I’ve made the feature request via email (and Twitter… and probably more than once… hope I’m not bugging OG), but wanted to post here, too. I’m assuming I’m not the only one who would appreciate having a word count feature in OmniOutliner (iOS and OS X)?
I know there’s a nice-looking script in the forums to do this (from September 2014), but having the feature included in the app itself would be awesome.
Just posting here to see what sort of groundswell of user support for the idea there may be…
Normally I use OO for merely outlining/notes/brainstorming, but right now I’ve got a task where I need to write a bunch of short, 300 word pieces and was thinking of using OO. However, without a word count, the workflow is too tedious.
For OmniOutliner, I’m very pleased to share that we have some major writing improvements on the way! On both Mac and iOS, we plan to support distraction-free full-screen editing, the ability to see your current word count, and support for directly editing Markdown documents. (And on iPad, we hope to let you directly print your outline without first having to export to HTML.)
I reckon it’d be great if they can implement, not just full document word counts, but some way of displaying how much is under each heading/level—the use case is writing a piece where you want to keep to a certain word count under each heading (e.g. introduction should be 100 words, point one is 500, point 2 is 750…)
I too would really love to see this feature. Practically all of my writing projects have a word limit, so it would be fantastic to have an inbuilt word count rather than having to continually copy and pasted into another app in order to make the count.
Not sure, @funkydan2. I was going to suggest FoldingText, which is much like the writing part of Editorial, except for Mac. FoldingText lets you collapse text under a heading. And it has a word count for the whole document/file. But I don’t think there’s a way (unless I’m missing it) to show word count for individual sections.
Racking my brain to think of any other app along these lines–I don’t know of any.
OmniGroup sells scripting as a premium value of the Pro version of OmniOutliner 4, so there must be documentation somewhere, tho curiously, ‘script’ seems to draw a blank in the Help file. Worth a quick letter to them, I think, through Help > Contact Omni
Thanks so much! I have tried this and it works brilliantly - thanks! One more question - where is the OmniOutliner script folder? (Or, if I have to create one, where does it go?) Thanks for your help, I have been in dire need of a word counter. Oh, sorry - you already explained this - please ignore my question.
This is really helpful–thanks! Again, not being Script-minded at all, I have not tried this until now. However, I get this error: “Error on line 4: Error: Application can’t be found.” The application there is named “com.omnigroup.OmniOutliner4”. Is there something else I should do to get it to run? (This is on the test run stage before pressing the play button.)