I bought a copy of OmniOutliner 3 shortly after getting my first MacBook. Now, almost six years later, OmniGroup has released version 4 of the venerable Mac outliner. For reference, I wrote a review of OmniOutliner 3 for Mac Appstorm a few years ago (note: Appstorm is folding its tent, so I do not know how long this link will be live).
I have not used version 4 yet, so this is not a review, just an announcement about the software. You can read more about the new version here. Here’s a quote from that blog post with the listing of the significant new features:
You’ll see a new, modern sidebar. When coupled with the cleaner inspectors, styles are much easier to use. It’s the same system we added to OmniOutliner 2 for iPad — easier to understand and a breeze to get the look you want. Not great with color schemes and Big Font Decisions? It’s easy with Theme Styling, — just head to Format→Apply Template Theme, and choose something that looks good. (You can do this with any existing document that has a style you like — OmniOutliner will apply its color, size, and font.)
And the most requested feature, text zooming, has come to the Mac! Quickly increase your text sizes (without worrying about changing your print or page settings) to easily see or share your on-screen outline.
…and much more! We added Smart Match (for when typing in a Pop-up List cell), new date parsing logic, column hiding, a Resource Browser, a fantastic new sidebar — hey, just give it a download!
We’re also growing our library of resources to aid new users. The latest is an OmniOutliner tutorial, Working in OmniOutliner 4, that covers all the basics: from outlining fundamentals to creating your own templates or themes. Available as an EPUB or PDF.
Honestly, this feels like a weak list of improvements for something we’ve waited for for so long. Also, it will only run on the Mavericks operating system.
After I’ve had a chance to try it out, I’ll write more about OmniOutliner 4 if I think it deserves the attention.