Outline Edit Edit Done — From Start to Finish with KeyNote Outlining Software

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10 Responses

  1. Fritz says:

    Hey, the KeyNote link is no good. :-(

  2. Lisa Hendrix says:

    First, your link is wrong. Try:

    http://www.tranglos.com/free/keynote.html

    Second, there are similar programs out there for Mac users, most notably Scrivener, from Literature and Latte, which actually has more features, including a 3x5 card view that you can move around (it translates directly into the tree outline).

    http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html

    Another program a lot of Mac users like is SuperNotecard

    http://www.mindola.com/

    Windows folks should at Writers Café (also available for Mac)
    http://www.writerscafe.co.uk/

    and yWriter4
    http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter4.html

    Or if you really *love* Microsoft, you could try OneNote (pricey!)

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/default.aspx

    Or you can give MS Word some very basic but clumsy heirarchal functionality by combining the outline and Document Mapping functions. Here are some helpful links:

    http://www.csudh.edu/titlev/mswordoutline.htm

    http://ec.hku.hk/writing_turbocharger/drafting/document_map.htm

  3. Dustin says:

    Sorry! The link was right, I just missed the closing tag on the Buzzword link earlier in the paragraph so WOrdpress treated the Keynote link as part of the Buzznote link — and that’s no good for everyone.

    There are a ton of outlining applications out there for PC, but I keep coming back to KeyNote. Scrivener seems to be the Holy Grail of writing apps, if you’re on a Mac and can afford it; Liquid Story Binder is about the closest thing on a PC. But LSB is often too much for me — I like the simplicity of KeyNote and the workflow I’ve worked out with it. I suppose as I get more used to LSB’s quirks and features, I’ll work out a similarly natural-feeling workflow — but maybe not. And then, back to KeyNote.

  4. Dustin says:

    Oh, and WOrd’s outlining, while it looks great in theory, I find horribly ugly, clumsy, and unelegant in practice. Others may have a different opinion, of course. (They’d be wrong, but who am I to judge :-)

  5. Lisa Hendrix says:

    Here’s another terrific one for Mac I forgot to mention: OmniOutliner, which is half-database, half outliner, half word-processor. Available in Standard ($39.95) and Professional ($69.95). You can get a trial license to see if it’s for you. There are good tutorials on the site, plus a full downloadable manual.

    http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnioutliner/

  6. Tom Colvin says:

    Dustin, I couldn’t agree with you more about KeyNote. Aside from regular word processor, it’s the writing tool I use the most. Absolutely love it! I have a couple of posts about it on my blog. [For KeyNote on steriods, look at WhizFolders —  I use it too, but more for organizing a mass or research notes — it’s main strength is linking capability internally and to external files and websites.]

    Also agree re Word’s outline/document-map feature. I tried that in early days of writing a book — and vowed never to try it again. HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE when used on long works.

    SuperNoteCard is available for Windows as well.

    Following your advice, I’ve pre-posted 5 weeks of material on my blog, as I depart this afternoon on major research trip to Europe. Among those items is the best annotated list of outliners I’ve come across any where. Just follow upcoming posts on http://www.becoming-a-writer-seriously.com

    Re Scrivener: I’ve heard so much about it, that I’m actually coinsidering making my computer a Mac.

  7. Dustin says:

    Tom: I’ve had the same thought about Mac and Scrivener — if Mac’s weren’t so much more than PCs (even with my $100 educator’s discount through my university) I’d be writing this on one right now! I’ve even thought about buying a used PowerPC MacBook just to join the club (although in a year or two maybe there’ll be some good deals on used Intel Macs).

  8. Patrick says:

    Thanks for the blog post on this. I’ve been looking for some good outlining software, but like you, I’m on a PC and just can’t afford the Mac prices (the problem with writing stage plays and novels). I’m definitely going to give Keynote a try – it’s nice to know people are still using it, even though it’s been out for so long.

  9. Benneh says:

    Since 13.11.2007 the development has been resumed in Delphi 2006 by Daniel Prado with the Open Source project KeyNote — New Features, initially in SourceForge, and actually in Google Code. Current version of KeyNote NF is 1.7.5.1 (2009-feb-01). For more news see keynote-nf project in Google Code and Daniel Prado’s blog (Spanish).

    KeyNote NF version 1.17.6.1
    http://code.google.com/p/keynote-nf/

  10. moi meme says:

    You’re so right about MS Word outlining. It’s the worst. I am planning to dust off a copy of Amipro from 1994, which had a better outlining feature than Word. I will also try Keynote for heavier-duty projects.