Anyone in business can tell you the advantages of using an outline; engineers, marketeers, and educators alike extoll the virtues of outlines. Mac users have it easy with a number of great outliner apps. Here’s one that’s nearly free, and very good.
Outliner Outlines By Outlinely
To be honest about my dalliance with outliners, my wife uses them far more than I. But she’s an educator. I’m just a working stiff.
Still, I know the value of outlines; from taking notes at meetings, to organizing a work flow, for slicing and dicing the complex to something more palatable and manageable.
Take a look at Outlinely, the little Mac outliner which dares to Think Different™.
As outliners go Outlinely has the basics down pat. It comes with options to create lists inside lists, expand to reveal detail, and collapse to hide the detail.
It’s simple to add notes, links, change fonts, and drag and drop outline components to organize as needed. What’s different with Outlinely?
Outlinely works more like a text editor with a fullscreen distraction free focus mode. It comes with a few differently colored themes to match your mood, ears and writes standard OPML outline files.
For lists, Outlinely lets you mark individual items as completed, so it makes for a very elegant project manager whereby each file is an outline of tasks and sub-projects. That’s a very handy and novel use of a typical outliner.
Outlinely doesn’t cost much and it’s only available on the Mac App Store (so updates are handled automatically in the future), but the developer was kind enough to make a trial version so you can see what the noise is about by trying it yourself.
While Outlinely doesn’t have the horizontal outlines of Tree, it costs much less than most, and it’s clean, simple to setup and use, and OPML compliant.