Well, by happy accident it seems I missed out on one teeny weeny aspect of the OO3 beta testing programme: the NDAs we signed have been scratched, so we can start talking about the app in public now. Phew.
OmniOutliner will be released in two flavours: version 3.0, and Professional. I’ve been using a copy of the latter, so all these comments are based on my use of that.
This is a significant upgrade, there’s a great many new features that expand the abilities of OmniOutliner, rather than simply updating existing features. Consider how OmniWeb’s recent releases have impressed reviewers; the application has earned a reputation as a powerful browsing tool for professionals, one that is worth paying money for, even in a market dominated by free alternatives.
OmniWeb has unique features that no other browser developer has even considered. OmniOutliner Pro is now following the same path.
The new Inspector panel
A document window
With Named Styles, you can apply a style to a document, or even just a row or column. Individual rows can now have their own gutter color, and there are three new summaries available per-row (minimum, maximum and average).
The File menu now lets you open one of your Document Templates. When recording audio clips directly into a document, you can choose from no less than 14 compression methods in the Audio Preferences.
Notes can now be displayed inline, along with the rest of the document - a potentially useful option for many writing tasks, at least in my working environment.
The whole thing looks so much nicer. Just moving through a document highlights each entry with a cool rounded highlight color. Email addresses and URLs appear in their own little curved blobs; the experience is very pleasing to the eye.
The only problem I had with OOPro was on opening a particularly large outline file (actually, the exported OPML of my efforts to use TAO as an all-purpose writing tool). Opening it took quite a while, and making edits within it was slow. However, I think this has more to do with my iBook’s RAM and processor configuration than it does with OOPro itself.
Hands up if you like outliners