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Atlas Recall

A searchable photographic memory for your digital life

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Hiten Shah
Hunter
Atlas Recall is a ridiculously cool (and useful) new product. You install it on your computer then It passively keeps track of everything you do then it allows you to find *anything* you've used and opened using a slick desktop search interface. It also integrates with your Google Search results. Totally worth trying especially since they've given folks from Product Hunt early access today. I've been using this for a few days now and it's quite handy!
AJ
@hnshah Check out the original creators of this project: http://bitpixi.livejournal.com/6486.html
Kasey Wang
@alanaut24 @hnshah @jpr5 Thank you for the acknowledgement, AJ!! Yes the local version Mac OS X code all on BitBucket - and the patent pending on how it runs in the background, how Accessibility API integrates, how search by keyword/time/application works, and how URL/app blacklisting/whitelisting works is available there at that modest Livejournal link: http://bitpixi.livejournal.com/6486.html I see "Atlas Recall: Photographic Memory for your Digital life" built out the next requested steps of "Savant Recall: Photographic Digital Memory / Digital Working Memory" for mobile and cloud: https://www.quora.com/Did-Savant-Recall-from-YC-Hacks-make-it-to-the-next-YC-batch Here's where our old site is stored, and *demo video*. The copy, features, coming soon features, install .dmg and turning on the Accessibility API, and toolbar icon toggles, and the search/browse by, all the same. We released this as Open at about the same time it was picked up: http://savantrecall.weebly.com/ Here's my Product Hunt blurb from 2 years ago: https://www.producthunt.com/posts/savant I was the UX designer for Savant Recall - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaseyjwang "Savant Recall: Photographic Digital Memory" for Mac OS X makes your computer an extension of your memory. By passively recording the user’s screen, every computer interaction becomes searchable (by both active application and text) and replayable. Never again will you forget how to find that amazing video or fascinating article or lose even one minute of work. The larger vision for Savant is to become an indispensable tool for users to not only record their interactions but to also share information and manage their time. With the addition of personal analytics, sharing, and customizable online access, Savant has the potential to transform the way people use their computers and is why it is one of the top 7 finalists of Y Combinator’s YC Hacks. Kasey was responsible for UX/UI, mockups, graphics, front-end development, creating/editing demo videos, social media management, team building, customer service, and problem-solving for the full-time startup." May be coincidence, or may be inspired from no-names and built out the next steps over the year. I applaud Jordan Ritter's work, and that that this was viable and came to fruition! I sent an e-mail in hopes to connect with the designers, and have a coffee. (I will be visiting Seattle later this month). I am now a UX Design student at DesignLab. <3
Jordan Ritter
Maker
@bitpixi @alanaut24 @hnshah Kasey, thanks for your post. We've been working on Atlas since early 2013, pre-dating your team's efforts by over a year, and in any case I hadn't heard of your project prior to today. We do appreciate your interest, and we'd be happy to have you connect with our Design team to share ideas!
Kasey Wang
@jpr5 @alanaut24 @hnshah Mark and I will be in Seattle this November 25th and 26th, so let's set something up! (I've fielded the security, use cases, and tech questions before - so maybe something could be of use). Great minds think alike. Thank you, Jordan!
Jordan Ritter
Maker
Hey everyone - Thanks for checking out Atlas Recall! We’re excited to give you early access to this truly revolutionary product from Atlas Informatics. Recall is a searchable photographic memory for our digital lives. We built Recall to help people be more productive and work smarter. On average we waste 20% of our time sifting through emails, calendar invites, text messages and Slack chains to find the information we need to get things done. We wanted to build a technology that works like a searchable memory for our digital lives. Once Recall is installed, it remembers everything you see on your screen, running in the background as you use your computer and smartphone. You can then search all of your applications, cloud services, devices and programs using keywords to find anything you’re looking for. Recall is built from the ground up to be secure and will work with any app — without needing individual credentials, or access to specific app or service APIs. Looking forward to hearing what you think! —jordan
Ram
@jpr6 -- looks like a great product. The windows signup button is broken, so kindly check the link. I'm eagerly waiting to test the Windows Beta app..:) good luck...
Matt Tillman
Maker
@ramkumarhq @jpr6 We just fixed the Windows link.
R A I Z A
Maker
@ramkumarhq Thanks for the kudos and feedback - we got that form fixed so feel free to head on over and sign up: https://www.atlas.co/?ref=producthunt
Andrew Mutavdzija
@jpr5 Hey, so this is pretty incredible. The layout, the *everything* that it captures. I love it. However. Every time I spend a few seconds in it, my Macbook Pro's fans fire up and it sounds like my laptop is ready for takeoff. Any other reports of this and/or ideas of what related to Atlas may be causing it? Thanks!
R A I Z A
Maker
@andym_dc @jpr5 Hi Andrew - thanks for the info. Any chance you could get the diagnostics to us at support@atlas.co ? Atlas Recall definitely isn't supposed to cause that to happen, so if you can follow the steps here: https://support.atlas.co/hc/en-us/articles/224736507-How-do-I-send-Recall-Logs-to-Atlas-Support-Recall-for-Mac-OS-X- that would help us figure out what's going on!
Kasey Wang
@andym_dc @jpr5 Hi Andrew - because it runs in the background and pulls a lot of CPU. Especially for older Macbook Pros. This was common across all users of Savant Recall, and not surprised that it occurs with Atlas Recall. Invest in external cooling fans! ;-)
Akshay Katyal
This looks like a great product. My main concern is security. You guys are saving *everything* I do! How do you guys ensure that my data is not compromised in case hackers decide to toy with your systems?
Travis Murdock
Maker
@mrdhat That is in our Privacy Promise to you. With Atlas Recall you retain ownership and control of your data at all times. Also, all your digital items remain encrypted at rest and at motion so they are safe no matter what. Here is the link to that promise. https://www.atlas.co/privacy-promise/
Akshay Katyal
@travis_murdock Great! But let's talk in specific security terms. Do you guys have end-to-end encryption? Can you decrypt my documents on your servers if need be? Or are all the keys etc saved on my computer? My main concern would be how secure my data is in case everything you have - your source code, your servers, databases etc are compromised.
Thanasis
@mrdhat @travis_murdock Great question!
tommyent
@mrdhat @travis_murdock I assume since the question goes unanswered that means. No, Yes, and no.
R A I Z A
Maker
@tommyent @mrdhat Hey guys! Sorry about the delay in answering this - it's been a busy and exciting day at Atlas HQ! With that said, these are great questions, and ones that I think a lot of our community will want answers to. We have a more detailed extension of our privacy promise here that hopefully answers your questions: https://support.atlas.co/hc/en-us/articles/220436087 - Alternatively, you can always email us at security@atlas.co. We are a team that welcomes feedback, and we'd love to hear your thoughts on what you think we can improve upon or what you think we're doing well. Thanks for checking Atlas Recall out!
tommyent
@raiza_abubakar @mrdhat @atlas thanks I think I did. No end to end, you can decrypt and you have the keys. I have to say it looks really cool but way to scary for me. If this had been done with end to end and local keys I would have been all over it. Right now considering what it will be collecting it's just not secure enough for me. Block list and pausing is cool I just see myself forgetting and a lot of things I don't need/want ending up on your servers. The NSA is going to love you guys ;) Anyway great work though.
Vytas Butkevicius
@tommyent @raiza_abubakar @mrdhat @atlas ⬆️ same thing here. Tried it - loved it. However can't use it because of the previously mentioned security concerns.
Akshay Katyal
@vytasbu @tommyent @raiza_abubakar @atlas I, generally, never care about privacy as long as the product is useful. But this draws a line. If people like me start having privacy concerns over this, then, it might point out some serious issues. I have turned off the mac app for now, but, will still be using the extension.
tommyent
@mrdhat @vytasbu @raiza_abubakar @atlas I'm not particularly paranoid but with things like Gmail, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc I know what's in there and if I need it to be secure I encrypt it or keep it out of there. But when a product's page list programs that it works with and finishes with "... and takes screenshots of other content you have open on your desktop." I'm out.
Michael Leonard
Congrats on the launch! I prolifically research pretty much everything I do and also have a terrible memory. Currently I copy-paste and tag links and ideas into a single Workflowy list (of epic length). I just put the next thing on the top and rely on searching to find things. So I'm excited to try out atlas recall! I actually had a similar idea of recording my screen continuously and searching it earlier this year so it's great to see this come out. Security question (I'm sure you'll millions of these!) - can I easily turn the recording on/off? For example to enter bank details it'd be great to be able to click the icon or use a hotkey and toggle the recording on/off. However amazing your encryption and security are this would make me feel more comfortable.
Michael Leonard
Reply to my own question... yes you can turn the recording on/off. Feature request for you... I'd love a hotkey to do this (one where I get a small non-obtrusive visual clue as to whether the recording is on or off). There's a hotkey to open the app and then I can click pause - but a single pause/continue hotkey would be great!
Travis Murdock
Maker
@mleonard Yes, you can Pause the system for a few minutes if you are looking at something sensitive or Block by URL, application or file. When you do either of these actions, the system never sees what you are viewing and that data never leaves your computer. This short, silent video shows you how to use these features. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YsCzUL0TFk. Also, please check out our Privacy Promise that outlines how you retain ownership and control of your data. https://www.atlas.co/privacy-promise/
Travis Murdock
Maker
@mleonard Great suggestion! I have added it to our recommended feature list.
JiEn
@travis_murdock @mleonard I am a beta tester as well. This is probably the main issue why I didn't use Atlas Recall that much - I don't trust myself to remember pausing the tracking. Would you consider disabling the tracking of sensitive content by default? E.g. I allow ManicTime to track everything I do (time, as well as screenshots of what I am doing), and by default, it disables tracking of private browsing. Also, in relation to "Someone from the Atlas team may analyze how you are using the product in order to improve its design and new features, however, we do not have access to the contents of the items (documents or files) remembered through Recall beyond the minimum required to operate Recall and its associated services." - what is the "minimum required"? Can you be more specific?
Travis Murdock
Maker
@leejien @mleonard JIEn Thanks for your questions! Atlas Recall allows you to proactively Block any website, application or file that you don’t want the system to remember. Once Blocked, those items are never seen by the system and never leave your computer. Also, Recall respects Incognito and Private browsing in Chrome and Safari. Nothing you view while in these modes is indexed. The Using Atlas section of the website has more detail and a video. https://www.atlas.co/using-atlas/ Atlas has strong operational procedures to ensure that digital items are never accessed unless it is required to operate the system. Like other cloud services, all security operations team members have been thoroughly vetted with background checks and signed non-disclosure agreements. “Minimum required” means that only when absolutely necessary to run the system. More details in the Atlas Privacy Promise to our customers. https://www.atlas.co/privacy-promise/
JiEn
@travis_murdock @mleonard Oh I didn't see that part in relation to incognito in the videos or the website. It would have been good to be clearer on this issue :) I still don't understand - could you perhaps illustrate a moment where your team finds it necessary to access my content because it is "absolutely necessary to run the system" with an example? (let's assume you're doing this without my consent/knowledge) Also, in relation to "Metadata of these documents may be used to improve our search tools, provide personalised recommendations or similar actions." --> are "personalised recommendations" in this regard similar to what we get from Google? p.s. i am only asking these questions because i would love to love Atlas Recall ;)
Michael Leonard
@leejien Yeah I didn't see that about incognito mode either so perhaps consider making that more prominent on the site?
R A I Z A
Maker
@mleonard @leejien Thanks for the feedback! I would also love for you to love Atlas Recall! Please ping me at support@atlas.co if we can do anything to help get you going at all. With regards to your questions - we have an article on our website that details some of the procedures we have in place when it comes to managing your data: https://support.atlas.co/hc/en-us/articles/220436087
Michael Leonard
Reminds me of Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You'. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Entire_History_of_You For anyone interested it's available on Netflix. Netflix have actually just produced their own 3rd season. Wikipedia synopsis: Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mirror
Wojtek Witkowski
@mleonard Came here just for this reference.
Nikolas Huebecker
Atlas is fantastic! Only feature request is to create and edit tags or the kinds as you refer to them. This would let people like me sort things into more detailed catagories and add apps like slack into the messages category. I hope that makes sense
Travis Murdock
Maker
@nhuebecker Nikolas - Thanks for the idea! Recall already does some of this for you. When you look at your search results, there will be some categories you can click on to drill your search results. But, yes, getting more granular on exact applications is a feature we are considering. Thank you very much!
Joel Andren
I've been waiting for a product like this for a long time.
R A I Z A
Maker
Thanks @joelandren 👏🏽 If our team can answer any questions or if you'd like to share feedback on your experience, please reach out via support@atlas.co - I hope we hear from you!
Arun Pattnaik
The UI appears weird on my computer. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8286122/Screenshot%202016-11-02%2000.16.17.png
Matt Tillman
Maker
@arunpattnaik What version of Mac OS are you using?
Arun Pattnaik
@matt_tillman Sierra 10.12.1 (16B2555)
Matt Tillman
Maker
@arunpattnaik Thanks. I've asked out support lead to contact you shortly.
R A I Z A
Maker
@arunpattnaik Hi Arun! Thanks for the feedback on this - definitely want to follow up and figure out what's going on. Please shoot me an email at support@atlas.co and if you have time I'd love to figure if that's happening on an external display or on a computer, and what the model is. Thanks!
Arun Pattnaik
@raiza_abubakar It's on the inbuilt display. 2014 15" MBP Retina. Emailed.
R A I Z A
Maker
@arunpattnaik Thanks Arun - got the info!
Mark Chung
This is incredible and definitely something I will be using. Question: How is this different or better than built-in Spotlight search on Macs?
Travis Murdock
Maker
@jetsettinchung Mark, thanks for your question! Spotlight searches the stuff on your hard drive, but misses stuff in the cloud and the data in most of your apps. Google just searches the public web, but misses its own Google Docs. Atlas Recall gives you one search that remembers all the apps and services you already know and love. Because we know that you already use Google and Spotlight several times a day, we have integrated Atlas Recall search results into your Google and Spotlight search results. In this way, we compliment and improve both of those important search products. More details of searching your Atlas Recall personal index with Google and Spotlight are found on the homepage at www.atlas.co
David Feng
This is something new I haven't yet tried. There are tons of apps out there that can help me search for a while I know I've seen but this seems to help me search for stuff I might've forgotten I've seen. Rich! Congrats and can't wait to try it. @jpr5 @matt_tillman
Ashish Bogawat
Love the concept! Definitely has potential over the app connections that every other app (and there have been a ton of them lately) seems to rely on. In my limited testing so far though, I seem to be running into some limitations. Certain apps just don't get tracked - for me that's Sketch, OneNote and Bear notes as of now. It also seems to be getting sluggish as it indexes more stuff (I'm probably still under a hundred at this point).
R A I Z A
Maker
@abogawat Hi Ashish - and thanks for your positive feedback! I'd love to get more information on the limitations you mentioned with the apps not being added to your Recall library. Do you mind checking if the steps here help: https://support.atlas.co/hc/en-us/articles/231751848-Known-issue-Atlas-Recall-is-missing-some-results If not - please ping me at support@atlas.co - we wanna make sure we have as much info on feedback like this so we can continue to improve!
Ashish Bogawat
@raiza_abubakar @atlas That setting seems to have solved the issue with Sketch. I'm not sure about OneNote though, because it shows only one note so far. I'll keep an eye out for more and let you know if it still doesn't work. Bear notes is definitely not working, probably because it is a single window UI (you don't really "open" notes, just select them from the sidebar.
R A I Z A
Maker
@abogawat @atlas Thanks for the notes - we're constantly improving app support for Recall, so that you have a much more seamless experience when it comes to searching. If you can, please email me at support@atlas.co so I can keep you updated on our progress.
Filippo Mursia
This is totally Black Mirror-ish. The video, the PDF, the registration before the download. The girl at 0:36, she's a robot.
Patrick Curl
Would be nice if Atlas Relay had support for Linux/Android, for those who don't like the mac/ms worlds. Kind of reminds me of a BlackMirror episode. @jpr5
David Hyman
@patrickcurl @jpr5 I feel like you can't say it's on all your devices when it's not on Andriod
Jordan Ritter
Maker
@hyman_dave Not to worry - we've already been working on it and will have support out for it soon! Thanks for the interest!
Natchi Lazarus
Sounds great. Can't wait to try it. Thanks!
Josh archer
Genius if it works 100% of the time
Naseem Raad
So what email client is supported? I used Thunderbird as an email client.
Noah Huber-Feely
@naseem_raad It seems like it basically just takes photos of your screen, so virtually any application should work, and I know for a fact that Thunderbird should.
Travis Murdock
Maker
@nhuberfeely @naseem_raad Thunderbird should work well, but if you experience any issues, please let us know. A real human will respond quickly. support@atlas.co
ajimix
What about price? It says free but I guess it's free during public beta, what will be the price later?
AJ
@ajimix I believe this project started as open source from creators who interviewed as part of YC15. As such, it appears they can monetize their platform one of two ways: enterprise licensing or support services. There are other ways, but those two make the most sense to me.http://bitpixi.livejournal.com/6486.html
Travis Murdock
Maker
@ajimix Atlas Recall is free during the beta period. In the future, the company will have premium features that it will charge for.
Jói Sigurdsson
I used to work on Google Desktop Search, and this looks like a potentially very useful product, a seemingly sleek implementation of an idea I've thought about several times since the Google Desktop days: What could you do now that storage is a lot cheaper, people are less concerned with privacy, and you can use computer vision and such to index _anything_ you see on your screens? Searching across all devices and being able to search everything you've ever seen on screen is hugely beneficial. The privacy concerns are significant, of course. I understand the need to be able to decrypt the data that you store at rest, to be able to implement a useful web-based interface to search, share, etc., but the tradeoff in terms of privacy is one that not nearly everybody is going to be willing to make. I'm curious, can you share anything about how people are responding, and/or about whether you looked into design tradeoffs related to not being able to decrypt the data on your servers (but potentially store more metadata)? Lastly, any ex-Google Desktop folks on your team? Just curious - the internal codename for Google Desktop used to be Total Recall, which is not that far off from Atlas Recall :) Say hi for me if there are any.
Travis Murdock
Maker
@joisig Joi - I was a Google Desktop Search user and loved the product. We are solving a similar problem that has only grown worse - We are all experiencing this profound digital chaos as our digital lives expand across way too many devices and services. When I first heard about Recall, I knew we had the opportunity to build a unified personal index that would make us more productive again. The unique approach allows Recall to help you remember all of your apps and services. And you are right, with super computers in our pockets, unlimited cloud storage and ultra-fast connections, we can now fully realize the dream of one search across everything. On privacy, that topic is central to how we designed and built Recall. You retain ownership and control over your digital items and you can review and remove them from the system at anytime. For data that is sensitive, we have two powerful features, Pause and Block, that give you fine-grain control over what the system indexes. All that is found in our Privacy Policy linked below. To your last question, no one on the current Atlas team used to work on Google Desktop, but we are inspired by the ambition and utility of that great product. https://www.atlas.co/privacy-promise/
Kaitlyn Houk Witman
Hey, @travis_murdock I'm late to the game, but congratulations on the launch! This looks epic.
Travis Murdock
Maker
@kaitlynwitman Thanks!
Jen Lee
This looks awesome! So impressed with this, especially with the UX.
 
 

We are very sad to report that Atlas Informatics is shutting down. 

Atlas was born to solve the growing pain of digital chaos that we all feel in our lives. We joined the fight because we saw information overload as a righteous cause. Users who wish to finish their last searches should do so before October 25, 2017. To ensure your privacy, all system data will be electronically shredded on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Although your Atlas index will not be available, your files, websites, email and chats on your personal hard drives or cloud accounts will not be impacted by the shutdown - it will just be harder to find them. 

While we had to shut down Atlas, we are nevertheless very proud of what we achieved, and we are all looking forward to building future innovations with the goal of improving people’s lives.  Our biggest and deepest thank you to all of the employees, customers, friends and family that have sacrificed their time to the dream of Atlas.

The Atlas Team