
  • Fixed an issue where the the app could hang at startup when the previously viewed file is a linked file whose original has been removed in the meantime.
  • Added the ability to export all the files in a library in open formats for use in other apps, including metadata in either JSON or property list format. Notes are exported as RTFD files, linked files are copied, and encrypted files can be decrypted before export or skipped (the files in the library are unaffected). The folder structure is preserved, with "un-filed" files at the top level. Metadata includes info about files and folders, tags, groups and labels. Choose File > Library > Export Library from the menu to use this feature.

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Blamanche
10 July 2012

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I just have one question. Isn't this what Mac OS is supposed to do?
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Version 2.6
Neal
03 April 2018
A lot of people rate this (and similar apps) quite highly. However, I find "Finder" > "Cmd-F" (+ selected variable "search" parameters) allow me to perform 95% of this, and other file sorting apps functionality, without having to worry about eccentric developer commitments and coding methodology. Notwithstanding, Finder is free. Enjoin it with Automator and it creates a delusion of Dictatorial proportions.
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Version 3.8.8
Scott-C-H-
14 February 2018
The discussion below explains the reason I don't use this type of "Everything Bucket" apps. Users are forced to spend so much time to migrate from one solution to another every time some developers decide that it isn't worth developing and maintaining their apps. That isn't necessarily wrong, except that this type of apps often keeps your data in a roach motel. Once it's in there, it's tough to get them out. And don't even get me started on how they have Import/Export feature under the File menu. There is no guarantee they will always work. Journler (now defunct) had them, but it stopped working at some point, and I had to figure out a weird and tedious workaround. Evernote's Export feature choked on me many times when I tried to export 2,000+ entries in it. The usual "open a support ticket" routine ensues, and you are bound to waste the next couple of weeks trying to figure out why you can't get any response from your app developer.

I freed myself of all of that by establishing my workflow outside these apps: Markdown text files and folders. I just use whatever the best tool available at the moment to edit my data in open format. I don't need to spend time tinkering and worrying about what the future might hold for each app. They all come and go, so you are better off keeping all your data in open format as much as possible.

You might think that the file and folder method is clumsy, but I found it just as effective as using an Everything Bucket app. I can keep tags inside a text file, and Spotlight can pick them up. A thoughtful file name with some tags at the end of each file name also does the trick. Elegant? Nope. But it works everywhere where the OS has a search function, and my tags are not lost by moving to another computer. And it's super-reliable and predictable. That's more important than some non-essential conveniences Everything Bucket apps might provide.
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Version 3.8.8
2 answer(s)
Reinvented Software
Reinvented Software
20 March 2018
Together, and its successor Keep It, stores everything you add to it in their original format, as files and folders that can be accessed in the Finder, and will also sync its tags with Finder tags. No export necessary. In addition, Together (and its successor Keep It) can create files of any format, so if you wanted to create / edit Markdown or plain text files, for example, you could.
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Dr-Sparks
Dr-Sparks
19 July 2019
The successor to Together:
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/60207/keep-it
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Ajmac25
19 September 2017
As noted by Javier, Together has been replaced. The new app is here and had a special price for Together users and a 15-day trial. Be curious to see others experience and thoughts here. http://reinventedsoftware.com/keepit/
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Version 3.8.8
9 answer(s)
Mirsky
Mirsky
21 September 2017
I really like Together and have been using it for years. Today I tried the new app, Keep It, and I'm disappointed. The way Keep It deals with tags is, in my opinion, worse than the way Together deals with them. Navigating tags in Keep It is more confusing and less intuitive. So I'm not updating to Keep It now and I may have to look for an alternative since Together is no longer being developed.
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RC62
RC62
21 September 2017
I upgraded to Keep It and like Mirsky am a bit disappointed. Maybe I just haven't figured it out yet but it looks like Keep it loses some features over Together. No more Smart Groups and no list based on item type (notes, pdf, web etc...). I'm hoping that that as keep it is updated more of these missing features return. On the positive side it does seem easier to setup syncing with iCloud.
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Mirsky
Mirsky
22 September 2017
This is an update to my previous message. I swapped some messages with the developer because I was disappointed that Together has been replaced by Keep It. The developer explained to me the reasons for most of the changes and I think he made sense for the most part. So I will eventually make the switch. He also was willing to consider suggestions, especially for some features that were in Together. So I would recommend any Together uses who are disappointed with Keep It to contact the developer and tell him what features you want in Keep It.
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Mirsky
Mirsky
23 September 2017
One more message from me.

I spent some more time playing with Keep It, Together' replacement. and now I can see why it's better and I bought it. It's definitely different from Together in some ways and so my initial reaction was negative. But now I think it's use of tags is better than Together's. It just wasn't obvious at first and I think Reinvented Software needs to do a better job of explaining the benefits of the newer app.

One big improvement: In Together, there is a tags view and then a folder view. But in Keep It, the two views are combined, and you can see tags that relate to specific folders, which I think is more powerful than how Together worked.

Also once you understand how tag navigation works in Keep It, it works better than Together.

I felt bad that my initial message was negative about Keep It, so I wanted to share my change of heart.
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Mirsky
Mirsky
23 September 2017
I accidentally posted the above message twice so I've removed the content from the duplicate.
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bdikkat
bdikkat
07 October 2017
Keep It is the successor to Together. Both apps are similar, but Keep It has superseded Together specifically so that the developer can earn more and steadier revenue from subscriptions, rather than from one-off app purchases. I can't blame him for wanting a return on his work, and this wouldn't be so bad - if Keep It was as good as, or better than, its predecessor Together. Unfortunately however Keep It is lacking in a few areas in this respect.

In my testing, Keep It uses nearly three times the space on iCloud storage as Together. This was measured by importing the Together data into Keep It, and examining the iCloud usage in System Preferences. Keep It Mobile used 3.9GB, while Together had been using only 1.4GB.

The macOS Keep It library can not be placed wherever you like it, as was the case with Together on macOS. Indeed, with Together, you could have as many libraries as you like, wherever you like, manage them inside the app, and have them sync with iCloud. The old Together app therefore had the rather wonderful ability to subvert selected parts of the Finder file structure and allow them to be "iCloud managed" in a polished interface. But this is no longer possible in quite the same way with Keep It, since there is only one library, and all its files are stored in the macOS system library, with some random, ugly name. The best you can do is to use an alias to that single main library folder into which to place new items.

You can no longer make smart groups in Keep It, as you could in Together. You can no longer encrypt items in Keep It, either in the macOS app or in the iOS app, as you could on both platforms with the Together app. You can no longer see item counts in the sidebar in the macOS Keep It app, as you could in Together. You can no longer make links to items in the macOS Keep It app, as you could in Together. You can no longer see the folder path where an item resides in Keep It, which used to be handy (but this probably reflects the fact that the path is always to the system Library folder).

On the upside, Keep It seems to have much better and more reliable syncing than the old Together app. With Together, syncing was frequently poor and sometimes even lead to data loss. In my testing, syncing with Keep It is now far more reliable. Also, overall, Keep It seems generally faster and more responsive than Together.

Perhaps the developer is thinking of continuing to improve and update Keep It, and more importantly, to reintroduce some of the missing features of Together (though it's hard to see him reintroducing the "many libraries anywhere" state). If he doesn't, then maybe he really can 'Keep It'. But if he does, it'll be a truly splendid app, and worth a subscription.
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Mirsky
Mirsky
08 October 2017
I'm not the developer, but as you can see from previous messages, I'm now a convert from Together to Keep It.

I wanted to respond to a few of bdikkat's comments:

• After saving my Keep It library in iCloud, I did not notice an increase in size. My iCloud storage seemed the same as when I had used Together. I'm not sure why there was a size difference with bdikkat's library. Maybe the developer could figure that out for him.

• It's possible to save Keep It's files anywhere. When I was first testing Keep It, I saved my Keep It library in my Downloads folder, which I don't back up with Time Machine. After buying Keep It, I saved my library in my Documents folder, which is where it is now. I think the default location might be where bdikkat mentioned, but you don't need to save it in that location.

• Keep It for Mac is not a subscription-based app. You pay once to buy it, just like Together. Keep It for iOS is subscription based, so bdikkat is right in that regard. I'm someone who only uses the Mac app. I can't comment on the iOS app or iOS integration.

• Like bdikkat, I was annoyed at first that you don't see item counts as you do in Together. However, if you choose View>Show Status Bar, you will see a tally of items at the bottom of the screen, which I think works just as well. So , for instance, when you click on a folder, you'll see a tally of items in that folder. If you then click on a tag, you'll see a tally of items in that folder with that tag.

• While you can't create Smart Groups, you can save Searches. Saved Searches are not as good as Smart Groups, but the developer told me he may increase the sophistication of the Saved Searches so they are more similar to Smart Groups.

• bdikkat is right that you can't encrypt items in Keep It. This is a lost feature that some people may find important.

• In Keep It, you can see which folder an item is in by choosing the Item menu then Show In. Admittedly it's not as good as the way Together did it. However, if you create a folder with subfolders and then collapse those subfolders and select the main folder, you will see the folder or subfolders where each item is kept.

As I said in an earlier post here, it took me a while to see why Keep It is more powerful than Together. The reason it's more powerful is that tags and folders now work together in a way that didn't exist in Together. In Together, you had tags view and Folder view and they were separate. In Keep It, they work together. You select a folder and Keep It will show you only the tags of items just in that folder. It's much more powerful that way.

Also, while you can’t have multiple libraries, which I realize is a detriment for some people, Keep It works in a way that multiple libraries aren't as important. Again, that's because you can have different sets of tags for each folder -- which is basically the reason you might have wanted multiple libraries in Together. In Together, you saw all tags all the time.
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bdikkat
bdikkat
09 October 2017
You didn't notice the difference in space used. Did you import your unaltered Together data into Keep It and then compared the space used, as I did? The difference was plain to see. As for contacting the developer, it's unfortunate that he simply doesn't reply.

Yes I've discovered that you can save the files away from the system Library folder, though the method is not boldly advertised - perhaps on purpose. One has to hold down command and option as Keep It launches, whereupon you get the opportunity to save the files of the one, single library in the location of your choice.

The iOS app is a good companion to the macOS app, especially since you only download items to your iOS device that you select, thus saving space on your iOS device (though it would be better if items were not automatically downloaded when selected, as this is easily done by accident; better would be a 'save for offline' option, as with the Dropbox iOS app). The syncing as I said is now much better and more reliable, though of course you do have to pay a subscription to use iCloud syncing to iOS in addition to the price of the macOS app.

Really, a path field is desirable in the macOS app, as most certainly is the ability to make x-links to items (if people are going to use Keep It for lots of data, they will be pleased to be able to link to it from other sources). Encryption should also be implemented.

Generally as I said, Keep It has significant sync reliability and speed improvements over the old Together app (which had woeful syncing), and using the iCloud sync is to use this new app suite to its fullest advantage, though this does require the macOS app purchase and the iOS subscription. One can hope that the the improvements noted above will in time be implemented.
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sidebox-1
sidebox-1
01 November 2017
@Mirsky: I appreciate sharing your experience. the way it went through a curve of disappointment and re-apprecition is quite the one I had. i also think your comments on different aspects quite nicely and fairly sketch the trade-off involved (with pluses and minuses).

there is one thing I would like to add to though, and that is your assessment of the tag system of 'Keep It' vs. 'Together':
you are right to point out that the tag drill down is a *huge* improvement in terms of finding notes/docs (and retrieval is one of the edge-features 'Keep It' rightfully markets itself on right now).
this is on the 'front side'of *using* tags.
what is really *lost* though nevertheless is the advanced capabilities of Together to manage and cultivate the tags in the first place. everyone relying on tags as a system of organization (replacing or supplementing a folder structure) knows: a controlled vocabulary (which a personalized tag-system is, really) is only working for good use is really only working for systematic retrieval, if there is a meaningful and easy to access tag management system sustaining it (esp in the context of a large scale, multi-domain 'data-dump' ... which Keep It now also suggests to be, after doing away with the multi-library system) .

iin this regard it really dazzled me, that Reinvented Software is giving away the really superior tag-system allowing easy (re-sorting), visiible, and(!) hierarchical tag lists at a time when the role of tags (for retrieval) is actaully elevated and made to shine on the 'front-end' of use.
... this doesn´t make sense. and at least in this regard the feature loss from Together to Keep It seems self defeating and really a step back.

agreed that the integration of front-row tags alongside the folder/bundle structure is a huge step forward (potentially) in terms of *retrieval*. BUT to really be implemented and cultivated as to that end on the user-side one will need a strong system of managing and reviewing the tagsystem one is building up systematically (which is what Together allowed and made stick out of the crowd of PIMs).

... in that regard I also join with others hoping there is a path forward for improvement and recuperation of some things lost; and I feel the more pricey buy-in now would really also warrant to have the best of the old being kept, and not leave users feel to buy a stripped down version (though, again, tag-drill and sync-reliability are really huge leaps forward...).
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Javier-Cubillo
11 September 2017
Together has been discontinued. Follow the apple steps: It is replaced by a new app, which in appearance, remove capabilities (no encryption, simpler). We will see the result....
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Version 3.8.8
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Bumbleb
Bumbleb
15 September 2017
Thanks for the heads-up, Javier!
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anushttaya
04 June 2017
This is the worst app I have ever tried, and it is ridiculously expensive. After about six months of using, I needed to reorganise my work files - all of which are translation projects filed in project folders with different files such as PDF, jpg, txml, etc. I exported all my projects from the past two (!!) years out of Together, to import them in the new Archive (in Together) that I had just created. And ALL projects were blown into pieces. All of them. The app thought it's a good idea to rip open the folders and organise all files by type: all PDFs in a row, all Word docs, all TXMLs... you get the picture. Of course I wrote the developer - whose only stroppy answer was that I should have made a backup with Time Machine. As a customer who paid good money I demanded he find a fix. He never wrote back again, and trying to look into this issue was of no further importance to him. Needless to say, I trashed the thing. Luckily, it was only the archive. Projects of the past. If I could give 0 stars for this, and the attitude of "customer service", I would even then ask for Minus review. I can only warn about this app.
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Version 3.8.5
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Reinvented Software
Reinvented Software
16 June 2017
I couldn't recreate your problem, and suspected it how you re-imported the files, which I asked about, and advised on how to restore things (Time Machine). There was nothing to add to that, because even if I had found a bug, nothing I changed in the app would’ve restored things to the way they were before you moved everything around. It's your responsibility to make proper backups, especially if you're planning on doing some major restructuring.
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Mjmsmith
13 March 2017
A great app that's regularly updated. I ditched EverNote for it and have no regrets.
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Version 3.7.6
waves-1
02 March 2017
The sync macOS to iOS does not work
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Version 3.7.5
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Cookie08
Cookie08
11 March 2017
Actually it does after you wait for the upload to the iCloud once done look in the iOS version and click on the library showing there in the list and it will sync I originally had this trouble. Once waiting to get the library in the cloud it is fast syncing with iOS device and I have a slow DSL connection
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bdikkat
bdikkat
11 March 2017
It doesn't for me, even when waiting for a long time. Compare to Apple Notes app.
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Alex-Macinsky
31 January 2017
Why was El Capitan abandoned already??? Stupidly I paid for this, and now no more updates for me since I will not be installing Sierra. Not a good business practice. The last version for El Capitan was 3.5.16.
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Version 3.7.3
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Reinvented Software
Reinvented Software
01 February 2017
It was very complicated to have Together using iCloud on both Sierra and El Capitan in the Mac App Store version, but only on Sierra in the direct version (Apple’s restriction), and there was no real benefit. Pretty much all the changes in Together 3.6 and later are about iCloud, macOS Sierra or the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. Better to leave El Capitan with a stable version than subject it to lots of updates that may accidentally introduce more bugs, because the focus is elsewhere.
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Tim27
Tim27
15 February 2017
Reinvented... please consider adding Dropbox sync support instead of just iCloud. I am being kept from using this software because I already have a Dropbox account and do not want to sync using iCloud.
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nicki_r
12 January 2017
Good app, but a little expensive as for me. I think $50 is too much for such an app, the functionality is rather poor. But in general it's nice.
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Version 3.7.2
Paganel
09 January 2017
cool app
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Version 3.7.2