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Posted by Luhmann
Sep 26, 2018 at 01:24 PM


It doesn’t look like the folks at Dynalist have any interest in making any significant updates to their horrendous iOS app. At the same time, Outlinely seems to be getting regular updates again. So as someone who needs iOS support, the only rational decision seems to be to move back from Dynalist to Outlinely. I was also happy to see that for those of us who don’t like subscriptions, there is a reasonably priced “lifetime subscription” which is a single payment of a little less than $35 to unlock iCloud sync and all restrictions on the iOS app. The only stumbling block was that while you can export and import individual OPML files one-by-one, there is no way to easily bulk import your entire Dynalist folder. However, it wasn’t hard to figure out a workaround for this. I’ve posted the instructions here:


I’ll probably still use Dynalist for some things - especially since for teaching I often need to load outlines on a Windows computer, but I’m going to give using Outlinely as my primary outliner a try and see how that goes…


Posted by bvasconcelos
Feb 27, 2019 at 10:50 PM


Dynalist is a decent app, but I didn’t go far using it. About Outlinely: I can’t believe how little attention this app has gotten. To me feels like a perfect blend of OmniOutliner, Ulysses and Bear. OmniOutliner lacks Markdown-support, Ulysses lacks text-folding and better text-annotating features (I dislike footnotes and annotations being hidden from sight), and both of them lack [[Wiki-links]] (which is pretty much all that Bear has got apart from design and layout elements). That is not to say it is without shortcomings: i. the search is nowhere near as good as Ulysses (it won’t display every occurrence of the searched term); ii. text-folding is not as dynamic and quick as it can be in OmniOutliner (I can fold anywhere in omni, whereas I have to move the cursor all the way up to fold a branch in Outlinely). Also, I find it little annoying that it asks me if I really want to open a link every time I click on it. Still, my verdict after two days, is that it will become my main writing app!


Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 28, 2019 at 08:28 AM


Outlinely is very good, but ironically, I find I’ve moved the other way, from Outlinely to Dynalist. Why?

Because Outlinely is a subscription app, and I’m now trying to remove as many subscriptions as possible from my rather lengthy list.

But also: Outlinely’s handling of tags is poor. It’s a shame - it does so many things very well. But a tag search results in a frozen snapshot that can’t be edited. Also, sub-items that aren’t tagged don’t appear. Whereas Dynalist takes a much more “task-oriented” approach, allowing you to view sub-items of tagged items, and allowing you to edit anything and everything while viewing the results of a tagged search.

However: I keep an eye on Outlinely, because I’m fond of it and have quite a lot of data locked up in it (that’s another shortcoming: there’s no quick way to export data from Outlinely!)



Posted by Luhmann
Feb 28, 2019 at 10:37 AM


Since they (finally) fixed the iOS app, I now use Dynalist exclusively. I was lucky enough to be grandfathered in to the older subscription rate, so I pay for Dynalist Pro. I also purchased a lifetime subscription to Outlinely (an option for you if you don’t want to pay a subscription), but the developer seems to develop in short bursts with long periods of inactivity. Also, the development mostly focuses on minor stuff and never fixes any of the major problems with the app.


Posted by Franz Grieser
Feb 28, 2019 at 11:46 AM


MadaboutDana wrote:
>Because Outlinely is a subscription app, and I’m now trying to remove as
>many subscriptions as possible from my rather lengthy list.

Outlinely for MacOS is a one-time purchase in the App Store, the iOS app is free. Only if you need the Pro features on your iPad, you need to go the subscription road.


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