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Writing Outliner v1.5.20.790

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

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.


  1. AR

    nice fix. Glad that the major overhaul is int he works. Happy holidays!

    Comment by AR on December 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

  2. LB

    When will the major overhaul be ready? A month? Several? A year? Several?

    Comment by LB on December 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm

  3. PKing

    Any update on the major overhaul. Still a year out? Months away?

    Comment by PKing on March 23, 2012 at 2:09 am

  4. cts

    Is this 100% reliable now? This seems like a great idea for software, but I’m certainly not going to buy it and start working on important projects without absolute assurance that it no longer eats work in progress.

    Comment by cts on May 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

  5. I wish that the system are more stable. I was a bit frustrated with Scrivener, and you have just the exact replacement for it. However, with multiple crashes happenings in just the first night, I will have to wait for it later.

    By the way, what’s the difference between Notes Folder and Research Folder? (I do a lot of research with a lot of bits and pieces, so I need to figure out which one is best for the job).

    Comment by Bumble on July 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

  6. @Bumble, the crashes problem will be fixed in the future versions. It’s all up to you to use the Notes or Research folder for your research files, you can even rename those folders. Hope it helps.

    Comment by Edwin on July 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  7. David Blaine Fullerton

    I am very interested in this product, yet I have to keep my home computer matched up to the same install as my work computer. I have 64-bit Office on 64-bit Windows 7, so I can’t downgrade Office to 32-bit just for your application.

    I looked at the screenshots, and I am very impressed and was IMPULSE-BUYING until I saw the 32-bit issue.

    Will you write me and let me know when you think the rewrite will be finished? On that day, I have multiple licenses (for myself and other co-workers) that will want to buy your software.

    David Blaine Fullerton

    Comment by David Blaine Fullerton on August 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm

  8. Dave Thompson


    Any status on the new product would be appreciated.

    Comment by Dave Thompson on September 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  9. Sam

    Hi Edwin,

    I am unable to log into the forum. Every attempt to do so produces an avalanche of php error messages in the browser (firefox) window. Therefore, I am contacting you through the blog.

    Like Dave above, I would also like to inquire about the possible date of the new version’s release. Please provide some status update regarding this.


    Comment by Sam on September 11, 2012 at 5:10 am

  10. Sorry for the late reply and thanks for asking. The the new version of Writing Outliner wasn’t able to progress as fast as I originally expected.

    It’s a long story, but mainly because:
    1 – The development plan of new WO was started with a background of a new partnership with another developer, but it was failed due to various reasons, and that has definitely messed up my plans.

    2 – It’s currently a one-man operation and my personal life has been busy – my wife just gave birth to my second child not long ago. But the good news is that I’ll soon don’t need to take care of that much later, because other people will.

    The bottom line is, the new version of Writing Outliner will come out at the end, but I can’t really tell the timeline at this moment…

    Comment by Edwin on September 29, 2012 at 11:41 am