Hook Version 3.6.1 is now available with improvements to menu bar icon badge indicating number of hooked item

Hook Version 3.6.1 (4805; Integration v. 221) built 2022-06-11 is now available for download and as an in-app update.

Thank you to all for your support as we improved Hook 3.6’s new “hooked” status indicator feature.

In Hook 3.6.1, using Hook’s General preferences tab, you can now configure Hook’s menu bar icon to display a colored badge indicating the number of items hooked to the foreground item. If the number is known to be zero, you will see the default Hook menu bar icon. If the app can’t determine the number of items hooked to the current resource, the badge will display a question mark.

Also, unless you are using macOS 10.13, you will not receive notifications that "Hook.app wants access to control <the foreground app>". Hook will not attempt to show the number of hooks associated with an app that you have not previously given Hook permission to interact with.

Please note that by default, the menu bar icon badge feature is disabled (as in Hook 3.6).

Also, this build improves integration with the classic edition of Evernote. The Reminders app is now excluded from status polling.

More information

For more information, please see Hook 3.6.1 release notes.

Eligibility for updates

This Hook update is free to any customer with a valid Updates license of Hook (Hook Pro and Hook Essentials each come with one year of free access to updates ) or in valid trial or Lite mode.

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Nice update. The hook indicator works correctly in most apps (like OmniFocus or DevonThink). But in Obsidian, I just see a “?”, even when there are existing links to the current file. When I open up the Hook window it shows the existing links, but the menu bar item shows “?”. Is this a bug? FYI I’m using Advanced URI plugin mode.

– Marc

Thank you, @mkasu. And Welcome to the Hook Productivity Forum .

The release notes were supposed to link to Menu bar icon badge showing number of links to the current item – Hook which includes:

  1. The third state is also currently encountered with apps that are URL-friendly but that do not support AppleScript for linking. Those are mainly x-callback-url apps. We might be able to provide a hooked-status badge for them in the future.

I’ve added the link. Per the above, we do expect the menu bar icon badge to support x-callback-url apps in the future. It requires extra work and we wanted to get the feature out the door and get some feedback on it. We may update Link-friendly Mac Apps – Hook page so you know. To be clear, we consider apps that are linkable with x-callback-url to be URL-friendly per the Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking.

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Since updating from 3.6 to 3.6.1 with the improved indicator, the status of DevonThink items occasionally stops displaying correctly and instead settles on the 3rd state of “unknown.” Quitting and restarting hook resolves the issue, but there is apparently some recurring issue.

There are certain items that are currently unsupported, such as smart groups. When you see this, would you please invoke Hook’s contextual window . If its status bar shows No linkable item found in DEVONthink, then the menu bar icon is displaying the correct result.

correction, smart groups work in some contexts, like inbox, but not in the smart groups view. Hook’s simply calling the AppleScript. So if the AppleScript returns a valid value, then Hook’s menu bar icon will reflect that.

It’s not smart groups, just an item selected in the main window. Quitting and restarting hook resolves it, but here’s the item with the hook window invoked, and again active after a long pause not updating the toolbar.


Thanks for the extra info, @lutefish . If you try increasing the interval to 4s does it make a difference?

defaults write com.cogsciapps.hook menubar.icon.status.interval 4

default is 2.

The little question mark overlaying the menubar icon is visible almost all the time, and distracting, so I turned it off in Preferences. It’s distracting because it reads as though there’s a problem with Hook. (Some apps use question marks to denote “trouble”.)

Not being a fan of the question mark could you consider providing other options other than the current “use it or do not use it”? I think you had something in an earlier release where the icon seemed to change weight (fatness)?

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