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Posted by satis
Mar 4, 2021 at 11:42 AM

 

[Continuation from thread about Tree]

Stephen Zeoli wrote:

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

Although that’s the site linked to from the Mac App Store it doesn’t work right now.

I wish the screenshots in the store showed at least one folded node to show that it’s possible, as it’s not mentioned in the app’s description.

 


Posted by Franz Grieser
Mar 4, 2021 at 12:32 PM

 

I installed the Windows app. It does folding: When you click on the triangle to the left of a node, the sub-nodes to the right are collapsed.

I just played with it for a few minutes. The app is still an alpha version. There is a short “What is Dashword” document including a list of keyboard shortcuts (navigaton, node creation and manipulation) but no more information (no pricing, no nothing). No feature to get data out of Dashword (no Save command, just an Export command that saves the file in a proprietary format, copy&paste works only for the node one selected, not for the sub-nodes).

So: very rudimentary at the moment.

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Mar 4, 2021 at 12:35 PM

 

I was able to install Dashword from the App Store. It does indeed handle folding. But it is very spare. It apparently has no keyboard shortcuts at this time to indent or outdent (or anything else). To indent a node you have to manually click on the button that says “outdent” and to outdent you have to click on the button that says “indent.” Yes, that is true.

The export button only allows you to export the outline you’re working on in what I can only assume is a Dashword file format, because the file has a .dash extension.

In short, it feels like this is a Beta (or even Alpha) version that still needs a lot of development. There’s some promise here, but who knows if it will be realized?

Steve

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Mar 4, 2021 at 12:40 PM

 

Thanks for mentioning the document that provides keyboard shortcuts. I missed that.

Franz Grieser wrote:
I installed the Windows app. It does folding: When you click on the
>triangle to the left of a node, the sub-nodes to the right are
>collapsed.
> >I just played with it for a few minutes. The app is still an alpha
>version. There is a short “What is Dashword” document including a list
>of keyboard shortcuts (navigaton, node creation and manipulation) but no
>more information (no pricing, no nothing). No feature to get data out of
>Dashword (no Save command, just an Export command that saves the file in
>a proprietary format, copy&paste works only for the node one selected,
>not for the sub-nodes).
> >So: very rudimentary at the moment.
>

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Mar 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM

 

It’s quite a nice little app, I must say. The most significant lacuna is a search function.

Having said that, I’ve just launched it (on macOS), and it’s not working at all. Hm. How irritating. Still very much an alpha!

 


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