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OmniOutliner Pro
OmniOutliner Pro
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OmniOutliner Pro

Pro version of the popular outliner.

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OmniOutliner Pro overview

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

OmniOutliner Professional includes in-depth outlining features like folded editing, clipping service support, audio recording, a new sections drawer, and saved templates. With OmniOutliner Professional, you can actively hide and display the information in your outlines - or quickly jump from one place to another - so you can save time and be more productive by focusing on exactly what you want to see. The new Names Styles feature in OmniOutliner Professional gives you even more options for fast and powerful editing. Download the Pro version today and try it for yourself!

What’s new in version 5.10

Updated on Mar 31 2022

OmniOutliner 5.10 implements support for reading outlines written by the Symantec MORE outliner.

  • MORE Import: Added support for importing documents written by Symantec MORE.
  • iCloud Drive: Added entitlement to allow the Mac app to ask for the creation of the OmniOutliner iCloud Drive folder when necessary.
  • Localizations: Opted out of macOS Monterey's keyboard shortcut localizing so shortcuts are consistent with past versions for all keyboard layouts.
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License

Shareware

Size

41.7 MB

Downloads

130678

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 11.0.0 or later
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shaikhia
shaikhia
Aug 1 2020
5.7.1
1.0
Aug 1 2020
1.0
Version: 5.7.1
I was quite happy with OmniOutiner 3 and then came OmniOutliner 4. It was a disaster for me. I modified one of the custom templates and, everytime I created a link, the application blew. Numerous reports went sent but it was like spitting into the air; you just get wet in the face but the problem persisted. I am a graduate student and relied heavily on OmniOutliner. Five weeks ago, I tried OneNote and never looked back. Sure, there was no collapsible items but never once did it crash, even with pictures inserted into notes and files linked/attached. Shame on you, OmniGroup, for ignoring this product. I'm keeping OmniOutliner around to get at my old notes but moving forward, it won't be with OmniOutliner. I also used OmniFocus--the operative word here being used." Now, I'm off all of them and will sink no more money to enrich the Group. It was good while it lasted but that's the trouble with developers: they give you what they think you want, not what you want.
Odysseus
Odysseus
Feb 2 2020
5.5.2
3.0
Feb 2 2020
3.0
Version: 5.5.2
It's okay, but development is proceeding at a positively glacial pace: new features are few and far between, and annoying bugs remain unfixed. This application is obviously not a priority for OmniGroupe.
Ralkem
Ralkem
Nov 15 2015
4.4
1.5
Nov 15 2015
1.5
Version: 4.4
Unfortunately I don’t have the knowledge to be able to express my thoughts in a technical way, so all I can say is I totally agree with the good, critical, reviews below. I recently downloaded a trial version of OO Pro 4 and am asking myself why would a serious software company turn something so good (v3.xxx) into something so bad (v4.xx). Why on earth did they take out the ‘Clipping Service’. And as for the ‘Styles’!!. I have used OO Pro for may years and considered it the best of all but am now faced with the prospect of having to use an alternative programme. I can’t see Omni supporting v3 in the future (thereby admitting v4 is inferior) and who’s to say that any future OS upgrade won’t make OO v3 unusable. At the moment NeO is looking likely to be my alternative programme, but I wish I didn’t need to go through the required learning curve. Anyway, apart from the negative technical/operational comments of v4, the upgrade price is just plain ridiculous. A comment has been made about OmniWeb. Some years ago I paid for a licensed copy….silly me.
cogden
cogden
Aug 6 2015
4.3
2.0
Aug 6 2015
2.0
Version: 4.3
More failed promises in this version. How long has both tech support and sales been promising CLONING? YEARS! It sure seems like the #1 feature request. How about just announcing you have no intention of including cloning, rather than stringing along your clients?
Lev
Lev
Dec 2 2014
4.1.4
2.5
Dec 2 2014
2.5
Version: 4.1.4
Looks pretty. Doesn't crash. But... a downgrade from v3 in many ways. Given that most task-specific research now is web-based, the removal of any clipping service is a critical failing. "Doesn't work in a sandboxed environment" rather doesn't cut it. Plenty of other apps (NoteSuite, Scrivener, OutlineEdit, Evernote etc. in the App Store, Circus Ponies Notebook and the more functionally advanced, though not so candy-flavoured, NoteTaker, DevonThink, DevonNote and a host of others *not* in the App Store) have managed it. Styles are arguably *less* intuitive than before; for example, choosing a style to apply to 'All Level <n> Rows' doesn't highlight the rows it's going to apply to, unlike v3, leaving you in the dark. Am I in Level 3 but applying it to Level 2 by mistake? OO 4 doesn't say. The handy navigation dropdown has been replaced by a clumsy "contents" sidebar. Improvements we might reasonably have expected after so long, and at a high upgrade cost, just haven't happened. It's impossible to filter on any degree of Boolean multiple-term search; nor can searches be saved. There is at least now a primitive and clumsy linking of outline items, though way behind what NoteTaker, Tinderbox, Neo et al. have been doing for many years. Checkbox states ("Show me only the stuff where 'Done' is checked") are unsearchable. Multiple finds can't be seen all at once; you have to skip from one to the next. It looks pretty, yes. And the integration, via OmniPresence, with iOS mostly works, usually, though it's a bit of a lash-up; I don't want to have to put things I want to sync across devices *all in the same folder* but tough luck on that one. Cloning? Oh come *on*. Of course there's no cloning. Et cetera. Omni Group has always been a kind of avatar of the Mac ethos. For whatever reason, they're following the current direction of Apple: pout, twinkle and let the rough guys do the actual *work*, honeypie. It's a shame. But it's not really "Pro" except in the after-dark Sunset Bvd. sense. If it didn't have the multiple columns as a USP, I'd look for another solution. Matter of fact, I think I'll look for another solution anyway, if only for the random ditching of the clipping service. The columns are only a matter of prettying up, anyway; you can't *do* much with them. It seems to be the way Omni is heading. Similar cosmesis-over-function seems to have been the governing principle behind Omni Focus, too. Think I'll turn into the kind of old fart who says "I remember when you could stuff with your computer *even if Apple didn't like the idea*. Now if you'll excuse me, there's a wind getting up and I have to go whistle in it.
Kaidoh
Kaidoh
Apr 22 2014
4.0.4
1.0
Apr 22 2014
1.0
Version: 4.0.4
I'm sad to say I can't follow the raves about Version 4. After 9 years (!) of waiting, Version 4 is a disappointment. I've been using this programm for thirteen years and was really hoping for some evolvement. Nothing happened: No cloning or bookmarks or saved searches or perspectives or in-document-links to ease working in bigger outlines. In their blog the OmniGroup told, that the new Version shares OmniFocus' data structure. That fueld hopes that some of OF's sorting and filtering powers would appear in OmniOutliner ("perspectives"). Boy, what a overestimation! Searching is so very basic in Version 4, it is almost a joke (even in the version that calls itself "Pro"). Filtering is simply not possible - you can't even hide lines which checkboxes are ticked (that alone would have been a big help). The export options are still limited - they simply have not changed from V3. Export to Word is still erroneous and not customizable, export to Pages: only via Word format. Keynote export only gives you the old Keynote 09 format. When I try to open that in the new Keynote, all I get are error messages. The Focus Mode (the feature formerly known as hoisting) ist is buggy and shows me ghost lines from parts of the document that should be hidden away. And if you liked the snippet functionality from version 3, you have to be very strong now: this one is gone in version 4. What you get is a a lot of UI polish, some nice templates, minor changes in stylesheets, the ability to zoom text (whoa!), improved URI handling (yeah!). I know, changing the innards of a programm is not trivial. But as a end user I'm judging software by the functionality and user experience it delivers. Functionality-wise OO has not changed. Version 4 is basically the same program we got almost a decade ago. I liked it ten years ago but it failed to catch up with todays needs. It gives you a hard time integrating it with other software in a workflow (yes, you can do it all by yourself by hand using XSLT or Applescript, but: sigh!). Also, collaboration was obviously never an issue in planning version 4. It's a one-user-per-time thing, but hey, you can use Dropbox and kin. After 9 years the OmniGroup did not manage to deliver anything that made me think "wow". I paid for V4 and I regret it. I once loved this outliner, but I will abandon it, file by file. For me, the feeling of potential has stalled into the feeling of a dead-lock. What a pity.
bowlerboy-jmb
bowlerboy-jmb
Feb 7 2014
4.0.2
5.0
Feb 7 2014
5.0
Version: 4.0.2
I rarely use superlatives in reviewing a particular software application or developer, because if everything is the “best,” then nothing can be better. But I have to admit that, as a writer, and as an inveterate list-maker, and as planner and a thinker, I really on OmniOutliner Pro to organize just about every aspect of my life. With the recent arrival of version 4, the OmniGroup, which I consider one of premier software developers in the entire Mac software world based on the overall high quality of all of its products, OmniOutliner finally gives us the zoom / magnification feature that was missing in its otherwise excellent renditions. It was often tiresome trying to read the tiny font sizes—especially as you get older and your eyes can no longer see the threads of the baseball coming at you, like they once did. It required a little extra work, all that having to create documents with very large font sizes to compensate for that design flaw. After all, I used to complain, if a browser can blow up the text on a web page, why can’t OmniOutliner be just as flexible? Finally, that lack of magnification problem is fixed! Version 4 also includes a much better written, better illustrated tutorial on how to create and use styles, which is one of the program’s most powerful features (among many!), but can be tricky to set up and execute until you get the hang of it. This program is always open on my desktop, no matter what else I am doing. I can pop into it to make a quick note, do some brainstorming, think through a project with all its sub-sets and details, draft a letter, write a chapter of a book, draft an email, or even sketch out my MacUpdate reviews, which I what I am doing right now in it. Or, I can copy a URL to a website that I want to check out later, or record a voice note, or insert an image, or just outline a variety of things can be organized by a parent topic, and sub-divided into children sub-topics. Some people (myself included) have rightly complained that the OmniGroup took their sweet time upgrading to version 4 and implementing the nice, new zoom in feature. It’s hard to judge a company if we don’t know their staff situation and their company’s priorities. But I can personally testify that this new version must have their attention right now. It must be important to them to fix any bugs in this new release and to make sure customers are happy. For example, over the past couple of days, I reported through their built-in Crash Reporter, that the program crashed when I tried to revert to a previous version of the document I was working on. Today, I got a personal response back telling me that the problem was fixed and a new version was ready to be downloaded, which, as you see from the description, was one of the reasons incorporate into the minor upgrade to version 4.0.2. So, as I see it, now is the right time to buy, because the more people who start using the program while the iron is hot among their programming staff, the sooner any minor bugs can be squashed and the application made as perfect as it can be. I suppose that there are other fine outlining programs available, but I have been so content with OmniOutliner Pro that I am not even tempted to try them out, even though I’ve obtained licensed copies of competing products included in some of the bundles I bought. In short, I have no hesitation in recommending OmniOutliner Pro as a superlative product worthy of your consideration, and I would recommend that you give the demo a trial run to see for yourself. Once you compare its wide feature set with the other outlining products available, you’ll then have to decide if you want to buy the premier application in its category, or settle for a less powerful—and undoubtedly cheaper—product. The “best” product always deserves to demand a higher price. In the case of OmniOutliner, I find their price worth it.
Iliketrash
Iliketrash
Jan 28 2014
4.0.1
0.0
Jan 28 2014
0.0
Version: 4.0.1
How does OmniOutliner 4 compare to NeO (which costs $9.99)? Aficionados in the past have complained of missing features in OmniOutliner < 4 relative to NeO. Has OO 4 closed the gap?
Szeoli
Szeoli
Jan 20 2014
4.0
0.0
Jan 20 2014
0.0
Version: 4.0
There is a bug in this app. I bought my upgrade, and have been trying to use it all weekend, but the inspector window does not appear. I only get a slender bar that says "inspector," but no control or anything underneath. I've been waiting for a response from support since Friday (admittedly, its a long weekend here in the states). I'll post when and if they help me solve this.
Mar6473
Mar6473
Oct 28 2012
3.10.6
2.5
Oct 28 2012
2.5
Version: 3.10.6
A great app, but it seems like they've dropped it. There hasn't been a new version in four years. It's very dated at this point.
1984x
1984x
Apr 6 2012
3.10.4
5.0
Apr 6 2012
5.0
Version: 3.10.4
I bought this to brainstorm some solutions to life's problems. I needed to distance myself from a coterie of riff-raff that I was surrounded by and to figure out a way to make some more money. OmniOutliner Pro helped a lot. It kept me focused. I improved my life. For $70 that is amazing. Thanks Omni Group.
Shidong
Shidong
Apr 4 2012
3.10.4
4.0
Apr 4 2012
4.0
Version: 3.10.4
very good software, just do not understand why changed to this ugly icon......
Chris-Walken
Chris-Walken
Jan 8 2012
3.10.3
3.5
Jan 8 2012
3.5
Version: 3.10.3
For basic outlining needs, it has a very nice and easy to use interface especially with the sections drawer in the Pro version. (Styles, however, are sometimes not so easy to use). In fact, it's surprising that other apps haven't really been able to match its basic features. Development of new features is absurdly slow, if they hadn't said otherwise I would have just assumed they were done with it. Still a very good app.
Vandulus
Vandulus
Sep 2 2011
3.10.3
4.5
Sep 2 2011
4.5
Version: 3.10.3
OmniOutliner Pro was one of the earlier programs I bought years ago when I switched over to the Mac. Since then I've found it indispensable and use it on a daily basis for managing lists, inventories and ideas. While it's extremely easy to use, there are some powerful features it has especially in regards to formatting. Omni is a mature and responsive company with great support and an active community. That said the only complaints I have are: - It's taking forever for Omni to put out version 4 - It gets pricey to buy Omni's apps especially when you need to buy for the iPad and iPhone. Bundle deals would be very nice! - No iPhone version. Even a view-only version would be helpful!
kbaxxx
kbaxxx
Aug 30 2011
3.10
3.0
Aug 30 2011
3.0
Version: 3.10
Really nice outliner. Some things are a bit non-obvious (like splitting some text into two items), and sometimes it just doesn't respond to my typing for a number of seconds at a time. Also, If find the hoist function confusing. Apart from that, it's well designed, and easy to use, and quick to create outlines.
Espiridion
Espiridion
Jul 15 2011
3.10
3.0
Jul 15 2011
3.0
Version: 3.10
I bought my copy of OOP a bit over 6 years ago. I found it to be easy to use, with a nice-looking interface (like all things OmniGroup), and thanks to some special offers the price was not too bad. About a year ago I purchased NeO/Tao. I had tried it in the past and found it to be unintuitive, plus it felt like a work-in-progress with all the constant updating. This time it felt like a more mature application. Almost anything I can do with OOP I can do with NeO. I can't record sound directly into NeO. I don't recall ever using that feature in OOP, though. I can't have a summary of the duration time in sub-tasks (yet). Another feature that I did not find in NeO was related to the use of checkboxes. I sent feedback to NeO's developer and now that feature is working perfectly in NeO. This is not to say that OOP does everything NeO does and more. It doesn't. These are just some missing features in an otherwise very powerful outliner. OOP has not evolved nicely. It lacks many features and recent development has focused more on compatibility, bug fixes, and minor enhancements than on adding truly "Pro" features. For people preferring ease of use and who don't mind paying a premium, OOP is a decent choice. Those who want faster development, truly "Pro" features (e.g., cloning), and don't mind reading a manual or accessing Help (as well as saving some money) may be better served by NeO/Tao. A 6 year old comparison of both outliners: http://www.atpm.com/11.10/atpo.shtml Since that review, Tao (and later NeO) received numerous updates including not only bug fixes but also added features. The current price is $20. In the past 2 years, OOP has remained pretty much stagnant except for the above mentioned compatibility changes and bug fixes. Although I have both applications, I have not made an outline in OOP since purchasing NeO, and I've used NeO regularly to create a variety of very diverse documents, from simple outlines to structure some ideas to more complex documents with links, pop-up lists, and a lot of formatting in terms of fonts, colors, backgrounds, etc.
Ritzykat
Ritzykat
Oct 12 2010
3.9.5
4.0
Oct 12 2010
4.0
Version: 3.9.5
I use OmniOutliner 3 very regularly for school notes and other lists. Generally, the app is a good one. I have found some bugs with the column titles. They are ones that I experience quite often and worth mentioning. 1. Not being able to change the format of the column title to align->centre. 2. Column title disappearing after changing the text in that cell and then clicking on to the rest of the document. OmniOutliner3 was notified by other users including me of these annoying bugs and said they were working on the problems. However, the end result since I noticed these problems about half a year ago seems to be a continuation of these problems. OmniGroup doesn't give enough bug fixes. That being said, the application is easy to use, looks good, and generally works the way you want it to work. If not for the lack of bug fixes I would give it a 5. All things considered it gets a 4.
Maclife215
Maclife215
Sep 19 2010
3.9.5
4.0
Sep 19 2010
4.0
Version: 3.9.5
Mini Review: I've been trying to stray away from OmniOutliner Pro as my personal info hub and project organizer for awhile (in favor for something with more productivity features), but I keep coming back to OmniOutliner because its a solid app that's easy to use and plays well with Mac OS X. I really hope they start focusing their new features less on desktop publishing, and more towards productivity. For example, the ability to link to cells. I think the search feature can be improved on. I don't like that the search bar is in the utility drawer. I also think the interface of the inspector can be cleaned up. If only their was something in between Omnioutliner & Omnifocus (and no, not Notebook, tried it... it's a cool app but I have some issues with it.) I've never liked OmniFocus because I find it overcomplicated. That being said, OmniOutliner is the best in its class. I depend on it daily. I can't wait for 4.0. The app is due for a epic update. Come on Omnigroup... bring it!
Lev
Lev
Nov 18 2009
3.9.4 beta 1
2.5
Nov 18 2009
2.5
Version: 3.9.4 beta 1
A year since my last comment and still no links or clones, nor any sign of them. We've still not got back to where we were in the old OS 9 days with More. Without clones/links OO is just a list manager with cool (though clunkily-implemented) formatting tools. Slightly mystifies me; an outliner is (for me at any rate) a preliminary tool for fixing up structures, arguments etc., and formatting is fairly low down on the list of things I need at that stage of a project. Still; it has plenty of happy users so perhaps I am in a tiny minority...
Osp
Osp
Oct 27 2009
3.9.3b2
4.0
Oct 27 2009
4.0
Version: 3.9.3b2
To me it is still one of the best outlining tools on the Mac - an evergreen. It scales brilliant from the most simple outlining to very sophisticated ones. To get a feeling on how good it really is you have to try it as well as other outlining tools. One of the things I have to mention is that the framework seams to be a bit dated. Maybe it is time to cut some old compatibility to get rid of some display problems. All in all I can only highly recommend it to everyone who is looking for an outlining tool the first time or who is looking for an alternative.
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