Writing Outliner Alternatives

    Writing Outliner is described as 'outliner that's seamlessly integrated with MS Word' and is an app in the News & Books category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Writing Outliner for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Online / Web-based, Mac, iPhone and iPad. The best alternative is WorkFlowy, which is free. Other great apps like Writing Outliner are Dynalist (Freemium), Manuskript (Free, Open Source), Scrivener (Paid) and Orgzly (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 31, 2021

    1. First Draft, developed by a 15-year professional writer, is an offline, artificially intelligent writing tool that assists a huge number of literary tasks.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Tkoutline is a single pane, cross-platform outline editor written in Tcl/Tk . With this editor, information can be structured hierarchically in an outline and outlines can be hyperlinked together to create a web of outlines.


    2. Outline 4D is an outlining and writing program that lets you brainstorm, create, structure and organize your ideas.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      A tailor-made writing application for fiction writers that lets you plan, organize, and write stories and series. You can create story outlines from pre-defined templates, create and manage rich and interesting characters, build immersive fictional worlds and more.
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    3. A Novel Idea is a tool for plotting your story and recording bursts of inspiration. Use its simple interface to create your characters, locations, scenes, and novels and then link them together to create your story's plot.

      Discontinued

      The app is no longer updated. Last version, 1.15.2, released in August 2014, can be still downloaded from the Appstore.

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    4. A beautifully crafted outliner for your Mac: It helps you keep your ideas structured and collected. Use OutlineEdit as an empty canvas to sketch information - for learning, working and planning your projects.
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    5. Campfire Pro is a pre-writing software for writers. Its features include character sheets, an endless narrative timeline, and map support for world building.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      • Dropbox
      Fargo is a simple idea outliner, notepad, todo list, blogging tool, project organizer. It's an HTML 5 application, written in JavaScript, runs in any compatible browser, including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft IE 10.

      Discontinued

      Per their website, Fargo was retired in Sept 2017.

      • Windows
      • Windows Mobile
      • HP webOS
      Natara Bonsai is a Palm OS and Windows Mobile outliner application with a Windows desktop client that also works as a full-featured standalone outliner and task manager.

      Discontinued

      Official site inaccessible, but app still available on download sites.

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      • Mac
      • Online
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      Cross-platform app for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Sync outlines between computers and devices with iCloud. Sync outlines with Evernote, Import and export outlines in OPML format.
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