5 free Web tools to organize your thoughts

At a Glance

WorkFlowy is so powerful and polished, you just might be able to use it to outline your entire life.

Price when rated: Free (500 documents per month); $5/Month (Unlimited documents and Dropbox sync)

Pros

  • Animated, airy interface
  • Powerful search and autocompletion

Cons

  • Definite learning curve

At a Glance

Oak Outliner is about as simple an outlining tool as you'll find, which makes it incredibly easy to use.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • No Internet connection required

Cons

  • Can work on only one document
  • No way to search collapsed nodes

At a Glance

Checkvist is a fast, mature, and polished outlining tool that offers innovative features.

Price when rated: Free or $3 per month (adds HTTPS support and collaboration features)

Pros

  • Innovative keyboard shortcuts
  • Fast, elegant application

Cons

  • Uses a custom syntax for linking with Markdown switched off by default

At a Glance

Fargo is entirely free and sports a clean, modern design, but is lacking support for text search or filtering, which makes it hard to use for long, complex outlines.

Price when rated: Free

Pros

  • Supports inline JavaScript
  • Links with Dropbox
  • Beautiful

Cons

  • No keyboard shortcut for links
  • No text search

At a Glance

The Outliner of Giants is powerful and robust, but it may be a bit too much for casual users.

Price when rated: Free (limit: 5 outlines), $10 per year (unlimited outlines)

Pros

  • Comprehensive and large
  • Powerful outlining tools

Cons

  • Design looks dated
  • May overwhelm casual users

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