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Posted by ndodge
Sep 6, 2011 at 11:32 PM


I asked a similar question quite a while ago with not much response.  I’d like to ask again, and maybe using different words, to see if there is something now that someone is aware of.  The way my brain works, there are times when tables work very well for me.  Using bulleted lists within the cell of a table works well for keeping lists of indefinite numbers of items.  However, I’m so used to outliners that if I make a table, say, in Word, that it’s very frustrating to not be able to do things like collapse/expand and move items up and down easily.  I’d love it if there was a tool that allowed mini outlines in a table cell or in some other GUI control that enabled multiple outlines that could be arranged both horizontally and vertically on a page.


Posted by $Bill
Sep 7, 2011 at 12:53 AM


Perhaps TreeSheets.

Snipped from TreeSheets.com

It’s like a spreadsheet, immediately familiar, but much more suitable for complex data because it’s hierarchical.
It’s like a mind mapper, but more organized and compact.
It’s like an outliner, but in more than one dimension.
It’s like a text editor, but with structure.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Sep 7, 2011 at 11:30 AM


The number of applications that allow you to view your writing in a table format are limited and none of those, that I’m aware of, has anything like the outlining capabilities you’re looking for. $Bill is probably right that TreeSheets is your best option. Some other tabular-oriented applications you might want to look at are:

- SuperNoteCard
—- http://www.mindola.com/index.php

- Writer’s Blocks (which recently came out with version 4.0)
—- http://www.writersblocks.com/wb4quicklook.htm

- Notebox Disorganizer
—- https://sites.google.com/site/squirreltechnologist/home/software

But I’m pretty sure you’re destined to be disappointed in your quest.

Steve Z.


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Sep 7, 2011 at 12:23 PM


In addition to the above, you might want to take a look to the Excel add-on XL Notes http://xlnotes.com/

Also, in addition to the praise for Treesheets http://www.treesheets.com/ I would say that Wouter, the developer, is very open to suggestions. If the program overall meets your requirements but there are improvements that you would like, do propose them to him.


Posted by Gorski
Sep 7, 2011 at 02:23 PM


With OneNote, you can easily add bulleted or numbered outlines to cells of a table.The outlines can be collapsed or expanded with keyboard shortcuts and you can move single rows of the table up and down with a keyboard shortcut. You can’t collapse the table itself, though.


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