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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jul 30, 2012 at 03:22 PM

 

I have all of these EXCEPT the OPML. Weird.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Jul 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM

 

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>I have all of these EXCEPT the OPML. Weird.

Hi Steve,

I think I’ve solved the mystery. One needs to install an OPML template. I must have installed mine when I bought CarbonFin outliner for iPad/iPod. You can download one from here. See “How do I export an outline from Bonsai?”

http://carbonfin.com/faq.html

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Aug 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

 

After a short hiatus, I have added the next review, this time of Noteliner. You can find it here:

http://welcometosherwood.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/onenote-smack-down-iv-noteliner/

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Aug 5, 2012 at 06:48 PM

 

Great review Steve; I must say that even though I’ve used Noteliner for specific tasks, some of its concepts have become clearer to me after reading the review.

 


Posted by dg
Aug 6, 2012 at 07:20 PM

 

>> Some good stuff by our own Steve Zeoli:

>> http://welcometosherwood.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/announcing-the-onenote-smack-down/

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To Steve,

I enjoy and appreciate your reviews…thank you for taking the time and effort you so clearly put into them.

As a point of order, though, I’d like to point out that I find OneNote the most fluid and intuitive Outliner I’ve ever used .... because I use the depcrecated Outlining shortcut keys. Having learned these in MS Word long ago, they work in other MS Programs like PowerPoint…and OneNote. I’ve had ol’ timers gasp when they see how quickly I can revise a PowerPoint outline using the outliniing shortcut keys.

For OneNote, the most important outlining shortcuts are Alt-LeftArrow, Alt-RightArrow, Alt-UpArrow, and Alt-DownArrow.

The Alt-RightArrow and Alt-LeftArrow shortcuts indent/outdent lines (or groups of lines if you’ve selected more than one) no matter where the cursor is that line or selection. It’s fast and fluid…try it!

Similarly, Alt-UpArrow and Alt-DownArrow will move a line - or group of lines if you’ve selected them - up or down in an outline. This is very useful and between the these 4 shortcut keys I can outline in OneNote faster and easier than virtually any other program I’ve ever used.

Give it a try. If you commit those 4 keys to muscle memory, you can fly through your outlining tasks using almost any MS program.

 


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