TAO
TAO
1.8.30
3.8
0.0
TAO free download for Mac

TAO

Version 1.8.30

Information outliner (was FO Outliner).

TAO overview

TAO is a powerful outliner/organizer where chunks of information can easily be managed and organized as items. TAO supports basic outliner facilities, such as creating, moving, sorting, grouping, combining and gathering items. Also the following useful facilities help you organize items:
  • Capable of importing graphics and multiple fonts for text
  • Split editor
  • Multiple Columns
  • Can zoom editors and comments
  • Multiple-file find
  • Highlighting with color labels
  • Cloning
  • Hoisting
  • Labeling
  • Bookmark
  • Linking among items, fields and texts
  • File Link
  • Background colors for text, item and document
  • Cascading style sheet
  • Named styles
  • Filter support
  • Can export to text, RTF, doc, HTML and OPML files
  • Can import from text, RTF, doc, OPML, MORE, ACTA files
  • Spotlight support
  • Universal Binary

What’s new in version 1.8.30

Updated on Sep 14 2014

Version 1.8.30:

Fixed:
  • Escaped characters are not converted when importing OPML and XML documents.
  • Line numbers won't be shown properly on embedded tables in texts.
  • Labels and status indicators won't be printed out when a column before the main outline column is hidden by the print options panel.
  • Field at the cursor won't be reactivated after unlocking an item.

Information

License

Demo

Size

23.1 MB

Developer’s website

http://d-lit.com/macosx/neo/

Downloads

34209

App requirements

  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.0 or later
Try our new feature and write a detailed review about TAO. All reviews will be posted soon.
Write your thoughts in our old-fashioned comment
MacUpdate Comment Policy. We strongly recommend leaving comments, however comments with abusive words, bullying, personal attacks of any type will be moderated.
0.0
(0 Reviews of )
There are no reviews yet
Ekklesiadad
Ekklesiadad
Nov 2 2010
1.8.5
0.0
Nov 2 2010
0.0
Version: 1.8.5
I used a registered copy of this program for a number of years and had it customized to do a specific job. When I migrated to a new Mac, the totally obnoxious registration procedure which checks an online database every time you install on a new computer gave me a string of messages that it couldn't find its server and wouldn't register my copy. The nicest thing I can say about this is, "blah." I have moved to Opal which is simpler, but faster and more reliable. It has a conventional registration procedure which won't lock you out of software you have paid for. I, personally, will have nothing more to do with this program or developer.
Zx81
Zx81
Oct 3 2010
1.83e
4.8
Oct 3 2010
4.8
Version: 1.83e
Why isn't Tao's successor, Neo, mentioned here?
Ekklesiadad
Ekklesiadad
Sep 1 2010
1.83e
0.0
Sep 1 2010
0.0
Version: 1.83e
After 5 years of productive use on several computers, I am suddenly unable to register this program on my new iMac 27. I just get an error message. Mind you, I have used these registration numbers on previous computers. Of course, the registration uses a "call home" system so registration depends on the developer staying in business and keeping that gimmick active. I have really a lot of stuff in this format and would, I guess, pay another ten bucks for a new license (not without a lot of complaining) if I had any confidence that buying a new license would solve my problem. The developer has been helpful before, but now is silent. I am very concerned that TAO has been sold to some kind of reseller who is just trying to nab another $10 from registered users.
Ca
Ca
Mar 17 2010
1.83b
4.3
Mar 17 2010
4.3
Version: 1.83b
On the developer's website, a successor to TAO is announced: "NeO A successor to TAO. Coming soon." *drum rolls*
Strob
Strob
Feb 17 2009
1.8b
0.0
Feb 17 2009
0.0
Version: 1.8b
Great, great outliner, complexity aside. But development seems to have been stopped, perhaps even abandoned. This is a shame. The latest version seems to have severe speed issues, taking several minutes or longer to open or to clip to. This had been one of the most promising and active applications up to 2007, the last time an version was released and their website was updated.
Ca
Ca
Mar 5 2007
1.8
4.3
Mar 5 2007
4.3
Version: 1.8
At last, a final release!! Thanks!
Ca
Ca
Sep 5 2006
1.1b24o
4.3
Sep 5 2006
4.3
Version: 1.1b24o
Excellent outliner! Not a very nice app but lots of excellent functionalities. Recommended. But please, please release version 1.1, stop this never-ending beta development!
Zx81
Zx81
Aug 15 2006
1.1b24l
4.8
Aug 15 2006
4.8
Version: 1.1b24l
I started using a Macintosh with MORE(Which is now available for free and still works perfectly) a very long time ago (Yes, some of us are still alive). TAO is right on that track ; not trying to look nice, like OmniOutliner, but incredibly efficient. It's not just a powerful outliner, it's certainly a great writing tool and I advise everyone not to be put off by the appearance of the app. If you want to be able to write, reorganize your paragraphs, "fold" and "unfold" them, keep a general view of your work, TAO is for you.
Chris-Walken
Chris-Walken
Jul 8 2006
1.1b24g
0.0
Jul 8 2006
0.0
Version: 1.1b24g
I don't really care if the thing is in beta or not, although I agree it does seem silly to send users to version 1.0 as the last stable release. The developer really needs to spend time on improving the interface, it's a mess of features, many of which I'm sure are great. I'd also be a little concerned about future plans to make a Windows version, that makes me wonder if a significantly improved interface is ever on the horizon. Too bad some of the other outliners don't take a lesson from some of TAO's power features.
Vb-23
Vb-23
Jun 22 2006
1.1b24f
4.5
Jun 22 2006
4.5
Version: 1.1b24f
I presently am writing a major research paper and practically live in this app. Having a rather nonlinear method of writing, this application fits my needs almost perfectly. I believe I have tried nearly every other outlining and nonlinear word processor out there for the mac and have not found anything else that comes close to this app in terms of features. That being said, the learning curve for some of the more advanced options is rather steep, and I was not thrilled about having to relearn some things when the author changed the way style sheets were handled a while ago. I do not fully understand some of the complaints about the number of updates--I assume that they are coming from those who do not actually use TAO, at least not on a regular basis. I look forward to the regular updates and to seeing what features the author adds or refines with every release. Unfortunately, this did, at one point entail relearning aspects of the app as I mentioned above, but I have not had this experience for at least the last 25 releases. Nor have I had any problems with crashes since v1.1b18 or so.
Jdub800
Jdub800
Jun 22 2006
1.1b24f
0.0
Jun 22 2006
0.0
Version: 1.1b24f
Amberv, what are you on about?!? Learn to read AND understand, before assuming other people's motives... I enjoy the rapid beta release cycle that this developer chooses and registered 18 months ago. In the face of the higher profile OO3, this product is more than capable of competing against it. Alas, in perpetual beta, many people may not give it a chance and may find the versioning confusing, meaning lost sales. Case closed.
Blloyd
Blloyd
Jun 15 2006
1.1b24e
0.0
Jun 15 2006
0.0
Version: 1.1b24e
Well... There hasn't BEEN a "stable" release since July of last year. So that's back a ways, eh? 1.1b24e?!?! What the heck does THAT mean? I see it has 4 changes (one's a filter change) over the previous release. The "3 new lines of code a day, let's throw it on MacUpdate" is about as shameless as VueScan in using release sites as marketing. Call me when I should wake up.
Jdub800
Jdub800
Apr 25 2006
1.1b23
0.0
Apr 25 2006
0.0
Version: 1.1b23
I have to agree with comments below. If the product is stable, then declare it 1.1 final and then move on. There are a lot of people that won't touch a beta version - You're probably losing a lot of potential customers.
Blloyd
Blloyd
Apr 1 2006
1.1b22a
0.0
Apr 1 2006
0.0
Version: 1.1b22a
TAO's versioning scheme couldn't me more lame if it rode the short bus to school every day for the past 19 years. Ship 1.1 already. Updates should be tested and then you can make 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, yadda. Or 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3. 1.11.21a? Good God. When was the last "release" version, 1996?
ostrichtom
ostrichtom
Mar 18 2006
1.1b21d
4.5
Mar 18 2006
4.5
Version: 1.1b21d
Now that TAO can import MORE documents, it has become the best outliner currently on the market. Its import of outlines is flawless, including comments, formatting, page breaks, etc., unlike OmniOutliner, which just brings in the basic outline and comments. Its structure is somewhat more cumbersome than MORE was (and still is, under Classic); its style sheets take a bit of practice to master. The comments about it being only a beta are a bit unfair. The changes made between updates are just that - updates with significant improvements. See VueScan for the way it should be done. This is a worthwhile outliner.
Guest
Guest
Nov 14 2005
1.1b13
4.5
Nov 14 2005
4.5
Version: 1.1b13
I have tried TAO off and on since its FO days. The current version has two features I find extremely useful. It has a full set of keyboard commands for adding topics both above and below the current topic and it has an "import in current style" command that really works. It also has one annoying characteristic that keeps me from registering. The program doesn't want to print text in the chosen point size. It wants to squeeze text down to microsize to avoid breaking lines. While there is a command to print in the chosen point size, the "make default option doesn't work." True point sizes should be the default or at least the "make default" choice should work. I will register this program the moment this is fixed.
Metalsmith
Metalsmith
Aug 8 2005
1.1b1
1.5
Aug 8 2005
1.5
Version: 1.1b1
I found myself incapeable of using this program, of discovering it's abilities because the shareware msg continually diverted me from using the program. I got angry at all the interuptions and finally just decided to forget even trying. I noticed a fistfull of errors, that I documented for Beach... but they have NO contact information, so my efforts at documenting errors/problems was wasted. I guess my reaction is that this might be just the program I need --- but I'll never know. Jon Hold
Guest
Guest
Aug 5 2005
1.1b1
4.5
Aug 5 2005
4.5
Version: 1.1b1
Pay for the 1.03 version then, download, and use it. And upgrade to 1.1 when it goes GA. Or would you say "why would I pay for a product, when there's a new version coming? Chill out a bit, hoss. Some folks will complain about paying for ANYTHING.
Guest
Guest
Aug 5 2005
1.1 beta1
4.5
Aug 5 2005
4.5
Version: 1.1 beta1
Why is the developer charging $30 for a product that is still in the Beta stage of development? Since when did people start paying for the "privilege" of being a Beta Tester?
Guest
Guest
Jul 15 2005
1.03s
4.5
Jul 15 2005
4.5
Version: 1.03s
I agree totally with the previous user. I have tested/used this product over a year ago and was very impressed. The only thing that has kept Me from using it full time is the inability to create user defined columns. I thought that change would have been implemented by now. Maybe the developer could speak to this issue?
$20.00
Application is not under development & not supported.

How would you rate TAO?
Similar apps
Insights
Automated forecasting and data mining tool.
Is this app is similar to Insights? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
1
Total score
0
Downvotes
Outline
View OneNote notebooks.
Is this app is similar to Outline? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
1
Total score
0
Downvotes
ConceptDraw DIAGRAM
Create flowcharts, timelines and more; part of ConceptDraw Office.
Is this app is similar to ConceptDraw DIAGRAM? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
1
Total score
0
Downvotes
NeO
Information outlining and organizing tool.
Is this app is similar to NeO? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
1
Upvotes
0
Total score
-1
Downvotes
The Hit List
Advanced reminder application.
Is this app is similar to The Hit List? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
0
Total score
0
Downvotes