A Directory Of Outliners

By | November 12, 2004

(Last updated: Oct 1, 2008)

A directory of outliners, or programs that organise data in a tree-like format. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but a great way to organise data quickly in one place.

All are for Windows unless otherwise stated. This is just a beginning; I’m sure to have missed some, so please let me know. (Thanks Petko of MyInfo for the extra names. I think we’re nearing comprehensive…)

Some assorted resources on outliners:

25 thoughts on “A Directory Of Outliners

  1. Alex

    Would you know which of these support OPML?
    (Private email would work best)


  2. Donna

    I would be interested in knowing which outliners are best to use for OPML as well. I’ve just been reading an article on optimizing for Google that mentioned OPML.

  3. Kyle

    Also check out VimOutliner (http://www.vimoutliner.org), which relies on vim (both of which are available for Windows). The install process for Windows is complicated, so it’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless. And if you’re running some flavor of Unix or Linux, it’s even smoother to install.

  4. Ron

    You might want to look at Bliner – it is an outliner with spreadsheet-like features (i.e. sum up the quantities in my ancestors..) You get the idea. Just google bliner.

  5. Craig Hall

    Hey man, you also might want to check out TKOutline. Open source project, it’s a script based single-pane outliner.

    You might also want to group those outliners into Single and Double pane. I’ve been looking all over for a decent single pane outliner, and I finally found NoteMap 2. Thanks!

  6. Thomas

    There is also an other outliner called ScribblePapers which can be found at http://www.scribblepapers.de.vu

    I like it very much for its rich set of features AND for its portability (USB thumb stick!). But there could be a problem for hugh parts of its possible (not German speaking) userbase: there is only a German localization.
    But maybe you want to try it never the less 😉

    Cya Thomas

  7. Chuck C.

    Yes, indeed! — “SqlNotes” is now a major player & a major omission from your list!

    (Do note, however, that the SqlNotes author said that he will probably change the app’s name to better reflect its use:: a free-form outlining notes/info-manager that appears might pack even more power than MyBase!) -Chuck

  8. sasha

    If you consider online outliners for your review, please, look at http://checkvist.com – it’s simple, yet supports all “natural” desktop interaction, like keyboard shortcuts, plus sharing, notifications, and adding notes to tasks.

  9. Elizabeth - Familienrecht Rechtsanwalt Stuttgart

    Thank you for sharing it with us. Cause the Guide is an application that allows us create documents which inherently have a tree and text associated with each node of the tree. The text itself is of the rich-text variety, and the editor allows to modify the style and formatting of the text.


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