Posted in: Outliner Software by Edwin on January 2, 2017
I know this blog’s been silent recently. So here is the first news: The development version of WritingOutliner supports All recent Windows 8 and 10 now, but it’s not ready to be released.
Below shows some work-in-progress enhancements to the WritingOutliner.
Enhanced project file list view of the Welcome pane – if you are an existing user you can see the difference – it’s more clean, modern but conveys more info 🙂
Posted in: Outliner Software by Edwin on September 2, 2016
Dear WritingOutliner users,
I know some of they are not satisfied with the WritingOutliner development in recent years, for reasons such as WritingOutliner not working with the latest Word, etc.
All your questions will be answered.
I wish you keep your faith on WritingOutliner, I do and always do. 🙂
Posted in: Novel Writing Software by Edwin on April 22, 2015
Posted in: Academic Writing by Edwin on February 5, 2015
You might already know that the underlying storage for the documents in a WritingOutliner project is the small, fast and reliable SQLite database system, it’s the database engine chosen by all big companies for their products, including but not limited to Google (for Chrome Browser and Android), Apple (for Apple Mail, Safari and iPhone), and so on.
And from my previous post you might already know that I’m working on a new version of WritingOutliner that will support 64bit version of MS Word (these including Word 2010, Word 2013 and Office 365), and this really involves a lot of work. But this is only a portion of the tasks – I’m also switching to another component for SQLite that will allow me to take advantage of the latest version of this database system…
In case you did know, WritingOutliner is an add-on that turns MS Word into an outliner software and make it perfect for writing professional documents like academic documents, dissertations, novels, technical documents, and so on.
Posted in: Outliner Software by Edwin on January 2, 2015
After upgraded the WritingOutliner to use the latest version of my development tool, this outliner software now works with 64bit version of Word 2010/2013, and should be much more Unicode-compatible, but for some unknown reasons it is noticeable slower than the old version, and now I’m trying to hunt down the culprit and will fix it.
Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on November 1, 2014
Update 1: The latest news – after in depth communications with my dear users, we’ll be stick with MS Word at the moment, instead of a standalone version, in other words, we’ll be enhancing the design of the WritingOutliner.
In order to take WritingOutliner to the next level,
we have a new plan (yes,again).
Posted in: Outliner Software by Edwin on April 10, 2014
Finally , the first beta test release of the rewritten WordOutliner is available for download!
WordOutliner features, new 64bit Office support, new file-system-as-storage, much better performance and stability, and full Unicode support (means any character/string displaying problem for non-English languages should be gone)!
Head over to the new WordOutliner homepage (all news and updates will happen there from now on).
Or visit the release notes blog post.
It’s really quite a long time since the rewrite plan has announced.
But you know, rewriting a software is not ease!
Although a lot of features exist in the old Writing Outliner have NOT been implemented in the new WordOutliner yet , this beta 1 release can really be seen as a milestone of the development.
You’ll see more frequent updates, as I’ll follow a ‘release early, release more’ paradigm.
If you are an existing user of Writing Outliner, you’ll get a new license key for the first stable release of WordOutliner become available.
Again: if don’t own a Writing Outliner license yet, buy Writing Outliner today and you ALSO get the new WordOutliner license when it’s out of beta.
Posted in: Outliner Software by Edwin on January 20, 2014
Update 1 (Jan 29, 2014): a little delay of the beta version release, need to get the new website up first.
Update 2 (March, 2014): I’ve done the new website (that was a lot of work), But regarding the new software there is one thing I did not expect originally – Microsoft has removed the ‘Single Word Window mode’ in Word 2013 (means there is no more ‘show all windows in the taskbar’), but I took for granted this can’t happen… So I need to change the new WordOutliner to adapt for it and it’s taking a little more time… Thanks for your patience, my friends!
Some updates about the ‘rewritten Writing Outliner’ (will be called WordOutliner, in case you didn’t know yet, WordOutliner will be much well-designed, and it’ll use the more open file system instead of SQLite databases as the document storage) .
Note: all existing and new customers will GET the new WordOutliner for free!
The new name
The name of the ‘rewritten Writing Outliner’ will be WordOutliner – outliner software for (MS) Word .
The new website
The website will be moved to getoutliner.com (not very soon). And, well, considering the new name above, I’m suggesting you’ll find XXXOutliner(s) on that new website in the future 😉 but I can’t reveal any details yet.
The ETA of the first beta of WordOutliner
The beta test version of WordOutliner should be able to be available for download by the end of this month (means before the lunar new year in my country), I’m currently working on the ability of importing *.woproj files (the Writing Outliner project files) into WordOutliner.
But please note that, the corkboard and full text search functions (of Writing Outliner) will NOT be available the first beta release of WordOutliner, these features will be added soon after.
It’s been quite sometime since I announced the plan of rewriting Writing Outliner, aside from rewriting a software project itself is quite difficult, I had to (I’ll explain later) working on another new product (a project that real take a lot of time!) in the past years, and it might be of interesting to some of you, I’ll announce it during the announcement of the first beta release of WordOutliner.
Posted in: Version History by Edwin on March 31, 2013
New Writing Outliner with Windows 8 and Word 2013 support.
Writing Outliner v18.104.22.1682 is available for download now, with the following enhancements:
- Supports Windows 8 (32bit and 64bit).
- Supports Word 2013 (32bit only).
- Fixed the bugs that might cause MS Word would not run with Writing Outliner.
- Bugfixes that pops up error messages windows.
- The new SQLITE database engine which is used to store project files and other data.
- And new versions of all the third party software components that should provide better stability.
And the upgrade is free for all customers! (The new version is coming a little late, sorry).
Some data security notes:
- It’s not recommended to put your project files in Dropbox, because it seems that all reported project file corruptions were stored in Dropbox.
Although the SQLITE database engine which used to store project data has been updated and this problem might no longer exist, but it’s suggested that you store your projects out side of Dropbox.
Please let me know if you have any problems using this new version of the Word addin.
Help needed, if you like Writing Outliner and want it to move forward
I’m the only developer of Writing Outliner, and if you have noticed, I barely promote Writing Outliner, well, there are some reasons, the primary reasons including that I don’t like or am good at marketing, and I don’t know well the community of the Writing Outliner users.
Well, this might sound unprofessional, but I want to be honest 😉
So I’m here asking for some help, many of you praised or said you love Writing Outliner, now it’s time to show your support 😉
What I need is simple, if you like Writing Outliner, recommend Writing Outliner to other people.
Your help will help Writing Outliner to move forward. Thanks.
And if any of you can and want to re-sell Writing Outliner, that’ll be better 🙂 Please contact me privately, tell me what you need and what you can do.
Improving the stability and performance of Writing Outliner is the main task.
Posted in: Outliner Software by Edwin on March 27, 2013
I’m writing ProjectFolders – the succeed product of Writing Outliner, due to reasons I stated in this blog (new data storage, improve stability and performance, etc).
I know many of your have been waiting for news about ProjectFolders, and I’m behind my schedule, and I apology, but today I finally have something to show:
This video demo shows what I have right now.
ProjectFolders differs from Writing Outliner in the following manners:
- All data are open – your files are stored as they are in your hard disk.
- Your document are safe, because ProjectFolders will not alter your documents at all – except renaming, copying and moving them across your project folders.
- ProjectFolders is much faster, because of the new design.
- ProjectFolders will open your existing Writing Outliner projects.
- Other differences? You figure them out in the video, I don’t want to let this list grow too much, or you won’t read, will you? 😉
Questions and comments? Why not? That’s why I’m posting the news here in the blog.
And here is a screenshot, but I encourage you to watch the video demo.