By The Omni Group
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OmniOutliner starts as a blank page. But as you collect, compose, and rearrange text, its powerful outlining features emerge to organize your ideas. Hierarchy, columns, styling, notes — use them all in concert or keep things simple, depending on the project at hand. From basic lists and tables to serious writing and data wrangling, OmniOutliner understands how to keep your work structured and tidy.
Why choose OmniOutliner for iPad?
COMFORT: OmniOutliner was designed with speed and ease in mind, especially for data entry. Carefully-planned keyboard interactions and the ever-present Edit bar make it straightforward to add and rearrange items. Your ideas are what’s important — OmniOutliner just helps you get them in order.
STRUCTURE: Expand and collapse groups to concentrate on what’s important now. Use the Add row button's flyout mode to put new items right where you need them. And of course, just drag items around when you need to rearrange the order. If you need to make a bigger change, use Edit mode to move or modify a bunch of rows at once.
COLUMNS: Checkboxes, formatted numbers, pop-up lists, dates… Keep track of any number of different fields in each row. If you have too many columns to see at once, you can hide some. Or just temporarily slide them underneath the main outline column to get at the ones you’re interested in. You can even sort your rows by any column, then restore their original order.
STYLES: Thanks to the included templates and styles, you may never need to adjust anything yourself. But if you want to, check out our custom rich-text editor, with more detailed styling than you’re likely to find anywhere else on iPad. Save your favorites as named styles, for quick and consistent styling across your document. Configure rows to be styled based on their hierarchy. You can even apply styles from a template to your current document.
NOTES: Inline notes make it easy to keep track of ideas for future revisions, ancillary content, reviewers’ comments, ill-considered notions, snide jokes, and other miscellaneous info. You can attach notes to any row in a document, and show or hide them individually or en masse. And of course, notes can be styled just as precisely as the main content.
LINKS & ATTACHMENTS: Web addresses you type automatically get linkified. And any image you can copy and paste, from tiny embellishments to sketches from a drawing app to full-sized photos, can be placed right in your outline.
SHARING: OmniOutliner has no shortage of ways to share your documents. Sync your documents automatically via OmniPresence, our sync technology, or send them via email in several formats: OmniOutliner, OPML, HTML, DOCX, CSV, or plain text.
New features to OmniOutliner 2 include:
- Templates: When you create a new document you will be presented with a list of your templates to start from. Easily turn an existing document into a template or create one from scratch.
- Style theming: Have one document that you wished looked like another? Turn that other document into a template and apply it to any file you would like.
- External keyboard support: Outline faster! Navigate around your document, rearrange rows, and add new content, all without touching the screen. If you use OmniOutliner for the Mac, you will already be familiar with all these shortcuts.
- Folders: Have a lot of outlines on your iPad? Organize them with folders. For those syncing with OmniPresence, the same folders will be visible on the Mac.
- Export formats: Finished with your outlining portion of your project? Export your data to a word processing app using the DOCX format for the next phase. Need to switch to a spreadsheet app? Send your data over in CSV format.
SUPPORT: If you have any feedback or questions, we'd love to hear from you! The Omni Group offers free tech support: you can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 1-800-315-6664 or +1-206-523-4152, or on twitter at @omnioutliner.
What's New in Version 2.0.3
This release fixes a crash encountered due to a missing system font in iOS 7.0.3.
If you have any feedback or questions, we'd love to hear from you! The Omni Group offers free tech support: you can reach us by email at email@example.com, by phone at 1-800-315-6664 or +1-206-523-4152, or on twitter at @omnioutliner.
Great tool, but expensive
OmniOutliner is a great tool for organizing things. It is much more than an outliner. I use it to organize my ideas, projects, thing to do, etc. I have tried many other tools, and they never really were satisfactory. It is probably the app I use the most. It works even better if you also have it for a Mac, synchronizing smoothly. In terms of functionality, I would give it 5 stars.
But it is also very expensive. I paid $20 for version 1, and then $30 to update to version 2. How long until they release a new version which you have to pay for again? If it was a $5 app, that would be acceptable, and other developers do that, but for an app at this price point? And for owners of version 1 I would say that there is no reason to update, the changes are mainly cosmetic. Because of this I deduct one star.
Three stars? Why?
Read on for my reasoning
I absolutely love this app and it changes the way I take notes at conventions. Each speaker may cover social media, marketing, and pricing. This lets you put those notes into categories and not by speaker.
WHY three stars. The reason is that to demand of users of version 1 to pay an upgrade of $30 for features that honestly every other developer would can a routine update....not pleased, but I still love the program.
If you are coming to version 2 right now, you will be happy to pay the $30.....until version 3 comes out.
The Best Way to Create an Outline
When trying to create any type of outline or structured document OmniOutliner really does the job. I appreciate the new features and the cleaner look. I also love the ability to use templates and themes.
In fact that the only thing missing. A place to share and utilize templates. Being able to see how other people use and format their outlines in OmniOutliner would be very helpful. I think for a $30 app it would be a nice enhancement.