A few years ago a colleague reviewed a Mac app called Together and asked me to check it out. I did. I liked it. But there wasn’t an iPhone or iPad version, and having the same app everywhere is one of my new pet peeves.
If you’re like me you’re swimming in applications that do a little of what you want but not everything. Let me tell you this straight up. If you’re an information wonk and save notes, snippets, URLs, PDFs, photos, images, and anything else that crosses your eyeballs while you work on your Mac, you’ll appreciate Together.
What stopped me from using Together the last time I looked at it was the lack of an iPhone or iPad version. Now there’s Together for iOS, so the circle is complete. Together captures, holds, and organizes stuff. Stuff? Everything. Notes, files, documents, images, movies, sounds, bookmarks, all of which can be stored, sorted, organized, tagged and retrieved in an instant.
Think of Together as iTunes or Photos for all the stuff you collect, but are not really sure what to do with. The claim to fame in Together isn’t that it collects everything into one app that syncs up with other Macs plus iPhone and iPad. Many apps do that, too.
Together on the Mac has this clever pop-out shelf which makes it drag and drop simple to save things. Drag what you want to save to the edge of the Mac’s screen, Together’s shelf pops out, drag and drop it wherever, and you’re done.
Together works just like that– more or less– for the iPad and iPhone version, appropriately named Together, except you tap tap instead of drag and drop.
Together is very good at taking notes, organizing the loose collection of digital cruft that crosses your screen each day. Everything you save is viewable in preview mode. Syncing between devices takes place with iCloud, and that’s the only negative. Apple’s iCloud pricing might be prohibitive if your Together library of files gets too big.
I would prefer to have a Dropbox or Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive option, but that’s a good start. The Mac version has been around for years and rock solid dependable, but the addition of an iPhone and an iPad version of Together makes it more than worthwhile; it’s almost must have if you have so many files and folders of items that it clutters your Mac.