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Posted by Darren McDonald
Aug 28, 2020 at 11:33 AM

 

Thanks for the suggestion @satis for doing a search on a repository. I found and downloaded the app from download.cnet.com. I loved it instantly!

I tried to do a search for the developer - Kazuhiro Kawana - but could not come up with any working contact information. If I knew how is name is written in Kanji (Japanese version of Chinese characters) I would able to do a better search.

Tree only has a 14-day trial. A major problem that exists is that it crashes when choosing File>Export and choosing a place to save the exported file. Other than that, the app works fine. It has a clean modern UI. In fact, it is like it was just developed. It is shame that this app is not in current development.

Does anyone have a suggestion for where I could find an alternative app?

satis wrote:
The dev pulled the app. It can still be downloaded from one of those app
>repositories like download.cnet.com but you’re left with a trial version
>and no way to pay for it. (But it still works!)
> >I emailed the dev at the beginning of the year but never heard from him
>and his website topoftree.co.jp fails to resolve.

 


Posted by satis
Aug 28, 2020 at 03:30 PM

 

As someone mentioned there’s Ginkgo, designed for tree-based writing more than light outlines. Its development has been in limbo for well over a year. You can view the FAQ in Gingko format here:

https://gingkoapp.com/faq  and here’s a video from the developer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egCKZHsICm8

It was originally online-only in perpetual alpha state then the developer split it into a desktop app and an online service, and they aren’t compatible or able to share outlines. And the pricing is peculiar: $2-$21/month for the service, $15-$90 for a desktop license. I bought a license when the desktop app was announced 2.5 years ago but I don’t find it trustworthy for the kinds of heavy-duty writing or outlining I do in other apps.

https://gingko.io/

http://gingkoapp.com/

The closest relative of Tree on the Mac might be a mind map configured for right-branching. If you can export to OPML you would be able to use results in a classic outliner, and if the mind map imported OPML format you could work between the two.

Mac users can also use Marked2 to interoperate between mind maps like MindNode and iThoughts, creating outline documents from mind maps, and moving nodes around inside Marked2 to make live changes in the mind map app.

 


Posted by Darren McDonald
Feb 12, 2021 at 01:19 AM

 

Thanks for the reminder about Ginko @satis. I have also looked at the other solutions. But they do not work for me. I like the simplicity of Tree’s horizontal view of the outline. I am surprised that no other outline app supports this view.

Is there any way of unlocking an app when it is no longer supported and you cannot purchase a license? I would like use Tree for as long as possible.

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Feb 12, 2021 at 11:42 AM

 

Not sure if this is exactly what you’re looking for and if it is worth the expense, but the Chart View in Tinderbox works like an expanding tree. I recorded a quick little demo:

https://vimeo.com/511538483

This is just a close up of the node area. Remember that you can add notes to any of these nodes in a robust text editor.

Steve

 


Posted by Darren McDonald
Feb 13, 2021 at 07:35 AM

 

Thank you so much for going to all the trouble of making a video for me, @Stephen! :)

It is very much the type of function I am wanting.

I will have to dust off my copy of Tinderbox. I had put Tinderbox away because of the intrepid learning curve. It is about time I got learning! This time I can start with the feature you show in the video.

Thank you again! :)

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
Not sure if this is exactly what you’re looking for and if it is worth
>the expense, but the Chart View in Tinderbox works like an expanding
>tree. I recorded a quick little demo:
> >https://vimeo.com/511538483
> >This is just a close up of the node area. Remember that you can add
>notes to any of these nodes in a robust text editor.
> >Steve

 


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