TAO
TAO
1.8.30

4.5

TAO free download for Mac

TAO1.8.30

14 September 2014

Information outliner (was FO Outliner).

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 TAO

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.

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43 Reviews of TAO

Zx81
03 October 2010
Version: 1.83e

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Why isn't Tao's successor, Neo, mentioned here?
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Ekklesiadad
02 November 2010
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.
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Zx81
03 October 2010
Version: 1.83e
Why isn't Tao's successor, Neo, mentioned here?
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Ekklesiadad
01 September 2010
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.
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Ca
17 March 2010
Version: 1.83b
On the developer's website, a successor to TAO is announced: "NeO A successor to TAO. Coming soon." *drum rolls*
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Strob
17 February 2009
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.
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Ca
05 March 2007
Version: 1.8
At last, a final release!! Thanks!
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4.25
Ca
05 September 2006
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!
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4.75
Zx81
15 August 2006
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.
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Chris-Walken
08 July 2006
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.
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4.5
Vb-23
22 June 2006
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.
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Jdub800
22 June 2006
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.
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Blloyd
15 June 2006
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.
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Jdub800
25 April 2006
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.
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Blloyd
01 April 2006
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?
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4.5
ostrichtom
18 March 2006
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.
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4.5
Anonymous
14 November 2005
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.
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1.5
Metalsmith
08 August 2005
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
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Anonymous
05 August 2005
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.
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Anonymous
05 August 2005
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?
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4.25
Anonymous
15 July 2005
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?
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4.25
Anonymous
02 February 2005
Version: 1.03c
This one is very nice. It has many features, and though it still lacks some (columns, but coming soon I hope) it has the best implementation of most of them. My only gripe is that I seem unable to use accented characters through the keyboard.
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4.75
Anonymous
17 January 2005
Version: 1.03a
To the people who actually think frequent updates are all about marketing: Analyse the situation before you make accusations. Look at the developer's web page. While other applications in this price range target audience are obviously spending money on fancy graphics and slick layouts, this developer has no time for that. The page is very simple, very old-school. Not the kind of page that a marketing obsessed person would put together. Look at the -type- of updates that are being done. There are no "leveraging existing systems" or "shifting solutions for your dire needs" or any of the other types of drivel you read with marketing obsessed people. No, they are simply bug updates, interface tweaks, and feature additions. Sometimes at such a rapid rate that it puts thousands of other developers who -do- spend lots of money and time on marketing to shame. In the short time that TAO has been around, it has rapidly blossomed into something far, far beyond any other outliner out there for the Mac. So, be logical for one moment. Look at the facts, not the trends of what other developers do. Just because most people post frequent updates to get free front page time on update sites does not mean that everyone who does that is engaging in such an activity. Not everyone is out there to make lots of cash, some of the most frequently updated applications generate Zero revenue. There is no indication that the developer of TAO is just trying to smarm the list. So, all of that said, I'm glad he updates as frequently as he does. I come from the Linux world where development is transparent and rapid. Applications are updated nightly in many cases. In other realms, this kind of activity is not that weird. Like I said to someone else. If you really are that annoyed by it. Just simply Do Not Download All of the Updates! It is amazingly easy. Just wait a month, grab the latest, skim through the recent changes document (which is intelligently laid out) and you are good to go! Wait four months if you want. Or you can emmulate any other typical marketing driven, shamelessly neglected capitalist application and wait several Years for an update. That's fine with me, do what you please, just don't raise a frothing stink and try to spoil the parade for people who actually enjoy supporting a developer who supports the community in an active way. So he doesn't answer emails as rapidly as you like, well I have found that while I don't always get an "answer," I generally get a release with the issue addressed. That is answer enough for me. I don't need him to sit down and write, in a secondary language, a redundant confirmation of something. The fixed release is fine enough.
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3.25
Øystein, Norway
17 January 2005
Version: 1.03a
It is *not* my experience that this developer responds to feedback. I have several times mailed him with bugs and feature requests, without getting any response whatsoever. What email address are you guys using? Otherwise this software really shines, prob alone reason enough for staying with the Mac.
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3.25
Øystein, Norway
17 January 2005
Version: 1.03a
It is *not* my experience that this developer responds to feedback. I have several times mailed him with bugs and feature requests, without getting any response whatsoever. What email address are you guys using? Otherwise this software really shines, prob alone reason enough for staying with the Mac.
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Anonymous
14 January 2005
Version: 1.03
TAO should be a good product, but this is not the point. It's a matter of fact that frequent updates are annoying. Sometime it's necessary but often there are some other reasons. C'mon boys... Everybody knows frequent updates are not only *technical*: it is not difficult to see that many developers and software houses wants to gain Macupdate homepage as much as possible. Marketing communication has many faces..
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4.25
Anonymous
12 December 2004
Version: 1.01n
I've been using TAO since its early beta releases. It is a very powerful outliner. It may not have the glitz of something like OmniOutliner 3, but it has features that take it beyond what many other outliners can do... Cloning of entries, gathering, linking between entries as well as to external files/URLs, very configurable keyboard control (you barely need to touch the mouse to do anything) and really logical and powerful stylesheets. The lack of columns is being addressed, and will appear in an upcoming release. Once TAO has columns, it becomes unbeatable in my opinion. The release schedule is a bit frantic, but this comes down to the fact that Takashi, the developer, responds almost instantly to bug reports and ideas - that can't be a bad thing! Status indicators, etc. are being constantly refined (agreed, it's not the prettiest app!) and eventually will settle down into a consistent and mature interface. Your choice of outliner (if you really plan to use it fully) will be a very personal thing since everyone has a particular way of working and thinking. For me (and I've tried just about every outliner out there!), TAO seems to fit me the best. I really couldn't live without cloning and linking, and even the long-awaited OmniOutliner 3 doesn't give me that (disappointingly). TAO does.
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3.75
Mrandre1
10 December 2004
Version: 1.01m
I've heard a lot of great things about this app, and I'm sure it's quite powerful, but I found it confusing. The interface is strewn with elements whose meaning is not obvious. In my book, a really good outliner should be more than just a glorified indenter of text. The TAO method seems to be to add as many ways to indent text as humanly possible. That's not power in my book. That's feature bloat. If you want real power, the kind with columns of meta data and super-easy navigation, as well as status-indicators that are clearer than colored circles and triangles, I'd suggest OmniOutliner, especially the new v. 3 betas. As is often the case, you get what you pay for.
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Anonymous
08 December 2004
Version: 1.01l
My my... the release schedule is a bit ridiculous... how about rolling a few more up instead of doing a release every single day? I mean, the only thing updated nearly as frequently is VueScan.
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4.75
Anonymous
21 October 2004
Version: 1.01e
Absolutely fantastic. I've switched from OmniGraffle and never looked back -- I live in this app these days.
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5
Anonymous
13 October 2004
Version: 1.01c
Since my recent review the programmer has decided to change his licensing structure (not because of me): "One license is valid only for one user. With one license, you can activate your license on more than one computer and can launch TAO only on one computer, however, you can not launch TAO more than one computer simultaneously. If you would like to use TAO on more than one computer simultaneously, please purchase licenses as many as computers on which you would like to use TAO." Since this turn of events, I have nothing but praise for this outliner and five stars!
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Anonymous
13 October 2004
Version: 1.01c
Due to the software licensing scheme, I too chose not to register the application. Why? I can understand it for the larger applications (and even then I believe it violates Consumer Laws), but for a $30 application? Come on now lets get real. What are my justifications for stating this? I've gone through his once before and at that time I did not know that this scheme existing--until--I chose to rename my hard drive. Boy was I surprised when the application did not work and also that the programmer refused to do anything about it except wish to charge me for another licensing. Another licensing? I'm forty-nine years of age, accomplished, and have no need to pirate any software. Needless to say I ended relations with the programmer and any and all of his applications--forever. TAO, previously FO Outliner, was off to a good start, but for me it all came to a screeching halt with this insipid software licensing scheme.
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Phylo
13 October 2004
Version: 1.01c
I agree completely with Mr Ohno hidetoshi.. Great!
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4.25
Anonymous
11 October 2004
Version: 1.0.1b
I've been following TAO since it first appeared as FO. I've also been trying a whole bunch of other outliners which I've been pointed towards by the excellent ATPO section of ATPM (great Mac webzine). After a LOT of experimenting, I have chosen to register this app. It's not as pretty as some, and not as mind-blowing complex/powerful as Tinderbox, but it's powerful enough, and reasonably priced. Killer features for me include: Great stylesheets (easily on a par with OmniOutliner's), very easy linking of outline items, and drag-and-drop linking to external files. Overall, an excellent 1.0 release and an app that will continue to improve, I am sure.
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4.75
Anonymous
07 October 2004
Version: 1.01
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3.5
Anonymous
04 October 2004
Version: 1.01
I wish I had know about the licensing scheme before I paid! It is a promising program but I paid the fee and only then did I find out the "one machine" license. The readme did not make this clear. Now in order to use it at work & home I must have an internet connection (home is 26K modem) and UN-license & RE-license it whenever I switch locations and I'm the ONLY person using it. One license can be used for ALL users on a machine so this is a machine license NOT a personal license. Also I feel I was pressured to buy it by the 30 minute demo limit. It not only quits in 30 minutes (crashed my machine once) but reminds you with EVERY doc that's opened. My early beta even switched to this stealth scheme because it is checking licenses in the background each time it launches. VERY onerous & unfriendly. $34 is a lot to pay for a partially crippled program that's just starting out. OmniOutliner which is a mature product in v2.2 costs only $30.
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Anonymous
30 September 2004
Version: 1.0
Link for v.1.0 is bad.
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5
Anonymous
12 September 2004
Version: 1.0b7
I give TAO best in class. Beautifully done and well worth it for those looking for an extremely tailorable outliner. Recently though, I have finally started to understand Tinderbox so I am sticking with it as I delve further in its complex structure. However, if I ever went back it would be TAO.
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5
Anonymous
07 August 2004
Version: 1.0b1
With the advent of this release the app is no longer referred to as FO, but TAO and this might be confusing to those who were following its progress intermittently. However, the name is welcome and goes more with the app and the author. Each revision brings more and more comprehensive features and is proving more that just a two bit outliner. Fine work. Looking forward to this app's pricing for final judgment in the "Value" category, but for now--being free--it gets five stars. I do recommend the next release under it new name and not FO Outliner.
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Anonymous
01 August 2004
Version: 0.9z
I've been keeping current with the latest beta versions and if the final price is right, I'll register it as it is far better than any others out there. I will not be ratings it as the price has not been determined, and I do not want to unjustly the overall rating, but I give a 5 to all other categories.
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4
Anonymous
11 June 2004
Version: 0.9s
This is the closest I've seen to the defunct app called InfoDepot, that I loved and used regularly. If this app were to connect with the people who make MyMind, then it might prove to be unbeatable.
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joe tomkiewicz
03 May 2004
Version: 0.9n
Have been using it about 3 days. It reminds me of More 3.0. I am having trouble understanding exactly how the different level styles work. I get fonts that I have not specified. Also, I wish that you could label particular sections rather than having to label universally.
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4.25
Anonymous
01 May 2004
Version: 0.9m
Though the interface can be confusing at times, FO takes a valuable alternative direction to OmniOutliner. FO has many print options so that writing tassembled in FO can then be formatted and printed without being exported to a word processor. The results look very good on paper. I plan to buy and use FO along with other outliners.
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5
Anonymous
29 March 2004
Version: 0.9j
Remember oldies like ThinkTank, More, Acta. If you used and liked these give this one a try, you won't regret it.
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$20.00

4.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.0 or later
Application is not under development & not supported.

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