When it comes to outliners (and other tools), be tool agnostic

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means.
Clarence Darrow, Scopes trial, in 1925.

For a long time, I was a huge fan of Circus Ponies Notebook. It was a brilliant digital notebook, using an outliner on its pages. Great for quickly structuring inforation. Until that software was no longer available. OmniOutliner wasn’t that bad, but had a huge problem with huge amounts of data. Simply put, throw “War and Peace” at Circus Ponies Notebook, it deal with it perfectly. OmniOutliner … well, get used to Apple’s “the app is occupied” beach ball, that’s all I can say.

But looking back after a few years, I have become tool agnostic. I don’t care anymore which tools I use, just that they do their job *at the present moment*.

For example, I recently wrote a paper using nothing but Scrivener’s notes section, which is attached to each text element. And it worked out well.

So, yeah, when you select a tool, make sure it does the job at the current moment. If you need to have the information available in the future, make sure you can export the content later.

Usually, that’s enough.