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OmniOutliner Essentials
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OmniOutliner Essentials

Organize your ideas, projects, and more (was OmniOutliner).

OmniOutliner Essentials overview

OmniOutliner Essentials (was OmniOutliner) 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.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.

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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Information

License

Shareware

Size

41.7 MB

Downloads

129092

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 11.0.0 or later
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zlazkow
zlazkow
Jul 31 2021
5.8.5
0.0
Jul 31 2021
0.0
Version: 5.8.5
wanted to try, unfortunately you need to signUP, to create an "account". for a trial ? why?
Zarquon
Zarquon
Nov 10 2019
5.4.2
4.0
Nov 10 2019
4.0
Version: 5.4.2
Does nearly everything I want it to, for cheap. I use it to keep lists of all sorts of things, including my daily routines. I do wish it had an “uncompleted” checkmark option.
StrictlyBagel
StrictlyBagel
Jun 28 2019
5.4.2
1.0
Jun 28 2019
1.0
Version: 5.4.2
Imagine having a baby, raising him up to age 5, and then chopping off arms, legs, and hands. That's what happened to OmniOutliner Standard or "Essentials" as they now call it. I recently found that Omni Group even removed the ability to paste images into outlines! A feature that was present with the standard version since 1.0! Sad, really sad these business practices.
Funjoy
Funjoy
Apr 10 2017
5.0.1
4.5
Apr 10 2017
4.5
Version: 5.0.1
For the $10 price, no outliner really matches its abilities or polish. I played with the downloadable demo by importing an OPML file I'd created in my old outliner (Opal) and it handled the import flawlessly and the outliner ran faster than Opal too. So I switched. The Pro version has some nice additional features like attachments (including audio), rich text and extra/better themes, but I'm not sure it's yet worth an additional $40 or so to upgrade.
AppleFriend
AppleFriend
Aug 31 2016
4.6
5.0
Aug 31 2016
5.0
Version: 4.6
I have tried different organizers but never met such a mulfunctional utility! Really, it's fantastic. All you need is right in one app, moreover it's work very quickly. My friends also use Omni by my recommendations and are totally satisfied.
CDavid
CDavid
May 15 2015
4.2.2
0.0
May 15 2015
0.0
Version: 4.2.2
It's a good app to keep important things together. It's a lot better than Notes. There are multiple checkboxes, which help to track the completed and uncompleted tasks and many other things. I like it and would recommend it to my friends.
SimonM
SimonM
Feb 26 2014
4.0.2
0.0
Feb 26 2014
0.0
Version: 4.0.2
To me, the Omni apps and particularly OmniOutliner have always been a solution in search of a problem. It doesn't help that Omni Group sells three apps that all revolve around project and time management but aren't very well integrated, if at all. I don't think OmniOutliner functions well as a robust financial management solution or business support tool and certainly not a database. As a note-taking app maybe but there are plenty of other probably better alternatives and do you really want to spend $100 on an app to help you write notes? I'm sure there are people that use and enjoy outlining apps but they really don't do it for me and particularly not Omni Outliner.
Kihoalu
Kihoalu
Jan 17 2014
4.0
4.5
Jan 17 2014
4.5
Version: 4.0
So far, I like it. On a half day’s use. The interface got a facelift & they added a few features. I may have to upgrade to the Pro version upon reading the feature list. • Added column hiding to the desktop version. • Improved the formatting options palette. • Can add alternate row colors to just one column. • The sidebar can show just the bullet family (for lack of a better name) in the list by its itself. • Added a few new template options • Can add style themes to an outline. • They’ve revamped linking! • Re-added the ability to show notes in-line, or in a pane. Too soon to rate stability.
Tim27
Tim27
Oct 28 2012
3.10.6
0.0
Oct 28 2012
0.0
Version: 3.10.6
Is this the Halloween edition, with an orange and black icon? :)
Kihoalu
Kihoalu
Apr 3 2011
3.9.5
4.5
Apr 3 2011
4.5
Version: 3.9.5
I've had OmniOutliner since version 2, but stopped upgrading. Its been really fabulous, but every product has is reasonable price point. The inability to link as Circus Ponies is a drawback, they haven't yet enticed me to stay with the product as much as I love its multi-columns. (Useful multi-columns is what Circus Ponies lacks). This is what I used to use the long defunct (OS9 only) InControl PIM for, before stumbling onto OmniOutliner, as a ToDo manager that had a spreadsheet matrix built in. OmniOutliner Standard IS cheaper than OmniFocus, a nice offshoot that they made, as a GTD listmanager, but which they priced far past its a broad customer base. Outliner appears to have gone long in the tooth, because it hasn't really evolved much since the first cut of version 3, from my trial. Although, a matrixed outliner is pretty darn good as a tool. Give me both apps (Outliner & Focus) for the price of Outliner Pro, extend the license to encompass both a desktop & a laptop or iPad, maybe a really good family license price & I could spring for it again.
A-krzyzak
A-krzyzak
Jan 2 2009
3.8 beta 1
5.0
Jan 2 2009
5.0
Version: 3.8 beta 1
Fantastic program. Great flexibility for many purposes.
Saggis
Saggis
Jul 19 2007
3.6.2
0.0
Jul 19 2007
0.0
Version: 3.6.2
This program is utterly fantastic, perfect for use in lectures, best program to come with my Macbook Pro. This with OmniGraffle make killer programs. My notes are now killer! Cheers!
Gazman
Gazman
Aug 25 2006
3.6.1b3
0.0
Aug 25 2006
0.0
Version: 3.6.1b3
This, along with OmniWeb, seems to have been at beta stage for a long time for a .1 update.
Inik
Inik
Apr 20 2006
3.6beta3
4.8
Apr 20 2006
4.8
Version: 3.6beta3
Great little outliner. Eminently Applescriptable, file attachable, and generally extensible. There may be better pure outliners, but this is a wonderful general brainstorming and stuff-writing-storing program. It's also lickably OmniSoftware. Mmmm! New beta works great. No problems.
Guest
Guest
Nov 22 2005
3.5 rc 1
4.3
Nov 22 2005
4.3
Version: 3.5 rc 1
Elegant, stable, easy on the eye, great implementation of styles, ultra-scriptable, plays nice with Quicksilver and seems to have become an ubergeek fave. BUT... I do have to agree with previous posters, the absence of even the most primitive form of linking (the ideal would be word-to-word, but even cell-to-cell would be something) is pretty much incomprehensible. NoteTaker, Hog Bay, Tinderbox, TAO, NoteBook et al. can all do it with various degrees of sophistication, and it's useful. Very. So, Omni guys: how about it?
Guest
Guest
Jun 12 2005
3.0.3b3
4.3
Jun 12 2005
4.3
Version: 3.0.3b3
Sorry, this is not state of the art! Look at the price and compare with others. Omni Outliner "professional" can't even link between items. Looks pretty, that's all. Software from yesterday.
Gakesmith
Gakesmith
May 17 2005
3.0.3b1
0.0
May 17 2005
0.0
Version: 3.0.3b1
While I own licenses to both OmniOutliner and Tao, I use Tao for this reason: Tao works properly with SpellCatcher X, OmniOutliner 3.0 does not. The same applies to Grammarian X and other programs. This is because Tao conforms to Apple's prescribed input methods. OmniOutliner 3.0 does not.
Guest
Guest
Dec 14 2004
3.0b5
4.3
Dec 14 2004
4.3
Version: 3.0b5
Folks, Grow Up! OO2 and OO3 are both very well developed programs.
Guest
Guest
Dec 11 2004
3.0b5
4.3
Dec 11 2004
4.3
Version: 3.0b5
I tried CP Notebook, I tried using Word's Notebook layout view, but in the end, OmniOutliner 3 turns out to be exactly the app that I was looking for to take class notes. It's fast, doesn't get in the way, has styles (and style!), and has an educational discount that I will definitely take advantage of. Simply wonderful...
Omnisupportguy
Omnisupportguy
Dec 11 2004
3.0b5
0.0
Dec 11 2004
0.0
Version: 3.0b5
Boy; there's a lot to respond to here. Yeah, there are different users out there, and they want different things. When we decided to start in on OmniOutliner 3, there were at least three broad categories of users we could go for. Some folks used OmniOutliner 2 as a to-do list and organizer - they wanted one set of features. Other folks looked at the fact that we had columns and summaries and wanted us to go in a more spreadsheet-y direction. The largest broad category of feedback we got, though, was "I really like writing in OmniOutliner, but I need to export my document to Word, or AppleWorks, or before I can show it to anyone." Many of these users were the folks that ponied up far more than Outliner costs, even at the new pricing for a tool from back in the day called MORE. I used to do a lot of OmniOutliner support, and I cannot count for you the number of times that we got email that began "I really like OmniOutliner, but I used to use this tool called MORE..." This broad class of users was the bigger than the other broad categories, and when you're developing any application, you have to prioritize. The features you *could* implement will always be more numerous than the features you have time to actually implement. So, yes, we focused on better presentation in our documents and on the printed page. We added tools for the folks that we know wanted those things. Those users are lawyers, students, teachers, and authors. If you're the type of user that doesn't care one whit about what things look like, if you're the sort of user whose documents are just used to keep yourself on track and they never leave the format of your monitor, then I can understand you being a little disappointed by version three. It, quite honestly, was not designed for you as a user. And I'm sorry for that; if we had infinite time and infinite resources, we'd have loved to develop everything at once and present you with an app that did the data-driven stuff you're after and had great presentation features. We ran the risk, however, of becoming the Mozilla of outliners, though - nifty, feature-packed code that takes so long to appear that no one really cares any more when it does arrive. Okay. About pricing. For the standard version, we definitely had some people here who opposed increasing the price at all. However, other people felt very strongly that the product was underpriced at $29.95, and the "That's all? Are you crazy?" look we'd get at MacWorld when we demoed version 2 factored into the "what do we price 3" discussion. We definitely do not plan to do this with every iteration of the product. Of course I can't promise we'll never increase the price again, but this was a 'fixing what we thought was wrong' decision, not an "inflate the pricing" strategy we want to adhere to every time we release a new version. As for Pro, we had a lot to consider. We looked at the feature set, we looked at its retail competitors, NoteTaker and NoteBook ($69 and $49), we looked at our past experience selling Pro versions of our software. We offer features no other outliner does (named styles, for instance), in addition to being on par with similarly-priced apps. Of course, charging for the sum of its parts means that some folks only want one feature in Pro, and that one feature costs them the whole upgrade. Other folks, though, get a heck of a deal. And if you don't need any of the features in Pro at all, that's why we offer standard. We look at it as saving some of our customers money, rather than forcing anyone to pay for features that they don't need. And lastly: comparison with other applications. All I'll say is that when you have multiple applications that are doing the same sorts of things, you end up with feature overlap. In some case this is out-and-out copying; in other cases, it's a simple case of parallel evolution. If you don't care a whit about styles, then OmniOutliner 3 may not be for you. We don't hate you for that fact, and all we ask is that you not hate us or our users because they do. If anybody copied anything, Tao, Outliner, and the other Outliners popping up in the last three years all copied from MORE; we just picked different features and we did it in different orders. =)
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