WhizFolders Organizer Pro

WhizFolders Organizer Pro

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 10 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.6
File Size:
26.56MB
Date Added:
May 07, 2013
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
8,854
Downloads Last Week:
1
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Approaching a writing project logically has many benefits for the writer, not the least of which is better organization. This is where WhizFolders Organizer Pro enters the scene. It's a powerful word processing and outlining suite designed to help writers improve their productivity and work habits, but where it shines is in helping people capture new ideas when they strike. It's optimized for writing tasks, but its ability to quickly save your ideas, notes, and jottings and integrate them in an overall narrative is useful not just for writers but also for entrepreneurs, artists, project managers, executives, and lawyers, to name but a few.

WhizFolders is based around WhizFolder documents, which can contain not only rich text but also images and objects. The left-hand navigation panel features the Topic List, a hierarchical display of saved WhizFolder documents and their dependent submenus, each of which is known as a Child. The program opened with a default document containing a comprehensive selection of instructions for adding, editing, and managing Notes, the program's most basic unit. Clicking Add Topic on the program's extensive toolbar created a new Note; right-clicking any note or heading called up an equally impressive context menu of commands and options. Highlighting any Note displayed its content in the tabbed main window, called the Note Viewer. Each new WhizFolders file adds a new tab to the interface and places an additional, smaller toolbar beneath the main toolbar for adding topics, searching, and other housekeeping. It is with some trepidation that we pressed the button labeled Make a Child, but all it did was add a subentry to our document, much to our relief.

If WhizFolders seems complex at first, it's because it's a complex program that does a lot more than we can adequately summarize, not just as a file manager but also as notekeeper, word processor, and organizational aid. However, the underlying concept is quite simple: a flexible means of capturing, organizing, and integrating your ideas into an outline that you can print out, e-mail, save to a disk, turn into a self-running eBook, protect with passwords, and customize in still more ways. WhizFolders offers lots of help at every step, too.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of WhizFolders Organizer Pro 6.5.2. The trial version is limited to 30 days and some features were disabled.

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  • 4 stars

    "An excellent outlining tool"

    October 14, 2012   |   By paulceaston

    Version: WhizFolders Organizer Pro 6.5.7

    Pros

    I searched long an hard for the "perfect" outlining tool after I became frustrated with the limitations of using MS Word as an outliner. This is absolutely the best personal outliner program I've tested. The Pro and Deluxe versions are well worth the money, far less priced than other outline software that offer fewer features. What really sold me was the search, import, and export capabilities.

    Cons

    Not great for remote collaboration. The "perfect" solution would be an on-line version that allowed multiple people to view and work on an outline at the same time.

    The import feature could be improved. A few other outliners will import MS Word documents by using MS Word styles. To do the same with this program you must as delimiters and you need to have fairly advanced MS Word skills to get a multilevel styled word document into outline form with this tool. If you have many outlines created in MS Word and want to import them into this tool, there will be a bit of manual manipulation you'll have to do on each file first.

    Summary

    Best personal outliner I've found, but lacks collaboration features and lacks the ability to easily import MS Word outlines (e.g. based on heading styles).

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  • 5 stars

    "Immediately improved my writing productivity."

    September 19, 2012   |   By NativeNRG

    Version: WhizFolders Organizer Pro 6.5.7

    Pros

    Helps keep thoughts organized. No more saying the same thing again and again.

    Cons

    A bit of a learning curve but well worth the time.

    Summary

    Immediately improved my writing productivity. Helps organize thoughts and forces the user to work from an outline. I'm still learning to use it and look forward to many advanced features.

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  • 5 stars

    "this is great!"

    February 06, 2011   |   By fredbat

    Version: WhizFolders Organizer Pro 6.5.2

    Pros

    A great idea that works well.

    Cons

    won't shine your shoes--that's it.

    Summary

    get it, use it.

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  • 5 stars

    "good software"

    February 02, 2011   |   By godfrid34

    Version: WhizFolders Organizer Pro 6.5.2

    Pros

    This software works really well. It is simple to use and I use it all the time.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about it.

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy to Use, Good Value for Price"

    August 05, 2010   |   By SallieL

    Version: WhizFolders Organizer Pro 6.3.5

    Pros

    After spending two or three hours testing note organizer downloads, my choice is WhizFolders. 1. Good instructional programs. .2. Allows integration from many kinds of sources. 3. Flexible to rearrange, recombine and regroup ideas.. 4. Ebook feature.

    Cons

    I'd like to be able to add keyword tags, and I can't do that unless I upgrade from the $25 to the $50 version.The other vaunted feature of the upgrade -- seeing the whole document on a page, may be achieved by exporting to MS Word.

    Summary

    Easy to use, clear directions, and the price is right.

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  • 4 stars

    "Nice product to help keep you organized"

    July 26, 2010   |   By dynnise

    Version: WhizFolders Organizer Pro 6.3.5

    Pros

    Pretty easy to use; allows you to keep all information regarding a project in one place; can enter formatted text, graphics, tables; pretty easy to use; can search an entire WhizFolder; ability to export to an e-book; ability to print topic

    Cons

    I wouldn't necessarily call this a con, but it would be nice if the Check-box feature was a little more functional.... like automatically moving the item to a completed folder.

    Summary

    It has really helped keep me organized. Nice to have so much information in one place. It has a pretty nice editor that allows you to add tables, bulletted or numbered lists. It is great to be able to quickly put a note on a topic, say after a phone call, and be able to see all information related to the topic in one place. The price is really reasonable too, for all of the features it gives you.

    Nice product. I would recommend this to my colleagues.

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  • 5 stars

    "I consider Whizfolder an spectacular tool."

    September 18, 2009   |   By veroalvarez

    Version: WhizFolders Organizer Pro 6.1.3

    Pros

    Whizfolder is my primary tool to work. It helps me to organize all the recoleted information in just one file. Once I got all the information I don't need to get back to the source and it is easier to write my articules. I save space, paper and time.

    Cons

    I realy don't have any complain of Whizfolder.

    Summary

    I'm a literature specialist, my work consist in investigation and research to write papers, articules, books, etc., for me and other persons. I collect amount of information: bibliography, pictures, text notes, scan papers, internet address and much more. I organize all this information in Whizfolder and then it's easier for me to aproach the information when I'm going to write the articules and papers. I just open one file and I have there all I need. I save paper, I save space in my computer and, most important, I save time. All that infomation is available for me any time I need and I do not have to get back to the sources. Besides, creators of the program are extraordinary people, always attentive and ready to help. I totally recommend this program.

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  • 4 stars

    "A very useful tool for organizing the loose threads of daily life"

    November 05, 2005   |   By frtheodore

    Version: WhizFolders Organizer Pro 5.6.3

    Pros

    I really like the ability to add ole editable objects, the note linking feature, and being able to open up each note in it's own editable window

    Cons

    The only thing that I might suggest, and that I liked about keynote (though it was limited), was the tab feature.

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  • 5 stars

    "feedback"

    August 20, 2005   |   By artemiii

    Version: WhizFolders Organizer Pro 5.6.3

    Pros

    This program will be helpfull for people designing creative content; i work as a game designer and writing a book. this program allows to write any part of your document: start, end , middle, random episodes - and it will all be organized automatically. all u will have to do is drag notes to gain the right order then paste it to MS word, work on formatting and you done. This program saves time and just helps. i live in russia and this is going to be the first non-entertainment software i am going to purchase.

    Cons

    what i dont like is weak support of russian fonts.. some times weird symbols appear instead of my language fonts.. and i have to copy 1 russian word paste it to the whiz and start typing.. and still i am using it.

    artem

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  • 5 stars

    "This program eliminated 6 programs I was using to keep track of misc notes, research, data info"

    September 15, 2004

    Version: WhizFolders Organizer Pro 5.2

    Summary

    This program is an answer to my prayers. I have many other programs, including 5 different expensive programs for writers - 5 different outliners and 4 different card/note file type programs - and the new OneNote - The only one that comes anywhere close is OneNote - and it doesn't have several of the features of WhizFolders - for instance - many winows open at the same time - WORKING HYPERLINKS - VIRTUAL LINKS THAT UPDATE IN EITHER PLACE AS YOU USE THEM - and the ability to have this program open as you surf or email - and it will automatically paste anything you copy - INTO A NEW NOTE - OR APPEND THE PRESENT NOTE - your choice -AND show the hyperlink where you copied it from (a real time and life saver for me) no more copy to a temp location - and then weeks later have to reorganize it all again. fully voice cable - I don't have a tablet pc - so can't tell you if it works with a pen (life onenote) I have transfered all of my writing, bible and notes, research, quotation files, email history - very happy and would recommend it to anyone! I know it sounds like I must work for the company - just Very glad to quite looking for something that works they way I want it to.

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