One that comes to mind immediately is typing. Where would we be without the ability to type? Another skill that was drummed into my head at an early age is the outline. How many of us struggled to create and use outlines? They’re still around and better than ever.
Click To Expand The Tree
Outliners are apps that help us to manage complex documents or capture ideas or establish complicated procedures with a few clicks. Clicks? Outliners expand and collapse with a click.
My favorite Mac outliner is Tree, a lightweight app which focuses on usability, not a list of burdensome features.
Any good outliner app can store ideas, keywords, plans, and other information on a project in a logical, expected sequence, easily expanded and collapsed.
What Tree does is a little different. In Tree view, Tree can display information as a tree diagram– horizontally. This is quite useful for brainstorming and capturing ideas.
The traditional list view is still there, but Tree lays out information in segments which can sorted, moved, re-arranged, refined, and displayed– horizontally. That’s unique and immediately useful.
My first thought when reviewing Tree was that the horizontal view was a gimmick.
It’s not. Try it. The visual move from left to right lets you view segments differently than in traditional vertical view.
As outliner organizers go, Tree appears typical on the surface.
There’s the Toolbar across the top with all the obvious functions (add item, add child, indent, outdent and so on.
In vertical view, Tree is also typically organized with Roman numerals, capital letters, numbers, and so on.
Tree supports plain text and rich text, and can open OPML files, too (a format for outliners) to share data with other apps.
Also built in are handy check boxes for to-do items, a notes tool, color coded labels, and, of course, spelling and grammar. What I found most valuable in Tree was the Tree view. The horizontal view of your outline. For me, I found it much easier to visual items left to right, than up to down.