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Posted by Ahmed fawzy
Jan 14, 2019 at 09:50 AM


I am now using visual outliner and imindmap thanks to all for suggestions


Posted by washere
Feb 9, 2019 at 05:30 PM


For those who already have Notecase Pro (Win/OSX/Linux/Android) and are interested in single pane outliners like the old Ecco Pro or Visual Outliner:

You can switch to single (left) pane Only view, of Tree of nodes and subnodes, by:



View (menu): Change View

Then it is a single pane outliner.

I stopped using Rightnote pro. Has virtually no Outliner tree import/export format. It’s sile hjt Treepad outliner import does not import the actual node data. It is a buggy coding, Notecase Pro imports hjt fine, as others like OPML etc. So Rightnote has no outliner compatibility and it is a dead-end app. Most important, Rightnote increasingly has it’s infamous crash dialog-box pop-up. Getting worse, not a long term reliable platform investment of precious time. Not interested to work free for the app’s crash pop-up reporting bugs constantly and getting paid by my lost data. This happens often with large files. So gave up on it.

The old abandoned Bonsai Natara is also around still. Rumors of dev picking it up last year proved false. But it is a good single pane outliner and many import/exports specially with his unique export template where one can modify the export template to virtually do whatever one wants export-wise. But probably only a handful mod his export templates like me. Still Bonsai is indispensable for some data conversions.

Visual Outliner (Win only) can take a leaft out of Notecase pro and add a second dual data pane for actual data to the node lists which can be set visible for those who want to see it. There are rumors that UV Outliner might be picked up again, it is still free and not only can you add a second column, you can add as many columns as you want. I hope some devs try to go beyond dual pane as UV Outliner showed the potential.

Finally I recommend serious outliner fanatics to get Whizfolders for Windows too. It has many attachments and does not crash like others with complex attachments. It is useful for writing artciles, academic papers, outlines of ideas and stories etc.

Also if you are familiar with command palette in the code IDEs like Sublime Text, you can use Writemonkey 3 (beta) which is difficult to get started on but is unique and useful. You can donate whatever amount to get the version 3 Pro which lets you import the few plugins. Also a free version which is almost he same, for Win/OSX/Linux. You probably will give up on the UI but those that stick with it will be richly rewarded.

There are many other top apps but the above should be enough to get many started.


Posted by marlowe
Feb 9, 2019 at 10:03 PM


I don’t use Windows all that often, but when I did I used Treepad quite a bit and found it to be very reliable. It’s been around forever.


Posted by Ahmed fawzy
Feb 10, 2019 at 03:51 PM


I also found cintanotes a nice outliner and note taker for windows


Posted by washere
Feb 10, 2019 at 05:35 PM


I run 2 cintanotes in the tray background, other’s an older portable version, each a different color theme, used for 2 different fields.


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