Issue 124984

Summary: Writer's Organizer/Improved Navigator
Product: Writer Reporter: roryof <ofarrwrk>
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Priority: P3    
Version: 4.2.0-dev   
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Description roryof 2014-05-25 17:53:13 UTC
My suggestion for OO 5.0 would be improvement and extension of OO's Navigator. 

If one refers to Bugzilla 3959 at 
one can see that there is a long standing call for OO to have an Outlining system similar to MS Word. 

Such an outliner might closely integrate with the functionality of a Writer's Organiser, which allows an author write chunks of his text and then dynamically rearrange them; in addition, such Writer's Organisers also permit tracking each chunk by the persons, locations, things, times involved.

I instance two good working examples of such Organisers (opensource):

Plume Creator, by Cyril Jacquet, at
written in C++


oStoryBook, overseen by favdb31 (sorry - I've lost the link to his full name), at
a revival of StoryBook (now discontinued), written in Java.

Both of these are currently undergoing revision - oStoryBook in particular to allow use of an external editor.

The extension of the Navigator might also support the extended OpenDocument MetaData functions (v 1.2? - Rob?) 

Such a Writer's Organiser would fill a useful gap for authors, many of whom use Scrivener (commercial). It also might parallel a commercial product for Microsoft Word (I only know of this from looking at the site) of Writing Word Outliner at

The Calligra project has under development (slowly) Calligra Author, which does not yet offer the full functionality of either of the above.