Comparison with Competing Apps

What sets us apart? It's simple: our only focus is to help you write better. Whether you're a writer, a student or a business professional, we packed Outline Pro with all the tools you need to create a fantastic outline.

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      Outline Pro OmniOutliner Cloud Outliner CarbonFin Outliner
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Outline Pro OmniOutliner Cloud Outliner CarbonFin Outliner
Outline Editing        
Easily organize your outline into sections. Available      
Move and indent bullets just by dragging them with your finger. Available Partially available
OmniOutliner lets you drag one bullet to another position, and then moves all its sub-bullets afterwards. With Outline Pro, you drag and reposition bullets with their sub-bullets right away.
Partially available
Cloud Outliner lets you indent, but not reposition bullets (along with sub-bullets) by dragging them with your finger. To move one or more bullets, you need to first select the bullet(s) you want to move and then use the drag handles on the right to reposition them.
 
Indent bullets up to 6 levels deep. Available Available Available Available
Indent bullets to an unlimited depth. Skipped on purpose
Unlimited is great--for your smartphone data plan--not necessarily for how much you indent in your outline. Our user surveys found that (1) most users never needed to indent 6 levels, and (2) those who did made their outline too complicated to manage.

Great writing needs proper guidelines, so we allow indenting up to 6 levels deep. As a bonus, this allowed us to space out indented bullets in a way that makes your outline easier to read.
Partially available
OmniOutliner lets you indent as much as the screen will allow. Text indented too much becomes unreadable.
Partially available
Cloud Outliner lets you indent as much as the screen will allow. Text indented too much becomes unreadable.
Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner lets you indent as much as the screen will allow. Text indented too much becomes unreadable.
Quickly select many lines. Available Partially available
In OmniOutliner, you need to tap an edit button and then tap all the bullets and sub-bullets you want to select. With Outline Pro, you just drag two fingers across the screen to instantly select as many bullets as you want.
Available  
Organize outlines in folders. Available      
Add a list of sources to your outline. Link your text to your sources. Available      
Undo and redo changes. Available Available Available Partially available
In CarbonFin Outliner, you can only undo your last 4 changes. Outline Pro lets you undo and redo your last 100 changes.
Rich text editing (change text styles, colors) and image support. Skipped on purpose
Beta testing in the classroom taught us that users who spend time changing font styles, background colors, and other styles in their outline aren't spending time outlining.

To keep you focused on organizing ideas and prevent procrastination, Outline Pro only supports clean, plain text. You can always style your final draft as much as you want when you're done with your outline!
Available    
Optional bullets to write a topic and conclusion sentence for each paragraph (can be disabled). Available      
Import and Export        
Convert outline to paragraphs and open as a draft in your text editing apps. Available Partially available
OmniOutliner lets you export your outline to a text editing app as a list of bullets, but does not convert it into a written draft with sentences and paragraphs.
   
Import and export via Dropbox. Available   Available Available
Import and export via Google Drive. Available      
Import and export via Box. Available      
Export outline as a PDF file for annotation. Available Available    
Import and export as OPML to use with other apps or computer programs. Available Available Available Available
Export by email. Available Available Available Available
Print using AirPrint™. Available Available    
iCloud sync. Available Partially available
OmniOutliner doesn't support iCloud. You can sync using Omni Sync Server and WebDAV.
Available Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner doesn't support iCloud. You can sync using Dropbox and CarbonFin's server.
Customization        
Change the font size of your outline. Available Available Available  
Customize bullet appearance. Available Available   Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner only supports legal numbering for bullets (1, 1.1, 1.1.1), one of 10 bullet styles available in Outline Pro.
Word and character count as you type. Available      
Language Support        
Complete support for all languages and iPad keyboards. Available Partially available
OmniOutliner left-aligns text from languages that are written from right to left.
Partially available
Cloud Outliner left-aligns text from languages that are written from right to left.
Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner left-aligns text from languages that are written from right to left. It also incorrectly spaces text from certain languages that do not use alphanumeric characters.
Right-to-left outline editing (for Arabic, Hebrew and other RTL languages). Available      
Help and Assistance        
Templates to get you started quickly. Available Available    
Interactive in-app tutorial. Available      
Detailed help documentation inside the app. Available Available Partially available
Cloud Outliner preloads an outline file with a brief explanation of how the app works.
Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner preloads an outline file with a brief explanation of how the app works, and also has a short, 1-page documentation.
Send feedback and contact support without leaving the app. Available Partially available
OmniOutliner lets you send an email with feedback, but does not have a special feedback screen built into the app.
Partially available
Cloud Outliner lets you send an email with feedback, but does not have a special feedback screen built into the app.
Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner lets you send an email with feedback, but does not have a special feedback screen built into the app.
Device Support        
iPhone app. Available   Available Available
iPad app. Available Available Available Available
Computer program. Partially available
Outline Pro doesn't have a Mac or PC app, but does allow importing and exporting your outline as an OPML file, which can be used with almost any outliner program.
Available Available Partially available
Outline Pro doesn't have a Mac or PC app, but does support a web interface that can be accessed through your computer's web browser. It requires you use CarbonFin sync.

AvailableAvailable.
Skipped on purposeSkipped on purpose. Click or tap to learn why.
Partially availablePartially available. Click or tap to see details.

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      Outline Pro OmniOutliner Cloud Outliner CarbonFin Outliner
  Outline Pro OmniOutliner Cloud Outliner CarbonFin Outliner
Outline Editing        
Easily organize your outline into sections. Available      
Move and indent bullets just by dragging them with your finger. Available Partially available
OmniOutliner lets you drag one bullet to another position, and then moves all its sub-bullets afterwards. With Outline Pro, you drag and reposition bullets with their sub-bullets right away.
Partially available
Cloud Outliner lets you indent, but not reposition bullets (along with sub-bullets) by dragging them with your finger. To move one or more bullets, you need to first select the bullet(s) you want to move and then use the drag handles on the right to reposition them.
 
Indent bullets up to 6 levels deep. Available Available Available Available
Indent bullets to an unlimited depth. Skipped on purpose
Unlimited is great--for your smartphone data plan--not necessarily for how much you indent in your outline. Our user surveys found that (1) most users never needed to indent 6 levels, and (2) those who did made their outline too complicated to manage.

Great writing needs proper guidelines, so we allow indenting up to 6 levels deep. As a bonus, this allowed us to space out indented bullets in a way that makes your outline easier to read.
Partially available
OmniOutliner lets you indent as much as the screen will allow. Text indented too much becomes unreadable.
Partially available
Cloud Outliner lets you indent as much as the screen will allow. Text indented too much becomes unreadable.
Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner lets you indent as much as the screen will allow. Text indented too much becomes unreadable.
Quickly select many lines. Available Partially available
In OmniOutliner, you need to tap an edit button and then tap all the bullets and sub-bullets you want to select. With Outline Pro, you just drag two fingers across the screen to instantly select as many bullets as you want.
Available  
Organize outlines in folders. Available      
Add a list of sources to your outline. Link your text to your sources. Available      
Undo and redo changes. Available Available Available Partially available
In CarbonFin Outliner, you can only undo your last 4 changes. Outline Pro lets you undo and redo your last 100 changes.
Rich text editing (change text styles, colors) and image support. Skipped on purpose
Beta testing in the classroom taught us that users who spend time changing font styles, background colors, and other styles in their outline aren't spending time outlining.

To keep you focused on organizing ideas and prevent procrastination, Outline Pro only supports clean, plain text. You can always style your final draft as much as you want when you're done with your outline!
Available    
Optional bullets to write a topic and conclusion sentence for each paragraph (can be disabled). Available      
Import and Export        
Convert outline to paragraphs and open as a draft in your text editing apps. Available Partially available
OmniOutliner lets you export your outline to a text editing app as a list of bullets, but does not convert it into a written draft with sentences and paragraphs.
   
Import and export via Dropbox. Available   Available Available
Import and export via Google Drive. Available      
Import and export via Box. Available      
Export outline as a PDF file for annotation. Available Available    
Import and export as OPML to use with other apps or computer programs. Available Available Available Available
Export by email. Available Available Available Available
Print using AirPrint™. Available Available    
iCloud sync. Available Partially available
OmniOutliner doesn't support iCloud. You can sync using Omni Sync Server and WebDAV.
Available Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner doesn't support iCloud. You can sync using Dropbox and CarbonFin's server.
Customization        
Change the font size of your outline. Available Available Available  
Customize bullet appearance. Available Available   Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner only supports legal numbering for bullets (1, 1.1, 1.1.1), one of 10 bullet styles available in Outline Pro.
Word and character count as you type. Available      
Language Support        
Complete support for all languages and iPad keyboards. Available Partially available
OmniOutliner left-aligns text from languages that are written from right to left.
Partially available
Cloud Outliner left-aligns text from languages that are written from right to left.
Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner left-aligns text from languages that are written from right to left. It also incorrectly spaces text from certain languages that do not use alphanumeric characters.
Right-to-left outline editing (for Arabic, Hebrew and other RTL languages). Available      
Help and Assistance        
Templates to get you started quickly. Available Available    
Interactive in-app tutorial. Available      
Detailed help documentation inside the app. Available Available Partially available
Cloud Outliner preloads an outline file with a brief explanation of how the app works.
Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner preloads an outline file with a brief explanation of how the app works, and also has a short, 1-page documentation.
Send feedback and contact support without leaving the app. Available Partially available
OmniOutliner lets you send an email with feedback, but does not have a special feedback screen built into the app.
Partially available
Cloud Outliner lets you send an email with feedback, but does not have a special feedback screen built into the app.
Partially available
CarbonFin Outliner lets you send an email with feedback, but does not have a special feedback screen built into the app.
Device Support        
iPhone app. Available   Available Available
iPad app. Available Available Available Available
Computer program. Partially available
Outline Pro doesn't have a Mac or PC app, but does allow importing and exporting your outline as an OPML file, which can be used with almost any outliner program.
Available Available Partially available
Outline Pro doesn't have a Mac or PC app, but does support a web interface that can be accessed through your computer's web browser. It requires you use CarbonFin sync.