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 2.0.2

New in OutlineEdit 2:
- 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

New in version 2.0.2:
- An updated icon to create a mini version of the application. So everyone can get an idea what’s different about OutlineEdit, right at the first glance. And to bring a little more color to your Dock, every day. I hope you like it as much as I do!
- Improved and corrected:
・ Small adjustments in preferences

New in version 2.0.1:
- New documents are now saved in the OutlineEdit 2 file format
- Improved and corrected:
・ Improves window management behaviour when using tabbed windows
・ Improves the handling of overlaid menus
・ Corrects a layout issue when editing category names or selecting categories
・ Corrects an issue that could lead to an unexpected insertion position when pasting text
・ Corrects a problem with text being temporarily hidden after splitting long items
・ Corrects an issue that could lead to a crash when previewing files with certain missing meta data
・ Corrects a problem that would under certain conditions not unfold the location of search results fully
・ And many more improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
25 Ratings
25 Ratings
No English help or support ! ,


Why did the creator of this application, OutlineEdit, come up with a confusing interface far removed from normal outlining ? The online manual tells me I need to relearn how to make a simple outline. I don't want to waste time learning this when there are many more outliners that use a conventional interface.

Developer Response ,

Hello, thank you for your feedback. Please feel free to get in touch via email (see the support link on the App Store), to discuss in detail what it is that confuses you as we want to design an application for everyone. Also, Support and help manuals are available in English.
This is especially surprising since OutlineEdit follows simple and intuitive design principals that are well established by other editors and is generally praised for it.

rduthler ,

It’s like magic - Your stuff disappears!

Pretty cool program with a very easy-to-read outline, but then parts of it start to disappear or end up in some random section. Some of my outlines are 20+ pages long so it’s hard to go hunting for that lost section. It’s also very finicky and non-intuitive with regards to the editing features. Sometime it will allow you to change a sentance, then suddenly you cannot. The work I do requires precision and a program I cannot trust is ultimately useless to me. Great starting point for the developer, but needs work before I would use it for anything other than grocery lists or simple things I can live without if lost.

Developer Response ,

I am sorry to hear this - that is an issue I take serious and will look into it right away to fix it with the next update to OutlineEdit. Could you pass along some details on your system and an indication on what caused this loss if you have any? Thank you! Email:

ClausWorks ,

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.


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


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