Get organized with Vault 3 and OutWiker

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More Functionality

OutWiker's default functionality can be extended using plugins [4]. Installing plugins is not particularly difficult. Grab the module you want, unpack the downloaded archive, move the resulting directory to ~/.outwiker/plugins , and restart OutWiker.

Although the list of currently available plugins is rather short, it does include a couple of useful modules. The Source plugin [5], for example, adds syntax highlighting functionality, and it supports a wide range of programming languages (Figure 8). Once installed, the plugin adds the Source Code button to the main toolbar and the Source Code command under the Wiki | Commands menu. Click on the button (or use the command) to open the Source Code dialog and choose the appropriate programming language.

Figure 8: The Source plugin supports syntax highlighting for many popular programming languages.

To insert code from a file that is attached to the current page, enable the Insert source from file option and select the file in the Attached file drop-down list. By default, the plugin offers only a handful of languages, but this situation is easy to fix. Choose Edit | Preferences , select the Source Plugin entry, and activate the desired languages. Lightbox [6] is another handy plugin; it displays thumbnails on a page in a light box (Figure 9). The plugin doesn't require any configuration, and it adds the (:lightbox:) command to the Wiki | Commands menu. To enable the light box feature, add the command somewhere in the page.

Figure 9: The Lightbox plugin allows you to view thumbnails in a sleek light box.

Final Word

Outliners like Vault  3 and OutWiker are versatile tools that can be put to a variety of uses – from organizing text snippets to keeping tabs on images and files. Vault  3 will most likely appeal to users looking for a no-frills outliner that can run on different platforms, including Android. OutWiker, in turn, is a perfect fit for those looking for a powerful and extensible outlining tool that provides text formatting functionality and offers a raft of clever features.


  1. Vault 3:
  2. Vault 3 for Android:
  3. OutWiker:
  4. OutWiker plugins:
  5. Source plugin:
  6. Lightbox plugin:

The Author

Dmitri Popov has been writing exclusively about Linux and open source software for many years,and his articles have appeared in Danish, British, US, German, and Russian magazines and websites. Dmitri is an avid amateur photographer, and he writes about open source photography tools on his Scribbles and Snaps blog at

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