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Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 25, 2021 at 08:38 PM


As I play with it, however, I’m also reminded of Scapple, an app developed by the Scrivener crew. It’s like a mind-mapping app, but primarily textual, and is surprisingly powerful.

However, unlike Tree, it doesn’t do folding.

There are mind-mapping apps that do do folding, however, and even do quite sophisticated things with text – one of the versions of XMind, I seem to remember.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 25, 2021 at 08:42 PM


Yep, both versions of XMind support extensive rich-text notes, outlining, folding (in mindmaps and outlines) etc.

XMind 8 is quite expensive, but an annual subscription to XMind 2020 is USD 59 (and covers desktop and mobile platforms). I’ve seen occasional deals, too.

It’s available for Windows/Android, macOS/iOS.


P.S. But I still love Tree 2


Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 26, 2021 at 09:58 AM


Good grief! I’d forgotten just how powerful Tree 2 is.

For example, I’d totally forgotten that you can mix the tree branch (horizontal) view with hierarchical outlines as you prefer. By which I mean: siblings appear in a column, one above the other. Their offspring appear in the next column along – effectively extending sideways. But if you prefer, you can cause offspring to appear in an indented column immediately below their parents on an ad-hoc basis, meaning you can have any mix of child items extending sideways or extending downwards, anywhere in any column.

Otherwise Tree 2 offers a standard outliner view, of course (you can switch between the “tree” view and what it calls “list” [= Workflowy-like] view at the click of a button). But the above flexibility knocks most other outliners into the shade, and is especially useful if you want to output your outlines to e.g. PDF.

The speed and fluency of it is also very impressive.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Mar 3, 2021 at 08:42 PM


I just noticed a new app on the App Store that appears to do horizontal outlines. It is called Dashword:


You can switch between horizontal and traditional outlines.

I haven’t tried it, so this is not an endorsement of any kind.



Posted by Luhmann
Mar 4, 2021 at 05:31 AM


Interesting. Dashword is also a Windows app, but no mobile apps.


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