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OmniOutliner, a great app that helps you outline your ideas, projects and thoughts, has been updated. If you are looking for a way to create a variety of lists, including to-do items, OmniOutliner by the OmniGroup is worth checking out. It has recently been updated to provide some fixes and improvements.

One of the advantages of the iOS app is its ability to store documents in iCloud so you can access them from your Mac desktop version. Literally, you can start, continue or finish projects on the go or at your laptop.


A nice feature is the ability to drag and drop items in your list to help you modify your ideas on the fly without having to retype or copy and paste. There are built in templates to help you get going. The drop down triangle allows you to collapse lists to make them more manageable.

With multiple columns available you can check items off, keep up with assignments of the list items, add dates and more.

The OmniGroup has been making great Mac and iOS apps for years. If you are looking for a way to create simple or more complex lists or outlines, you should check out OmniOutliner.


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OmniOutliner for iOS Universal version released

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The OmniGroup has updated OmniOutliner as a universal app that can be run on both iPads and iPhones. The release requires at least iOS version 8.1. You can watch the app in action here.

Some of the new features and bug fixes include:

  • Outline View — The outline view now freely scrolls, so the outline column can be scrolled off the screen.
  • Images — Image attachments will automatically scale down to fit the width of the column.
  • Outline View — The indentation amount for rows now scales with the zoom level.
  • Templates — Additional templates used in OmniOutliner 4 for Mac have been added.
  • Appearance — The application icon and file browser have been redesigned.
  • Updated Layout — The layout of the interface has been adapted to work on smaller iPhone and iPod touch screens as well as larger iPad screens. As a result, some of the controls may no longer be where they used to be–and may even shift automatically to different locations depending on your screen size and orientation. We hope we’ve done this in a way that makes the app even easier to use efficiently, but if you have any comments about any of the changes please don’t hesitate to email us!
  • Text Zoom — The default zoom level has been changed to 120% to better work across all iOS devices.
  • Flyout Buttons — The new row and notes flyout buttons now have a translucent background so they are easier to see over text.
  • Cellular Data — The switch for allowing OmniPresence to use cellular data has been removed. Cellular data usage is now solely controlled by iOS.
  • WebDAV — OmniPresence syncing accounts are now completely separate from WebDAV import/export accounts. Due to this, import/export accounts will need to be re-created.
  • WebDAV — Added a button to take you to the WebDAV server configuration when login fails.
  • Stability — Pasting URLs added to the pasteboard through a Share option should no longer crash.
  • Stability — Using shake to undo after changing the document title should no longer crash.
  • Scrolling — Fixed a rare issue of being scrolled back to the top when trying to scroll through a long document.
  • Word Export — The column style of the outline column should now apply to the export.
  • Word Export — Notes should now use the text alignment set in the document instead of always being left aligned.
  • Word Export — When row level styles contain nothing but a named style, those attributes should now be applied correctly to the export.
  • Templates — The default Blank template is now exactly the same as what ships with OmniOutliner 4 for Mac so there will be no surprises when switching between platforms.
  • Keyboard — The keyboard will no longer be dismissed when in the file browser due to a preview being generated.

OmniOutliner can help you get your thoughts down and build your story, paper, or project.


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OmniOutliner issues Minor Update

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OmniOutliner for iPad issued a minor update that improves the user experience of the document browser and OmniPresence.

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The app is described as follows:

OmniOutliner starts as a blank page. But as you collect, compose, and rearrange text, its powerful outlining features emerge to organize your ideas. Hierarchy, columns, styling, notes — use them all in concert or keep things simple, depending on the project at hand. From basic lists and tables to serious writing and data wrangling, OmniOutliner understands how to keep your work structured and tidy.

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OmniOutliner 1.5 Major Update


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OmniOutliner for iPad v1.5 is a major update that adds automatic document syncing through OmniPresence. (This release requires iOS 6.) This app is an outlining app like no other for your iPad. If you have a need to outline thoughts, ideas, arguments, papers, notes and more, you should look at this app.

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With this update, OmniGroup introduces OmniPresence that is designed to work with any Mac app that supports OS X’s auto save and versions. According to the developer “OmniPresence lets your app know when a document has been changed on another device, and double-checks to make sure it always syncs a current and complete copy of any documents currently being edited. OmniPresence can’t prevent conflicting edits from multiple devices—but when that happens it automatically saves both versions of conflicting edits so that no edits are lost.”

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You can learn more about the app at the OmniGroup’s page that explains OmniOutliner for iPad.

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OmniOutliner 1.2 Update

Today, OmniOutliner updated to version 1.2. Besides the new app logo, the developer states the following about the update:

OmniOutliner 1.2 for iPad sets the stage for document syncing by introducing a new document browser and making a number of behind-the-scenes changes to coordinate access to documents. It also introduces a new app icon, and restores the ability to open attached OmniOutliner 3 files from Mail. (This release requires iOS 5.)

• The document picker has been redesigned to allow quicker access to files and easier file management. Tap on the edit button and select a file(s) to access the sharing, duplicate, and delete options.
• OmniOutliner for iPad now has a new icon.
• Sample documents can now be restored using the ‘Restore Sample Document’ option in the import menu.
• Previews will now appear in the document picker for any file type that OmniOutliner can open.

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If you are looking for a program to help outline your ideas, take notes, make lists or brainstorm, this is one of the best and most intuitive. [You may also want to check out CircusPonies Notebook App]

There is support for importing from a WebDAV or iCloud account. However, DropBox is not planned to be supported. You can also import a document via email or using iTunes.

To see the app in use, check out the video here.  A list of FAQs can be found on the OmniOutliner for iPad web page.