At the moment they are both good at pretty different things. TaskPaper has powerful search/tags/filtering/themes. Bike doesn’t have any of that. Bike has rich text, embedded links, and a fluid/animated editing experience.
For my use Bike is a better place to “think” right now, but if you are trying to manage and categorize lists of things TaskPaper has more tools to help you.
Over time I do expect Bike to keep getting new tools and features, but programmings slow and always takes longer then I expect.
As far as file format, Bike can open TaskPaper files directly (no need to change file extension)… Bike can read/write any plain text file. Though note that if you are working with a plain text file then Bike’s rich text features are disabled.
If you want to move your TaskPaper data into a Bike file that supports rich text maybe easiest would be to just create new document in Bike and then copy/paste from TaskPaper into that document.
There is. Just download Bike from Bike Outliner: Outline writing, lists, and notes app for Mac and you’ll get a 7 day trial with all features enabled. After a week some features (rich text + AppleScript right now) will become disabled, but you can still use Bike in plain text free mode as long as you want.
Thanks to you both for a good conversation. I’m using Bike to outline & compile a new book, and I’ve been using TaskPaper for some years for to-do lists. It’s great to know that you can open TaskPaper files directly in Bike. My question: can you open Bike files, even as read-only, in a format that iOS can read? I know you can in some apps via OPML, but what about Bike format? Sorry if this is an obvious question that’s been answered before.
Yes to open and view, but unlikely to successfully edit.
Bike files are just .html files with a specific structure and a different file extension. If you want you can change the file extension of a .bike file to .html and then continue to edit it with Bike. I recommend trying this. Once you’ve changed the file extension then you can drag and drop the file to Safari to view the outline as a web page.
The view in a browser is functional, though with some rough edges. There is some discussion here on how to improve that look with a better css file.
You could also save this .html (Bike) file to iCloud and I think you should be able to just open directly on iOS, though I haven’t actually tried.