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Posted by Luhmann
Jun 17, 2018 at 04:21 AM


After one year of no news, outlinely got a minor compatibility update last week. Glad to know it isn’t dead, even though I still see no reason to pay for a subscription…


Posted by MadaboutDana
Jun 19, 2018 at 07:43 AM


So frustrating! Such a nearly great app!

But I’m encouraged by the update - notably that they appear to have unified the codebase (under Swift). That suggests they have Plans… maybe even a Roadmap!!!

For a subscriber, that’s good news.


Posted by Smithers
Jun 19, 2018 at 06:27 PM


MadaboutDana wrote:
So frustrating! Such a nearly great app!
> >But I’m encouraged by the update - notably that they appear to have
>unified the codebase (under Swift). That suggests they have Plans…
>maybe even a Roadmap!!!
> >For a subscriber, that’s good news.

Hey MadaboutDana,

I agree in total.  It’s good news.


You also summarized—in one single word—all the thoughts, feelings, and angst I’ve ever had about Outlinely: 


It’s just… “Nearly there.”


Sigh… We got really close with that one. 

Argh.  It’s driven me nuts since I originally purchased the thing. 

On one hand, it’s the only desktop Mac app available which can fold text in a rich environment while looking halfway decent. 


but But BUT!...

It’s like that fake-wood-vinyll IKEA puts on all their desks: it looks great when standing 10 feet away but, upon further inspection, after you really dive in and start to use it… well, it starts to fall apart.

A whole lot of chips, dings ’n scratches… they all start popping up like wildfire.  And before you know it:  you’re getting upset—spending more time thinking about the problems you’re looking at with the tool your using then actually working. 

When I originally saw Outlinely (for the very first time), I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. 

All I’ve ever wanted was a carbon copy of Ulysses that:

A.) can fold text, and;
B.) Can display different text sizes within the editor, and… NOT limit my eyes to viewing all text at the same font size.

And that’s what it looked like.  At first…

However, after using it for a while and realizing “no, just because you want a feature to be implemented doesn’t mean it’ll ever magically pop up,” I quit. 

I quit and just went back to using ulysses (and continued staring at that massive wall of same-sized text).

I’m a sucker for “prettiness,” and in my book: Ulysses takes the cake in the UI/UX department.  (And I hate subscriptions) 

I also love notebooks.  I wish the UI/UX was more like Ulysses but, sweet baby Jesus, it’s a rich text editor that doesn’t look anything like word (that can do all kinds of folding). Plus, Alfons, the developer: he’s a really cool guy. I can’t wait until he releases V2 of the Mac app. 

(p.s. Yep. It’s my first post.  I really love this place!  Everyone here seems to be just as obsessed as I about text folding and the lack of apps that offer it! Lol.)


Posted by satis
Jun 20, 2018 at 03:06 AM


I see they just updated the Mac app today, after 9 months of crickets chirping. Not much to the update, unfortunately:

- Export PDF dialog (access from File > Export): PDF outputs can be customized with many customization options.
- Multi-level numbering: Auto generate multiple-level numbering (such as 1.a.b..) when entering a new line.
- Fix: Printing results in a blank page.



Posted by MadaboutDana
Jun 20, 2018 at 08:22 AM


Hi Smithers, welcome as a posting member to the forum!

Ah yes, prettiness - the source of so much CRIMPing activity. That’s why sad people like me have Agenda on their Macs and iOS devices, despite the fact that we use other things to manage our day-to-day workflows. That’s why Ulysses has such a following, despite the fact that it hasn’t made substantial progress for about a year now (sorry; I don’t regard coloured tags as substantial progress; where’s the folding, that’s what I want to know).

Outlinely was my Great Hope, too, but the developers (or maybe just developer) have a very weird approach. They start promoting a new product with fantastic enthusiasm, including blog posts and all sorts; then, a few months afterwards, maybe a couple of updates… before the blog disappears and the updates stop coming.

However: let us hope that this unexpected burst of activity is the prelude to Greater Things!


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