If there’s one thing you have to appreciate about Apple it’s the inherent ability to think different, and devise new ways to do this or that. Sometimes Apple’s think different fever can be caught by Mac app developers who take the tried and true and bend it, twist it, and shape it into something even better.
Tree is an example of the think different mentality that we Mac folks appreciate.
We all know that using an outliner app can help us organize complex projects or documents. Tree is an outliner, and features the traditional vertical collapsing outliner functionality.
Tree also brings to the table a couple of different ways to use an outliner on a Mac. First, ideas and keywords can be stored in segments which are easily re-arranged as you polish and refine your project.
Second, Tree has a horizontally expandable view. Horizontal. Sideways. Not vertical.
Think about the possibilities. Instead of the long, vertical scroll of traditional outliners, Tree expands horizontally to take advantage of the Mac’s wide screen to give you a different view of your document or project’s structure.
Yes, all the traditional vertical organization is present in Tree, so you’re not stuck with something so new and different and unfamiliar.
Tree comes with a self explanatory Toolbar which makes indenting and outdenting easy. And, unlike most outliners, Tree also uses tabs so you can bounce from one outline to another with a click.
The implementation of segments in Tree is outstanding and makes moving portions of the outline to different locations as easy as drag and drop. Most of us had to endure the outline learning process in school, but Tree takes it to a level of usefulness that makes it pleasant to have.
Microsoft Word it’s not, so don’t expect Tree to have all those bells and whistles.