Bike Outliner now with Rich Text Support

Outlining Brainstorming

One of my recent most favorite outliners is Bike. It is made by the developer of TaskPaper, another outlining app, but now not targeted at task management but pure outlining-based brainstorming.

With the today's release of 1.4, it now also supports rich-text including bold/italic/highlights, but also stuff like embedding links.

If you have not tried it, it is definitely worth a look. It is a bit expensive for such a simple app, but there's definitely attention to detail when it comes to responsiveness and smoothness of animations. I overall enjoy typing in it and recently have been using it quite a lot for research-related brainstorming.

I haven't written about this app in detail yet (I'll do a review of it at some point, promised!) But, if you compare it to task management apps like Things 3 vs. OmniFocus; maybe Bike would be the Things 3 pendant to OmniOutliner... A much more elegant app with fewer features but more attention to detail when it comes to its presentation.

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Dr. Marc A. Kastner

I am an assistant professor working on computer vision and multimodal understanding. I am interested in task- and knowledge management. In my free time, I blog on productivity workflows and apps.

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