Bonsai: Outliner for Palm and Windows

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I’m trying to make more use of my PalmOS smartphone, so I’ve been looking at Palm software again. My favorite discovery at the moment is Bonsai from Natara software. Bonsai is an outliner, planner, and to-do list. I like to use outlines to manage projects, tasks, and for brainstorming, and until recently used Microsoft OneNote for the purpose.

Bonsai is a bit limited compared to OneNote–your outline can contain only text, and no formatting like boldface or fancy fonts–but it does what I need it to do. More importantly, Bonsai includes nearly-identical versions for Windows and PalmOS that synchronize perfectly. I’ve moved most of my project planning to Bonsai and it’s really nice to be able to glance at my outlines right on my phone, or add to them.

I’m always a bit reluctant to use software from a small company–it might not be supported in the future. But the desktop version of Bonsai can export outlines in text, CSV, HTML, and even XML formats, so if I ever need to change outline programs, it will be a simple transition.

2 responses to “Bonsai: Outliner for Palm and Windows”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bonsai is full of bugs, but I can’t find another program with the same feature set. When one comes along, the great export features of Bonsai will make it an easy transition.

  2. Jeb says:

    Bonsai may have at one time been full of bugs but it is presently a mature, stable, well-thought out program that is well worth it.

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