The life and growth of UV Outliner

Blog about development of UV Outliner

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UV Outliner is a small and powerful single-pane outliner. It is intended for creating, organizing, and collecting information.


In this blog I talk about development of UV Outliner, outliner software in general and productivity.
Hope you’ll enjoy reading! :-)


Written by Fedir Nepyivoda

January 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm

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  1. I thought that a good outliner for Windows didn’t exist, one that was simple, capanble and didn’t get in the way. Now I know about UW outliner. I’ve used OmniOutline on Macs for years. I’m glad to see there is a choice on Windows.

    David Bach

    September 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  2. I’m very glad to have stumbled upon this outliner. Indeed I was even considering to buy a Mac in order to get decent outlining support :-)
    There are a lot of “outliners” out there, however 99% of them are simple tree managers, which can be useful however is something completely different than outlining! What I like best of UV Outliner is, in order of my personal use and taste:
    1) the main concept is around a row of text that can be as short as a single word, or as long as a paragraph
    2) structure: each row can be moved around and/or subsumed by other rows in a intuitive manner
    These 2 features alone makes UV a real outliner! The rest, no matter how useful, “only” represent additional (very) nice to haves
    3) user-defined columns! I really really like this; Now I can keep track of my sources, turning text into referenced, evidence-based facts.
    4) checkmarks: Outlining is a stage, one phase of a process the results of which are awaiting further processing; I can now mark what has been processed, and what needs to be done still.
    5) printing and exporting: I can share my outlines and get remarks and suggestions.

    My prime advice to Fedir: Keep UVO focused on, and primarily facilitating, the process of outlining and don’t give in to the temptation of adding features that could turn it into so-called “multi-use”; Outlining is a clear, and clearly scoped, niche market where a smart selection of (very) nice-to-haves features can make UVO into a well-balanced and remarkably rich support application to your primary outlining process, or, if you give in to GTD or Project/task/Tree-mgt kind of features, turn UVO into yet-another, stuffed with tons of unused features, unclear, monstrous, many-headed but non-fitted, application with a vague domain of use.

    Paul B

    January 2, 2013 at 10:44 am

  3. Hi Fedir. UV is the first Windows outliner I actually enjoyed using, thank you for your work on it!


    March 27, 2013 at 6:55 am

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