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Working in OmniOutliner 4

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


OmniOutliner 4 is an amazingly flexible yet lightweight program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Use OmniOutliner's document structure to brainstorm new ideas, drill out specifics, and construct a beautiful document for sharing. It's way more than just an outlining tool--you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, pop-up lists, and a fantastically rich style system at your disposal. It's perfect for drafting a simple to-do list, creating an agenda for a meeting, taking notes at said meeting, planning events, writing anything from diaries to screenplays, or any other task that calls for structured text.

"Working in OmniOutliner 4" is a  hands-on tutorial that takes you through the process of creating your first OmniOutliner document. Along the way, you'll learn how to create a custom template (or theme) that you can later use on the documents you create.

You'll learn some of the basic mechanics of OmniOutliner: how to enter text, move around, and ways to organize your content. Following that, you'll dive in deeper to take a closer look at OmniOutliner's layering and style model as you build out the styles for your own template.

By the time you've reached the end of the tutorial, you'll have mastered OmniOutliner and should be able to create templates and styles with, well, style.

What's New in Version

October 2016 (v4.6.1.0) • Corrected a discrepancy between example text and an accompanying screenshot — thanks to the reader who pointed this out. • Updated the text styling to match recent changes in our other books. September 2015 (v4.3.0.0) • Corrected a couple typos; thanks to the astute reader who pointed out the error. June 2015 Update (v4.2.0.1) • Corrected a typo in the Introduction chapter, and made a minor wording change to the intro paragraph of the tutorial. • Thanks to the awesome user who reported this problem. April 2015 Update (v4.2.0.0) • OmniOutliner 4.2 received a facelift for OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, so we’ve updated the document with new screenshots to match what you see onscreen. If you haven’t updated your Mac to OS X Yosemite v10.10.3, you should—it’s free. • While you’re at it, be sure to update your copy of OmniOutliner for the new hotness, via the App Store or from the OmniOutliner menu. • Be sure to read the Release Notes (via OmniOutliner’s Help menu) to see what all has changed in this update. • And finally, feel free to zip to the back of the book and submit a review and/or star-rating for this book. We appreciate your feedback. • Thanks! November 24, 2014 Update (v4.1.3.1): * In the Introduction, changed the heading “Get the iBook” to “Get the EPUB” to address a ticket from Apple regarding proper usage of Apple terminology. November 2014 Update: * Minor text updates for OmniOutliner v4.1.3 * Updated screenshots for OS X Yosemite (v10.10) September 2014 Update: * Corrected an issue with the CSS where the Contents page started outside the left margin. April 2014 Update: * Corrected some CSS issues. * Swapped out the cover with something new.

Customer Reviews

Great Quality, But Limited

For what this book does, it should really be titled “Getting Started with Styles in OmniOutliner 4”, because it gives you the basics of editing existing styles, describes how the style engine applies styles to a document (from the "Whole Document” cascading on down to more specific areas of the document), and walks you through creating a theme, saving it as a template, and applying it to new and existing documents. However, it really ends there, and from the title I had hoped it would provide more useful scenarios for working with the tool.


If you have or plan to use OmniOutliner, read and do this tutorial — it’s examplary (so much so that I think “the support humans” at OmniGroup are serious when they say they take support seriously).

If you are charged with writing a tutorial on how to use software, read and do this tutorial. Use it as an example :-) .

Just for filler: I’m coming from Circus Ponies NoteBook (sadly no longer supported), which I’ve used since it debuted in 2003. (I first saw it as Alphabet on the NeXT.) NoteBook delivered similar functionality in a very different way. I could not figure out the hierarchy of formating in OmniOutliner. This tutorial taught me a significant part of what I need to know.

Thank you Omni Group.

Need a quick-start in OmniOutliner? This is it

In less than 1-hour, you can be using most of the power of OmniOutliner. While the book is for Version4 (and 5 has been available for awhile), most of the specific step-by-step instructions still apply. And, it isn’t difficult to adjust to the several new steps. All said, I recommend this to beginners and intermediate users alike. Well done!

Working in OmniOutliner 4
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  • Free
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Engineering
  • Published: Feb 11, 2014
  • Publisher: The Omni Group
  • Seller: Omni Development, Inc.
  • Print Length: 130 Pages
  • Language: English
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