OmniOutliner for Mac

OmniOutliner for Mac


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 99 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.1.1
File Size:
46.41MB
Date Added:
July 10, 2014
Price:
Free to try; $49.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac/OS X 10.9
Total Downloads:
15,366
Downloads Last Week:
21
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

OmniOutliner is a powerful mind-mapping program designed to help you create all kinds of documents and outlines. Just choose the template that most closely matches the type of document you want to create and the style you're after, and then start filling it in.

Pros

Lots of templates: Whether you want to outline a family budget of draft a book, OmniOutliner has templates designed just for the purpose. To begin working on a new document, just pick the template and start writing. And if you're not sure exactly which template is the most appropriate for your purposes, you can view a sample of each of them with some text filled in to give you an idea about how best to use that particular layout.

Searching documents: Since the program makes it possible to create some long and complicated documents, it's definitely a plus that you can search quickly through the entire thing and focus in on a particular section of interest. Navigation is quick through the outline on the left-hand side of the screen, and you can get right back to the big picture whenever you're ready.

Cons

Overwhelming help: The help document that comes with this program is very thorough, but it can be a bit overwhelming and unwieldy when you're just trying to get a few tips to help you get started quickly. A section that's useful in that situation does exist, but it's a little hard to find, and you may not want to spend a whole afternoon reading about all of the program's ins and outs before you start using it.

Bottom Line

If you're looking for a powerful mind-mapping program, OmniOutliner is worth checking out. It offers a ton of templates and other features, and you can try it for free for 14 days, which is a good amount of time to let you decide whether you'd like to invest $49.95 to purchase the full version.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of OmniOutliner for Mac 4.0.6.

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  • All Versions:

    4.3

    out of 99 votes

    • 5 star: 53
    • 4 star: 32
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 4 stars

    "Once ahead of the pack. Now behind."

    March 18, 2014   |   By M29231

    Version: OmniOutliner 4.0.3

    Pros

    The Omni Group developed several winning apps: OmniGraffle, OmniFocus. And at one time, OmniOutliner was ahead of the competition with its simple interface and elegant features.

    It still is ahead of its main rivals in that it does columns and syncs with iPad and iPhone. I sometimes do an outline on my desktop and tden read from it on my tablet. So, these aren't to be sneezed at, I suppose.

    Cons

    With the exceptions of the hybrid column/outline interface, and syncing, Curio does everything else 10 times better and adds more thoughtful features.

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  • 4 stars

    "works great"

    April 18, 2012   |   By A R Chernoff--2008

    Version: OmniOutliner 3.10.4

    Pros

    does what it needs to do, simple and effective

    Cons

    none I couldn't live without

    Summary

    keep up great programs

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  • 4 stars

    "Great outliner with attachments, subtotals, formatting"

    July 07, 2011   |   By AWolfe_II

    Version: OmniOutliner 3.9.5

    Pros

    toss anything into the outline, you're good!
    any number of columns with labels and data types
    aggregation functions track running subtotals
    "drill-in" or "focus" like omnifocus
    works almost like a spreadsheet
    extensive control of outline formatting

    Cons

    for a task manager, you may want OmniFocus instead
    no easy way to pivot or regroup on alternate columns
    default styles not the prettiest
    may trick user into distorting non-tree data into an outline structure

    Summary

    OmniOutliner is a terrific tool. I have used it for years. The ability to drag, drop, cut, paste anything is great.
    It often feels like a spreadsheet with really useful grouping.
    Very useful for exploring task breakdowns with rollups
    whoa, nice ability to format!

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  • 1 stars

    "Not interested"

    June 12, 2010   |   By rsnape

    Version: OmniOutliner 3.9.5

    Pros

    Not interested

    Cons

    Not interested

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  • 4 stars

    "Not cheap, but worth the price"

    March 15, 2005   |   By bwapin

    Version: OmniOutliner 3.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    OmniOutliner, at $40, isn't cheap. But it's well worth the investment - it's a great companion to a word processor, and I use it for all sorts of lists. I've never found another tool like it, so it was a no-brainer to pony up.

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  • 3 stars

    "Yes, I agree . . ."

    December 07, 2004   |   By jeffnailen--2008

    Version: OmniOutliner 3.0 beta 4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    OmniOutliner's columns provide an additional dimension the notebook apps lackâ??the resulting matrices provide a way of organizing & displaying information an order of magnitude superior to those that lack columns or tables. Still waiting for integration with OmniGraffle tho.

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  • 5 stars

    "Amazing!"

    December 04, 2004   |   By bobbyquine

    Version: OmniOutliner 3.0 beta 4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The people at Omni really deserve every star there is. This new version of OmniOutliner reeks of quality and beauty. Another work of art (just look at OmniWeb if you don't know what I mean!)

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  • 5 stars

    "Whoa"

    December 04, 2004   |   By Stimpson

    Version: OmniOutliner 3.0 beta 4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Omni Outliner was a simple nifty little tool. Now with ability to attach files and multiple way to organise your notes, it's awsome. Created by those guys who realy understand the Mac. Way to go OmniGroup!

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  • 5 stars

    "Whoa"

    December 04, 2004   |   By Stimpson

    Version: OmniOutliner 3.0 beta 4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Omni Outliner was a simple nifty little tool. Now with ability to attach files and multiple way to organise your notes, it's awsome. Created by those guys who realy understand the Mac. Way to go OmniGroup!

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  • 4 stars

    "Outstanding"

    December 04, 2004   |   By s8m2s

    Version: OmniOutliner 3.0 beta 4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Wow what a huge improvement to a great app.
    I'm going to wait for OmniOutliner 3 Pro though. It will cost more but I'm a deluxe kind of guy.
    Hope they release it soon.

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