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New Function Added: ‘Auto Title Case’

Posted in: Book writing software, Version History by Edwin on January 22, 2011

Start from today, from time to time I’ll write about new functions being added as the Writing Outliner software developments goes.

And this is the new ‘Auto Title Case‘ for document titles, now when you first time edit a document title in the outline, Writing Outliner software will automatically turn the title into ‘title case’. It’s a small function, but image the time it can save us in the long run 🙂

The following screenshot should demonstrate it well:

Index card software for MS Word

Posted in: Index card software, Version History by Edwin on January 21, 2011

Just added a new page that shows the new corkboard (index card) view for the Screenshots section of the Writing Outliner website.

I think now with the newly added ability to treat each documents in a writing project  as an index card,

Writing Outliner can be called an index card software.

New version with the new corkboard (index cards) view!

Posted in: Version History by Edwin on January 3, 2011

Hi folks,

First of all, happy new year! Writing Outliner Word Add-in new version v1.2.0.662 has been released, the major new feature is the corkboard view, as you can see it in a video demo in my previous post, as well as other enhancements and bugfixes, details at the end.

Please download the new trial version (paid customers please find your purchase notification email for the full version download link, contact me if you can’t find it). As always, you feedbacks, comments and questions are welcomed!

Promo for the New Version and the New Year!

$29 only till Jan 10th! Don’t miss the chance! Click To Buy Now!


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The corkboard (index cards) preview demo video

Posted in: Writing Software by Edwin on December 14, 2010

Update: A new version with the corkboard view has been released.

The screenshot of the Corkboard (index cards)

in case you don’t want to view the video below  but it’s highly recommended !

Corkboard (index cards) in Writing Outliner Word Add-in

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The upcoming corkboard (index cards) feature in Writing Outliner

Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on November 22, 2010


As you might already know, the upcoming new version of Writing Outliner (a word add-in that makes writing book-length long documents much easier) will include a corkboard feature that allows you manage your documents with index cards in a writing project, or you can use the note cards for plotting,  or just use the note cards to jot down your ideas, etc.

Here is the preview screenshot of how the cork board and the cards will look like, I’m trying my best to get it out by the end of this month, or maybe earlier next month.

Turning on/off Writing Outliner Addin for MS Word

Posted in: Word addin by Edwin on September 22, 2010

One of the recently added new features in Writing Outliner Word Add-in is the ability to temporarily turn off Writing Outliner when you don’t need its project-based long document writing features, and turn it on later on. Note, you’ll have to restart Microsoft Word after you turn Writing Outliner on or off.

See the following screenshot and you’ll understand what I mean. The screenshot is taken from an running instance of Microsoft Word 2007, in earlier versions of Word please check the main menu.

What I am doing recently with Writing Outliner Word addin

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

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

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

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

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.