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It’s been a terrible year. Summer is coming. We have work to do.

We have COVID to cure. We have sick people to care for, and threatened epidemic waves to avert. We have a looming economic disaster to address. Many of us need to reimagine our workplaces and our workflow. We have kids to raise, degrees to pursue, new jobs to find.

Summer is the time for new plans and fresh projects and great new ideas. 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 all 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.

better together

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…

fine tools

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.

take it easy

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 SUMMERFEST2020

what the craftspeople use

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.

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:

Since 2003, we’ve created hundreds of books that help answer questions, solve problems, and demystify the latest technology. To do this, we rely heavily on tools made by other SummerFest participants—for example, all our books are created using Nisus Writer Pro, we use PDFpenPro in our production process, and we use Panorama X to track sales and report royalties. And many of our authors and editors depend daily on essential tools like BBEdit, DEVONthink Pro, Scrivener, and TextExpander. We appreciate the care, attention to detail, and personal support we get from these developers, and we think you will too!

Daniel Alm, designer of Timing, says:

We’ve worked hard to make Timing track the time spent in other SummerFest apps as accurately as possible. For example, Timing will track exactly how much time you spend on each document in PDFpen, including the file path. Similarly, Timing can track your writing time per document in Nisus Writer Pro and how much time you spend on each timeline in Aeon Timeline 2. In fact, Timing has its own timeline to visualize how you’ve been spending time on your Mac, so as an Aeon Timeline user you will feel right at home!

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

The tool does not make the craftsman, but choosing the right tool is part of the craft. We are all blessed with an operating system that comes with the tools you needed to get started, but there comes a point where we'd rather use a chisel than keep chipping away with a pocket knife. SummerFest is your opportunity to trade up to tools designed for your craft.—Pierre Bernard, Houdah Software


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

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Nisus Writer Pro

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Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful word processor with an impressive set of features to help you create beautiful documents.

Nisus Writer Pro offers an intuitive interface, superior multilingual text support, unmatched compatibility, and an abundance of tools that allow you to create, edit, and polish your prose. Taking notes in class, creating your thesis, or writing your book, Nisus Writer Pro can handle it all.

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DEVONthink 3

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DEVONthink is your paperless office. It stores all your documents, helps you keep them organized, and presents you with what you need to get the job done.

Focus on your work and let DEVONthink remember all the details. Collect, organize, edit and annotate documents of any kind. Have them automatically analyzed, connected, and filed. Sync them between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

  • Keeps your data together
  • Scans your paper
  • Archives your email
  • Assists you with A.I.
  • Syncs your data securely
  • Automates repeating tasks
  • Lets you share your data

For DEVONthink 3 we have revisited every aspect of the app, from the user interface as a whole to the many details that make it a strong companion for every information worker.

We have redesigned the user interface and added dark mode support, extended DEVONthink's already powerful search language, and added a new menu extra for capturing notes and more from anywhere on your Mac.

Other pro-grade features include custom metadata, imprinting for images and PDF, a better OCR engine, and a completely rewritten web interface. New automation options like smart rules and flexible reminders let even non-programmers easily delegate repeating tasks to DEVONthink.

The coupon code is also valid for upgrades from DEVONthink 2. It cannot be combined with other discounts.

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DEVONagent Pro

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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.

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Panorama X

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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!

Key features:

  • 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

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TextExpander eliminates the need to type things over and over. Using a quick search or abbreviation, instantly insert snippets of text from a personal or shared repository of boilerplate, emails and other content. For example, type “em1” and it expands to your email address of “email@companyemail.com”.

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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.

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Edit PDFs easily with PDFpen!

Edit PDFs easily with PDFpen! PDFpen is a heavy-duty document editing app for Mac. 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. Stash your documents in iCloud, Dropbox, Evernote or any other cloud service.

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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.

  • Word processing files containing "invoice" or "estimate"
  • Image files named "logo" more than 512 pixels wide
  • Files created, modified, or opened in the last 7 days
  • Photos and videos from last Christmas

HoudahSpot is a powerful and yet easy-to-use file search tool. It keeps all the information collected on your Mac within easy reach.

  • Search by name, text, file type, author, etc.
  • Combine search criteria. Narrow in on relevant results
  • Sort by date, file size, image dimensions, etc.
  • Preview files and text matches

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ImageFramer Pro

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ImageFramer Pro is the most versatile solution for adding borders to your photos on the Mac, from artistic borders to photorealistic frames. Quickly  frame photographs, digital art, Etsy shop listings, family snapshots—any image you can get onto your Mac. Choose from thousands of photorealistic or artistic frames and mats, layered in endless combinations. Add text and image overlays, including watermarks to digitally sign your original artwork. You can even batch process multiple photos or use it with Adobe Lightroom Classic or Apple Photos.

Who uses ImageFramer? Professional artists, photographers, bloggers, scrapbookers, craft enthusiasts, and anyone who just wants better looking family photos.

Showcase your art with lifelike frames for a professional look, find the perfect frame by comparing multiple designs, or just have fun with your image library.

NEW: ImageFramer has an optional Card Creator Pack that has over 120 professional designs that work together to provide fun and quick way to create greeting cards, like for Father’s Day.

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HoudahGeo adds location information to your photos. Geotagging adds GPS location information to metadata embedded within the actual image files. Cataloging tools can thus organize and find photos by location. Want to see all the pictures of Eiffel Tower you ever took? Can't remember when you visited Paris? No problem.

Your photos are part of a story. Location information helps you tell the rest of that story. Show where you have been, how you got there and tell what is not in the picture. Be it to recount your travels, to present real estate, document infrastructure or environmental damage, etc.

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Trickster keeps track of recent files and applications you’ve been using on your Mac and gives you easy and fast access to them. Stop searching. Start finding.

  • Send email attachments faster
  • Drag downloaded files directly into apps without opening Finder
  • Don’t worry about where applications save their files, they’re all in the same place now
  • Works with cloud services that integrate with the file system such as Dropbox, or iCloud

NEW: Integration with Hook and Smart Application Filter — show files relevant to the application you’re using right now.

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Save time by adding powerful spam filtering to your Mac’s e-mail client. SpamSieve gives you back your inbox, using a combination of Bayesian analysis and rules to provide amazing accuracy that’s constantly improving. SpamSieve learns and adapts to your mail, so it’s able to block nearly all the junk—without putting good messages in the spam mailbox. It’s quick and easy to control SpamSieve from within Apple Mail (including Catalina support), Microsoft Outlook, Airmail, MailMate, Entourage, Mailsmith, Postbox 5, PowerMail, and more.

SpamSieve running on your Mac can keep the spam off your iPhone/iPad, and you can even review the spam and train it from iOS. SpamSieve protects your privacy. It doesn’t need access to your mail account login and does not transmit your mail data anywhere. All the processing is done on your Mac.

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Timing automatically tracks how you spend time on your Mac — down to the app, document and website. This helps you become more productive by allocating time more effectively. Timing’s interactive timeline also makes it easy to track “offline” times such as meetings. And if you are a freelancer, Timing can create timesheets to make billing your hours a breeze. There’s even a brand-new DEVONthink integration.

Save 25% on your first month or your first year’s subscription!

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Searching and filing can take you out of "the zone". With Hook, instantly link and re-access information related to your current focus: be it a document, email, folder or almost anything else on your Mac or elsewhere.

Hook does not replace your favorite apps: it lets you use them together, linking their documents and objects. For example, with Hook you can link a document you are writing (or reading) to a Tinderbox object, a task an outline, a diagram, and feedback, in the compatible app of your choice. Hook lets you instantly navigate between them.

This keeps you focused on doing great work with the information you need, now.

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Take Control Books

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Take Control ebooks help you navigate the topics you need to know about, offering expert advice from top authors on the latest Apple-related tech and leading Mac apps. Available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle formats, Take Control ebooks are easy to use and explore, providing in-depth coverage plus a quick way to find answers to your pressing questions.

Our catalog contains dozens of titles, of which some of our recent releases include:

  • Take Control of Zoom by Glenn Fleishman helps you master this popular videoconferencing tool.
  • Take Control of macOS Media Apps by Kirk McElhearn covers the Music, TV, and Podcast apps in Catalina that replace iTunes.
  • Take Control of Apple Watch by Jeff Carlson shows you how to get the most out of your Apple Watch.
  • Apple Interface Mysteries by Michael Cohen delves into the history and reasoning behind many of Apple’s puzzling user interface choices.

Plus you’ll find books about productivity, online privacy, Wi-Fi, Apple home automation, Shortcuts, the Mac command line, 1Password, Apple Mail, Apple TV, Calendar & Reminders, iCloud, Numbers, Pages, Preview, and much more. Let our authors save you time and aggravation with their timely, expert advice! Note that we also have two free books on these products created in partnership with SummerFest 2020 developers:

  • Take Control of DEVONthink 3 explains all that DEVONthink can do and how it can bring order to your information.
  • Take Control of PDFpen teaches you how to use PDFpen to work with scanned documents, create and edit PDFs, sign PDF forms, and more.

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Fine Print: This special offer may end without notice. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts, and may not apply to all update offers or multiple-user packages. Trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Great deals and artisanal software make for hectic order rooms and real people handle each order; your patience is appreciated.

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