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The development of WritingOutliner has been restarted!

Posted in: Novel Writing Software, Version History by Edwin on October 12, 2022 | No Comments

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

A single-line comment from a WritingOutliner user :)

Posted in: Novel Writing Software by Edwin on April 22, 2015 | 1 Comment







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What I am doing recently with Writing Outliner Word addin

Posted in: Novel Writing Software by Edwin on September 13, 2010 | 5 Comments

I’ve recently moved and it’s taken some time from the Writing Outliner project, but don’t’ worry, I’m back to work – in a more comfortable environment 😉

Currently I’m still mostly focus on improving the quality of the current features, instead of adding big features too fast, this is something I learned before and I think it’s crucial for development a high quality software product. The following is an example, it’s a snapshot of the ‘Recent Project List’ in the Welcome pane, now there is a yellow hint window shows where the actual file is located on the disk when you hover your mouse pointer over a project, and the context popup menu has been improved, you can directly email a project file as an attachment, rename the project, or remove from the list an old entry which you don’t want it again.

Once I’m confidential with the quality of the current version, I’ll work on the new and big features such as corkboard, and so on, my goal is to make Writing Outliner + Microsoft Word a perfect tool for writing novels, non-fiction books, technical documents, academic documents, etc.

And thank you to all your guys sending in feedbacks and bug reports!

Derek Cater’s workflow of writing archaeological technical reports

Posted in: Novel Writing Software by Edwin on July 19, 2010 | No Comments

User Derek Cater shared with us his workflow of writing archaeological technical reports with Writing Outliner, it’s worth reading if you want to write technical reports in Microsoft Word, because as Derek said, without an outliner,

it was too time consuming to scroll up and down the document in MS Word, which was a continual necessity.

Derek also mentioned the problem with other outliner software is that other outliner software  usually lack advanced formatting features that Microsoft Word has (and of which Writing Outliner can take advantage):

it left a lot of formatting to be done at the end. Both of these problems are solved by Writing Outliner. Writing Outliner also puts all of MS Word’s writing and formatting tools at my disposal, which is a big bonus.

So to conclude, if you often write long Word documents, give Writing Outliner Word Add-in a try and you pain will go away.

You can now vote on new features for Writing Outliner – introduced UserVoice

Posted in: Novel Writing Software by Edwin on | No Comments

I have just integrated UserVoice voting system with the Writing Outliner website, and I have “migrated” some existing suggestions from the existing Writing Outliner forum, please vote now to influence the future development of Writing Outliner – the MS Word add-on for professional and creative writers who need to write long texts (novels, technical manuals, research papers, etc)  in Microsoft Word.

Click here to vote on new features for Writing Outliner now!

If you have followed the development of Writing Outliner  – you should have noticed that during the development of this writing software I,  the developer, have been listening to feedbacks from you nice people -like what Wojciech – a fan of Writing Outliner  said in an email to me:

I’d like to let you know that I have just made use of you promotion and bought both Writing Outliner and MindVisualiser licenses. Although I was rather ‘silent’ last months, I followed the forum and your announcements with still growing satisfaction and respect – I have never seen such a successful software development from the scratch and fruitful interaction between testers/fans and the developer. My sincere congratulations! Good job Edwin!!

Sorry not being modest by showing off this email, but what I want is to show you that I really listen to you users and I ask for your help to vote on the feature suggestions made in the past few months with this new voting system.

New Features section illustrated with screenshots

Posted in: Novel Writing Software by Edwin on July 17, 2010 | No Comments

I have just completed the ‘Features‘ section of the website which describes the major features of Writing Outliner – the novel writing software as a Word add-in, contents include:

  1. Outliners – the left Project Manager Outliner and the Multi-column Outliner.
  2. Document full-text search.
  3. Tabbed document editing.
  4. Document icons (status and label).
  5. Document tagging
  6. Document synopsis and notes
  7. Revision control.
  8. Integrated file explorer.
  9. Project compilation (merging all documents in a project into a single document for output).

All these features (still growing) that are added to Microsoft Word by Writing Outliner Add-on makes MS Word into a perfect software tool for writing novels.

What novel writing software do you use?

Posted in: Novel Writing Software by Edwin on October 12, 2009 | 15 Comments

The Writing Outliner Word™ addin is intended to be a general book writing software for writing various kinds of books, these  should include technical book/manual, novel, non-fiction, and so on, so I wonder what novel writing software are you using currently  and what problems are you facing in using that software?