April 29, 2015 in Utility (E)
[prMac.com] Winona, Minnesota - Independent developer, Brett Terpstra, author of Marked 2, today is proud to announce the release of StretchLink 1.0, his new URL utility for OS X. StretchLink was developed exclusively for expanding shortened urls (t.co, bit.ly, etc.), removing redirects, and cleaning out referrer junk (Google Analytics, HootSuite, etc.) so that you can share urls without any "baggage."
StretchLink runs in the OS X menu bar. Click the icon to open the main panel from which it can expand and clean links on demand with a single click, or can be set to silently watch your clipboard. When watching the clipboard, urls that the user copies from the web, emails, Twitter clients, or anywhere on their system are instantly converted to reveal their actual destination, with unnecessary query strings (the ?blabla=bergybergy stuff that Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others use to track clicks) removed. By the time you go to paste into an email, a blog post, a new Tweet, (or anywhere), you'll get the url you wanted, not the one that redirects through Twitter or Facebook, then sends information to Google, and then (maybe) finally gets to where you wanted to go.
Whether you're sending links to friends or publishing a blog, you want to protect your friends and readers from redirects and privacy issues that can be caused by unintentionally publishing a shortened link. StretchLink removes the need to think twice about it.
Pricing and Availability:
StretchLink 1.0 is priced at $1.99. It is currently available for direct purchase with a free trial available. An introductory sale of $0.99 (50% off) will take place through the month of May, 2015. A Mac App Store release is planned for the near future.
Brett Terpstra is an independent developer hailing from Minnesota (USA). He develops Marked 2, podcasts (ESN), writes, and blogs. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2015 Brett Terpstra. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac OS X, iPhone, iPod, iPad and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.