Every now and again I run into a Mac app that is a mashup of different functions which create a whole that’s greater than the sum of the parts. That’s Outline for Mac. The title implies an outliner app, but Outline could use a different name because it’s much more because of how it works.
Outline is as much a notes taking app as anything, and the notes you can take and create and format are nothing sort of remarkable. It’s as if someone took the best and most elegant functions for a notes app, a word processor, an outliner, and a page layout app, and mashed them all together to form Outline.
An image is worth a thousand words. See? This is not your father’s outliner app.
Outline works like an outliner with easy tools to setup a hierarchy in typical outline fashion, but sections, pages and groups can be customized and categorized. Unlike typical outliner apps, it is not easy to get lost in Outline as the collapsible tree is always visible.
Outline also works like a word processor or layout app. You can easily drop in photos to create a visually pleasing document; complete with text formatting, tags, todo lists, bullet points, and much more. Including tables.
Tabs? Outline has tabs so you can open multiple sections and navigate with a click. Documents are called notebooks, always visible in the lefthand sidebar. Here’s the really good news. Outline is available on the Mac App Store but comes with a trial try-before-you-buy option.
And, Outline is available for the iPad.
Backup options are many, Outline syncs documents between Mac and iPad (Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and each document can be password protected. You can spend more for lunch than you’d spend on both Outline versions, Mac and iPad. Nicely done and affordable.