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Posted by Robin
May 21, 2023 at 08:32 AM



check out this latest update to OutlineEdit 3, coming with a bunch of nice improvements: https://outlineedit.com

This update improves usability & accessibility. It is recommended for all users.
⋅ Ready for the newest operating system versions
⋅ Hide item indicators
⋅ Category name labels and improved display of categories
⋅ High-contrast notes option
⋅ Unfold hoisted item group automatically
⋅ Shortcuts for easy traversal and selection of item groups
⋅ Improved plaintext import and export, from apps and files
⋅ Improved OPML import from specialty apps
⋅ Further performance improvements and bug fixes

Looking forward to any feedback.



Posted by Amontillado
May 21, 2023 at 12:06 PM


The high contrast notes feature is very welcome.

I got OutlineEdit because Devonthink is rude to Bike outlines. If you let Devonthink edit a Bike file, it changes the extension to .html which causes it to open by default in Safari.

One thing that I didn’t like about OutlineEdit was misunderstanding on my part. The tags are shown in an abbreviated form on the bottom status line. I didn’t notice until this morning that if you hover over a tag it shows the full name of the tag and how many outline items carry the tag. I didn’t realize the full tag name was revealed on hover.

If you’re looking for more improvements to make, it would be nice to be able to edit the displayed text of a hyperlink. Devonthink links do not contain the title of a document, for example, so those links look messy.

The best workaround for Bike in Devonthink, if any are interested, is a smart rule that marks Bike files as locked if DT opens them. This doesn’t lock them in the Finder, just in DT. Bike outlines are viewable in DT and open normally in Bike on double-click. The lock prevents DT from making any change, including changing the file extension.

Vexing, though. Devonthink is in all other respects, at least as far as I can find, a safe repo for files.


Posted by Robin
May 24, 2023 at 08:03 PM


Thanks for sharing your impressions Amontillado!

One quick point on links: Good news, you can actually edit the display text as well as the link URL. It might be a little bit hidden, but this is a default Mac behaviour when inserting links into a text area – enter the link, then select it and type the new display name. The URL will remain the same. To replace the URL, right click on the link and select Edit link. Hope that helps, however you are totally right, should be made more easily discoverable.

Let me know any further ideas and feedback.



Posted by Amontillado
May 24, 2023 at 11:20 PM



Seriously, thanks for the tip. I didn’t realize that was a convention on Macs.

OutlineEdit is a very pleasant app to use.


Posted by Robin
May 25, 2023 at 07:40 PM


Thank you, very happy to hear that!


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