Of course you do. Outlines were a writing and organizing tool forced onto unsuspecting minds by the teaching establishment to help us learn how to think before we wrote, how to organize and plan better, how to view our projects in both expanded and collapsed mode.
Way back in the earlier days of the Mac outline tools were aplenty but mostly the same; a mere digital onscreen version of the collapsable and expandable outline of yesteryear. Well, here’s an outliner for Mac users that positively absolutely thinks different.
It’s called Tree. It’s an outliner app. It expands and collapses vertically much like most outliners. But it also expands horizontally. Here’s what Tree looks like in standard vertical mode (much like the outliners we knew and loathed by yesteryear).
Vertical mode outlines are good for all that outlines have been good for through the ages. Writing. Ideas. Taking notes. Planning. That’s the tree view, or standard vertical mode of outlining.
With a single click here’s what Tree looks like in horizontal mode.
Uh oh. Things have changed. And for the better.
Tree’s horizontal mode opens up a different way of thinking different. Now you can see processes and procedures in a timeline rather than a list. That makes tree good for planning details over time.
Frankly, it’s more intuitive than the traditional vertical mode. The only negative is that working in horizontal mode is that you can’t work on multiple documents in a single window, but that’s a minor nit compared to the value of viewing projects, processes, procedures or whatever else suits your fancy in horizontal tree mode.
With Tree, outlines are an old tool made new again simply by changing the direction of the outline.