I’m also curious about the considered primary uses for Folding Text, moving forward. I use FT as a task/project manager and “expansive thought platform” (aka note-taking, planning and document drafting, with outlining).
That said, seeing as Birch will likely be the codebase for both Folding Text and Taskpaper, I’m fairly confident that most of the things I currently enjoy about Folding Text will eventually carry through. I appreciate that what we currently see is probably nowhere near the kind of polished end product you’re working towards (and thank you for the opportunity to support the development of an application that is now a hugely important part of the way I work).
With Birch, if/when I can:
- manipulate tags in the way we’re currently used to (filtering etc)
- fold independently of indents (in FT2 I appreciate being able to fold on MD headings and subheadings as well as on lines with indents)
- hack my own page styles (as per styling via FT2’s user.less)
- easy round-tripping between BML and plain text
… I might be able to start using it to get real things done. Obviously there’s a lot more that I’d like to see before I could attempt to use it in the way I’m currently using FT, but with those points in play, I’ll really be able to get my hands dirty.
I second @derekvan’s sadness in missing the “free form” aspects of FT. Like @MarkLikesText, I’m also an OmniOutliner/Things/Omnifocus/etc migrant, and FT makes sense to me in a way that those apps never really did, partly because it combines the freedom/simplicity of a text document with all of the organisational power I need.
NOTE: for anyone who uses Editorial as a partner for FT on iOS— I’m currently trialling the next release. It’s going to make us pretty happy.