The idea in WhizFolders is to outline the notes only by their "titles." You can select multiple titles easily and move them. Do you realize what you have been missing in your word processor all this time?In a word processor, selecting the whole text of notes for moving would be too difficult or almost impossible. The multi-selection paradigm is missing in word processors.
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One program, many text applications!In fact, this concept of a tree list is so flexible that you can use WhizFolders for many similar activities like writing, learning, a task list, a textual calendar, and more.
See the presentation.
How does it help when rearranging the notes?Less scrolling: It's like looking at a table of contents, fully under your control. You have to scroll less to see the whole outline or structure of your document.
Drag and drop ease: Less scrolling also helps when you need to select a bunch of notes and move them to a different place in the hierarchy.
Powerful multi-selection, easy promote and demote and more. Let's continue this discussion below.
How to assimilate new information, breaking it up in manageable chunksI made the above notes many years back when reading a nice book on copy writing. When I found something worth noting, I made a new note in the outline and put it properly in the hierarchy.
Note that I may not have followed the author's original hierarchy but made my own outline according to what I think fits where. As a result, I now have notes that I can review very quickly. Moreover, if I learn any new tricks that are related, I can insert them quickly in a proper place in the outline.
Reverse thinking, how to write a new bookNow let's take a look at this example from the reverse angle. If you were a writer, you could use this kind of outline to plan a new book on copy writing. You would be noting down thoughts and ideas on copy writing that come to your mind. But in this case, since the thoughts are random, you would be noting them down in different parts of the outline where they really belong. The end result would be quite like this but the sequence of creating the outline may not be same.
WhizFolders gives you features to easily move outline items from one place to another by simple drag and drop or promote/demote buttons. In the end, when you think a book draft is ready, you can print the whole book with the outline automatically converted into a table of contents. Or, you can export the whole or part of the outline to an RTF file for refining in a word processor or for sending to an editor.
You don't have to horizontally scroll the outlining list to see complete items. Each item is word-wrapped.
You can highlight specific outline items by changing their highlight color or by changing the icons.
You can hoist part of an outline to concentrate on it. Other parts of the outline are hidden from you to avoid distraction.
WhizFolders is primarily a two-pane outliner. But at times, you want to view the complete outline along with note contents, indented. Deluxe edition supports this feature.
You can insert pictures, tables and OLE objects, such as Excel Spreadsheets. What's the use? You can keep usage notes about the spreadsheet in the same note.
Copy, paste works just the way you would want it to work. If you copy some outline items and paste them in the same or another outline, the child items are automatically pasted. If you paste them in an external application like Microsoft Word, a merged copy is pasted.
Just select complete or partial outline in the list and do a print or export to get a merged draft that you can use in your word processor for those final finishing touches. Acopy, paste operation can also merge the selected outline items, with or without headings.
When you paste information from a web site, the location is automatically pasted for reference. This is a great way to quickly collect information from the Internet and later research it by using the links pasted with them.
You can insert links that allow you to jump from note to related notes. Helps tremendously when reviewing and brainstorming the notes.
You can insert links going to external files, folders and web sites. So you can use WhizFolders as a launchpad or bookmark manager with the added feature of keeping helpful notes about those links.
You can turn your outline into a simple, free format To Do List by showing Checkmarks on each item. See the presentation for an example.
An outline note item is automatically pasted when you do a copy clipboard in another application. There is no need to switch back and forth between the other application and WhizFolders.
You can find one or more notes easly by doing a boolean search for words with AND, OR, NEAR.
Assign Tags (Keywords) to outline items and find them easily. Tags are used to assign relevant terms not present in the actual text of an item.
When dragging items in the outline from one position to another, precise drop marks appear to guide you as to where the dragged items will be dropped. You can drag and drop multiple items and even complete branches of items. See the presentation for a small video on this feature.
You can export the merged outline in Word compatible RTF or outline format. This helps give fine finishing touches to your final draft in Word.
You can recover old or accidentally deleted notes from a "changed notes" database.