I don’t currently use Dropbox. All I do is work locally on a single Mac.
I am seeing inconsistencies in how Hook is popping up on my screen. Many times a hot key for Hook will bring up an empty Hook menu. Then, the same document brings up a full Hook menu. At first I noticed this here and there with some of my apps. It doesn’t happen all the time, so it is difficult to predict. But it is happening with annoying frequency.
When I first ran Hook this morning, I got a blank Hook menu again that I had to fix after posting this thread yesterday. Then, I tried it a few more times, repeatedly and all in a row, and they were all blank Hook screens.
Then I changed my screen focus and worked on this reply. After some time I tried again and suddenly, the Hook menu was populated again. This is yet another reason I would like to see a Hook window that can stand alone, so that I can do maintenance to determine if Hook has permanently lost all the links or, if Hook is only suffering from temporary senility.
I gotta say, I am getting a little less trustful of using Hook. When I work hard to organize my Hook links, they should remain accessible at all times. One of the selling points for me about using Hook was that, Hook creates permanent links. Permanent to me means that once you set those links in Hook, they stay put.
ADDED: I have one external drive mounted in an external USB drive case. Just now I noticed that when I tried again to use the Hook menu in NVAlt it was blank. I also heard my external drive spinning up. This was the same 5 - 10 seconds it takes when I have a disk in that slot to mount an external drive with HoudahSpot searches pointed to.
When HoudahSpot is activated in a search pointed toward the same drive that needs to be awakened to search, it takes HoudahSpot the same 5 - 10 seconds to perform the search as it has to wait for the mounted drive to become awake. This may be why I am seeing Hook inconsistently show empty menus that I already know are populated menus.
This is odd as I would think it should make better sense for Hook to not do this automatically every time it is activated. This is especially true when all the hook linked files are to be found locally.
If Hook is taking the time to look for a dropbox connection (that isn’t there) and if hook is taking the time to spin up or activate any mounted disk - even when I don’t want it to, as I know it does not contain any of my Hook links, then maybe it would be a good idea to allow the user to select in the Hook preferences the option of what areas to search in and what areas to exclude?
All I know is that, sometimes my Hook links are there, and sometimes they are missing. When I made this post yesterday I had waited much longer than the 5 - 10 second spin up time for my external drive so I know that there is another problem here. I just don’t know what it is.
If Hook is not trustworthy to immediately bring up all the links I have placed there, and I am forced to shift into that part of my brain where I have to stop my work progress and hunt for files, this sort of defeats the idea of using Hook in the first place.