How Useful and Guiding is User Guide?

Outline is about notebooks.

It’s a rather intuitive metaphor for a paper-like experience for note-taking on iOS or Mac devices. But what is specifically great about notebooks in Outline is the fact you can open those ones created elsewhere beyond your copy of the app (e.g. in OneNote for PC).

One of such notebooks from the outer space is User Guide. We put it into your app, so it might answer questions and guide you around. Today User Guide has been remastered. Below is a pre-release early access copy we are dying to hear your feedback about. Check it out!
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How to Import Circus Ponies to Outline (and Beyond)

UPD: check out the latest of CircusPonies-to-Outline import.

Circus Ponies NoteBook was a great note-taking app for Mac. It had reputation, loyal users, and over-20-year-long history in business. Why would anyone consider import from Circus Ponies to another note-taking app?

The thing is that earlier this year Circus Ponies has announced that they would no longer continue to support the software and that Circus Ponies is shutting down.


While it’s always heartbreaking to see a fellow indie developer discontinue a great long-term project, we’d like to offer an alternative and welcome all Circus Ponies users to migrate their notes to Outline.

Check out the details on Circus Ponies import below…

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Back to School: Outline Goes Free

Back to School Time

Today we are happy to announce our special “Back to School” offer – Get iPad version of Outline for FREE*!

It’s back to school time! Stop worrying and start enjoying. With Outline you will be ready to new ideas, activities and achievements. We wish all teachers and students to have a productive and successful school year!


Download on the App Store


*Offer is valid for August 3-5 and doesn’t apply to the in-app purchases.


Outline Team.

Using Outline with iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive

Our users often asked when we were going to аdd synchronization with iCloud Drive. We also saw the great potential of adding this feature to make Outline better and more productive. And today we are glad to introduce a new and long-awaiting Outline version with support for iCloud Drive!

iCloud Drive has quickly filled its niche since Apple presented this platform in 2011 and now it’s a full-fledged alternative to the well-known cloud services. It can become the best cloud service for Mac and iPad owners, including comfortable drag and drop system, high speed of synchronization, deep integration with Apple devices and, of course, free starting storage. iCloud Drive is available for Windows users as well. You can explore detailed information from the original source on

Let’s look through the key features that outline – iCloud integration provides. There are various ways to import/export your notebooks – Finder, web browser-based access, special managing app for Windows and directly from Outline. If you choose Finder, you can move notebooks to the special folder associated with Outline or copy and paste them using Command-C and Command-V. In the first case you remove a notebook from the initial storage place, in the second case you just create a copy of your notebook. On Windows it works in the same way, you will just need to download iCloud for Windows and install it.

Using Outline with iCloud Drive

Web version – is a good way for quick or one-time access. For example, you work on a non-owned Mac or don’t have enough time to setup iCloud Drive, you can simply login to site and choose iCloud Drive option. After that, you will get access to Outline folder where you can upload new or download stored notebooks. By the way, if you have an iCloud mail account, you can delete or move emails from there to clear space in iCloud Drive.


iCloud web app

From the Outline app it works almost like other sync services – you can share or open notebooks and keep your notes synchronized if you work on several devices. Here are few tips how to increase your experience using Outline with iCloud:

- If you use Outline with OneNote on Windows, don’t edit the same file on different devices simultaneously to avoid creating conflict copies. It is better to close OneNote if you do not use it.

- iCloud Drive synchronization requires an internet connection. If signal is lost or weak, this may cause sync errors.- Sometimes it may take about a minute to apply any edits you have made in notebooks opened from iCloud, it depends on the size of your notebook and speed of the internet connection.

- Sometimes it may take about a minute to apply any edits you have made in notebooks opened from iCloud, it depends on the size of your notebook and speed of the internet connection.

However, every provider may serve a specific purpose: Dropbox will be an appropriate solution for those who need a simple sharing between different users and strict chronological sequence of changes in notebooks. Box is aimed at business and enterprise needs when everyone can get secure access to one project or other information. OneDrive will be an effective solution for Windows users who use Mac or iPad as well or work with both Outline and MS OneNote formats. And finally iCloud Drive brings the easiest way to synchronize notebooks between Apple devices due to solid integration with the native platform. It also allows to work with large-size notebooks, as synchronization process is uninterrupted even if Outline is closed.


Have a synced note-taking!

Outline Team.