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Posted by Stephen R. Diamond
Oct 27, 2018 at 02:21 AM


Strange to be looking for something so basic, but it’s still hard to find an excellent one-pane outliner with deep levels.

It seems Inspiration 9 is the only real alternative for book-length writing. Am I wrong?


Posted by thouqht
Oct 27, 2018 at 03:54 AM


Org mode is what I use but that’s quite a rabbit hole and will require some setup and learing. Dynalist and Workflowy are fantastic one pane outliners, but if you are actually trying to draft rather than just outline, they are not recommended. Most good outliners for writing are two pane like Scrivener.

Honestly the best one paner for writing I can think of is MS word in outline mode (which is actually pretty solid). However, I don’t have a mac and mac has a ton of apps for writing.


Posted by Stephen R. Diamond
Oct 27, 2018 at 04:17 AM


Word has an OK outliner, but I want more than the 9 levels Word affords.


Posted by satis
Oct 27, 2018 at 04:34 AM


You’ve been commenting about this type of outliner for maybe 15 years Stephen, so you’re probably aware of the best current alternatives - especially if you read this forum!


Posted by Franz Grieser
Oct 27, 2018 at 06:32 AM


Hello Stephen.

When you ask for a one-pane outliner, I’d also recommend Word 2013 or 2016 for Windows (can’t speak about the MacOS version as I don’t use it). I wasn’t aware of the fact that Word only supports 9 levels - the maximimum I needed for my non-fiction books was 5 levels.

Have you tried Inspiration 9 recently? When I installed it on 2 Windows 10 machines a few months ago, it wouldn’t load.


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