Typing is priceless. And outlining was never a full on course, but it was a requirement in one class and I took it seriously. Outlining helps a person to organize and think and manage complex projects, whether writing or otherwise, with more efficiency. Here’s a Mac outliner app that thinks different.
The Horizontal Tree
We can think of outlines as a tree with branches. An outline can be compressed to basic information, or expanded to reveal more detail.
Tree does that, of course. Tree is an outliner app with a few twists that make it a worthy addition to any Mac user with notes, projects, plans, or brainstorming requirements.
Tree is different in one respect than most Mac outliner apps (though that’s not the claim to fame).
Tabs. If there’s an interface element that does more than tabs, I don’t know what it is, but Tree does tabs of documents so you can open and navigate quickly from one outline document to another with a click.
Here’s how Tree looks in standard vertical outline mode.
Tree handles the rich text format with ease so you can have multiple fonts and dress them up in bold, underline, italic and different sizes.
Tree also has to-do list items, colored labels, numbers, and notes. Not only can the app open plain text documents as well as rich text files, it also use OPML, an XML format for outliners. As a plus, outlines can be exported as text, rich text, OPML, and Microsoft Word .docx files (or, print as a PDF).
Tree is smart enough to use both spelling and grammar using the built-in services provided by OS X. The Toolbar is easily understandable and uncomplicated. What else does Tree do that’s so different?
That’s right. There’s an option in Tree to expand the tree outline horizontally instead of the standard vertical. On Macs with wide screens (most Macs these days), Tree presents a clever way to view project details in a new light.
Sort, rearrange, adjust, edit, delete and add items, and Tree instantly updates the visual– horizontally or vertically– with a click. Some dependencies are actually easier to understand when laid out on a horizontal line. That makes Tree a worthy app for Mac users who know and love the value of an outliner.
Well done, useful, easy to setup and use, and not even expensive.