Summer its here: the time for fresh air, fresh ideas, and new projects. It’s time to take a deep breath and roll up your sleeves. Whether you’re mapping out your next novel, finishing your dissertation, planning a product, or writing memories for your grandkids, these great tools will help.
As is our custom in this season, we’re hosting a gathering of software artisans who are working to transform research and writing for a new era. We’ve all finished our latest updates, we’re working together to save you lots of money.
Get the tools you need at a terrific price, for a very limited time.
Your inspiration doesn’t come from a factory. Neither does artisanal software.
For a limited time, we’re offering you a great price on great software, right at the workshop door. No ridiculous bundles, no silly gimmicks. Great software, great support, great (but sustainable) prices.
Artisanal software doesn’t come from fly-by-night marketers. We work hard to make sure our tools work together, because that makes everything better. Here’s how…
These are terrific tools for thinking, writing, organizing, and delivering your ideas. Sure, you can manage with less – but why would you want to? Each of these tools is carefully crafted and maintained by a small, dedicated team with vision and determination. Each is constantly honed and improved – since Tinderbox 1.0, we’ve had ninety three full releases for Tinderbox alone.
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We don’t make you jump through hoops. No need to dig up your serial numbers or clip boxtops. These are all full versions with complete support and upgrade privileges. No contests or hullabaloo, no discounts too good to be true.
Just great prices for great software, right at the vineyard gate.
- Tinderbox and Storyspace: order right here.
- Everything else: use the coupon code SUMMERFEST2018
Rich Siegel from Bare Bones Software reminds us that:
No matter what craft you're pursuing, there is no investment more useful, productive, or gratifying than a set of finely crafted tools and trustworthy reference materials.
Tinderbox designer Mark Bernstein finds his colleagues a constant source of inspiration:
You don’t discover inspired design in focus groups. Artisanal software is filled with ideas, ambition, and a passion to make things right. Using all these tools together lets our team build better software while engaging the rest of the research community.
Keith Blount from Literature and Latte writes:
The applications on offer for SummerFest comprise some of my favourite writing software. There’s something here for every step of the writing process, from gathering research and working out connections between ideas, to putting it all together into a manuscript and polishing the text for wherever it needs to go.
Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann from DEVONtechnologies likes to create, and his customers do, too:
We just love the idea of artisanal software. Applications created by real people who care about their customers and want to give them great tools. Tools that enable them to write, design, and create without running into the limits of the software they use. Tools that are designed to work together. From DEVONthink and DEVONagent to Tinderbox and Bookends, the products in this SummerFest are what our customers use to research, search and find, collect, and connect. Scrivener or Nisus Writer Pro then take over when the writing begins, each of them with its very own focus. That's what artisanal software is for us: software with character that's not necessarily for everyone, made for those who expect more."
Joe Kissell, publisher of Take Control Books, knows the value of well-made products:
I worked for years in the software industry before becoming an author and publisher, and I know firsthand how important quality and reliability are to customers. We aim to bring the same attention to detail to every Take Control title, producing books about the most important Mac-and iOS-related apps, tasks, and technologies that will give our readers the tools they need, in a timely way. We know we share this commitment to quality with other SummerFest developers, having partnered with them to publish titles on PDFpen, Scrivener, TextExpander, and DEVONthink, and having used Nisus Writer Pro for years to create our books.
TaskPaper inventor Jesse Grosjean says,
What a great list to be part of. I love Scapple as a simple as possible thinking space. I wrote my first app integration for TextExpander on iOS years ago. Tinderbox is an original that I look to for new ideas in my own software.
Tinderbox helps you keep track of the real complexity and messiness of the world. – Ted Nelson, inventor of hypertext and author of Computer Lib and Possiplex.
Scrivener is the best computerized tool for serious writing since – well, maybe since ever. Its new, seamless integration with the wonderfully flexible thinking-tool Tinderbox is good news for anyone who cares about writing, thinking, or using a computer. – James Fallows, co-author of Our Towns:A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
You know that feeling you get when you put on your favorite, well-worn t-shirt and jeans? I just got that feeling when I started up the program. I live in Nisus Writer Pro." – Lou Lesko, award winning writer and photographer.
The mark of great software — each one keeps producing little surprises....the sort of surprise which makes you think (a) “I didn’t know it could do that”; (b) “Why would I want to do that, anyway?”; and (c) “I don’t know how I managed without it. – Michael Bywater, author of The Chronicles of Bargepole, Big Babies and Lost Worlds
"SummerFest: software for creators, made by creators. The applications on offer for SummerFest strike the magic balance of being essential yet almost invisible. Tools that assist without getting in the way. These eager helpers keep you abreast of your notes, your tasks, keep information at your fingertips, help you type faster, or take care of nitty gritty details while you do what you do best: create." —Pierre Bernard, Houdah Software
You have kept me from committing technocide and offing my computers and iPhone. I am going to purchase more Take Control books as soon as I’m finished with this email.” —Michael Israel, performance artist
Tinderbox stores and organizes your notes, plans, and ideas. A professional tool that helps you analyze and understand your information as it grows and changes, Tinderbox is a powerful but personal content assistant that helps you share your notes through the cloud and on the Web.
- New: Take notes on your iPhone or iPad, route them directly to the pertinent Tinderbox project!
- Maps help you discover emergent structure and unexpected relationships
- Agents and rules let your work keep itself organized
- Treemaps, word clouds, and dashboards visualize your data
Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.
Nisus Writer Pro
The word processor that's fast, clean, and with all the power you need. Nisus Writer Pro adds new features while keeping the familiar look and feel that has won praise from users and the press alike.
Nisus Writer feels like home with support for macOS autosave, document versioning, and iCloud. You're in control. Our tools are right wherever you want them. Customize which palettes are seen and when. Assign any keyboard shortcut to any menu. Add any menu to the toolbar.
The SUMMERFEST2018 coupon gives you 25% off on Scapple, an easy-to-use tool for getting ideas down as quickly as possible and making connections between them.If you’ve ever scribbled down ideas all over a piece of paper and drawn lines between related thoughts, then you already know what Scapple does. Learn more…
DEVONthink Pro Office
Organize and work with all your documents — bookmarks, email messages, text files, images, PDFs — in one place, regardless where they come from. Quickly capture data without interrupting your workflow. DEVONthink's unique AI assists you in getting the most out of your data collection.
- Keep your data together in one place
- Scan your paper, archive your email
- Let artificial intelligence help you file your data
- Sync your data to all your devices, fast and secure
- Share your data with anyone, whether they use Mac or PC
Collect, store, work: DEVONthink saves all your documents, keeps them organized, and recalls them whenever you need them. Now there's no need to store Office files, PDFs, bookmarks or other information in separate apps.
Let someone else remember all the details: DEVONthink is smart. It not only searches all your documents almost instantaneously, it also finds connections between them, extracts the most relevant topic words, or files documents automatically.
Take your data with you wherever you go: Synchronize your data securely between all your Macs and iOS devices. Use the local network, iCloud, Dropbox, or any WebDAV server or service. All data sent over the network is encrypted; DEVONthink To Go on iOS protects your data with PIN code, Touch ID, or Face ID.
DEVONagent Pro helps you search more efficiently on the web. It searches multiple sources, frees you from hunting for the really relevant results, and gives you power tools for your research.
- Get results pre-filtered for you
- View results the way you want
- Create reports in many formats
- Save searches so you can continue later
Search the web like never before: DEVONagent Pro queries all major and minor search engines, weeds out all the junk, and presents the really good stuff nicely ranked the way you want.
Web search the way it should be: DEVONagent Pro’s menulet puts web search where it belongs: right next to Spotlight in the menu bar. Or use its keyboard shortcut, instead of reaching for the mouse. You still have to type your query yourself, though.
It's not about search; it's about productivity: You are already busy writing, creating, researching. Let DEVONagent Pro assist you by providing you with the data you need and the best tools on the Mac for working with it.
TaskPaper is a plain text to-do list that's surprisingly adept. TaskPaper 3 is all new, while still retaining the same plain text design that's been getting things done since 2006.
- Plain text – Keyboard friendly. Type your lists into TaskPaper and each line is formatted into a project, task, or note.
- Outliner power – Fold, focus, and filter to cut big lists down to size. Use saved searches to quickly filter the items in your lists.
- No locks – TaskPaper files are future proof. Edit them in any text editor or use one of the many TaskPaper compatible apps created by other developers.
- No limits – TaskPaper doesn’t force a particular system on you; it provides basic list elements to use as you see fit. Go beyond with scripts and themes.
Aeon Timeline 2
Aeon Timeline 2 is the next generation of Visual Timeline Software.
Aeon Timeline 2 lets you visualise time-related data for all your projects - whether you are avoiding plot-holes and fleshing out backstories in a novel, managing the delivery schedule for a project, or mapping out documentation and witness statements in a legal case, Aeon Timeline helps you filter and analyse your data to see both the forest and the trees.
Version 2.3 now syncs timelines with our newly released iOS app, so you can carry your timelines with you when you leave your desk.
Panorama X combines the best elements of database and spreadsheet technology into a single package, making it an unparalleled tool for working with and analyzing any kind of information. Like a spreadsheet, Panorama X is RAM based for speed and flexibility, but with all of the data processing power of a full-blown database application and more. Panorama provides incredible performance when sorting, searching, performing analysis, and even when doing complete data restructuring. Even if a database already contains tens of thousand of records, Panorama X can quickly conquer tasks like shifting misaligned data, splitting or merging fields, correcting mis-formatted or improperly capitalized data, search and replace, phonetic searches or even searching with a formula or regular expression. It's like a Swiss Army knife for your data!
- 64-Bit RAM-Based Relational Database Engine
- Flexible Searching and Sorting
- Interactive Data Analysis & Summaries
- Universal Multi-Level Undo
- Graphical Layout, Custom Reports & Labels
- Fully Programmable and Recordable
- Regular Expressions
- Flexible Import & Export
TextExpander lets you instantly insert snippets of text from a repository of emails, boilerplate and other content, as you type – using a quick search or abbreviation.
Think beyond “simple text.” Personalize messages you frequently send with custom fields and powerful automation. The perfect message every time. TextExpander kicks your productivity up a notch.
A 30-day free trial lets you try out all the apps which come with an account, TextExpander for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Windows.
- Insert standard greetings, text, and signatures, including formatted text and pictures
- Type custom abbreviations that expand to longer “snippets” of text and images
- Correct typos automatically (Add them to your snippet library and/or use one of the included AutoCorrect snippet groups for English, French or German)
- Suggests snippets from phrases you habitually type
- Use fill-in-the-blank snippets to create custom forms with multiple field types and sections
Reference management entails the collection, annotation, curation, and citation of published information. This is exactly what Bookends does, and it does it like no other software.
Bookends performs Internet searches to retrieve references and associated pdfs or web pages, and can immediately find and import references for which you already have the pdf. Versatile groups (static, smart, hierarchical, and virtual), Term Lists (keywords, authors, etc.), reference cross-linking, notecards, PDF file tags, PDF annotations that can be viewed/edited in notecards, on-the-fly creation of reference data tag clouds, and instantaneous live searches help organize and find information in your personal collection. Learn more…
Storyspace 3 brings fresh and new technology to reimagine the writing environment that launched the golden age of hypertext narrative. Years before the Web, adventurous writers crafted intricate, interactive stories of tremendous literary scope. Now, Storyspace 3 brings modern Macintosh typography and the flexibility of Tinderbox – with which Storyspace works intimately – to provide new perspectives on writing with links.
Edit PDFs easily with PDFpen!
PDFpen is a heavy-duty document editing app for macOS.
Add text, images, signatures, highlights, and comments. Make changes, fix typos, fill out forms, and redact sensitive information. Use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to turn a scan into editable text. Export from PDF to Microsoft® Word, Excel, PowerPoint or PDF/A. Stash your documents in iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Evernote or any other cloud service.
- Validate digital signatures for authenticity and trust of digitally signed documents
- Digitally sign documents using AATL or self-signed certificates
- Create a digital certificate for self-signing
- Preview and extract file attachments and annotations
- Record and playback audio annotations
- Measure distances with the measurement tool, including scale within architectural documents
- Export PDF to Microsoft® Word (.docx) offline
HoudahSpot helps you find what you need, when you need it. Use HoudahSpot to comb through notes and reference materials or to hunt down that elusive missing file. For example:
- Mails about a "CV" or "resume" received this year
- Word processing files containing "invoice" or "estimate"
- Image files named "logo" more that 512 pixels wide
- Files created, modified or opened in the last 7 days
HoudahSpot is a powerful, yet easy-to-use file search tool. It keeps all the information collected on your Mac within easy reach: documents, email messages, photos, and videos.
- Search by name, text, file type, sender, etc.
- Combine search criteria. Narrow in on relevant results
- Sort by date, file size, image dimensions, etc.
- Preview files and text matches
A new handy place on your desktop for storing notes, files and pasteboard clips.
Move your mouse to the top of the screen, then scroll down with mouse or trackpad. Voila!
Track what you cope and paste. Browse your clipboard history. Store your files. Quickly jot things down.
Stop guessing how you spend your time,
and focus on doing your best work instead.
Timing observes how you use your Mac and categorizes your activities.
You see how you spent your time and how productive you were,
with a great timeline that shows when you did what.
It even automatically recognizes blocks of time that belong together!
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