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Posted by thouqht
May 9, 2018 at 07:30 PM


I do a lot of writing in markdown, but usually they are shorter pieces. I draft my prose in vim and can get by with each piece being it’s own file.

However, I’m working on a much larger book-sized project and I’m wanting to see my markdown headings in a collapsible tree format. Vim’s headline folding is ugly at best and not two pane. I will still use vim for drafting, but I need something more flexible for the editing portion which will allow me to zoom around the project and maintain a high level overview.

So far I’ve played with Write Monkey and Caret, and while both are nice and can give me that two pane outliner look but neither can collapse the headlines on the navigation pane which leads to far too much information being displayed.

Hoping one of you fine people here will be able to suggest something to me, otherwise I’m going to have to abandon my plain-text workflow which would really stink. Having to abandon plain text files means having to abandon vim which I truly do not want to do.

I’m on windows. Thanks for your help!


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
May 9, 2018 at 10:37 PM


Give Write a look. It can show the structure of your work in the left hand pane when you are using their cloud service to sync and store files (you can also choose to store files locally, but doesn’t show the “outline.”)


Steve Z.


Posted by MadaboutDana
May 10, 2018 at 09:50 AM


I can recommend Write - it’s very well designed, and has an attractive stay-on-top option that makes it ideal for research (I wish more apps had a stay-on-top option, in fact). Combined with auto-wordcount and a rather neat little right-margin graphic which shows you precisely where you are in a document, it’s one of the better authoring apps.

On the other hand, you could opt (if you use Mac) for something optimised for long documents - and with an exceptionally good outline view - such as Mellel. But you’re a text person, so Write would be a good bet.

Just be aware that there are a lot of Mac apps called “Write”; the one Steve and I are talking about is indeed writeapp.co



Posted by jaslar
May 10, 2018 at 02:20 PM


But Write doesn’t satisfy the request, does it? If offers a navigational guide, but you can’t collapse the sections on the left hand pane,or change their order. The only plain text app I know of that can do that can do two pane outlining is org-mode, and that requires splitting the buffer. It can be done, but there’s a learning curve. I use Notecase Pro (or Treepad) quite happily on several platforms. But it’s not plain text.


Posted by tightbeam
May 10, 2018 at 05:41 PM


MadaboutDana wrote:

>On the other hand, you could opt (if you use Mac) for something
>optimised for long documents - and with an exceptionally good outline
>view - such as Mellel.

He says he’s on Windows…


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