About This Particular Outliner
- A Progress Report · February 2008
- Some Perspectives on the Worldwide Developers Conference · July 2007
- Writing Environments, Plus Two New Outliners · November 2006
- Examining New Business Models · September 2006
- Outlining Interface Futures · July 2006
- Outlining Workflows and ConceptDraw · May 2006
- Dossier and Outliner Web Interaction · March 2006
- Two New Outliners: Mori and iKnow & Manage · February 2006
- Styles Revisited, Video Features, and a Proposal · December 2005
- TAO and OmniOutliner Pro · October 2005
- Outlining and Styles, Part 2 · August 2005
- Outlining and Styles · June 2005
- Outline Exchange and XML, Part 1: History · April 2005
- Outlining Task Managers, Part 3 · March 2005
- Task Management and Outlining, Part 2 · February 2005
- The ATPO Tracker · January 2005
- Task Management and Outlining · December 2004
- Deep Tinderbox · October 2004
- Mindmapping Outliners · August 2004
- Three Topics on the Future of Outlining · July 2004
- NoteTaker and NoteBook · May 2004
- Announcing the FORE/1 Outliner · April 2004
- Legacy Outliners · March 2004
- Outliner User Interfaces · February 2004
- Outliner Use Patterns · December 2003
- Outliner Features—Part 2 · November 2003
- Outliner Features—Part 1 · October 2003
- Outliner History · September 2003
- Complete Archive
Reader Comments (13)
Inspiration doesn't have the presentation and some other features, but it certainly handles images and tree diagrams.
I find Inspiration invaluable to keep extensive sets of information which I can find easily in outline form (like this and Macintouch's series of comments on outliners).
5 regarded the philosophy of certain products and 19 were on the general principles of outlining. I think those 34% contain the goal you set yourself, and would have liked them even better with less reference to reality. People not used to outlining need pure theory to imagine their perfect tool.
Then they have to learn AppleScript to get it, by combining applications with little suport for data exchange :-(
So far my experince in using trial versions to compile the list above. I'm looking forward to reading more of yours!
It's not MORE 3.11 -- which I still also use under Classic under OSX, because, like WordStar, my fingers know how to use it freeing my brain for thinking.
I wish more programmers also wrote piano music -- they'd understand that having consistent notation (clefs, bars, rests, notes, half notes, quarter notes) to tell what keys the fingers should hit and how is what makes the piano a really useful instrument.
Imagine if each piece of piano music you wanted to play used a different system of notation, and also required a different set of keystrokes to make a given sound.
That'd make a piano as hard to use as a computer is now -- switching between one program and another wastes a huge amount of brain effort.
On the piano, once you learn how, the keystrokes are run from spinal reflexes, faster than the conscious brain could possibly interpret and direct the fingers.
No chance of that with software.
did you say wordstar?
you still using wordstar, hank?
where can i get a copy?
The whole point of ATPO is that there is no "best" outliner product. It is the class of program where imagination meets the machine. The whole idea is to free you to exploit your strengths, right?
It may be a plod because I'm not a great writer, but I hope the ATPO series helps readers discover some of the shapes of their mind and how it might fit with what is available.
Could you Please do one of your great comparisons, this time between Ulysses and Boswell?
With all good wishes,
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