Learning to create and use an outline ranks with learning how to write, type, and speak as among the best things to come out of my public school education. Outlines? Seriously? Other than a digital white board, a good Mac outliner might be one of the better organizational tools you can buy.
New on the scene is an outliner called NeO. It’s affordable, full-featured (looks like an outliner), and might be the easiest, fastest way to create, managed, and edit an outline to organize thoughts, setup procedures and methods, plan larger projects, or take meeting notes.
NeO looks like what you’d expect a Mac outliner to look like. Adding sections and indenting content in the standard outline method are child’s play, but the real claim to fame here is NeO’s ability to reorganize sections of an outline.
Unless you’re experienced, it’s best to start slow with an outline; simply employ what you learned about sections, sub-sections, and organize a project based upon what you know about outlining.
Looks familiar, no?
NeO is packed with useful features that go far beyond the outlining you learned in school. Graphics can be imported and dropped into the outline, as expected, but you can also customize the look and feel with different fonts and styles.
Then it gets interesting. Neo can handle multiple columns, place inline comments, highlight with colored labels, add bookmarks, insert links, change background colors for any element, even use– talk about getting geeky– CSS; cascading stylesheets.
If the typical outline above appears cumbersome, but usable, stay there because NeO has geek written all over it with an array of tools which would make an Excel master spreadsheet user blush.
Outlines can be filtered, sections can be cloned, and NeO supports hoisting, of course, plus styles can be named and the app imports and exports text, RTF, Word, OMPL, and can handle HTML, More and ACTA file formats.
This is no lightweight outliner, despite the nominal price tag. There’s plenty going on here and it’s worthy of the many five star reviews on the Mac App Store. A try-before-you-buy version is also available on the developer’s website, but, alas, there’s no iOS version to take outlines with you.
As to the original question, NeO might be the Mac’s best value in outliners, but doesn’t have the feature set (or the price tag) of Omni Outliner.