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By Shiny Frog

Editors’ Choice

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

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 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


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 1.2.1

Good news, everyone! We just took Bear out for a mighty successful bug hunt. Bear’s going to sit back and enjoy the meal, while you can enjoy an even smoother, faster, and bug-freer Bear experience. Check out our blog to learn more about Bear and pick up some great tricks:


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Customer Reviews

Highly recommend

I don’t often write reviews, and usually don’t give something 5/5, but if an app like this fits in your workflow, seriously give this one a shot.

Read the documentation already present as notes when you first open the app. Test out tagging things and nested tagging things (folders within your tags). Read the FAQ. Try throwing a feature request to them in the off chance this beautiful, well-designed app is missing something that would help you out; they respond, and quickly!

Believe it or not, it didn’t cross my radar they won a 2017 Apple Design award, but of course they did! They are firing on all cylinders, and this app and its counterpart on iOS along with their affordable monthly subscription (the wave of the future)—literally overnight—replaced a large portion of my daily productivity scheme using Drafts 4 and TextEdit. It’s *that* good, clean and functional!

I really like it.

I might even begin loving it after a few more days. The sync has been working very fast, almost immediately, for me between the iMac and the iPhone. It is what it is and it’s perfect for what it does. It’s one of those apps that you buy and immediately you’re wondering how long the company will be around because you can see making the app a part of your everyday life. I cancelled my subscriptions because I goofed and accidentally signed up for Pro on both the computer and the phone. I’ll let them expire and then subscribe again. I guess what I like the most is just the look of it. Is it the bear? I don’t know. I like simplicity wherever I can find it and there’s lots here. Check out the blog.

Bear is perfect.

Version 1.2.1
I insist. The perfection of Bear resides in the practice that is, fluid, useful and perfect.

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Bear is perfect.

Taking the time to write a review of Bear is something important and necessary. Here are 5 reasons to give it a try.

1. Works fluidly on both MacOS and iOS. It looks like a native application.
2. It is intuitive, simple and profound.
3. It fits you. The organization is by.
4. The note finder includes the text inside the notes, which is a big point in your favor.
5. Bear continues to develop. Each month adds new and more interesting functions goes through the love that is perceived in the application program.

I must tell you that they have a paid subscription of $ 15 dollars a year but the investment rewards you in what you get.

100% r recommended.

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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 1.2.1
  • 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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