An Open Source Hierarchical Spreadsheet, TreeSheets

a woman hand is searching data in a folder on a digital screen

According to its description, TreeSheets is an open source hierarchical spreadsheet meant to replace a number of different tools, including text editors, mind maps, and spreadsheets. In the words of [Wouter]:

“It’s like a spreadsheet, immediately familiar, but much more suitable for complex data because it’s hierarchical. It’s like a mind mapper, but more organized and compact. It’s like an outliner, but in more than one dimension. It’s like a text editor, but with structure.”

TreeSheets has been in development for about ten years, so while it may occasionally appear a little old, the design is simple and free of distractions, which is precisely what you need when you’re trying to concentrate on the task at hand.

Due to his involvement with numerous gaming engines and the creation of the Amiga-E programming language, some people may be familiar with Dutch programmers [Wouter Van Oortmerssen]. Do you know SimCity? How about Far Cry 4 or Borderlands 2? Many people will be aware of at least part of his work because he has had a clearly long and illustrious career as a programmer for a range of customers, including a lengthy period at Google working on Web Assembly. However, you might not be familiar with his TreeSheets productivity program. That would be unfortunate because you have been missing out on something really helpful.

Productivity issues can have less to do with software tools and more to do with how you approach projects. The path to increased productivity can occasionally be found a little closer to home, such as inside your thoughts.


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