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VimOutliner : Outline processor designed for lightning fast authoring

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* What is VimOutliner?

VimOutliner is an outline processor with many of the same features as Grandview, More, Thinktank, Ecco, etc. Features include tree expand/collapse, tree promotion/demotion, level sensitive colors, interoutline linking, and body text.

What sets VimOutliner apart from the rest is that it's been constructed from the ground up for fast and easy authoring.  Keystrokes are quick and easy, especially for someone knowing the Vim editor. The mouse is completely unnecessary (but is supported to the extent that Vim supports the mouse). Many of the VimOutliner commands start with a double comma because that's very quick to type.

Many of the VimOutliner commands start with a double comma ",," because that's very quick to type. All VimOutliner files have the ".otl" extension. For an overview of the VimOutliner commands you can type ":h vo_cheatsheet" when you have opened an otl file. For help on VimOutliner type ":h vo"

* Usage

VimOutliner has been reported to help with the following tasks:
  - Project managment.
  - Password wallet
  - To-do lists.
  - Account and cash book.
  - 'Plot device' for writing novels.
  - Inventory control.
  - Hierarchical database.
  - Web site managment.

* Characteristics

  - Fast.
  - Extensible through plugins.
  - Many post-processing scripts allow exporting to multiple formats.
  - Extensive documentation.
install details
To install from the zip file in this page do the following:
$ unzip vimoutliner-0.4.0..zip
$ cd vimoutliner-0.4.0
$ sh install.sh

Releases are available here:


To install from the gzip archive follow these steps:

$ tar -xzvf vimoutliner-0.4.0.tgz
$ cd vimoutliner-0.4.0
$ sh install.sh

Or install by using Pathogen.

cd ~/.vim/bundle && git clone https://github.com/vimoutliner/vimoutliner.git

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package script version date Vim version user release notes
vimoutliner-0.4.0.zip 0.4.0 2014-10-21 7.0 Vim Outliner Added a list-based tags feature similar to org-mode
Complete rewrite of the outline math plugin.
Added colorscheme option to vimoutlinerrc and directory
Modified install.sh
Added VimOutliner icons to the repository.
Added information on pathogen installation to INSTALL file.x
Added votl_maketags manpage
Bug fixes, corrections and updates
vimoutliner-0.3.7.zip 0.3.7 2014-04-23 7.0 Vim Outliner This update of VimOutliner adds new plugins and scripts. Cleanup of code, bug fixes, and corrections of documentation. Faster checkboxes and more optimization.
vimoutliner-0.3.6.zip 0.3.6 2011-05-21 7.0 Vim Outliner This version has updated documentation and some bug fixes.
vimoutliner-0.3.5.zip 0.3.5 2011-03-21 7.0 Vim Outliner * Additions/Changes:
- Moved all files inside $HOME/.vim.
- Added a cheat sheet to the documentation.
- Added smart-paste plugin.
- Added and updated post-processor scripts:
- Added syntax support for _ilink_.
- Hoist plugin disabled by default.
- Layout of vo_readme.txt made more similar to Vim help.

* Bug fixes:
- ,,S did not work. Fixed
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