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iOS 7 Support Coming This Fall

Posted on Jun 21, 2013

With Apple's release of iOS 7 Beta 1 to developers last week, we're hard at work making your Outline Pro experience even better!

What's Going to Change?

It's no surprise that Apple has innovated again—this time by giving iOS 7's look and feel a complete makeover. We're spending the summer making all kinds of improvements to Outline Pro's interface and experience so that you can get the most our of our app when iOS 7 launches this fall. Outline Pro 2.3 is going to be revamped and even more intuitive, with all the great features you need!

You can learn more about iOS 7 on Apple's website: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios7/.

Is It Free?

Of course! All the changes will be free updates from the App Store for our customers.

What About Older iOS Versions?

Not to worry! If you're planning on sticking with iOS 6 for a while, or if you have a first-generation iPad with iOS 5, we'll still be fully supporting Outline Pro on your device. Even though it's a lot more work for us, making our app accessible to everybody is very important. So if you're a student or a school using older iPads (or iPhones/iPods) running iOS 5 or 6, you'll continue to get the full Outline Pro experience and support from our development team.

We hope you're as excited as we are for our next big release this fall for iOS 7!

iCloud Coming to Outline Pro

Posted on Mar 2, 2013

Now that we're in the final stages of our iPhone app, we're excited to tell you about an update that's just around the corner–iCloud sync!

What Will It Do?

With iCloud sync enabled, all your outlines will be saved to iCloud instead of your device. You'll be able to open any outline from all your devices and keep all your changes synchronized.

You can learn more about iCloud from Apple's website: http://www.apple.com/icloud/.

To use iCloud sync, you only need to enable it once in the app's settings. You can also turn it off at any time, and all your iCloud outlines will be copied to your device.

When Will It Be Available?

Our plan is to first release iCloud sync as an update to Outline Pro for iPad in March. Then, when we've finalized Outline Pro for iPhone, we'll release it with iCloud already built in.

UPDATE Mar 29, 2013: We're finishing up a few last-minute changes and expect to launch the iCloud update for the iPad as well as the iPhone app in mid-April. Sorry about the delay and thanks for your patience!

What Will Change?

Users of Outline Pro for iPad may notice a few small feature changes to accommodate iCloud sync:

  • New outlines with no changes will no longer be deleted when closed. In the past, creating an outline and closing it without making any changes would delete the outline. Because of how iCloud works, and to make our app a little more intuitive, outlines won't be deleted unless you delete them.
  • Overwriting outlines will no longer be allowed. Instead, you'll be notified that the outline name you're creating is already taken in the folder you chose. You can always delete the old outline and save the new one.

We hope you're looking forward to our upcoming iCloud update. And, of course, there's the iPhone app coming soon!

Five Reasons Every Student Needs an Outline

Posted on Feb 16, 2013

Have you ever gotten stuck on the first sentence of your paper? Or the title? Or what main point you're going to argue? What about the unexpected writer's block halfway through?

 
 

Writing a paper, essay or report is hard. It takes time. Turning research, notes, reference materials and ideas into work you can be proud of is a huge task! But it doesn't have to be the struggle many students make it into. The solution? Start with an outline.

"But every project is different. Mine doesn't need an outline."
"An outline is more work on top of writing the paper."

No, and no.

Writing an outline will make the task of writing much, MUCH easier. You'll save time, and you'll get a better end-result. Here's why:

You need a reference point for your ideas.

You don't want to write a rant. If you're going to write without an outline, you might find yourself coming up with too many different ideas as you're writing. You might also find yourself stuck, unable to come up with enough arguments to support your main point. In either case, how much time will you lose coming up with ideas and editing them while you're writing? Imagine how much easier it would be if you had some solid points for your topic, supported by a good amount of evidence, all before you start writing.

You need flow.

You want your writing to be easy to read and understand. Your ideas and arguments should have a logical sequence to them. How convenient would it be if you had all that planned out in advance? What if you already knew the points you wanted to make for your introduction, body and conclusion paragraphs?

You can write better.

There are two parts to writing: coming up with ideas and writing well. If you don't have an outline, you're trying to do both at the same time. Not only is it very difficult, but even if you manage to do it well, you're wasting a lot of time and energy each time you revise your ideas and change your text. With an outline, you get your ideas together first, and then you focus on writing well.

You won't have writer's block.

Okay, you might a little bit, but not when it comes to ideas! With an outline, you won't be struggling to put together ideas in your head as you focus on writing well--all at the same time. You'll know what points you want to make and how you want to make them. You'll be able to focus on the your words, and how you present your ideas. And maybe. just maybe, you won't need to go on Facebook to procrastinate each time you're stuck.

You need motivation.

An outline does much more than help you plan--it helps you track your progress, too. What would have been a seemingly-endless assignment turns into a task with a concrete beginning and end. Your outline is your progress tracker! With an outline, you'll know that every paragraph you write is bringing you closer to your goal.

Once in a while, you might find a project that wouldn't benefit from an outline. The other 95% of the time, you'll write better and finish faster with a good outline.

Outline Pro for iPhone Coming Soon!

Posted on Jan 29, 2013

It's a big day for us at IT Launchpad. Today, Outline Pro for iPhone enters beta testing. We're still adding a few new features, such as iCloud support and UI improvements, but the core of the app is ready. We're very excited to finally share it with you!

When Will It Be Available?

Our plan is sometime in March 2013.

UPDATE Mar 29, 2013: We're finishing up a few last-minute changes and expect to launch Outline Pro for iPhone as well as the iCloud update for our iPad app in mid-April. Sorry about the delay and thanks for your patience!

What Features Will Be Included?

All of them! Outline Pro for iPhone will have every single feature of Outline Pro for iPad -- and both versions will receive iCloud support, too. It's going to be the most advanced outliner for the iPhone.

Screenshots

Click on any screenshot to enlarge.

Outline Pro for iPhone's Structure panel.

The Structure panel slides out from the left.

Outline Pro for iPhone's Writing screen.

The Writing screen in action.

Outline Pro for iPhone's Options panel.

The Options panel slides out from the right.

Outline Pro for iPhone's Home screen.

The Home screen looks just like the iPad app's.

Outline Pro for iPhone's user interface.

The same great UI.

Outline Pro for iPhone's tutorial.

The tutorial has been completely optimized for iPhone.

What Will It Cost?

Outline Pro for iPhone will be a completely separate app from the current Outline Pro (for iPad). We plan to sell it for $4.99 on the App Store. We're also going to give away free download codes on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We're very excited to bring you Outline Pro for iPhone soon. Like our page on Facebook or follow @OutlineProApp on Twitter for updates!

Introducing Our New, Mobile-Optimized Site!

Posted on Jan 27, 2013

App developers often forget that user experience isn't just about their app – it's about making it fun and easy to learn about their app on their website!

With today's launch of our new website, we're doing just that.

Our new, mobile-optimized website at www.outlineproapp.com.

Click on the image to enlarge.

Why the new site?

It's simple: first, we need a site that looks and works great from any device – iPhone, iPad or computer. It's tough for users to constantly have to drag and pinch all over the screen just to read about an app.

Second, we've learned a lot about what our visitors want to know about Outline Pro, and we updated our content to make it easy to learn about Outline Pro's features.

So, what's new?
  • Top 10 Features. We organized our best features into a quick "Top 10" list. The screenshots can be zoomed and panned when viewed from a small screen, such as an iPhone!
  • Comparison with Competing Apps. We updated our full list of features to compare with top iOS outliners: OmniOutliner, Cloud Outliner and CarbonFin Outliner.
  • Blog. Now our users can learn about updates and get tips on using Outline Pro.
  • Testimonials. App Store reviews right on the home page.

We hope you like our new site! Send us your ideas and suggestions on our Contact Us page!

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