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WritingOutliner v2.0.47

Posted in: Version History by Edwin on November 6, 2022

  • Installer: Prevent from running the installer program again when there is already an instance running.
  • Added a standalone assistant tool called “WritingOutliner Word Add-in Manager”, which allows you to disable WritingOutliner without uninstalling it, or if Word somehow disabled WritingOutliner, you can use this tool to re-enable WritingOutliner.
WritingOutliner vs DocxManager

Posted in: Word, Word addin by Edwin on October 28, 2022

Both WritingOutliner and DocxManager have been developed for the same goal – outliner-organized, project-based writing with Microsoft Word. But the implementations are different.

User Interface
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– WritingOutliner is a Word add-in, which is embedded into Word window.
– DocxManager is the other way around – Word is embedded into the DocxManager main window.

I was trying to replace WritingOutliner with DocxManager, but it turned out that the way DocxManager controls Word makes it impossible to achieve good speed and smoothness when switching from a document to another.

Data storage
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– With WritingOutliner the Word documents in a project are stored in a SQLite database file.
– With DocxManager the Word documents are stored in the file system.

Each storage has its own advantages and disadvantages. Storing documents in a database in WritingOutliner makes it difficult to share and co-edit documents, and I’m planning a new feature that solves this problem – by storing the working documents in the file system so you can edit the documents externally, and WritingOutliner takes care of auto syncing back the changes to the database. That’s the initial idea.

WritingOutliner 2.0 Released!

Posted in: Version History by Edwin on October 25, 2022

After the development of the software was stalled for about 2 years since 2020, I overturned my previous decision. WritingOutiner is special mostly in that it’s built on top of Word, and it has potential.

That being said, the development of WritingOutliner has been restarted and will be continued – it won’t be stopped again any more.

I’ve got a lot of enhancement ideas sleeping in my mailbox sent from people all over the world over the years, and I’ve got my own ideas. Stay tuned.

What’s new

  • User interface:
    • Reworked, automatic font size for high DPI monitors – no more small font issue on large screens, nor needing you to manually adjust the user interface scale for large screens (Note, if you have a very large monitor and still experience any font size issue, just send me the screenshots and I’ll fix it).
  • Corkboard:
    • Index card: in addition to the status name that’s already displayed as stamp text on the card background, now the label name is also displayed in the footer of the card.
    • Arabic and other non-English characters can now be correctly displayed on the cards.
  • Writing goal management:
    • See live word/character count in the metadata pane as you are writing.
    • Instant, non-disturb notification of the achievement of target word/character count.
  • More user interface enhancements:
    • Larger, clearer status and label icons.
    • Non-disturb notification after a project document compilation (combination).
    • Small speed optimization of project document compilation (combination).
  • Fixed a lot of blatant issues which has been introduced when upgrading for Win 10 and upgrading the development tool of WritingOutliner in year 2020.
  • A bunch of small enhancements that are too trivial to list here.
The development of WritingOutliner has been restarted!

Posted in: Novel Writing Software, Version History by Edwin on October 12, 2022

The development of WritingOutliner has been restarted!

If you ask me why:

  • WritingOutliner is so unique in that it’s built on top of Word.
  • Many users still prefer it over the others.
  • It feels so bad and nervous to abandon it, really.

The enhancement is already currently in progress, many issues have been fixed. In the meantime if you have any comments, suggestions or issue reports, feel free to send an email to edwin.yip@WritingOutliner.com

The new “Check for Updates” feature

Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on May 5, 2020

The most recently added new “Check for Updates” feature makes it easy for you to check for and install new releases of WritingOutliner Word add-in in the future. See the screenshot below.

Color index cards, high resolution screen support, and other corkboard usability improvements

Posted in: Book writing software, Version History by Edwin on March 27, 2020

I’m excited to announce that WritingOutliner version 1.9.39 has been just released.

Among a bunch of other improvements, two of the major new features are:

  • Color index cards for the corkboard
  • Full support for high resolution screens such as 4K monitors. See the video below.
WritingOutliner has been updated to support the newst Word 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, and so on!

Posted in: Book writing software, Version History by Edwin on January 20, 2020

Update 1: Now both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Word are supported! In other words, WritingOutliner supports all Word versions/editions now!


Great news! WritingOutliner now supports all the new Word 2019, Word 365, Word 2016, Word 2013, and so on!

You can now download and order the new version. It’s real, see a screenshot (WritingOutliner inside the newest Word 365):

New WritingOutliner add-in now support Word 365/2019/2016/2013

Previously I’ve announced the new DocxManager product, and later after I communicated with a lot of WritingOutliner customers, I came to the conclusion that these two software are quite different in some aspects. So from now on they’ll be developed in parallel.

That being said, from now on WritingOutliner as an Word add-in will be continued to be developed, enhanced and stabilized. While DocxManager will be focused on the “document manager” and “website builder” part, WritingOutliner’s goal will be remained as turning Word into a perfect outliner and writer’s tool!

The new WritingOutliner’s has gone through significant development but the details are not included in this post, just a note – WritingOutliner currently supports only the 32bit version of Word which is installed by default, so I guess most people use 32bit version of Word. And 64bit Word support is coming – actually the development’s done, but it still needs more testing so it’s not released yet.

If you are an existing customer, you should have received your upgrade coupon.

DocxManager (WritingOutliner replacement software) Beta Test Invitation

Posted in: Document Manager for Word, Site Builder, Site Generator by Edwin on August 16, 2019

Update on Jan 20, 2020: WritingOutliner will be continued to be developed, and a new version that supports all the new Word 2019/365/2016 has been released!

So if you are a WritingOutliner user, or if you have followed the development of my software, you might already know that I’ve been working on DocxManager and intend to make it the replacement for WritingOutliner.

And now here is the news – DocxManager is in beta test now and invite you to join.

I strongly recommend you to read THIS ARTICLE which briefly describes and software implementation differences and migration steps.

And the release notes page has info about the current feature set of the initial beta test release, which you might want to know before migrating to DocxManager. The following is a screen capture.

DocxManager – the (second) rebirth of Writing Outliner.

Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on May 20, 2019

Update on Jan 20, 2020: WritingOutliner will be continued to be developed, and a new version that supports all the new Word 2019/365/2016 has been released!

My dear Writing Outliner followers, thanks for the constant attention to my software product.

DocxManager is the second attempt for a software that’s tightly integrated with MS Word. Basically, like Writing Outliner it’s a kind of an outliner, but more importantly, it’s a document manager and a static website generator – yes, generate a professional looking website out of your Word documents!

Here is the new, under-construction website https://docxmanager.com, and here is a screenshot of DocxManager:

In the mean time, I’m working on features like importing exiting Writing Outliner project, and so on, preparing for the release.

New development update – Dec 2017

Posted in: Document Manager for Word by Edwin on December 14, 2017

New development  screenshot.