These days we track more stuff than ever. Text snippets. URLs. Photos. Movie and audio clips. Files and documents. How can we keep all that stuff organized in one place so it’s easily found and used?
One of my all time favorite Mac apps is Together, one of the growing number of personal information managers to help us cope with the growing swell of digital data.
Think about how you manage files in your Mac’s Documents folder, compared to how you organize the Mac’s Desktop (itself just a folder to hold files).
In the heat of daily usage, both Documents folder and Desktop tend to get cluttered with files and folders.
Together eliminates the clutter with automatic organization. Automatic? Pretty much. Together stores just about everything you want to keep, does it quickly and efficiently, and makes it easy to find what you’ve stored.
Lots of PIM’s do much the same way, though not as easily, thanks to Together’s famous Shelf– a pop out window which makes it easy to drop and save whatever you have that needs to be saved. Together looks instantly familiar and navigation is as easy as iTunes or iPhoto.
Every item you save in Together is saved– just like iPhoto and iTunes– in the Library. But you can organize the library into folders for Notes, Images, Movies, Snippets, Documents, or whatever, all organized into folders with tags, labels, ratings, even groups.
Click on a category and you’ll see the contents in the center column. Click an item in the contents column and see the details. Together previews just about everything. The real claim to fame here is the Shelf, the pop out window that lets you drag and drop or save every item you want saved.
The Shelf’s tab sticks out of the side of your Mac’s screen. Grab a snippet of text, a note, a URL from the browser, a photo, an image, a file, or almost anything to the Shelf and it pops open– drop it and it’s saved.
Together is cloud storage savvy, too, and saves files to iCloud and syncs them up between different Macs. Therein lies the only real complain I have about Together. It is screaming for an iPhone or iPad version that also syncs to iCloud. What a monster combination that would be.