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Exporting and Importing Outlines

In addition to viewing and editing .oedoc and .oeoutline files (Note: From OutlineEdit 1.7, new files are saved in the .oedoc format), OutlineEdit also allows you to export and import other file types.


Exporting PDF, OPML and RTF Files

Export outlines to PDF (shortcut cmd + E) or the OPML format right from the File menu. You can also export RTF files from here.

Automatic Exports

When exporting PDF and OPML files, you can select whether or not OutlineEdit should try to update their content when you change the original outline document’s content. Only the last export per file type will be continuously updated for a given document. Please note that OutlineEdit has to ask permission to access exports again after quitting the application due to macOS’ sandboxing permission model. You can globally enable or disable auto updating for new document exports from the application preferences window.


In addition to creating PDF files, you can also print outlines directly. Choose File ▸ Print from the main menu or use the shortcut cmd + P.

Further Export Options

Send outlines to Evernote directly from the File menu. You can log out the account currently used in OutlineEdit's preferences.

If you want to take outlines on the go, send them to your Kindle's email address, also right from the File menu. This will create a PDF version of the outline optimally sized for its display (Important: Don't forget to send the appearing prepared mail). Set your Kindle's email address in the application preferences.

It is also possible to copy plain text or send a mail with an outline’s contents right from the File menu.


You can import OPML files (Note: Only ones encoded with UTF-8 are supported) from the File ▸ Import OPML... menu. In addition, OutlineEdit also allows you to import arbitrary pasted text, which will be split into items at line breaks depending on your preferences.

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