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Let’s start the BETA test of Writing Outliner Word Add-in!

Posted in: Book writing software, Version History by Edwin on March 15, 2010

Hi Folks,

Finally, I can start the beta test of Writing Outliner Word Add-in today!

What you can do with this version?

  • Project-centric writing, keep all files together;
  • Use the Project Manager Outliner to outline book-length documents, each outline item is associated with a Word document.
  • Tabbed document editing – edit multiple Word document at the same time;
  • Instant, Google-alike full text search, find any documents in the project, you can search by text, title, status, label, tags, notes, synopsis, or match all these fields!
  • Document tagging and search by document tags, for example, search by “tag:MyTagA or tag:MyTagB
  • Attach icons (status and label) to documents and search by the icons, for example,  you can specify the status icon of certain documents as “Needs Review”, and when you want to see only those documents, all you need to do is to  input “status:needs review” in the search box.
  • Import existing documents (supports doc, docx, RTF, text, wri, all file formats that supported by MS Word).
  • Embedded File Explorer tab for viewing and importing files in your harddisk, or  exporting files from a Writing Outliner project to disk.
  • Drafts compilation and branch compilation, the Drafts folder or a specific document branch will be merged for output.
  • And so on…

You can see some screenshots in my previous blog post.

And I hope you think this is a good start!

Download and feedback

Please download the beta version here.

Please report bugs, make suggestions and post comments in the beta test online forum.

Thank you!

Update 1

I have just uploaded a new version which solves the following two problems:

  1. Error message is displayed when opening the sample project: “Wrong Project Property: Modified (Last Modified Time)”;
  2. The error report technical information does not contain the most important info for locating the source of the problem.

Sorry for the problem, please download it again!

Update 2

If you couldn’t download the software with the above link, please DO let me know, and try this download link.


  1. Alan Ehrlich

    Thanks Edwin. I’m looking forward to working with you on this.

    Could you tell me if this works with Office 2010?



    Comment by Alan Ehrlich on March 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm

  2. Hi Alan,
    The underlying architecture of Writing Outliner supports Office 2010, but I’ve not managed to test on it yet, but once the official release of Office 2010 comes out, Writing Outliner will supports it for sure.

    Comment by Edwin on March 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm

  3. George

    Hello Edwin

    Help! The link “Please download the beta version here.” does not work for me. Any suggestions? Many thanks.

    Comment by George on March 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm

  4. Dominik

    Hi Edwin,
    Congratulation! Great work, Wirting Outliner has a good feature set already even it is in the beata phase.


    Comment by Dominik on March 15, 2010 at 10:47 pm

  5. @George,
    What country are you in? The first download is hosted by DropBox… Please try the alternative download link (check Update 2 above).


    Thank you!

    Comment by Edwin on March 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm

  6. George

    Hello Edwin,

    I am living in China. The updated link solves my problem.  Many thanks!

    Comment by George on March 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm

  7. Hi George,
    I see the problem now, the evil G.O.V blocks the dropbox site…

    Comment by Edwin on March 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm

  8. George

    It is evil indeed…..

    Comment by George on March 16, 2010 at 8:16 am

  9. I’m having one of those very rare WOW moments. The only thing I don;t understand is how come MS never did this?
    Brilliant work.

    Comment by John on March 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

  10. MuppetGate

    Yes, a complete mystery to me.

    After a bit more polish, this will be the must-have download for anyone writing long docs on Word.

    Comment by MuppetGate on March 21, 2010 at 1:23 am

  11. Birgit

    This is absolutely smart. Unfortunately it crashed/de-activated two of my other (indispensable) add-ins. But I’m willing to try again after an update. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Birgit on March 25, 2010 at 1:25 am

  12. Hi Birgit,
    What the other add-ins ? What error message did you see? Thank you.

    Comment by Edwin Yip on March 25, 2010 at 11:10 am