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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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Description

Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes, prose, code and now sketches!

KEEP CONTROL
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.

WRITE YOUR WAY
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.

EDITING TOOLS AND EXPORTS
- 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.

USE IT EVERYWHERE
- 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.

SEARCH ALL THE THINGS
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.

BEAR FEATURES AT A GLANCE
• 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 portability
• Effortless, secure, and private multi-device sync via iCloud
• Touchbar support
• Custom app icons to match Pro themes
• Regular updates to keep you and your writing current

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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

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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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We'd love to answer your questions or just hear what you think about Bear. Find us online at:

bear@shinyfrog.net (mailto:bear@shinyfrog.net)
Twitter: @BearNotesApp
Our forum: http://help.shinyfrog.net/discussions/bear

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What's New in Version 1.2

- Changing Bear's theme now changes its app icon, and each theme has its own unique icon. This works for the two free themes and all Pro themes (currently 8, with more coming!)
- Bear has been translated for three new languages: Korean, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese

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Customer Reviews

Great update

Sketch is great, though spartan. Would welcome usual features like pressure-sensitivity, cut and move, line straightening, etc, but this is an excellent start. I was starting to wonder if my subscription was funding conitnued, meaningful development or not, so was excited to see something new this useful today. Looking forward to tables.

Awesome App and Great Evernote Replacement!

I switched from Evernote and am not looking back! There are three main reasons why I love this app: 1) You own your data, meaning it is not stored in some propriety format. Along with this, you can export your data and backup your data very easily . 2) App is iOS and macOS only. The advantage here is the development team can focus on one platform instead of trying to fit their app into each platform. 3) The app is easy to use and very intuitive. Instead of focusing on creating folders or creating tags, Bear takes care of that for you by creating the tag structure dynamically based on the content of the notes. I hope this app is around for a long time and the developers take notice of why users are leaving Evernote to come to Bear: focus on the core features and avoid bloat.

Lastest Update: I’m really glad to see the ability to draw. I kept Apple Notes around only for this feature and am glad that I no longer have to do that.

Beautiful, but buggy...

After exploring other note taking apps extensively, I’ve decided to stick with Bear because of how easy it is to organize the notes via tags and how easy it is to handle different types of writing, especially code.

However, what I do not like about the app is how often it crashes, and it crashes A LOT. To be fair, if I’m having a normal day at work, the app is fine. But if I’m running ANY memory or CPU intensive application, Bear crashes. If I’m dragging bear across my monitor setup, it crashes. This was especially annoying when I try to take notes while viewing content in another window because moving Bear will cause the app to crash. Every. Time.

If you just need it to be a note/writing app on one screen and you don’t run a ton of intensive applications, Bear is great. Like really great. But for me: it’s functionaity still keeps me using it but there is no way I will pay for an app that crashes this much.

Bear - beautiful writing app for notes and prose
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 9.7 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Bear Pro$1.49
  2. Bear Pro$14.99