Hi all! The First time when I downloaded Hook, I was excited. I still like the idea of this type of application, but unfortunately had for many irritations over this month that I almost stopped using Hook.
Before I begin, just want to mention that I get several issues than average users because of some accessibility features turned on.
First unstable. From time to time, it works from time to time not. I read over at hook forum that other users have similar issues. For the most time I invoke a hook window, copying hook item url, opening another window to hook together, but get dimmed “hook to copied link”. After a few tests, I found out it happens because of VoiceOver. If I turn VoiceOver off, do the same process as above it works. But hey, not efficient at all. I maybe could leave with it, but another problem Once I turn VoiceOver on one of these hooked documents, hook window says ‘no linkable item found in hook.’, which makes it very useless. One of my primary note tools is drafts and hook don’t recognise drafts when invoked in drafts. Since my workflow depends on drafts a lot, it makes little sense to turn off VO, copy & paste links and later invoke hook in drafts and get blank hook window.
Another thing is remembering to trigger Hook window, if you are looking after hooked items. After several months I still have not formed the habit to use this keyboard shortcut on a daily basis. (Maybe I need to create a habit in Streaks to stick with it). In other words another step which may slow down when I need to access some documents, links etc. It is great when it is about 2 files, but when I needed to hook say 5-7 different type of documents, I spent more time to hook them than actually do something.
This application I hate from all my heart and thought hook would help me at least to launching .docx files more often. I was wrong. It works in Finder if .docx file is selected, but when I’m writing in this document itself, I get ‘no linkable item found in hook.’ after triggering hook with keyboard shortcut.
Contacted developer, got few responses, but nothing more. I would gladly to jump on beta if they had thought to fix the accessibility issue.
What I do next?
Since I still think linking things together and have easy access to get markdown url for different items is brilliant idea, I do it with Keyboard Maestro instead. You don’t get this hooked items feature, but I don’t miss it much since it rarely worked when I needed it anyway.
For you, who interested, I found this Copy as Markdown Link - Macro Library - Keyboard Maestro Discourse macro group, which comes with pre-saved applications to get quickly md link.
Since I have drafts almost always opened, I kind of replicated hooked items by creating a draft where I store Markdown links for items is currently relevant. Since I have assigned keyboard shortcut in drafts to launch markdown url’s in opened draft, it makes quick to jump quickly to right destination.
So yeah, Hook, is where linked items meant to be found, but not for my use case so far.