Tag Archives: 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!
Posted in: Version History by Edwin on March 31, 2010
I’m getting a great amount of valuable feedbacks from emails and the beta test forum since the first beta of Writing Outliner Word Add-in was release 15th this month, thank you all, guys!
Of course in such a short time I couldn’t get all suggestions and problems fixed, but here is the list of the new stuff in this second beta release of Writing Outliner Word Add-in – the all-on-one writing tool for writers.
And I’ll be working on the rest, please don’t hesitate to give me more feedbacks through:
Manual or automatic project backup
You write/edit Word documents a lot, you have to backup your documents frequently.
Word document backup with Writing Outliner has become easy now, it allows you backup your whole Writing Outliner project anytime as you wish, or simple let Writing Outliner takes care of it for you – automatically backup the modified writing project upon closing. See the screenshots below:
Quick Word document import, a great time-saver!
Quickly (with two clicks) import currently opened Word document to a specified Writing Outliner project.
It’s very easy, just click the ‘Import Current Document’ link in the Welcome pane and then select the target project you want to import to. Once it’s done, you open the target project and you’ll find the imported Words documents under the newly introduced INBOX folder. Screenshots:
- Move a document up or down in the Project Manager Outliner with keyboard <Ctrl + Up/Down>;
- Added the ‘address bar‘ to the embedded File Explorer tab, so that when doing document importing or exporting you can quickly navigate to a folder;
- Now ignorable notification messages are shown with the small notification window that appears at the lower right part of your screen, so that your workflow will not be interrupted (Like what Outlook, MSN/Live Messenger do).
- Project notes are missing after re-opening the project several times;
- In a rare case the document synopsis, tags or notes sub-pane in the Document Properties Pane (only the UI itself, not your data) will disappear until you reopened Microsoft Word.
- Temporary Word documents that are used internally by Writing Outlinier Add-in are no longer be added to Word’s ‘Recent Document List’, so you’ll not be seeing strange document names like 1AE63565B5E04ACB8674659621A9AA89.docx;
- Avoid moving the special ‘Compiled Output’ document node with drag and drop.
Enjoy the new beta release!
Posted in: Word addin by Edwin on March 10, 2010
Just now I received an email from someone, he concerned once Writing Outliner Word add-in is installed, will it get in his way when he is not working on documents that need Writing Outliner Word addin.
His original question:
Your outliner looks very promising, but I’m wondering if after installation Word will always start with it or is it possible to have the options for a clean startup and a startup with the outliner? I’m new to Word addins.
The answeris: No, Writing Outliner will not get in your way when you don’t need it.
Look the screenshot below, it only shows a small vertical strip on the left of your Microsoft Word main window.
Why this UI design instead of using a Ribbon item (or a toolbar/menu item in pre-2007 versions of Microsoft Word)?
Because you can recall it with just one-click!
Don’t like my idea? Tell me please, my mind is always open, you know, I’m not a writer and I am trying to write an all-in-one writing tool for writers, so my mind needs to be wide open to get ideas from you 😉
I’m finalizing the preparation for the beta test of Writing Outliner Word addin, just now, I have setup a forum for discussion of the beta test process, it will be ready before the 15th of this month, there are some other things to do before that though. In the mean time, please have a look at the new screenshots of this Word addin.
Using Microsoft Word™ as an outliner software
The main screenshot of Window 2003 with a Writing Outliner project opened, doesn’t it look a outliner software 😉
Search your word documents like Google!
Yes! The search function in Writing Outliner is almost as powerful as Google 😉 With it you can instantly find any Word documents. An example search string (search documents that contains phrase ‘New York tims’ and doesn’t contain ‘dontIncludeThisWord’ and have two tags: mytag1 and mytag2 ):
“New York Tims” tag:mytag1 OR tag:mytag2 -dontIncludeThisWord
Browsing Disk Files Inside Word
One of the important idea behind Writing Outliner for Word is: Do all things related to writing in Word with tabs without even leaving Word. And this embedded File Explorer is an example, with it you can easily drag and drop files to import them into the project, or the other way around, drag documents from a Writing Outliner project to export it to the disk. And your can smoothly view your research files on the disk without switching to other windows! The embedded File Explorer is full featured like Windows Explorer!
Easily word document tagging
The document tagging function is very usable, I learnt a lot UI design ideas from Gmail, Actually, I’m a lazy man, I hate unwanted mouse clicks 😉
The blank-project wizard tab
Stay turned, the beta testing starts soon!
Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on September 25, 2009
In our under-development project – Writing Outliner, the outliner is one of the main parts of the writing software, it turns Microsoft Word™ into a true outliner software.
So what is a outliner
Well, the word outliner in the Windows world is not used as widely as it’s in the Mac world, but you must be familiar with the similar words: folders, tree or hierarchy, right? The following are some examples of using a outline to manage information:
- Microsoft Office Outlook uses folders to organize emails into groups.
- Windows Explorer uses folders to manage all your files in your computer.
- Scrivener, the famous book writing software for Mac uses a outliner to manage all documents in a book writing project.
- Evernote, the famous note taking software uses hierarchical treeview to manage the notes it clipped.
Why outliners are so useful?
With a hierarchical outline view, you can view and manage the information at a larger scale without going into the details, this make it easier to get an overview and take control of the structure of a large amount of information.
Why Microsoft Word™ needs a outliner?
Let’s take writing a book as an example, with an outline view you can view and manage the book chapter by chapter, if you have ever written a book with Microsoft Word™ without the help of other software you should know the pain when navigating such a long document to find something for amendment.
How Writing Outliner™ differs from other outliner softwares?
- Writing Outliner is specifically designed for writers, outlining is only one of the main features of it, and there are other many features such as full text search, index cards, tagging, writing-task-related document properties, second viewer for viewing research materials, taking notes, and so on, for making the writing process smoother and easier.
- It’s seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Word™, so you can make good use of the industry leading word processor.
Note: Writing Outliner is currently under development and it’ll be come a versatile writing software for writers, if you are interested you please sign up our newsletter so that you can get informed when it’s ready (for beta testing or purchasing).