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Posted by basilides
Jul 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM


Would anyone on this forum like to comment on Writing Outliner for MS Word? I’ve downloaded a trial version, played with it an hour or so, and find it most intruding. Does anyone know if it works with very long documents, thereby solving the infamous Master Documents problem in MS Word.


Posted by Graham Rhind
Jul 30, 2013 at 06:28 AM


I’m not sure what you mean about “intruding” (intrusive?) - the WO menu can be minimised to the left of the screen at any time.  I use WO extensively including for a graphics-heavy document which is over 2500 pages long - I chose it because it could handle long documents by splitting them up during editing. 

It works well in Word 2007. It works less well in Word 2013 - it has to be activated every time I want to use is (the add-in is disabled when Word is closed each time) and it was less stable producing large documents.  The developer is working on a new version. Until that’s ready I go back to Word 2007 to output the problem document.

Hope that helps.



Posted by basilides
Jul 30, 2013 at 06:52 AM


Oops! Spelling mistake. I meant intriguing, that is, interesting.


Posted by Tomasz Raburski
Jul 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM


I used it 2 years ago, until Scrivener for Windows appeared. I found it cumbersome, slow, and buggy.


Posted by Dr Andus
Jul 30, 2013 at 12:26 PM


basilides wrote:
>Does anyone know if it works with very long
>documents, thereby solving the infamous Master Documents problem in MS

If your main need is to organise a master outline (a clickable table of contents) for chapters that are in separate Word files, you could use Freeplane in outline mode in the left half of your screen, drag and drop the Word files into Freeplane, and view them in Word in the right half of your screen.


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