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Outlining features that you won't find elsewhere.

Take a look at the major distinguishing features of WhizFolders in a section below. Something like word-wrapped outline items sounds simple but is difficult to implement because each item in the list gets a different height. See the screenshot below for an example of such items in the left pane.
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Here is an example. I was making notes from a book on copy writing. I used WhizFolders to deepen my understanding of the subject by organizing the notes in my own hierarchy and sequence.

It often happens when reading a book. The author's hierarchy and the order of the chapters may not match your own learning sequence depending on how much you already know about the subject. Organizing your notes in an outlining list helps a lot to understand the new subject because when you go to review your notes, you find them in the perfect order that you already have in your mind.

What is the advantage of outlining in two panes here?

As you can see above, the left pane contains the hierarchical outlining list showing the titles of the notes. I call these titles "outline items" in the features section. You may have your own term for it, for example, some people know them as headings. The right pane shows the rich text content of the selected note. The advantage here is that you get a better overview of your whole outline with less scrolling because you only see the titles in the outlining list. A word processor shows you the content too in the same list but that requires too much scrolling and takes too much time to load huge outlines. Also, unlike a word-processor outline, each outline level item can have text or note content in it. Please see the presentation later for a more detailed explanation of the advantage of this approach. Also, we do have a "View Combined Outline" feature as described later that helps sometimes to see everything in one list.

Now please take a look at the outline in the left pane above. You can learn many aspects of how outlining helps from this example. The key points are explained below.

How to assimilate new information, breaking it up in manageable chunks

I 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 book

Now 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.

Major distinguishing features


Tree list of note titles

Convenient tree list to manage and outline notes by their titles. See the presentation to know why a list is better for managing your notes as compared to a word processor or editor where too much scrolling is involved.

Powerful rich text editor

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.

Find notes by Keyword Tags

Assign Tags (Keywords) to your notes and find them easily. Tags are used to assign relevant terms not present in the actual text of a note.

Changed notes archive

If you accidentally changed or deleted a note, you can recover them from a "changed notes" database.

Logical search with AND, OR

You can find one or more notes easly by doing a boolean search for words with AND, OR, NEAR.

Print full or partial list

Just select complete or partial list of notes and do a print or export to get a merged draft that you can use in your word processor for those final finishing touches. A copy, paste operation can also merge the selected notes, with or without headings, with or without level indents.

Clipboard auto collect

A note is automatically pasted when you do a copy to clipboard in another application. There is no need to switch back and forth between the other application and WhizFolders.

Web clippings

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.

Highlighting a note in the list

You can highlight specific notes in the list by changing their highlight color or by changing the icons.

Connect notes with links

You can insert links that allow you to jump from note to related notes. Helps tremendously when reviewing and brainstorming the notes.

Bookmarks for files and web

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.

Inituitive copy, paste with merge

Copy, paste works just the way you would want it to work. If you copy some notes and paste them in the same or another list, the child notes are automatically pasted. If you paste them in an external application like Microsoft Word, a merged copy is pasted.

Precise drag and drop

When dragging notes in the tree list from one position to another, precise drop marks appear to guide you as to where the dragged notes will be dropped. You can drag and drop multiple notes and even complete branches of notes. Alternatively, buttons are also there to move or change levels of the notes in the tree list.

Word compatible RTF export

You can export the merged outline (a bunch of notes) in Word compatible RTF or outline format. This helps give fine finishing touches to your final draft in Word.

Todo List or Task List

You can turn your notes list into a simple, free format To Do List by showing Checkmarks on each note. See the presentation for an example.

Advanced outlining features

If you have only done outlining in an editor or word processor, this is different! Read more.


The note titles are outline items

In WhizFolders, you outline the titles of the notes in a powerful tree list with drag and drop features. If you have never outlined in a list before, you will love this aspect. See the presentation to know how this gives you the combined power of an outliner and an organizer.

Word-wrapped outline items

You don't have to horizontally scroll the outlining list to see complete note titles. Each title is word-wrapped.

Hoisting and hiding

You can hoist part of an outline to concentrate on it. Other parts of the outline are hidden from you to avoid distraction.

View combined outline of notes

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.

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Within minutes of using WhizFolders, you will get ideas on how you are going to use it for many different tasks. Its applications are only limited by your imagination.

Here is an interesting Presentation on how you can use WhizFolders in many different ways--for writing, for learning, as a textual calendar, and a to do list. These are just the starting ideas. Once you get the hang of it, what you can do is only limited by your imagination.

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