WinterFest 2019

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WinterFest 2019

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Winter is coming. It’s time to take a deep breath and roll up your sleeves.

It’s 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.

Tinderbox Special

Tinderbox WinterFest 2019
$249 $199

Storyspace Special

Storyspace WinterFest 2019
$149 $114

Household License

Tinderbox Household
$285 $236

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 WINTERFEST2019

what the craftspeople use

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 WinterFest 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 WinterFest 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.

Luc Beaudoin of CogSci Apps explains that:

We created Hook productivity because, in order to do great work, we have to be able to link documents and objects from our favorite apps together. For instance, while reading a PDF in PDFPen Pro (or in Preview or Adobe Reader), you can now invoke Hook and select its "Link to New" function to create a new, linked document in Tinderbox or BBEdit (or TextEdit, Bear, Pages, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner).
Linking is the heart of hypertext. Hook brings it to and beyond your desktop.

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.

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. WinterFest 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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Aeon Timeline 2

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Aeon Timeline 2 is the next generation of Visual Timeline Software. 

For writers in the opening stages of planning, the final stages of editing, or anywhere in between, Aeon Timeline 2 helps you build your plot, avoid plot-holes and inconsistencies, understand your characters and the connections between timeline events and a large cast of characters, and visualise your story in new ways. 

And for project and case management, Aeon Timeline 2 offers a lighter and more flexible way to plan, analyze and track your projects, employees, milestones and more.

Version 2.2 adds an ability to sync with Ulysses and many great enhancements to syncing with Scrivener.

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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 framing solution for macOS. Quickly and beautifully 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.

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. From greeting cards and calendars to websites, proposals, and professional framing, ImageFramer Pro is a delightful addition to your creative toolbox.

New: Updated interface and Dark Mode, better text handling, new borders and frames.

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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: Smart Application filter - show files relevant to the currently used application

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BBEdit 13

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BBEdit is the leading professional-strength text and code editor for the Mac. Crafted to serve the needs of writers, web authors, software

developers, and everyone else who deals with text, this award-winning product provides a vast number of helpful features for editing,

searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit enjoys legendary status for reliable, high-performance text transformation.

BBEdit 13 brings more than 100 new features, changes, and improvements, including new Pattern Playgrounds, a Grep Cheat Sheet, the capability to display & select live search result, to help new users discover and apply BBEdit's powerful tools for editing and transforming text, and make it more efficient for experienced users to apply those same tools.

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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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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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