I’m liking outlining in Jesse Grossjean’s latest app, Bike, for my outlining needs. It’s a simple outliner that can save the content of its outlines to Bike files, OPML documents, or plain text. And its native document format is plain HTML that’s easy to work with.
As an aside, Jesse just released Shortcut actions for Bike, making it possible to do some automation of Bike and Bike documents. I haven’t played around with it much yet, but if you’re into Shortcuts, check out what’s available.
One thing that Bike lacks is an easy way to convert Markdown lists to Bike outlines. It can actually read indented plain text just fine, but the list markers are included in the node text, and blank lines become empty nodes instead of being compressed. Running a list through a Markdown processor and saving as
.bike can often create an invalid file, as Bike requires every list item to contain a paragraph tag, not bare text.
I initially played around with running Markdown through a Markdown processor and then manipulating the output, but ultimately went with a much simpler version that compresses newlines and removes list markers, putting the resulting indented text in your clipboard. Pasting the result into a Bike document should almost always yield the expected result.
Save the script below as
md_to_bike in your PATH and run
chmod a+x path/to/md_to_bike. It can be called as a pipe or on a file. To call it as a pipe, run
cat myfile.md | md_to_bike. To call it on a file, just provide the path to the file as an argument:
mmd_to_bike path/to/myfile.md. The results will be placed in your clipboard, ready to paste into a Bike document.
Hope that’s of use to somebody.