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Posted by Cassius
Mar 16, 2011 at 07:51 PM


There are far too many two-pane outliners to begin to list them, but I thought it might be worthwhile to try to put together a list of single-pane outliners, indicating if Windows or Mac, and Text only or RTF-like.

GrandView was probably the last great DOS-based outliner; RTF-like.  Worked well through Win 2000, and for some Win XP.

NoteMap for Windows had promise but development discontinued and it had bugs, including one that could lose your material.

Inspiration 9 for Windows has RTF and has diagramming integrated with the outlines.  Some of the commands are a little quirky, but I’ve never found a real bug in the last few years.



Posted by David Dunham
Mar 17, 2011 at 01:50 AM


Opal is for Mac OS X; any topic can contain styled text & graphics. It can also export to RTF ? presumably one of those is what you meant.

(And any member of this forum can get a discount by contacting me.)


Posted by Terry
Mar 17, 2011 at 12:55 PM


Noteliner has become my Windows outliner of choice (see the ‘Noteliner 3.0 now available’ post on this forum). It has its own text and meta data file format but can save to rtf and txt files. It does external hyperlinking (websites and files) but does not handle images (though you can use hyperlinking to link to image files). Copying and pasting also works well. And its free and actively developed.




Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Mar 17, 2011 at 01:38 PM


Here are the single-pane outliners I can think of off the top of my head—

Mac-based single-pane outliners:

- OmniOutliner
- Neo / Tao
- Circus Ponies Notebook
- Aquaminds Notetaker
- Opal (nice application, David)

Windows-based single-pane outliners (actively developed):

- Noteliner
- Inspiration
- MaxThink (looks like a two-pane outliner, but is really single-pane; the editor window is really just the window to edit the item titles in)

Windows-based single-pane outliners (stalled development, but still available):

- EccoPro
- Notemap
- TKOutliner


Posted by Dr Andus
Mar 17, 2011 at 03:28 PM


Stephen Zeoli wrote:

>single-pane outliners (actively developed):
>- Noteliner
>- Inspiration
>MaxThink (looks like a two-pane outliner, but is really single-pane; the editor
>window is really just the window to edit the item titles in)
> >Windows-based
>single-pane outliners (stalled development, but still available):
>- EccoPro
>- TKOutliner

I’ve been using Natara Bonsai (desktop version) for over 6 years and I’ve been extremely satisfied. It can be used as a single-pane outliner, but additional panes can be switched on or off (e.g. for file directory and notes). I always wondered why I haven’t heard more people raving about it. It might be because Natara have been marketing it as an accessory to the Palm app, which I think is a major marketing blunder, as the desktop version (Bonsai 5 Desktop Edition) is the star product in my view:


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