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Writing Outliner

  • Windows
  • Microsoft Office Word
Avg rating of 4 (4)| 5 comments

What is Writing Outliner?

Writing Outliner is an outliner that's seamlessly integrated with MS Word.

The most important concept of Writing Outliner is project-based writing.

A project in Writing Outliner is a long or complex text that you might work on for days, weeks, or even months, for example, a book (novel, or non-fiction), a research paper, a serious of columns, a personal diary, or even a note book.

With Writing Outliner, you manage and write each piece of your long writing projects as smaller separate documents, because smaller separate documents are more manageable for a long or complex wring project.

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Writing Outliner information

  • Developed byWritingOutliner.com
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4
  • Alternatives51 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

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RogerMcKeon
  
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I like Writing Outliner because it integrates with Microsoft Word.

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AlGAMA
  
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One of the best outliners that fully utilize the power of MSWord with an attractive and easily manageable design.

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rmcgaffic
  
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Unfortunately, the software's developer has not responded to my questions, and I will probably have to ask for a refund.

The idea behind this software is quite good. But it still does not well accomodate high resolution monitors or laptop screens. I use a Microsoft Surface Book with a 3000 X 2000 pixel display and MS Windows 2016.

Here's the problem: The latest version claims to adjust to high resolution monitors by allowing you to change the size of the font from 100% to 95% or maybe 150%. So far so good. This design is flawed, because the developer is using ActiveX or some other controls for a left pane hierarchy and a tab control across the top of the middle pane.

It should be obvious that if you increase the font size of the hierarchical display and do not change the row height of its lines, you are doing to get lines that partially or fully overlap each other. Third party controls for hierarchical grids always have a property to set the item height. The developer has failed to adjust the height of the row when the user adjusts the size of the font.

Additionally, the tabs at the top of the middle screen do not resize their font. So on a high resolution screen, they are very difficult to read. But not nearly as much as for tags assigned to the document. These are displayed in what surely must be a font of four points and are barely legible with a magnifying glass.

Its so unfortunate, that what would otherwise be a fairly useful product is marred by these shortcomings. So I am giving the software author to respond to my request and if these problems are not currently being addressed, will cancel my purchase and get a refund.

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AlGAMA

I believe this is an important issue but still it is quite related to specific cases (having ultra high resolution). Most users that tried the software through years are highly content and the author of the software is highly responsive and cooperative. I feel your frustration but as a colleague user (with ordinary screen resolution) I still highly recommend trying and using writing outliner (or docxmanager) as it is more than fairly useful product as you mentioned. Writing Outliner really offers great opportunities for writers to outline their documents and merge them easily (or even publish them online or offline as websites in the case of docxmanager). If I may, I kindly ask rmcgaffic to try the software on other settings to fairly evaluate it and to retry contacting the author of the software without prior negative attitudes so that he can achieve a solution for his specific problem. Best regards and wishes for all readers and I reassert the benefits of giving the trial versions of these software (Writing outliner and DocxManager) a chance as they really deserve attention as excellent outliners outperforming many alternatives.

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AlGAMA
  
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I have used writing outliner for more than 10 years on MSword 2007, 2010, 2013 with nearly no issues. The newer versions provide support for more recent MSWord but I have not tried them myself. It is a great MSWord outliner giving more control over documents and subdocuments, providing better overview of lengthy projects (I used it in my PhD and many other research papers). A newer alternative is DocxManager which is quite better in saving the sub-documents of the project in plain docx files saved in folders and sub folders according to prject structure instead of keeping the whole project in a single sql file. Still, I tend to use Writing outliner from time to time especially when working on smaller and more concise projects/papers.

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esso
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Downloaded and payed online, got activation code, installed the software, received a message: "Open Word and start using". Word was blank, noting showed up. The support on the other hand was great. Probably the failure was caused by my old Word 2003. I asked for a refund which I received almost immediately. I still think the idea behind the program is well worth a try.

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AlGAMA

I have not tried the newer versions of writing outliner but the older version I purchased nearly ten years ago is still functional on MSWord 2013. It is quite a "complete" yet simple outliner utilizing full features of MSWord. It is a much better and powerful alternative to scrivener and similar outliners. The author of this program has recently moved to develop another similar but more advanced version called Docxmanager that saves subdocuments as docx files and parallel the project with structured folders. In addition of being able to combine documents in a single file, the new docxmanager can build a website based on the project. Both software have many advantages and may require more marketing effort to increase their users base.

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  • Note-taking
  • workspace
  • Writing tool
  • document-organizer
  • Novel Authoring
  • writing-environment
  • document-processing
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