NeO
NeO 1.0.29
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Information outlining and organizing tool.   Demo ($9.99)
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NeO is a powerful outliner built for OS X. Using NeO, you can efficiently manage and organize pieces of information. NeO supports basic outliner facilities, such as creating, moving, sorting, grouping, combining and gathering items. And the useful facilities help you manage and organize information.
  • Capable of importing graphics and multiple fonts for text.
  • Can split editors.
  • Can zoom editors.
  • Multiple columns.
  • Inline comments.
  • Multiple-file find.
  • Highlighting with color labels.
  • Cloning.
  • Hoisting.
  • Labeling.
What's New
Version 1.0.29:

Note: The downloadable version is 1.0.28. The Mac App Store version is currently 1.0.29.
  • Fixed a problem that QuickLook previews for the whole part of documents won't be created.
  • Fixed a problem that dates in date-type columns won't appear when the format for year is set to non-Gregorian calendar in the System preferences.
  • Fixed problems where dates are output in wrong format when exporting NeO documents in OPML and XML format.
Version 1.0.29:

Note: The downloadable version is 1.0.28. The Mac App Store version is currently 1.0.29.
  • Fixed a problem that QuickLook previews for the whole part of documents won't be created.
  • Fixed a problem that dates in date-type columns won't appear when the format for year is set to non-Gregorian calendar in the System preferences.
  • Fixed more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6.6 or later





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NeO User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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burypromote

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Iliketrash commented on 04 Mar 2013
This update is said to be 10.0.24 but that version has been out for a while. Maybe the developer intended that this update be called something else.
[Version 1.0.24]


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+257

Zx81 reviewed on 14 Aug 2012
The very best outliner for me :
Fast
great sorting options
cloning
Numerous importing and exporting formats
custom filters
etc...
Developer is very helpful and quick to answer.
One of the "must have" on a Mac for me.
[Version 1.0.21.1]


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+257
Zx81 commented on 26 Jul 2012
Great app that reminds me of my first and best outliner : More
A lot more comments and reviews can be found on MU here :
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/35445/neo-for-leopard
[Version 1.0.21]

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Zx81 replied on 26 Jul 2012
I forgot ; you can download and purchase Neo/Tao via the developer's site.
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Iliketrash reviewed on 19 Jul 2012
NeO is sold at the Mac App Store which makes the number of downloads on MacUpdates look ridiculously low. It also makes those of us who use MacUpdate a lot hard up to find useful reviews on this site.

I have purchased Neo (the price is amazingly low for such an accomplished program) but have yet to work it into my work flow. It is a high-end outliner and organizer with advanced features, yet it looks to be as easy to use in "non-expert" mode as any other outliner. I am looking forward to using this heavily in organizing scattered research notes in preparing to write a paper. For now, I'll enter a five-star rating based on perhaps two hour's of use, and based on nice things people have said on the OmniOutliner page and also on the Mac App Store comments page.
[Version 1.0.19]


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+24
Istra commented on 14 Feb 2011
is there a difference in the application, if downloaded through the AppStore or the developer's site?
[Version 1.0.4]

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burypromote

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Espiridion replied on 14 Feb 2011
The one from the App Store is for 10.6.6 or later.
burypromote
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+20
Strob replied on 26 Feb 2011
Yes there are differences. First, if you install from MU, when the app is opened there is desktop watermark displayed that states the "official" version is at the Apple store.

Second, as of today, the Apple store still only has version 1.0.3 not 1.0.4. So it doesn't seem that the developer updates the "official" site with the latest version?

Personally I am disappointed that the developer has gone solely to the Apple store to sell Neo. Based on the incidents and policies at the Apple mobile store I don't think this is good for customers and I am reluctant to support its use.
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Espiridion replied on 03 Mar 2011
@Strob,
You seem a bit misinformed. If you visit the product's News section, you'll see:
"Submitted Version 1.0.5 to App Store. Coming soon if no problem."
There's also older news mentioning 1.04's release at the App Store (not Apple Store).
Also, according to the website NeO is still available for purchase via PayPal and Kagi.
http://d-lit.com/macosx/neo/purchase.php
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Strob replied on 03 Mar 2011
@ Espiridon
Not misinformed but informed by the developer. Version for 10.6.6 can only be downloaded from the app store - it can't be downloaded from d-light.

Regarding updates if you can't download the latest version from the app store but it is showing here at MU (with a watermark) it is a bit frustrating. News blips don't count.
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Espiridion replied on 03 Mar 2011
@Strob,
And isn't that precisely the first reply in this thread?

"The one from the App Store is for 10.6.6 or later."

Saying that "the developer has gone solely to the Apple store to sell Neo" is inaccurate.

I'm sure it can take longer to get new files uploaded/reviewed/approved to the App Store, but they are uploaded there as well.

The Macupdate download is NeO for Leopard. If you want to use the 10.6.6 version you'll obviously have to wait until it is available for download, regardless of whether Macupdate has announced it. Those "News blips" that "don't count" come from the official source of information, which is not Macupdate.
The developer is saying "Submitted Version 1.0.5 to App Store. Coming soon if no problem." I don't think that you'll have to wait for years, months, or even weeks to be able to download it.

Hopefully you'll be able to use the new version shortly. BTW, I had some problems with 1.05, contacted the developer, and within a few hours he provided a fix. He is very responsive.
burypromote

+2
jameskatt replied on 18 Jul 2011
As of 7-18-2011, it only costs $15 in the Mac App Store. It costs $20 otherwise. Thus it is a bargain - so much so I bought it myself and am giving it a whirl.
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+6

+67

Nicksloan reviewed on 28 Jan 2011
I love outliners in general, but in particular I love NeO. For a while I toyed with TAO, but I could never quite get my head round it, then I used OmniOutliner, but somehow I was always hitting serious limitations. Tree is very nice and simple, but also limited, likewise Opal. Deep Notes too.

NeO is a reborn TAO, and no simpler, but I spent some serious time trying to understand it, to the extent that I now find it actually simpler to use than OO, as well as being much more powerful and flexible. It has a wealth of unique features, such as split editing, scaling, links and clones, and just as important from my viewpoint, it gives the user minute control over every aspect of the appearance of the outline: they can look as simple and uncluttered as you like, or they can be loaded with columns and metadata.

The extra power does come at the expense of complexity: it takes a while to learn, and it is not yet bug-free, though I have found it perfectly useable. Talking of expense, the most amazing thing is that it costs less than 5 bucks on the App Store—and yes I’d feel sore if I had paid $10 for it the week before, but really, even $15 for this thing is an absolute steal.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Fnurl replied on 11 Mar 2011
Do you have any pointers to better documentation then the help file? Or forums where NeO is discussed? I am trying to learn NeO now.. Looking at Tree, Xmind, MindNode etc too.
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+2

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Nicksloan replied on 11 Mar 2011
The Help file is actually not bad, though a little long-winded and not comprehensive. There was a manual in TAO format that came with the TAO download, or could be downloaded independently. (Can’t check now because the site seems to be down—perhaps because of the disaster in Japan.) This was a massive document, very slow to load, but seemed quite comprehensive, and the functionality of NeO differs only slightly from TAO’s. I know of no other resources I’m afraid.

In practice I have found that the best way to learn is to experiment and make your own reference notes. The clouds soon begin to clear, and NeO seems less daunting and more friendly. I now find it far more congenial to work in than the alternatives.

In earlier versions it was sometimes difficult to distinguish between bugs and misunderstanding as to how NeO was meant to work, but it is getting pretty solid now. The developer is approachable. He sometimes takes a while to reply, but is helpful when he does.
burypromote

+1
Fnurl replied on 12 Mar 2011
Thanks! I found the manual now and will be digging deep.
burypromote
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+5

Ksrhee24 reviewed on 27 Jan 2011
I would have given a higher rating for this, but given my recent experience I cannot. I bought the NEO 2 beta version only a month ago and paid $10 to support the developer. However, today I find that I can't update my program to 1.01 and wrote to the developer. To my dismay, I was told that I need to purchase the program via App Store and pay another $4.99 for the program. I wrote to the developer that this is not the best way to support your existing customers when a brand new customer only needs to pay $4.99 while the existing customer is now paying $14.99 for the program. I have dealt with many software companies in the past, and most outstanding companies do not engage in this type of practice. I am not going to invest any more in the company product. I wrote off $10 as a lesson learned from this.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Espiridion replied on 27 Jan 2011
If what you're saying is true, you could rate the value of the application low, that's why Macupdate gives users the ability to rate diverse aspects of the application, including Value.
Rwebber commented below that he bought NeO while in beta, and did not mention anything about having to pay again for it.
I bought the beta in August and did not have to pay anything else. I installed 1.0.1 and under licenses my name and number of licenses already appear.
If the developer wants to charge you again, that is clearly wrong. My experience with him and his software has been quite different, though.
He offers a license for 10.5-10.6.5 and another via the Mac App Store for 10.6.6.
AFAIK, other developers also have different versions of their applications at different prices. ImageWell for example costs $20 from the developer and $5 via the Mac App Store. Note that licenses are also different via the Mac App Store.
burypromote
+3

+33
Rwebber replied on 27 Jan 2011
You can go directly to the developer's sight and download the updated version of NeO 1.0.1. Your license is valid for this build.
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+3

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Espiridion reviewed on 26 Jan 2011
As posted in a reply below, I contacted the author to let him know that there was no PPC version. Within minutes he replied letting me know that he was going to rebuild the PPC binary and upload it during the day.
I just got another email from him letting me know that the PPC version is up.
In spite of the different time-zones and language (since neither of us is a native English speaker) I've always found the developer to be friendly and responsive.
Regarding NeO itself, it does have a somewhat steep learning curve. It's easy to use NeO and do simple things, but it is worth it to read the Help to get the most out of it. At $10 it is a bargain. Since the moment I tried it I have not used my copy of OmniOutliner Pro.
BTW, it is $4.99 for a short while via the App Store. Very highly recommended.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Rwebber replied on 27 Jan 2011
I must heartily agree with Espiridion's evaluation of the developer's responsive support and professionalism. He also contacted me to explain that he would correct the problem of the intel only build and then followed up when he uploaded the universal binary. Many thanks, Takashi Hamada.
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+33
Rwebber commented on 26 Jan 2011
The current build is not a universal binary -- it is intel only. I know the betas supported the older architecture. Developer, could you produce a build for those of us who still use older PPC macs? Thank you.
[Version 1.0.1]

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+837
Espiridion replied on 26 Jan 2011
I don't think that the developer monitors Macupdate, but I have sent him an email about this issue.
burypromote
+2

+33

Rwebber reviewed on 13 Jan 2011
In good faith I bought NeO 2 beta 11 for Leopard 10.5 (it is currently beta 13). Now you release the app for 10.6.6 only and no longer compile it as a universal binary. Developer, I didn't pay you to beta test your application and then have you dump me for the app store. Please release a final version universal binary of NeO 2 for those of us who already paid for it. I realize my PowerBook G4 is outdated, but I selected and paid for your app precisely because it would run on 10.5 Leopard. If you are unable to produce a final version of NeO 2, please refund my money.
[Version 2.0 beta 13]

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Rwebber replied on 27 Jan 2011
I apologize to Takashi Hamada for the above review. In lieu of the wave of developers who abandoned their loyal users to embrace the potentials of the AppStore, I wrongly assumed that Takashi had done the same. The developer has made good on his product. I regret that I am unable to remove this review. I certainly view the product and the developer with renewed confidence and highly recommend that you try this software.
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Xlii rated on 12 Feb 2014

[Version 1.0.29]



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Cpoetter rated on 10 Nov 2012

[Version 1.0.22]



+837

Espiridion rated on 25 May 2012

[Version 1.0.19]



+33

Rwebber rated on 28 Jan 2011

[Version 1.0.1]



Giseong rated on 09 Dec 2010

[Version 2.0 beta 12]


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NeO is a powerful outliner built for OS X. Using NeO, you can efficiently manage and organize pieces of information. NeO supports basic outliner facilities, such as creating, moving, sorting, grouping, combining and gathering items. And the useful facilities help you manage and organize information.
  • Capable of importing graphics and multiple fonts for text.
  • Can split editors.
  • Can zoom editors.
  • Multiple columns.
  • Inline comments.
  • Multiple-file find.
  • Highlighting with color labels.
  • Cloning.
  • Hoisting.
  • Labeling.
  • Bookmark.
  • Filtering.
  • Linking among items, fields and texts.
  • Linking to files.
  • Background colors for text, item and document.
  • Cascading style sheet.
  • Named styles.
  • Can export to text, RTF, Microsoft Word®, HTML and OPML format files.
  • Can import from text, RTF, Microsoft Word®, OPML, MORE™ format files.
  • Spotlight support.
  • Quick Look support.
  • Universal Binary.
  • 64-bit support.


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