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Bear - beautiful writing app for notes and prose

By Shiny Frog di Matteo Rattotti e C. S.N.C.

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Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes and prose.

Link notes to each other to build a body of work. Use hashtags to organize for the way you think. And yet, all notes are stored in plain, portable text.

Bear is perfect for everything from quick notes, to code snippets, to in-depth essays. A focus mode helps you concentrate, and advanced Markdown and other markup options are an online writer's best friend. Full in-line image support brings your writing to life, and keep yourself on task by adding todos to individual notes.

- Requires a Bear Pro in-app subscription. Learn more below.

Bear's simple tools take the effort out of writing, whether you need to hit specific word counts and reading times, or you need to convert your writing into PDF and Word docs. With Bear's custom markup shortcuts, you can add style and links with just a tap or keystroke.

- Requires a Bear Pro in-app subscription. Learn more below.

Bear works on your devices, so you can write wherever inspiration strikes. Use todos to stay on task across every device.

Bear can instantly search all your notes, but it can also focus on specific things with Search Triggers. Use @task to find all your todos, @tagged “ideas” to find your notes that are waiting to blossom, or @files to find all notes with attachments.

• Rich previews while writing so you see prose, not code
• In-line support for images and photos
• Advanced Markup Editor that supports and highlights over 20 programming languages
• Use Cross-Note Links to build a body of work, quickly reference other notes, and more
• Quickly add todos to individual notes to keep yourself on task
• Multiple export options including HTML, PDF, DOCX, MD, JPG, and more
• Smart Data Recognition of elements like links, emails, addresses, colors, and more to come
• Hashtags to quickly find and organize notes however you like
• One-tap formatting on iPhone and iPad with a custom shortcut bar
• Focus Mode hides notes and other options when it matters
• All your notes are stored in plain text for the ultimate in portability
• Effortless, secure, and private multi-device sync via iCloud
• Regular updates to keep you and your writing current


Also available from Bear:

Bear Pro - Sync and more

• Sync notes between all your devices
• Advanced export to PDF, HTML, DOCX, JPG
• Eight gorgeous app themes to get just the right writing environment, with more themes on the way
• Keep the Bear updates coming

$1.49 monthly, $14.99 annually


Price may vary by location. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. You will not be able to cancel the subscription once activated. Manage your subscriptions in Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription.


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What's New in Version 1.0.5

• Notes can now be sorted by creation date, modification date or title and tags by title and number of notes
• Note creation date is now displayed in the Information Panel
• Improved rendering performances
• It is now possible to access to the Note List search field from any point of the App
• Faster and more memory efficient Evernote importer
• Support for Version 1 TextBundles in import
• Corrected sync problems with MacOS 10.12 Sierra
• The main window should always restore its size correctly
• Various bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Bear is great for note-taking & to-do lists!

I’m not a very organized person but as an academic who works on multiple projects at once, I need to work hard on getting organized. Bear is great because I feel like it does half the work for me! The hashtag feature is so simple and basic yet so life-changing! I just write and as long as I have my hashtag, Bear organizes my notes for me. I’ve been recommending it to everyone since I started using it a few weeks ago. I’m using the free version on my MacBook, because I don’t yet feel the need to sync across devices. I might upgrade if it were cheaper or if they made the cost a one-time purchase rather than a membership.

NOW it’s 5 stars!! Best update yet.

I would have given this a solid 4.5 stars previosuly for being an excellent note taking app. Now I’d give it a 5 star rating for adding date sorting and some other much anticipated features. LOVE the app now for sure.

Best Notes App for Me

Bear uses Markdown and does it in a way that looks slick and attractive. Including pictures is easy. And the new update allows notes to be sorted by title - just the change I was looking forward to. If an app can be perfect, Bear is perfect.

Bear - beautiful writing app for notes and prose
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Size: 5.5 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor

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