One of the first things I set about finding when I switched over to the iPhone was an outliner. As a developer-slash-designer-slash-consultant-slash-CTO I spend a lot of time making outlines of notes and tasks for things I’m working on. If it’s a “to do” I use a to-do manager, but if it’s something that’ll take weeks or months, I have to capture all of the steps and know where I am.
I settled on Carbonfin Outliner as it did everything I wanted and nothing I didn’t.
For starters, the outliner works great. It has all the standard means of moving things around. Items can be just an outline bullet or have a check-box on them, to mark off tasks as they get completed. Even cooler on the check-boxes is that the parent item turns into a disc which gets more complete as you check things off. I’ve seen outliners that have the checkboxes, but you always have to expand a parent task to see how far along you are.
There are niceties like a “small fonts” mode, so you can see more text. You can store unlimited outlines on the app and the home screen allows the list of outlines to be reordered. Again, many outliners force you into sorted view, but Carbonfin gives you total control.
What I love most though is that there is a web-based app that’s a companion to the iPhone app – and the two auto-sync. The web-based app is almost identical in function to what you find on the iPhone, save for it’s mouse-and-keyboard driven and even more minimalist since your primary interface is, after all, the iPhone.
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