I use Onenote to follow GTD principles of task management. The ability to sort/filter by tag allows me to see all my Todo's in one page. A quick sort/search by tags would allow us to get a quick view of all the action items that span multiple pages, sections and even notebooks. I suspect you'd get a huge following of GTDers when this feature becomes available!
Please include this search soon! (do you have an update on when to expect it?)
I'm presently evaluating between Evernote and Outline after moving from PC to Mac. The different structure in Evernote is an impediment, but so is the very poor search functionality in Outline. So far the balance is leaning towards Evernote. While I've already bought Outline (you have my money!), I will probably migrate into Evernote and not look back unless search is improved soon.
Being able to find all my action items across all my different sections in a notebook is invaluable. With that feature I can use outline+ exclusively to manage To Do's and action items. Without that feature To Do's get lost. It would be most excellent to have that search in the same location as where I can see my favorites or most recent pages or do a search. Have a box with a check mark in it so I can quickly look for my AIs. It would also be excellent to be able to attach a start date and due date to the To Do tags so that the pages could be sorted by when the action needs to be started or completed.
Adding the following functionality is critical to many users continuing to use Outline going forward: 1) ability to search by tags (especially to do's) 2) Ability to manage/edit/add/delete tag categories. For GTD people, having an inbox, Now, Next, Scheduled (due date) and possibly and Someday tag is critical 3) Having a consolidated view of Todo's would be great (perhaps this is done via #1) 4) Ability to tag handwriting as a todo would be great
I fully agree with the above comments from Dave, David, Nick... The real added value of Onenote is the ability to search by tags (especially to do's) and to aggregate them in a summary report. I am a (new) Mac user and i am frustrated not to have such application. So I use Onenote web apps but the discussed functionalities are not available. Best regards
I also would love this feature. I use Outline for tracking my discussions and meetings. Keeping track of open actions using the "todo checkbox" is great, but I often lose them and would love a page or search feature that would allow me to quickly view open actions in my pages.
This feature is still on our wish list and we hope to add it soon, but now we`re engaged with implementation of other functions which have got more votes. I have noted your vote for filtering by tags and hope it`ll appear in one of our nearest updates. Tomorrow we`re going to officially release the update 3.0. Please check it out! It has many new useful features and a new nice design. I`m sure you`ll like it!
If you have any further questions or comments, please let me know.
To vote for features you could just search for related public topics or create a new one, or just sent us your ideas via e-mail, anything would work! I have now noted your vote for tags searching, hope we`ll add it soon.
If you have any further questions, please let me know.
Please add my vote to searching for tags / having a summary of all tagged items. I'm considering buying outline for my mac (I'm on the free trial at the moment) but right now it doesn't do what I need it to do.
I purchased Outline since it is the only real contender in the Mac World for OneNote (which is one of the very few Good programs coming out of Redmond , or more precisely being bought by them)
The one reason to get Outline this was the promise that the search function for tags (especially ToDo's) would be included "soon", that was 1,5 years ago. This seems to be one of the most requested features and having tags without the ability to search for them makes that feature quite meaningless. It's a Ying without the Yang.
Please , please, this needs to be a priority development for Outline to be a serious contender. Otherwise I will be forced to abandon it. What is needed is the ability to bring up a side panel with all the searched tags shown (possible over all notebooks but with the option to only search in the active notebook) in a list with the ability to hyperlink them to go to the page where they are written. For ToDos it must also be possible to filter on all/closed/open ToDos.
I really hope this gets into the very next release.
Jun 30, 2015 10:33PM PDT
OUTLINE Helping Hand
Thanks for your interest in Outline app. We already have a number of users who requested search tags and are going to add this feature in Outline with the one of the future updates. However, we are unable to provide any release dates now. You may subscribe to our newsletter to keep informed about the latest news and updates.
I want to add a comment about searching and or filtering by tags and done and undone todo's. I know it has been mentioned repeatedly but want to keep the feedback going of the tremendous need for this. Without it you allow Onenote to outshine.
Chiming in -- I'm on the 14-day trial, excited to have found your app, and got quite a bit of information into Outline, labeled various notes throughout my notebook as To-Do and other tags as I entered them.
And now I discover that there is no way to view them together.
Wow. This just tanked the entire app for me. And I want to use it, it looks great in so many ways!
Scrolling this thread and seeing this request since 2013 -- your team is responsive, but 2-1/2 years of saying it's noted and coming someday -- is a bit disheartening.
Why have all these different tags if they can't do anything? Or be used to filter your data?
So I personally am going to stop using it, and move to something else with the basic functionality of searching tags. I don't want to spend more time putting all my info in, when I know I can't really use it.
I do hope you implement this, as so many of your users have been requesting it for years.
Aug 26, 2016 01:31AM PDT
OUTLINE Helping Hand
Glad to hear Outline interested you and sorry to hear there is a feature missing for you. Here is the plan: Mac's edition gets drawing of simple shapes, font management options, and then tag search. I would be happy to tell the feature you are missing the most is coming before others, but I can't. What I can promise is that we do our best making this plan happen as soon as possible. No more "noted and coming someday". Those above are the three major improvements coming this year.
(In case you might be interested in knowing the plan for other platforms too, the next big step for the iPad is Apple Pencil performance improvement. And the iPhone gets a step from the current beta version to an official release)
Hello, just another vote here for how essential the tags are. Started using recently and then got a surprise to discover no way to search for tags; definitely needed for Outline to be a credible Onenote replacement. Any update on when this is coming?
Dec 05, 2016 11:48PM PST
OUTLINE Helping Hand
Thanks for reaching out!
We've thought about implementing Search for tags feature, we've already have some ideas on the way we can do it. I think we will return to this feature next year after finishing handwriting improvements on iPad and editable fonts feature on Mac. You can follow us in social nets to get all the latest news on our updates.
Jan 31, 2017 09:05PM PST
OUTLINE Helping Hand
Apparently we had this question before and found out that when exporting to HTML format, Circus Ponies render its tags as pictures. So when you open your notebook as a website for example, you'll see that the tags are not editable and usable. Because of that in Outline they stay as pictures too.
Currently there is not much we can do, however we will keep analysing the tags feature. In the future, when we implement our own tags, you'll be able to replace the ones you had in CPN.
Having now waited close to three years for basic search functionality it has become painfully clear this is not a priority for your development team. This is a simply hygiene factor for any note taking program and it is simply astonishing that that you have designed a great looking program that is utterly useless since you cannot search for tagged items - a core function. I cannot even understand how have you ever imagined tags to be used?
I wasted a lot of time on this. But fool me once - shame on you - fool me twice shame on me.
Time to delete outline. A shame since it had so much potential.
Jun 04, 2017 10:46PM PDT
OUTLINE Helping Hand
We are really sorry for you abandoning Outline!
And we do understand using tags for searching the notes can be very useful. However we don't have enough time right now for implementing this feature in Outline. We wanted to improve our native search a little bit to make it easier to navigate. Hope it can make the things better.
Seems Outline lacks a search-by-tag feature, and Bear lacks a manual-sort option. Too bad! Either is a dealbreaker for me, despite their good looks and other design features. Time to try Outlinely, or just stick with OmniOutliner, which has its own problems...
SEARCH-BY-TAG IS A CORE FEATURE, NOT A NICE-TO-HAVE.
I rely on my notes and run large-scale projects that have me taking notes from different contexts all day long. I was looking for an alternative to OneNote. My coworkers were convincing me to try Outline but
1. you lack basic functionality (enabling the search by tags) 2. You have not listened to your customers for *5 years+* about this need.
It's a catch-22 feature. If you lightly use a note-taking app then you don't need the depth or context of search. But it's also because you're lightly using it. If one becomes dependent on the app and has many notebooks, sections and notes that are being constantly updated, then the need for better search and for things such as "to-do's" to be aggregated like you can do in oneNote become indispensable and *TIGHTENS YOUR ALLEGIANCE TO THE PRODUCT*. You are literally keeping me from using a product like this because I can't go too deeply into it for fear of losing track of the very thing I'm doing with your product. Oh well.
I'm glad I found out about this before spending my money on it and will stick with OneNote.
Oct 17, 2018 09:15PM PDT
OUTLINE Helping Hand
Hello! Thank you so much for your notice about Searching Tags. This feature, no matter how easy it looks like, is a pretty complicated and hard to implement. If you look across the apps you will find out that not many of them has the ability to work with tags in satisfying way. However, we do hear you and we plan to pay our closest attention to the Tag Searching feature this year.