OmniOutliner 5 | Best Apps and Games 23 February,2020

OmniOutliner 5

This is OmniOutliner 5: a flexible, svelte, and focused app for creating, collecting, and organizing information and ideas. OmniOutliner Essentials is simple—everything you need to get started. Pro adds powerful features like smart columns, password protection, keyboard shortcuts, and plenty more. Try out both for free!

Use an outline to put structure on new ideas and stories, quickly rearrange a document’s flow, and construct beautiful document for sharing with built-in themes. But it’s way more than just an outlining tool—you’ve got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, pop-up lists, and a fantastically rich styles system at your disposal.

It’s perfect for drafting a simple to-do list, creating an agenda for a meeting, taking notes at said meeting, planning events, writing anything from diaries to screenplays, or any other task that calls for structured text.


With the free two week trial, you can try all of the features of Essentials and Pro without buying anything. After the trial, you can continue to use OmniOutliner to view documents for free.


• Filters: Use the search field in the toolbar to do a quick keyword filter.
• Document Stats: Row, word, and character count of the view are displayed in the bottom status bar.
• Distraction-Free Mode: Automatically hide the toolbar when switching to full screen mode.
• Side Margins: In full-screen mode, drag the margin borders to set the width of your outline independent of your display width.

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• Cell Highlight: The cell currently being edited is indicated by a highlight on the left edge to give you more context of where and how big the cell is.


• Touch Bar: Use and customize the Touch Bar for quick access to features.
• Dark Mode: OmniOutliner’s UI adapts to match your document theme’s background color.
• Bottom Padding: You’ll no longer be stuck typing at the bottom of the window with the extra padding added below outlines.
• Typewriter Mode: Keep your eye line constant by automatically keeping the active row in the middle of the screen.
• New File Format: OmniOutliner 5 uses a new .ooutline format: a flat (zipped) file that is more compatible with third-party cloud sync platforms.
• Pro Document Compatibility: Documents containing Pro features are fully viewable in Essentials, along with an option to import a copy that removes all Pro content.


• Filters: Create and save complex filters based on status, column data, and boolean operations.
• Password Encryption: Add a password to your documents to secure them with AES-256 encryption.
• Slide-in Sidebars: In full screen mode, moving the mouse cursor to either edge of the screen makes the corresponding sidebar appear temporarily.
• Style Preview: A preview of the style you are inspecting is shown at the top of the inspectors.
• Multiple-Row Focus: Focus on multiple selections by command-clicking them in the sidebar section list.
• Resize Column to Fit: Select a column and have OmniOutliner adjust the width to fit your content for you with the Resize to fit button in the Column Type Inspector.
• Specify Column Widths: The Column Inspector now has an editable field for the column width. The outline column can also be set to automatically resize with the window or be set to a specific width.

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• Keyboard Shortcuts: Easily customize keyboard shortcuts to your own liking within the app.
• Excel Export: Export to the Excel (xlsx) format.

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If you have any feedback or questions, we’d love to hear from you! The Omni Group offers free tech support: you can reach us by email at [email protected], by phone at 1-800-315-6664 or +1-206-523-4152, or on twitter at @omnioutliner.

Thank you!

OmniOutliner 5.0.3 is a minor update focused on fixing issues with Launch Services and the .ooutline format, and improving the experience of working with autosizing outlines.

Recent Changes

• General: OmniOutliner 5 should always be recognized by Launch Services as the default for .ooutline files regardless of what other apps are installed. If you’re still having trouble associating .ooutline files with OmniOutliner 5, please contact support with Help > Contact Omni.
• Styles: Fixed cases where moving between rows with the arrow keys would not reset the style attributes to the default for the current row. This could have caused Essentials to create documents that would be detected as Pro.
• Columns (PRO): Changes to a column width due to typing a value in the Width field in the Column Type inspector are correctly saved.
• Columns (PRO): When the window border lines up with a column edge, it will not be possible to resize that column by dragging on that edge in the row content area. This is to prevent accidental changes to the column size when the intent is to change the window size. The right-most column edge in the column header area is still a valid target for drag-resizing in this case.

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• Columns (PRO): Resizing additional columns through any means, including using the Resize to Fit option, will not turn off Autosize for the outline column. Instead the outline column will adjust width to accommodate the change after the resize is done, assuming size constraints are not encountered.
• Columns: In full-screen mode, the Autosize setting for the outline column will be disabled and can not be changed. Adjusting the outline column width, or in turn adjusting the margins, will preserve the Autosize setting. This allows adjustment of margins in full-screen mode while still returning to an autosizing document in window mode.
• Columns: In split-screen mode, the Autosize feature for the outline column will act like the document is in window mode instead of full-screen. This allows you to adjust the split-screen size without also having to manually adjust your outline width.
• Interface (PRO): Changes to the background color of the Column Titles style will properly update on screen.
• Import (PRO): Importing a plain text or rich text file to the Pro Edition will correctly enable the use of the sidebars.
• General: Unlocking Essentials or Pro when open documents are in the read-only state will automatically enable those documents for edits.
• Print: Essentials will not automatically scale print output to fit page width. Instead it will always wrap the content to the page width and respect the print scale in Page Setup.
• Print (PRO): The Print option of Filter rows by status checkbox > Include unchecked will include mixed state rows so unchecked child rows appear.
• Copy/Paste: Pasting data from earlier versions of Excel no longer result in a PDF attachment.
• Exports: Changed the RTF export format to use multiple leading tabs per row level so that apps such as Mail that don’t properly support modified tab stops will appear with correct indentation. Wrapped text still may not appear correctly aligned in these cases.
• Stability (PRO): Fixed a crash triggered by collapsing a section in the keyboard shortcut list while the shortcut field had focus.
• Toolbar: The Share button will have priority to be visible in the toolbar when there isn’t room for all icons to display due to it being non-functional when moved to the extras menu.

For more details, please see the longer release notes which are available from the Help menu.

We appreciate that you’re taking the time to read these release notes. If you are enjoying OmniOutliner, please consider rating it in the Mac App Store!

If you have any feedback or questions, we’d love to hear from you! The Omni Group offers free tech support: you can reach us by email at [email protected], by phone at 1-800-315-6664 or +1-206-523-4152, or on twitter at @omnioutliner.

Thank you!

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