Announcing OmniOutliner 4!

Today, we’re proud to announce the release of OmniOutliner 4! It’s the perfect outliner for OS X — rebuilt with new architecture, a fresh design, and all the functionality you’ve come to expect from one of the oldest and most trusted creation tools on the platform.

Start downloading the app and watch the introduction video:

OmniOutliner 4 is even better

OmniOutliner is still the swiss army knife you use daily: write a novel during NaNoWriMo, take notes at school, keep your scratchpad updated for the Next Big Thing, develop a monthly budget, inventory a collection … even record and store audio from an interview or lecture.

We put a lot of effort into this release, and it’s evident. It’s faster, stronger, and wiser. Mavericks (OS X v10.9) is a requirement, and that’s a good thing — OmniOutliner 4 benefits from a lot of improvements in the latest OS.

You’ll see a new, modern sidebar. When coupled with the cleaner inspectors, styles are much easier to use. It’s the same system we added to OmniOutliner 2 for iPad — easier to understand and a breeze to get the look you want. Not great with color schemes and Big Font Decisions? It’s easy with Theme Styling, — just head to Format→Apply Template Theme, and choose something that looks good. (You can do this with any existing document that has a style you like — OmniOutliner will apply its color, size, and font.)

And the most requested feature, text zooming, has come to the Mac! Quickly increase your text sizes (without worrying about changing your print or page settings) to easily see or share your on-screen outline.

…and much more! We added Smart Match (for when typing in a Pop-up List cell), new date parsing logic, column hiding, a Resource Browser, a fantastic new sidebar — hey, just give it a download!

We’re also growing our library of resources to aid new users. The latest is an OmniOutliner tutorial, Working in OmniOutliner 4, that covers all the basics: from outlining fundamentals to creating your own templates or themes. Available as an EPUB or PDF.

How much?

Well, actually: if you purchased OmniOutliner in the past 3 years—since January 6, 2011—you won’t need to pay a dime! We promised all Mac App Store customers a free upgrade to OmniOutliner 4, and that applies to our store as well. If your purchase date falls in that range, you’ll get an email with an upgraded license automatically.

That email could take a full day to arrive — you might even need to check your spam folder. In the meantime, you can still download 4.0; a free trial will kick in until you have a license key.

All customers who purchased OmniOutliner 3 in the App Store will automatically receive a free upgrade. Look for the update in the Updates section of the App Store app (it may also be automatically installed).

Pricing for new purchases (if you don’t own a copy of OmniOutliner) starts at $49.99. Upgrades start at $24.99. Head to the store to buy your copy.

For more information, check out our support article on upgrading.

How do I upgrade to Pro?

In the Mac App Store, add Pro features to OmniOutliner 4 Standard via the “In-App Purchase…” OmniOutliner menu item.

If you purchased a previous version directly from our store, you’re eligible for a discount. Just make sure you select the correct upgrade option during checkout.

Unfortunately, due to limitations in Apple’s system, we cannot turn a license from the Mac App Store into a license from our store, or vice versa.