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Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 31, 2013 at 12:22 AM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
I’ve just realised that I still managed to forget another important view
>(the “Summarize” view that shows the title and the first line of each
>item). I’ve added it now to the blog post.

>This brings the number of different views you can have of your outline
>in O4D to 10 (without counting the Timeline View, which is a whole
>another kettle of fish)...

>I don’t know of another outliner with that many different views. Which
>is not to say O4D doesn’t have shortcomings. It lacks hoisting, which
>would be nice to have.

I still managed to miss yet another (the 11th) crucial view in Outline 4D. Thanks to its MDI, it’s possible to display 2 (or more!) versions of the same outline side-by-side, so e.g. if you’re working on a very large outline, you can have the top displayed in one, and the bottom in the other (with changes updated to both).

Or you can have a different type of view applied to each window. In this example the left window is in full view, the right window is in “titles only” (skeletal) view. I can’t believe I haven’t discovered this sooner…

http://drandus.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/outline-4d_dual_view.png

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
>>I don’t know of another outliner with that many different views. Which
>>is not to say O4D doesn’t have shortcomings. It lacks hoisting, which
>>would be nice to have.

>I still managed to miss yet another (the 11th) crucial view in Outline
>4D. Thanks to its MDI, it’s possible to display 2 (or more!) versions of
>the same outline side-by-side, so e.g. if you’re working on a very large
>outline, you can have the top displayed in one, and the bottom in the
>other (with changes updated to both).

>Or you can have a different type of view applied to each window. In this
>example the left window is in full view, the right window is in “titles
>only” (skeletal) view. I can’t believe I haven’t discovered this
>sooner…

>http://drandus.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/outline-4d_dual_view.png

In fact this option does make it similar to BrainStorm’s aerial view, except that you have a lot more options in terms of visualisation of outline for both panes.

If you do this with the timeline view in one pane (with “View > Fit to View” on), and outline pane in the other, you could even emulate Grandview’s document window combined with a Brainstorm style aerial view:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/428516/Outline%204D_timeline_with_outline.png

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 31, 2013 at 10:59 PM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
>If you do this with the timeline view in one pane (with “View > Fit to
>View” on), and outline pane in the other, you could even emulate
>Grandview’s document window combined with a Brainstorm style aerial
>view:
>https://dl.dropbox.com/u/428516/Outline%204D_timeline_with_outline.png

And you can even construct a 3-pane outliner out of O4D, using this method. The left pane is “Titles only” view; the middle pane is “Summary” view with first line of content showing, and the right pane is in “Timeline view” with “Fit to view (Ctrl+3)” on, only showing one item in focus.

http://drandus.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/outline_4d_three_pane_outliner.png

Okay, I’ll promise to stop now. It’s just that I’ve been really impressed with O4D as a writing-focused outlining tool. It was one of the first software for which I’ve read the manual cover-to-cover, yet I’m still discovering new (and useful) visualisations.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Mar 27, 2013 at 05:00 PM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
Dr Andus wrote:
>>I see that Outline 4D is on sale at USD75.00 on the Write Bros
>>website:
>>http://www.screenplay.com/p-77-outline-4d.aspx
> >Actually the download-only price is USD65.00.

There seems to be a promotion on for USD59.00 this time, if anyone’s interested.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Mar 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM

 

Turns out the sale is through Sunday 31 March and also applies to some other Write Bros software:

Movie Magic® Screenwriter 6: $159 (save $90)

Dramatica® Story Expert: $99 (save $100)

Dramatica® Pro: $99 (save $50)

Outline 4D™: $59 (save $40)

 


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