Bike Outliner | Writing App 4+

Structured & focused writing

Jesse Grosjean

    • 4.7 • 128 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Bike is a better place to think and write.
Use Bike to write, think, organize.
Make lists, take notes, create documents.
Bike's an unusually fast writing app designed for your Mac.

Bike’s fast.
It can handle big projects that break other writing apps.
Bike's also fast at the basics–opening files, scrolling views, and resizing windows.
Bike is a native app that won’t slow your Mac down.

Bike's nimble.
Use it as the main app for a big writing project, or as a supporting app for notes and ideas.
Standard file formats, shortcuts support, and scripting allow Bike to integrate with your existing workflows.

Bike's innovative.
Your ideas flow smoothly across the screen.
You get the power of outlining combined with the flexibility of a text editor.
Bike is a powerful tool that's also enjoyable to use.

Key Features
• Clean and simple outliner
• Fluid outlining experience
• Fold and focus to manage big outlines
• Fast keyboard navigation & commands
• Fast fully native macOS Application

Supporting Features
• Innovative rich text editor
• Checklists, ordered lists, more
• Fast "Focus Heading" navigation
• Improved macOS text checking
• Great at text and outline editing
• Word count and fullscreen editing
• Optional navigation bar with history
• Typewriter scrolling & text focus modes
• Active support community ready to help
• Printing, quicklook, and icon thumbnails
• Use outline paths to efficiently query your outline
• Bike uses open file formats. (.html, .opml, .txt)
• Use Shortcuts to control and automate Bike
• Use AppleScript to control and automate Bike

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Terms of Use

What’s New

Version 1.18.3

• Fixed crash when using Pinyin text input

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
128 Ratings

128 Ratings

Jonnysalder ,

Author approved

I don't usually go for apps that lack cross platform support with iOS, but I have been looking for an app that folds text for years. This one is great. Not only does it fold text, but it has smooth animations that just make the app feel extremely responsive.

My only critique is that it doesn't seem to work with grammarly go. However, since I work work using plain text and markdown, I can always just correct errors in another app.

Incredibly well done. I plan to buy on the developer's website.

Developer Response ,

Glad to hear Bike is author approved. My goal is to support longer form writing, but I don't do much longer form writing myself, so I'm never quite sure that it's up to the task.

I think to support Grammarly I need to add accessibility support. Something that I haven't done yet, but that is on my long term todo list.


This app gets better and better...

The short: terrible icon, few features at the moment, snappy performance, immense potential. Hoping this new pricing model allows for long term focus and development.

UPDATE: The developer has added all kinds of great features to this app since launch, and it now feels like one of the most underrated apps in the App Store.

I wish for an in-app library to keep my files together like Ulysses, iA Writer, etc., but aside from that, Bike is a 5-star app and worth your attention.

Developer Response ,

Glad you like the improvements. Library is definitely on my wish list too.

zachvalenti ,

Everything I wanted

Coming to this via Dynalist after needing something more extensible than Workflowy. Bike is everything I've been looking for in a digital trapper-keeper for capturing and structuring ideas as well as helping organize my work life.

Holding my breath for an iOS companion that can work with native *.bike files on-the-go, but the standalone desktop app is so good I've already made the leap.

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