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Posted by Pierre Paul Landry
Dec 15, 2017 at 06:47 PM


Chris Murtland wrote:
>The one thing that really sets Noteliner and Workflowy apart in my mind is the ability to expand the hierarchy of parent items in a filtered view, which allows getting into the “neighborhood” or “family” of items from an initial filtered search. without having to back out of the filter. (...) As far as I know, these are the only two that work this way (at least among the Windows or web options).

If I understand correctly, the “Hoist Up one level” command will do what you want. Doc here:

Pierre Paul Landry
InfoQube Designer


Posted by washere
Dec 15, 2017 at 08:44 PM


Noteliner was going somewhere good. Had problems with dupes of newly created nodes and child nodes. After 3.3 until the 3.6.3b came out, I was hoping it would keep developing. I liked his thinking.

Now I guess the nearest thing to it is Whizfolder and the slightly beastier Rightnote. Can have notes, table etc on the right pane editor in them as well as files and folders and spreadsheets and pics and more. Rightnote is the no nonsense winner in this class now for Windows, sort of Devonthink. Good for going through tons and tones of notes and research in the third inspector search pane, still better than the new Scrivener 3 new inspector third pane. Of course you can turn off 2nd and 3rd panes and just use it as a one pane outliner and expand into 2nd editor pane when needed. Lets face it, the Rightnote guy is a beast. The Whizfolder guy has given up and is just cashing in.

Noteliner type simpler note based genre? There are a couple of new ones who have taken up that crown. I might make a thread if I have time to dig up some links.I hope the Noteliner dev is doing OK.


Posted by Listerene
Dec 19, 2017 at 05:46 AM


It’s sure not new but Treepad celebrated it’s 22nd birthday this year and it’s still going strong. For a single-pane outliner, there really isn’t anything better IMHO.


Posted by Listerene
Dec 19, 2017 at 06:21 AM


For the adventurous, XLNotes (add-in for Excel) is an undiscovered gem. It’s abandonware but you can still find it on the net if you look hard enough. The last version was v.8 but what you want is v.2 because it’s completely stable and works beautifully with Excel 2010. In fact, it’s useful enough to me that I still use Excel 2010 because of it.

What it does is to turn each cell of an Excel spreadsheet into a full ms word (or notepad) document of unlimited length with full formatting and as a comment in a sidebar. In addition to the obvious use of documenting cells, it can also turn Excel into a functional outliner. In fact, since it allows multiple notes per cell and you can (obviously) have multiple cells per row it’s actually a *hugely* powerful outliner. I use it all the time for this purpose.

Why Microsoft hasn’t built this capability into Excel is a mystery to me because it works very, very well.


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