Which is the best outliner? Or best app for making lists?

Looking for the easiest way to organize huge quantities of data in hierarchy levels, like lists inside lists inside lists…
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    Workflowy

    Turn your entire life into a list.

    The old and classic WF, maybe the father of them all. So minimal yet so powerful. Even though a bit outdated since it's not been improved or iterated since so many years. Anyway, don't think WF needs much of an introduction to Product Hunters.
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    This is like the best ever. It should not be so awesome - basically indent and outdent a list - but it just works.
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    • Pedro ParedesFullstack developer

      Usually my thoght process goes from general idea to multiple sub-ideas until I get to doable tasks. No other app that I've tried allows you to do this the way Workflowy does. They all let you group by tag, or notebooks or whatever but they are usually one level grups.

    • Artem UshanovPM at Adeptik

      Best outline and note-taking app for me.

      Using WF for:

      - projects list

      - clients list

      - "inbox", "tasks" and "later" lists in kinda GTDish style

      - quick note taking during meetings and

      Using WF everyday for two years, happy with it's simple efficiency. No automation at all, but you can invent any kind of workflow using tags and search. Lately company significantly improved their Android app, but it still need more.

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    Todoist

    Organize your life. Then go enjoy it.

    John Ababseh10Epiphany Enthusiast · Written
    Todoist is a great app for structuring lists and categorizing
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    This is a good task list maker. But, not very useful for outlining articles or projects. I have used this in conjunction with Workflowy and it works great - using one for quick outlining, and the other for tracking completion.
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    • haabeDeveloper @ Snopp Designbyrå

      We were looking for a tool to replace Asana, and after initially testing Todoist, became certain it could be the tool for us. But sharing projects is a PITA. There's no easy way to let your team have access to all newly created projects. Also, the projects structure isn't shared, so sharing a new subproject causes havoc in the teammate's projects structure, and the teammate needs to manually configure the projects structure according to it's intended layout.

    • MartaFront-end, UI and UX designer

      Organize your life with pleasure. Add due date to tasks, tasks inside projects, subprojects and subtasks. Call your friends to join your project and assign tasks for them. Comment and add images on tasks. Have your tasks everywhere with nice apps. Love it.

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    Moo.do

    Ridiculously simple, incredibly powerful organization

    In the old days I found Moo.do to be a more modern and nicer version of WorkFlowy but now it turned out to be most focused on being more an email manager than an outliner.
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    Kyle ConarroCo-Founder @ Ad Reform / Userfeed · Written
    Moo.do ties into email, but it also has outlining (similar to WorkFlowy) to make it easy to get your lists down and organized. Very useful for day-to-day task management.
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    Dynalist

    A web app for structuring your thoughts into lists

    Dynalist has more options than WorkFlowy and it is constantly developing while WF seems to be abandoned and hasn't been updated in years. The drawback of Dynalist is it's ever sloppy and ugly UI.
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    Thought Plan

    Super convenient tool to write down your thoughts & ideas

    Not such great for hierarchies inside hierarchies but great for making simple lists and other management tasks.
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    Milkr

    A clear way to share your mind flow

    This mostly has the structure of a Mind Map, but you might find it useful.
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  7. 4
    OmniOutliner 5

    Create, collect, and organize information and ideas

    Mike WayIOS, OS X and Web developer, consultant · Written
    I have used this literally for years, especially for documents. Also for laying out software ideas.
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    Airtable 2.0

    Beyond the spreadsheet

    Melissa Joy KongContent, Product Hunt · Written
    I just started using it to organize a large spreadsheet of Product Hunt data. It still has some limitations (for instance, you can't widen row heights on a spreadsheet), but it's a great tool for organizing data with multiple tags/hierarchy levels.
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    • Seeing how Airtable has progressed since it first launched is quite impressive. My only qualm with the application is the level of effort one has to put in to get a project setup. After spending a couple hours trying to set something up I ended up giving up and setting up someting in sheets using formulas in 30 minutes.

    • Mina ZivkovicBrand & Content Marketing, Canvas

      I have just started using it, so I'm still getting proficient at it. So far, I'm in love. I had been digging for a tool to help me with content management and strategy, and I couldn't be happier with what Airtable lets me do.

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    Google Keep

    Save your thoughts, wherever you are

    Patrick CoombeCEO, Elite Strategies Llc · Written
    I'm a huge fan of Google Keep for lists. I use it for literally everything now, including content creation, to-do's, notes, ideas, reminders, TV show recommendations, birthdays, and everything in between. :-)
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    Any.do 3.0

    Organize all aspects of your life with Any.do

    Really beautiful UI, a useful task manager with minimal design.
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    Moo.do 4.0

    Markdown + Outliner + Email + Tasks + Calendar

    Great outliner with the nicest UX
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    • Kyle ConarroCo-Founder @ Ad Reform / Userfeed

      Moo.do is my favorite todo app. Its free-form, outline-based todo list is perfect for getting things out of my head. I also love that it makes it quick to turn emails into tasks.

    • Jason CrawfordChopping wood, carrying water

      Been using this for a few years as my primary todo list, I'm a happy user.

  12. The fastest and simpler of them all.
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  13. Kind of simpler less overengineered Todoist.
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  14. Free, Unlimited to do lists and tasks, due date reminder, categories, cloud synced. All your needs in one app :)
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