I am curious to know what programs people are using for outlining and have incredibly positive feelings about. I am a long-time user of OmniOutliner, an app that for a long time felt like another muscle in my arm. That noted, it doesn’t feel like an app that is getting much developmental love, and when it does, the love it gets takes it in directions less interesting/useful to me. (That’s okay: markets be markets and peoples got to eat, pay the rent.)
For me, the beauty of OmniOutliner was, first, the interface, and the ability to style headings relatively quickly. The hoist functionality, which allowed me not only to focus on a subsection of a document but to print it separately, was brilliant. Not so pretty was the downgrading of “notes” attached to headings: there has been less and less chances to style those notes.
The way my mind works, there are headings and there are body paragraphs — and I kinda would like to have a variety of body paragraphs available to me. Word has this functionality, of course, but working in Word, for me, is like trying to sprint while wearing a bench apron whose pockets are filled with tools that you never use. Scrivener offers a kind of outlining experience, and lets you focus on just a subsection or the entirety of the document. But my experience of alternatives ends there.
And, yes, a number of plain text writing apps, like Typora, now offer folding, and some of them come close, but none of them offer you the ability only to print the section you have, in effect, hoisted (or left unfolded). (But, strangely, they offer you more styling options than OmniOutliner!)
An iOS companion, or companionable, app would be lovely, if anyone has suggestions.