How to use the Instant Outliner

These instructions explain how to use the I/O tool that’s built into the OPML Editor. We also have instructions for technical people that show how to set up an I/O server.

1. If you don’t already have the OPML Editor running, download it and install it following the instructions on this page.

2. When asked if you want to update, say you do.

3. Ask the person who’s running your server for a username and password. He or she will also supply you with the name of the server.

4. When you’re ready to start using the Instant Outliner, launch the OPML Editor, and choose Open My Outline from the Instant Outliner sub-menu of the Outliner menu. Instead of opening the outline, the first time, it will open a preferences page where it asks for your username, password, and server. Enter the information and click Submit. If the server is happy with your username and password it will say so. If not, re-enter the information and try again.

5. Again, choose Open My Outline from the Instant Outliner sub-menu of the Outliner menu. This time an outline will open. Click on New Entry, type some text, then click Save. You can indent by pressing Cmd-R (on Mac, Control-R on Windows). Cmd-U and Cmd-D move an item up or down, and Cmd-L moves it out a level. You don’t have to stick with the structure that New Entry creates, but when you’re beginning it’s a good idea to start a new Entry every so often so that people reading your outline can easily find the new stuff.

3 responses to this post.

  1. […] « How to write a #objectNotFoundHandler How to use the Instant Outliner […]

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  2. A minor gotcha if you are setting this up on an AMI. You must add port 5337 to your security settings to allow for the xmlrpc connection from client machines.

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