The user still has access to their own data via export and now with automation. It is common for apps to store data that is implementation specific and not user-facing.
Having said that: this is something that was (is) hotly debated in the company. One view here is:
2). Database and the format in which the data is stored constitute a part of IP of CSA.
3). The format of data is subject to change as features and requirements of Hook evolves. Automation serves the API, a contract between user and Hook.
the other view here is that encrypting the database buys nothing for the user, and is not in the spirit of openness that characterized OS X (if not macOS). And it takes away an automation benefit that was nice for an automation tool to provide – we do after all wish to appeal to automators. Database access is faster than AppleScript. If users want to take the risk, why prevent them? Etc.
locking user data away completely only leads to suspicion that CogSci is up to something with our data that we cannot monitor. May be as innocent as can be, but why hide?
a CogSci Apps response is that the data is stored on user’s computer. Hook’s connections to the CogSci Apps server are for license activation and script updates. Hook can be used on a standard alone machine without connection. Script updates can also be obtained via the app installer. We cannot control suspicion or attitudes; but you can learn about the founders on the website : we have been committed for nearly 20 years to understanding and promoting cognitive productivity on macOS. And we work hard to earn our users’ trust (the candor of this post is an example of that).
We can also point to Hook scripts being available in the app’s Script Editor as an example of the openness of Hook and our collaborative spirit. And now to Hook itself being automatable.
To take one example: OmniFocus encrypts its database. However, that provides users with value: protection of their data on a server. Since Hook does not store data on servers, the encryption of the database provides no value to the user, except to the extent they want to help CogSci Apps thrive in a competitive environment.
We recognize that there are different views on this topic given that we have experienced diversity on this issue ourselves.