Great review! Thanks for following up on your promise :)
A few comments. Perhaps it’s worth pointing out that in effect you had given examples of how CT can be used both as a single-pane outliner and as a two-pane (or even a hybrid three-pane) outliner.
I would argue that there is even a third way (and possibly even more) in which CT can be used as an outliner, if we take “outlining” in a broader sense as building hierarchies. E.g. simply by having your obligatory home page and having outbound links from this home page you in effect are creating an outline, which can be viewed in the Navigator.
The limitation of the Navigator view is that you can’t really manipulate the order of the child items displayed, as they are automatically displayed in the chronological order in which they have been created or modified.
Regarding the TOC version of outlining in CT I’d add that it has the added benefit of being able to do real-time or reverse outlining, as the items (headings) being added to either a developing or finished text are displayed in real time in the TOC pane, as one types them.
As for not being able to drag headings around in the TOC, I believe that is going to change in v. 6, as I’ve seen it in the beta already. Not only will you be able to move around headings (dragging with the mouse or via keyboard shortcuts), but the associated text under the heading will also move, so the TOC will turn into a true two-pane outliner, where you can use the TOC to restructure even a completed text.
Regarding the Freemind export, I’m not sure what has gone wrong. However, I can say that exporting into Freeplane (which for me is an improved version of Freemind) works beautifully, and as a bonus, the links to topics are preserved, so by clicking on them, Freeplane will launch CT and open the corresponding topic. The only thing is that you must have a single top-level item in your original CT outline to which all sub-levels belong because Freeplane can only have one central starting node (a limitation on the part of Freeplane, not CT).
This is the long-awaited review of the outliner in ConnectedText. I’m not going to actually make this part of the OneNote Smackdown, because it has been too long since I was in that mind frame and I can’t reproduce it well enough to do an accurate comparison. But outlining in CT is interesting because there are some unique wrinkles, so here we go.
Really there are two ways to outline in CT. I’m going to start with and concentrate on the dedicated outlining window, but I’ll cover the second way within this context toward the end of this review.
Open the outlining window (via the View menu), you’re presented with this unassuming little window:
The window can be free floating or docked to the main window and opens in the position it was in when you last closed it.
Use the CTRL-Enter key combination to create your first item…
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