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February 6, 2009

LooseStitch – Hash Out Ideas. Fine Tune. Share.

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When you hear the name LooseStitch, you may think it’s a knitting site but it’s actually an online outlining site – i.e. a way to “stitch” ideas together. LooseStitch differs from traditional text editing programs by allowing users to fluidly add new rows and text and then re-order with ease.

LooseStitch is quite helpful in managing thoughts and ideas, especially while brainstorming. Users can modify the colors of rows to signify importance or mark items as completed, making it an effective plan organizer as well. To encourage outside input, LooseStitch employs collaboration features and user-level password protection. Best of all, LooseStitch does not lock you into a proprietary format but instead offers exporting in several common file formats.

Practical Uses:

  • Organize your thoughts and ideas for your history term paper
  • Create a central repository for your office project list
  • Use LooseStitch to create drafts of new cooking recipes
  • Develop a detailed sitemap for a new web development project

Insider Tips:

  • Visit the “Get Ideas” section to find innovative ways that people are using the tool
  • Consider making your outline public as this can be a way to promote your site or service
  • Check out the keyboard shortcuts: a much easier way to put together an outline
  • If you have a website or blog you can embed your LooseStitch outline

What we liked:

  • It’s free and easy to get started
  • Users can important outlines from other outline programs
  • Keyboard shortcuts for advanced users

What we didn’t like:

  • Some of the example outlines are test outlines with gibberish content
  • It’s unclear as to what will be added/removed when the paid version is made available
  • We would have preferred to see a few alternate design templates to satisfy varying user needs

Alternatives:

Company Info:

Costs:

  • Free
  • Paid version coming soon

Comments

  1. Thanks for writing such a great and insightful review of LooseStitch. You have been able to convey the benefits and usefulness of the app even better than I myself would have been able to. Really appreciate it.

    LooseStitch Pro is out and we feel a lot of interesting possibilities have opened up. I would like you to try it out for yourself. As a gesture of thanks I would be happy to sign you up for free. Please write to me directly.

    • We’re eager to find great services such as Loosestitch, thank-you for the offer. I’ll follow up via email.

  2. I’m glad I’ve stumbled with this post.. It’s a very helpful tool for the students out there since they’ll be doing their homeworks using the internet nowadays…
    Looking forward to read your other posts soon :)

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