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User interface enhancements of the upcoming new version

Posted in: Outliner Software by Edwin on May 10, 2017

Before I say something else, let me show you two screenshots.

1 – The more intuitive, re-organized “Project Manager” pane. You know, I often receive emails from WritingOutliner users asking about “where is my project file?

2 – The new dedicated Search tab (the search results display will no longer interfere the project outline display):

MS Word document full text seach - addin

If you are an existing WritingOutliner user you must have noticed other enhancements, but please noted this is a work in progress.

If you are familiar with WritingOutliner, you must know that WritingOutliner didn’t get enough updates in recent years, despite that have shown several plans, but that doesn’t produce good results (including the WordOutliner project).

Good news?

So what good news I can tell you this time? There are other reasons I don’t want to go into details now, but the failed attempts in the past years mostly because I myself did NOT use WritingOutliner itself. But now that has changed. That’s why the real software updates is happening now 🙂 And yes, 64bit will be supported too.

Some recent WritingOutliner enhancements – 2017 Jan

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 🙂



2016 Sep WritingOutliner status update

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.

Please head over to https://truesimplesoft.com/announcing-the-new-homepage-and-blog-for-writingoutliner-word-add-in/

I wish you keep your faith on WritingOutliner, I do and always do. 🙂


A single-line comment from a WritingOutliner user :)

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







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Upgrading to the latest version of SQLite engine for WritingOutliner

Posted in: Academic Writing, Version History 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…

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.

WritingOutliner development update (2015 Jan)

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.

New plan (again) for WritingOutliner

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).

The rebirth of Writing Outliner: Rewritten software and new website!

Posted in: Outliner Software by Edwin on April 10, 2014

the new WordOutliner screenshot

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!

Especially when I also have been working on a new product called LIVEditor! (hint: ask me for a discount, if you are interested :))

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.

News about WordOutliner – the ‘rewritten Writing Outliner’

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!

So buy Writing Outliner now.


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.

Some sitenotes

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.


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

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

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.