With the outliner, you can see in a single glance the overall status of your book. See what chapters are done and those in need of writing. See which character appear in which scene. Quickly rearrange things if necessary. Write notes and summary for each item as you keep the big picture in view.


20 thoughts on “Outliner

  • If you’re making it like Scrivener, then this is missing the ability to add new columns for custom metatags. Also columns that are sortable.

  • When I start a project I can’t create either charcters nor locations (windows 10) nor anything.

    In addition, the structure I create (for goals) isn’t remembered.

    Please tell me when you’re software really work on Windows or if I did something wrong

    Btw I’m french, so it would be easier if someone in your team can reply in french (but I understand english aswell)

    • How are you creating the characters?

      In my Windows 10 Virtual Machine with manusrkipt-0.4.0-1-win32.zip unzipped into a folder, I can run manuskript by double-clicking on manuskript.exe. To test character creation I did the following:

      Select Novel template, click create, and then pick a folder and filename and click Save.
      Select Character icon on left-hand-side.
      Click Plus icon at the bottom of the pane titled Names.
      A new entry is then displayed with New character as the name.

    • In the Editor tab, click on a folder, and then in the bottom-left you’ll see 4 buttons: one to up, and 3 to change the view from: text, index card, and outline. 🙂

  • Dear Manuscript-Team

    You have made a great program. Congratulations! I really love how the program automatically switches to German (with great translation by the way!)

    I do have however two questions:
    1) Is it planned to connect the chapters and scenes to storylines. As of right now I am using icons to mark the chapters to associate them to certain storylines. It would be way cooler if there where a better way (connection and then color coding for example). I guess it is still in developement because when I try to activate the bottom pull-down for characters or storylines it crashes.
    2) Will it be possible to see certain set plot progression decisions in the board with the chapters. While writing I would love to know what I chose “Yes-but” or “No-and” – that brings me to the plot developement …
    2) Will it be possible to export the finished plotting (using the Snowflake-methode) as text/.doc etc. As of right now I can only export the written prose but not the developement stages.

    So many questions and probably the wrong place to ask them – but novel assistant can’t be opened as of yet.

    I love your program and I will donate because this is just great!



  • Hi!
    Im using Manuskript, such an amazing writer!

    Hey, Is there any way or code line to compile metadata fields as well??

  • Dear Manuskript team
    You have made a great program! I love how it isn’t that complicated and easier for me to understand!
    The outliner, like the one you showed in the picture, I don’t have that. I don’t actually know if I just have the old version.

    • It should be in all newer versions since 2016. In newer versions you might not have these buttons from the picture stating “Outline” in the lower bottom but small blue symbolic buttons. Otherwise it’s very similar.

        • I’m not sure if that helps but you could try a newer version. Just make backups of your projects before. Otherwise you could also open an issue on Github where you could post an image how it looks for you currently. Maybe that helps to debug the problem.

    • You can get pre-build binaries from the download page to install and use the latest release of the software. On Linux systems you also have the option to install it via flatpak from flathub.org or your software store application when the flathub repository is enabled (many Linux distributions enable it as default). On Ubuntu you can also find the application in your software center as snap package from snapcraft.io. With flatpak or snap packages you have the advantage to get updates automatically.

      The source code is fully available on Github here and there’s also a guide in the wiki to run the software from source without building a binary from it.

      I hope this helps.

  • Hello I am currently writing a non-fiction book, its honestly a textbook. How do I add tables inside Manuskript application since I needed to put some data on the tables.


    • Tables are currently not supported. If you like to request new features, please look for existing issues on Github and open a new one if the request does not exist yet.

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