Everything you need

・ Fast and efficient editing
・ Works intuitively: Create new items, structure them using indentation and drag & drop
・ Use Touchbar for fast editing
・ Bold, italic and underlined text
・ Side notes
・ Checkboxes
・ Adjustable text size
・ Fast search

What makes it even better

・ Fold item groups to focus: manually, automatically to a set level or fold everything
・ Color labeled categories add a second layer of structure
・ Filter for all items of one or multiple categories to get an overview and to export them directly
・ Quickly save drafts without setting a name or folder
・ Fast access from anywhere: drafts and recent outlines, just one click or global shortcut away
・ Statistics, always at a glance: number of items, levels, words or characters and even track the time you have been working
・ Group guidelines
・ Built-in window management: arrange outlines perfectly on the screen
・ Let an outline float on top of all applications for uninterrupted access

Open to the World: Export & Sharing

・ Export to a PDF or RTF file - of course including all your notes and categories
・ OPML export and import, including notes, categories and checkboxes
・ Automatic exports: OutlineEdit can keep your OPML and PDF exports seamlessly up to date
・ Copy an outline as plain text
・ Send a mail
・ Print your outlines directly

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What's New

Version 2.0

- OutlineEdit 2 comes with an all-new editor core to deliver quality and efficiency today and to build on in the future
- Home and the rethought Fast Access Menu let you get started and find documents even more quickly
- Refined design
- And 100+ more improvements in all areas

Please note that OutlineEdit 2 does no longer support Send to Evernote and Send to E-Reader but includes general export you can use instead.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings

Elegant and almost perfect

I’ve been using OutlineEdit for about six months for school and organizing programming projects. I love the Category feature, access to so many features with keyboard shortcuts, and just the overall simplicity and elegance (and of course, the fact that it’s free).

I just noticed a few bugs. First, occasionally, bullets sometimes appear lower than they should, and sometimes only the top half is visible. It usually happens when I am rearranging items. Second, when trying to reposition the cursor with the mouse, I end up moving the item instead. Third, when launching the app, if I am connected to a wifi network with no internet, a blank space appears where the window should be and the app freezes up. It doesn’t finish launching until I either turn off wifi completely or connect to the internet. Anyway, these three bugs are annoying, but ultimately I just work around them, and otherwise, the app is great.

Finally, a dark mode and font and line spacing options (for the app or per document) would be really nice.

Overall, a very nice app.


Almost perfect and absolutely powerful

I’ve been using Outlinedit for a while and i’ve switched completely over to using this app from another one that just wasn’t as flexible. The features give me everything i need for organization and the categorization feature is the icing on the cake.

With an ability to right click on an item in a outline to copy the entire item, this app would be 5 star perfect. Nevertheless, it’s the best app i’ve used. I’d be more than willing to pay $5 to $10 for this app.

A completely non-essential feature would be an IOS version that syncs to the Mac version. Meanwhile, I’m using Evernote as a way to see the outlines in IOS that i’ve made on my Mac.


An outliner for outlining - how refreshing and useful!

Most outliners these days have become pseudo databases, notetakers, or time management tools, bloated with features that make them almost useless for wriiting down and organizing ideas. Outline Edit is simple and nearly all the commands you’d want to slice and dice your thoughts are there.

Update: there are a couple of useful features added since I last reviewed. One is floated window: the app is always on top, but stays transparent unless selected. If you like, you can also keep the window semi transparent when selected. You can pin an outline to the today menu for quick access.


Robin Schnaidt
1.2 MB
macOS 10.13 or later, 64-bit processor
English, German
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014-2018 Robin Schnaidt


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