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Please Recommend a Windows Desktop OPML Outliner

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Posted by Gary Furash
Dec 15, 2011 at 09:35 PM


I’m looking for a Windows (not web based) outliner, ideally 1 pane, that handles OPML files (the outline markup language) natively, either using it itself, or importing AND exporting in it. Except for one product which appears to be abandonware (the OPML Editor from opml.org), I can’t find one. I’ve find some that do parts (e.g., one can export opml, but can’t import it, while another uses a python program to convert OPML into it’s native format).

I’m sure one must exist. Can someone recommend one?


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Dec 16, 2011 at 08:39 PM


I strongly recommend Notecase Pro http://www.virtual-sky.com/index.php discussed here in the past under various occasions. It works on Windows, Linux and Mac (and an Android version is on the works), is constantly developed and well supported.

Notecase Pro can import and export a multitude of formats including .OPML which it handles very well. I have used in the past extensively along with the Symbian Projekt outliner in my smartphone and it worked wonderfully. I now combine it with the web service checkvist.com which can also import and export OPML.

One note: OPML is a fairly simple XML format, and some programs will add to it more data than it natively supports. Notecase and most programs will ignore the additional data when importing (and will NOT save it back when exporting). If you want to play around with some enriched version of OPML and maintain the additional data, you should try out TreeLine.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Dec 16, 2011 at 09:43 PM


I would suggest taking a look at InfoQube if you haven’t. It does import OPML. While I couldn’t find an export option, I find it hard to believe it can’t be done, because Pierre has added so many thoughtful features. Here’s the link:


Steve Z.


Posted by Dr Andus
Dec 16, 2011 at 10:29 PM


Natara Bonsai 5 Desktop Edition has lots of import and export options, including OPML:


Posted by Lucas
Dec 18, 2011 at 07:18 PM


Gary Furash wrote:
> Except for one product which appears to be abandonware (the OPML
>Editor from opml.org), I can’t find one.

I’m not sure that ‘abandonware’ is a fair description. I just downloaded the editor from opml.org and some of its core files were modified in October 2011.


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