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OmniOutliner (iPad & Mac) is getting left behind in an ecosystem in which Markdown outlines have become a common currency of exchange.

Markdown outlines (nested hashes + use of tabs for additional level of ordered or unordered list indentation) have two advantages over OPML:

1. Read and supported by a wider range of tools, and
2. have a richer data model - support bold, italic, labelled links and the MMD extensions.

They can also, with @key(value) tags in the Taskpaper/Foldingtext idiom, support the equivalent of OO's additional columns.

OO needs to be able, on OS X & iOS, to:

1. Read MD outlines with Taskpaper @key(value) tags
2. Save MD outlines with Taskpaper @key(value) tags

Thanks !

I'm afraid I personally don't use Markdown (aside from Ulysses III) in writing outlines, so I can't really sympathise with such an argument (I prefer to use +B, +I, the F1-F8 styling options for OmniOutliner, ...), but

If Markdown were to be integrated into OmniOutliner, I would prefer it to not be the default mode of operation (as per Ulysses III).
I agree it clearly couldn't be the default mode (the .oo3 XML model is much richer).

But being able to Open and Save As Markdown outlines with TaskPaper/FoldingText tags would enable interchange with a lot of other very useful tools.

(Already possible on Mac with scripts, but not yet on iOS)

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