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The NeO beta has been released (replacement for TAO)

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Posted by Chris Thompson
Apr 10, 2010 at 07:55 PM


Just a heads-up that the NeO beta is out at:
This is apparently a ground-up rewrite of TAO with a new engine and data representation. It’s also 64-bit.

The major addition thus far from TAO is a more powerful ability to link outline items to one another. Links can be unidirectional and bi-directional, have different types and colors, and have attached descriptions. Links are displayed graphically to the left of the outline, which is a big improvement over TAO.

The author comments in the readme file that he will be adding new graphical views akin to the treeview and presentation style views of MORE. It strikes me that the new linking features will make the graphical views somewhat like Tinderbox. It’s an exciting development.


Posted by Hugh
Apr 11, 2010 at 03:06 PM


Thank you Chris. Very interesting.

I downloaded it, and so far, so stable (though there was a moment of puzzling inactivity before I realised I hadn’t ticked the box for 32-bit operation). Message to self: always read the ReadMe first.

I see that TAO’s strange vertical graph is still present in the user interface, but no sign yet of TAO’s “most complicated toolbar palette in Crimperdom”. If the developer’s goals are fulfilled, he will have produced possibly the most feature-rich and powerful “traditional” (TinderBox equals “non-traditional”) outliner currently on any platform.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Apr 12, 2010 at 12:41 PM


Thanks, Chris, for the heads up about NeO, and thanks, Hugh, for the hint about checking the 32-bit box—I was a bit perplexed myself!



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