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WritingOutliner v2.0.47

Posted in: Version History by Edwin on November 6, 2022 | No Comments

  • 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 2.0 Released!

Posted in: Version History by Edwin on October 25, 2022 | 7 Comments

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 | 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 edwin.yip@WritingOutliner.com

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 | 23 Comments

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 | 5 Comments

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.

Upgrading to the latest version of SQLite engine for WritingOutliner

Posted in: Academic Writing, Version History by Edwin on February 5, 2015 | No Comments

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…

Stay tuned!

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.

Writing Outliner now supports Windows 8 and Office 2013 (32bit)

Posted in: Version History by Edwin on March 31, 2013 | 19 Comments

New Writing Outliner with Windows 8 and Word 2013 support.

Writing Outliner v1.6.20.802 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).

Here are the trial version and full version download link.

Some data security notes:

  1. 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.

 

What’s next?

Improving the stability and performance of Writing Outliner is the main task.

Writing Outliner v1.5.20.790

Posted in: Book writing software, Outliner Software, Version History by Edwin on December 19, 2011 | 10 Comments

A new version of Writing Outliner software is ready for download now. This is a minor update with just one fix for the potential, critical data lost problem.

As announced in the previous blog post, significant modifications are being made to Writing Outliner software, and while Paul Yip (a new development member of the Writing Outliner software project team) was working on those changes, he finally reproduced the problem and he seems to have found the source of the problem and have fixed it, so we decided to release a new version based on the original version, before the significant changes are ready for download.

All Writing Outliner users are highly recommended to upgrade to this new version.

To upgrade, registered users please click the ‘Check for updates‘ link which can be found at the bottom of the left pane in Writing Outliner.

Trial version can be download here.

Writing Outliner minor upgrade – version 1.5.19.768

Posted in: Outliner Software, Version History by Edwin on July 19, 2011 | 4 Comments

In the past few days I’ve been working on improving the document loading and switching speed, and introduced a new problem in yesterday’s release, so here is the quick fix before the next major release.

Fixed problems:

  • A problem introduced yesterday – after the documents are imported, if you don’t close the File Explorer Tab and edit the documents, changes might not be saved.
  • You might see the “SQLite Error 10 – disk I/O error” message after your windows system is resuming from sleep mode.

Speed Improvements:

  • Loading/switching documents are now faster, especially in MS Word 2007/2010.
  • Switching between documents that are marked as ‘track changes’ are much much faster now!
  • Highlighting the matches in a large document in a Writing Outliner project is now faster after doing a Full-Text Search.

 

 

[ANN] New release of Writing Outliner – v1.5

Posted in: Outliner Software, Version History by Edwin on June 17, 2011 | 8 Comments

A new version of Writing Outliner software for MS Word has just been released, this blog post summaries  what’s new in this release of Writing Outliner for MS Word.

 


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Buy the bundle now!


 

New/improved features in this release:

  • New: Export Entire Project Data.
    You can now export all documents (with the meta data) from current project to a folder in your computer – you no longer have to worry about vendor lock-in – because with this new function you can save all your project data, not only the documents but including all the document properties (notes, synopsis, tags, word counts, etc) to files that can be read by other programs (MS Word, specifically).
    To use this new function, Click the Menu button then select ‘Export Project…’
  • New: Project-wide global replace.
    After doing a full text search, several options will be provided for replacing the matched strings in you project documents:
    Replace all matched strings in the entire project;
    Replace all matched strings in the selected document;
    Replace all matched strings in the selected branch;
    Replace the selected match string only.
  • Enhanced project compile option and operation:
    1 – New: Allow generating TOC at the end of the compiled output document.
    2 – New: Allow generating TOC even the ‘include document titles’ option is not checked, useful if you want to use different headings other than the document titles in the outline view in the compiled output.
    3 – Writing Outliner will show a message to inform the user if no documents meet the compilation options, when compiling a branch of your writing project outline.
  • New: New copy, cut and paste outline commands
    Now you can copy and paste documents within a project with these new commands available in the outline view.  BTW, you can also use these new commands as a compromised solution for ‘templates’, instructions:
    1 – Open a project and create a folder called ‘Templates’;
    2 – In the new ‘Templates’ folder, create and edit documents which will be the ‘template documents’;
    3 – Whenever you need to create new documents base on the ‘templates’, copy the desired source document from the ‘Templates’ folder.
  • Enhanced left outline view.
    1 – New: New outline view option: wrap document titles good for long titles;
    2 – Removed the right-most column in the left outline which used to host the floating button, to better use your screen estate.
    3 – New: New outline view option: Hide the document icons, so that you can have more spaces for the more important info in the outline view.
    4 – It doesn’t show the word count next to the document title in the left outline, for a cleaner view of the outline, if you need such info for the project documents, please use the Multi-column Outliner instead.
  • Enhanced Multi-column Outliner tab.
    New: Added new ‘Edit Document Text’ command in the Multi-column Outliner tab.
    Fixed: Settings of the Multi-column Outliner is not saved after reopening the project.
  • New: Enhanced drag-and-drop operation
    Now you can hold down the <Ctrl> key to copy documents within a project, or between two projects, during a drag-and-drop operation in the outline view.
  • New: Better Multi-column Outline export function.
    Now you can generate a MS Word table which contains exactly the same set of data as in the Multi-column Outliner tab.
    To use this new function, click the ‘Export To Word Table’ link which can be found at the bottom of the Multi-column Outliner tab.
  • New: Always open a project in a new Word window.
    Now WO always open or create a new project in a new Word document window, no more messages such as “Would you like to close the current project first?” This simplify things a lot and make the process more logical from the view point of the end users.
  • New: Allow closing a Writing Outliner project by closing the MS Word window.
    This is more logical and saves your time.
  • Use MS Word’s “File -> Open” to open projects.
    Writing Outliner can now open Writing Outliner projects using MS Word’s build-in File -> Open command.
  • New: Check for updates.
    Now if you click the ‘Check for updates’ link which can be found at the bottom of the left pane, a web page will open in your web browser and tells if you have the latest version of the Writing Outliner software, if you don’t a link will be provided for downloading the latest release.
  • Enhanced software problem report generation.
    All software contains bugs, and the software developers should try their best to avoid and fix as many bugs as possible. Writing Outliner includes a bug report generating function which contains technical info that will help the developer fixing the problem. And in the new release, this function has been improved a lot.
  • Updated underlying SQLite database engine
    Updated the underlying SQLite database engine which serves as the file storage for the writing project files.
  • Updated underlying MS Office add-in development engine
    The 3rd party software development kit on which Writing Outliner relies has been updated to its latest version.


Fixed problems in this release:

  • Fixed: The ‘export individual document to disk’ function doesn’t work if your document title contains a dot.
  • Fixed: Unwanted blank lines are being added to the end of the document after being edited.
  • Fixed: an incorrect message shows up telling you that the project file is being opened by other programs, when opening a project file that’s cloned by the ‘copy project file to…’ command.
  • Full-text search:
    1 – Fixed: Duplicated search results when doing a “phrase search” (a phrase search means several words enclosed by double quotes).
    2 – Fixed: After doing a “phrase search” clicking on a search result in the left outline, only the first word of the search phrase are selected in the MS Word document window.
  • And some other bugfixes.

How to get the new version of Writing Outliner?

Trial version download link here, download now!

 

Full version download:

For the full version download link please check the email you received when ordering Writing Outliner.

And finally, the user manual for Writing Outliner has been completed!

And the user manual is authored by Writing Outliner itself 🙂