Let’s be clear, the one-star reviews are bogus. This is a beautiful app that works really well.
Let’s be clear, the one-star reviews are bogus. This is a beautiful app that works really well.
Ignore the negative ratings: This is the most flexible, elegant tool I have ever found for organizing my thinking and writing. It combines the best of distraction-free writing tools like iA Writer with the organizational recall of Evernote—but without the bloat! Nested tags give you the ability to outline and cross-reference in whatever way makes the most sense for how your brain works. And contrary to some of the negative opinons, the transparency of Markdown is the real design coup here. There's no more efficient way to create hierarchies of ideas that you can also totally customize for how you work. User experience is equally fantastic on mobile and desktop. Truly the best outboard brain plus writing tool you could possibly buy.
I have been using Evernote heavily since 2009. In recent years, as it has become incrementally more bloated and more expensive, I’ve been looking for a replacement, but everything I found was missing some particular feature that I needed. Bear, while much simpler, and ostensibly less powerful, does absolutely everything I REALLY need for organization, writing, business tracking, and creative thought. It does it in a visually beautiful way, with a markup language that really makes the tool fade into subconscious and lets me record thoughts without distraction of too many buttons and gimmicks. Tagging, note linking, formatting, and organization are completely intuitive. The cost is far less than Evernote Premium, and there are not restrictions with using on all of my Apple devices. I hope they can implement note sharing without messing with their formula, and I hope they expand to other platforms so I can share with friends, coworkers, and family, but if it stays just as it is today, Bear will continue to be the foundational piece of my workflow and creative and business processes.
Bear is a well designed, clean app that works great across macOS and iOS. The subscription is only $15 per year, and now I can sync between my iMac, MacBook Pro, iPhone, and iPad. The themes are awesome! I love darker themes as they are easier on my eyes, and Bear has seven dark themes from which to choose. If you are a programmer/coder, Bear supports formatting text as code or code blocks. Even better, for code blocks, Bear supports syntax highlighting for 20 different languages. Note organization is simple and highly customizable via hashtags, and you can also export notes to different formats, such as HTML, PDF, or MD. There are additional features, but the above have been the most helpful in my workflow. I highly recommend this app and wish I had discovered it sooner.
Wanted to get a little more note-taking flexibility than my Apple Notes app, so I tried Bear. I’m a college student who takes a lot of notes, and having the many useful keyboard shortcuts that Bear has made it incredibly fluid to type quickly and accurately. The hashtag folder idea is genius, especially when you’re able to create sub-folders beneath bigger categories - perfect for various subjects and classes. After less than a week of using Bear for free, I spent the measly $15 a year to get Pro, which syncs up with my iPhone just as good as any in-house Apple built app. Love the themes, layout, and general clean feeling of the app, and I couldn’t be happier with my Pro purchase. Cheers!
There’s absolutely no reason for your app to contain its own custom written layer of keyboard autocorrect, which I already disabled in System Preferences. Respect the OS settings.
I love writing in Bear.. but I want to use it to write weekly blog posts for my business. I need to copy and paste my posts from Bear to LinkedIn and other sites but just can’t do that with the formatting there. It would take me forever to reformat. I would happily upgrade if you added the option to remove the visible markdown symbols, as they ruin the end product and are distracting.
Great simple app!. I have no complaints except we need an option to move the text to the center, left or right. Good job!
People who are leaving negative reviews don’t get the point. This is a minimalist, markup style, note taking app. It doesn’t do fancy drawings, or multi-person editing or sharing (though that would be nice). It’s not Onenote with all its folders and all its subsections and web clippings. It is a quick, beautiful, markup note app for minamilst writing and focusing. Keep up the great work Bear!
I would love this app if they only allowed for the ability to hide the formatting code. This seems to be a feature that many have requested & that the developer has been promising since day one.
I love being able to write notes that look pretty and include hashtags in order to organize all of them in different ways. I like the appearance and simplicity of the app but would appreciate if they could add in the ability to change picture sizes that I’ve inserted, insert tables, and colored font. Other than that, I love it and highly recommend.
Still looking for a better notes app after discoving that my 8 GB of Notes cannot be imported into Bear. That’s an amazing discovery someone might wanna know before going Bear-Pro.
The app says “you can write your way” when you can’t. I appears that it forces ugly formating tags on you. Why do I want to see *with all my bold text* and why in God’s name did they not make that an option to remove? I’m really glad I didn’t pay for this service, it was really close to being awesome
I have used Outline like OneNote, which has better note integration and can create links/tags, like this app does. However, even for general notes, Apple Notes still has a lot of nice features. I have used Evernote before, though the cost drove me away from that. This app is $15/year, not bad, but I can’t see myself using this app, with Apple Notes synching across all my devices, as well as Outline.
Pretty lame that you have to pay monthly just to sync from one device to the next. When so many other apps are free with FREE sync. The app is also lame because, there is no spell check available. Not only that, you get one free customized background. Not two or three. one lame white standard background. The app is not worth paying for monthly when there are so much more free note taking apps that comes with much more.
# Bear Review ### Favorite Aspects of Bear * Beautiful design * Nice themes to choose from * Clever new way to use hash tags to create "virtual folders" * Fun to use * Built in trash can! Love when note apps include this! * Note linking! * Inline image attachments * Smart checkboxes -- shows completed status in list view * File attachments * iOS and Mac App sync via iCloud * Watch app * Reasonable pricing model ### Ideas for Enhancement * Have option to sort notes by creation date, in addition to modification date (which is the default now). (DONE) * Show original creation date in the info panel, in addition to modification date. (DONE) * More themes with lighter colors for day use (I.e. pastels) and/or ability for user to create their own theme * Multi-level tags (currently the limit seems to be two levels - parent/child) (DONE) * Built in calendar view. Useful for journaling, where you can see a calendar view of entries per tag or all notes that were created/entered on a particular day. * Be able to Change Creation Date/ (or create a new field for user Entry/Added date) for back-dating notes, essential for Journaling use. * "Time machine" for restoring a previous version of a note. (Like SimpleNote.) * Note archive feature would be cool, like Google Keep. * Typewriter mode * Hash tag autocomplete (DONE) * Back button and keyboard shortcut (useful for going back to a previous note after clicking on an internal note link or tag) * Note templates * Merge two or more notes into single note (DONE) * Command click on highlighted text (in mac version) and create a new linked note ### Summary: I think Bear is a great app with a bright future and amazing potential to be one of the best note apps of all time. That is from someone who's explored countless note and productivity apps since the early OS X days. May it flourish. --- #app/reviews
Canceled my Day One subscription moving to Bear bought the subscription, working on my Mac and iPad pro 10.5 and was very dissappointed that I can see several things missing that are important when I write. One is preview mode, no where to be found other than on the Mac and I have to buy another app to preview called Marked 2, what the heck. Two is no focus or typewriter mode, seriously???? Heck Byword and iA Writer have these features, so here I am canceling my subscription and moving back to iA Writer until there is an update in the future.
I’m a Pro user for 1 year. But the Sync is really slow or seems like it doesn’t work. I really like this app though. If this Sync problem is not fixed, I will not use this app anymore.
Bear is clean. Bear looks amazing. Bear makes me want to write more. Bear is a pleasant user experience. All of that makes Bear stand out head and shoulders over anything else that I’ve used. But the simplicity of Bear is often its con. Bear doesn’t allow template exports, so you are stuck with just one look. Bear can’t change font size on print, so you can’t print anything larger for public reading without exporting it to some other format that doesn’t look as good as Bear (which is one reason you love Bear). The simplicity and cleaness of Bear is amazing. But sometimes that hurts it.
I downloaded this app but didn’t use it for quite a few months. Then recently, I say the light. Bear is the Swiss army knife of writing and note taking apps. And it’s beautiful to boot.
I have been using Day One since 2012 and have found it to be very useful. Bear on the other hand is quite nice in itself. There are many customizations that can be done with Bear that are quite useful. I find myself going to the Bear more and more. Still have some tweeking to do before it gets a 5 star but is a very nice application. The fact that Day One charges $35 and Bear $15 is another reason to like it. Try it for awhile and see what you think. I keep both at the moment.
I’m giving it two stars because the one-star reviews seem to upset Bear’s fans, but I found it unusable. Like many here, I find Evernote’s attempts to do everything cumbersome and unnecessary. I was hoping for a easy-to-use alternative. Unfortunately I have a lot of notes in Evernote, and conversion without tags was a huge challenge. It also used my iCloud storage, which Evernote did not, a move which would have become costly. I found the interface un-intuitive. I also accidentally enrolled in both monthly and yearly Pro membership, which it allowed me to do. It then went ahead and double-charged me for several months. I didn’t find the error until I ended the subscription. If you like it, enjoy it, but don’t waste everyone’s time by flaming me for having a different experience. I’ve seen a fair amount of that here. Thanks.
Switched over from Evernote, and it’s been a perfect fit. I’m not anti-Evernote. I think it’s a great app, but it just didn’t feed my needs. For me, Evernote was like using a chainsaw to cut paper. It tried to do too much. Evernote is a giant RV and Bear is a VW camper van (without the mechanical issues). PROS: lightweight, simple, clean, flexible, perfect for Markdown users, tagging allows for super easy and simple organization (and a folder-style hierarchy), doubled with the iPhone app it’s a perfect desktop/mobile combo. Love the text-editor style themes. CONS: I’d like to be able to bulk export ALL of my text files, not as one bear-formatted export, but as a group of individual raw text files. Other than that, I can’t think of anywhwere this app falls short for me.
I’m one of those people who is never satisfied and is always trying new apps in search of perfection. I’ve tried just about every todo manager there is, and the same thing with notes. I have digitizing pens, Evernote moleskins gathering dust, and several annual subscriptions languishing, but I keep coming back to two apps: Bear and Quiver. I prefer the simplicity of Bear, but Quiver also supports MathJax so for anything with math it still wins. But Bear is now my journal and general note taking app and it just works. The nested tags are great. It’s uncluttered and clean. Synching just works. And the price is very fair. This is a great app.
I have used bear for the entirety of the semester. Throughout that time, it crashed at least two or three times. On each crash, it deleted EVERY. SINGLE. NOTE. I had made. Extremely infuriating come finals time and led to much unwanted stress. Be sure to back up your notes, but make sure you do it every day, because this app has no save capability outside of that. You are entirely responsible to back up your notes every single time you use it, which to me, seems like it should be an easy fix in 2017. I am extremely disappointed, considering how well-structured the application is. Now, here I go to take a final, without my notes.
Version 1.4 Dismissing the year with a full update of Bear was just and necessary. In this occasion to write automatically in code, labels and notes. It works in a simple way ... it works. In addition, labels such as "home" or "trips" have a custom icon. The auto-complete function for the notes is great and fast. The themes DuoTone light and Snow are beautiful but * Dieci * marks a new page on the iPhone X (and on the iPad). I would like to see it soon in macOS. The range of functions for the Apple Watch can be used in general and even if you do not use Bear in the Watch if the inclusion of more is appreciated because it is about accounts this is about offering more options for the enjoyment of users. The point here as always is to highlight and highlight the wonderful management that leads to their backs. Bear. I keep my opinion about Bear: it's perfect. 🐻 Version 1.3.1 I keep my vision about Bear, his team does a great job of developing a perfect application to the macOS and iOS system. You are upgrading compatibility with High Sierra macros and some bug fixes. However, what is more important still remains: it is an application that redesigns the way you write and at the same time offers an abysmal quality. Two important things: * The Premium version is required for 14.99 per year to get the most out of it. * I'm sure the future of Bear will continue to rise and add new features that further enhance the real experience. Below you can read my previous reviews. 👇🏻 Version 1.2.4 Since I use There is something that I love: after a important update always comes a new update to polish any errors that inform users and that they detect. Just great. Good job. Below I leave my reviews in the length of each update. Greetings. ************ Version 1.2.2 It is already known from my previous review that Bear is one of those applications that falls in love with the care and care with which they are developed. On this occasion I want to comment on the new update. 1. It is really useful to be able to highlight the text at any point in your note. 2. In the Mac version you can already get several windows. An example: you need to do something in two different notes, now it is possible. 3. It's even easier to remove a label from any note. Simple and perfect. 4. I love the option to put @Today or @Yesterday and get a specific result of those notes that have been created or edited today or yesterday. Great. 5. Compare via Airdrop, easy and work. Very good. Every month the watch team arrives with details that make their application more robust, perfect and always conserving the essence. Its essence is to have in the same Pack simplicity and depth. It depends on each one up to where you arrive with the functions and options of Bear. As always: remember that this application requires a subscription for $ 14.99 per year and I assure you that it is worth it. ********** Version 1.2.1 I insist. The perfection of Bear resides in the practice that is, fluid, useful and perfect. Previous review ... 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...
As an academic I have always taking notes, writing manuscripts, designing presentations and jotting down thoughts. I use SimpleNote, Ulysses, IAWriter, Quiver, Snippet Lab, Evernote and other related apps. Bear just keeps getting better. The develops add new features at a regular rate and give me even more reasons to use Bear before the other options I have avalible to me. The companion app on iOS comes in handy if I want to access my notes or thoughts, or just rewrite a paragraph or two of a manuscript on while waiting for an appointment. Bear is worth the subscription.
Ill start by saying that I have been using Bear off-and-on since it was in beta and keep coming back (i’m a tinkerer, so I do this with almost all apps) because it is just so great at being a NOTE taking app. You can copy out as almost any format and import in markdown is absolutley amazing! Would I write a dissertaion in it? Probably not, but I would keep all my reference notes in Bear for it. With that said, the rate of consistent upgrades and amazing feedback by the developers (both in their forumns and in Reddit) has been so great that I am moving full-time to Bear (something I haven’t done with a note taking app in years!) because I truley believe it is the best out there now, and love to see how active the deveopers are in responding to feedback and improving the app! Can’t wait to see whats ahead.
I don’t think I’ve ever written a Mac app review before, but I find the one-star reviews for this app so befuddling that I felt the need to chime in. Bear is my absolute favorite text editor. It’s beautiful, clean, and charming. I have personally never had a sync issue, and I use it on Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Watch. It’s also been updated quickly to take advantage of new hardware features. I’ve never used Evernote for what it’s worth. Though I have used several markdown editors, and Bear is definitely my favorite. As for notebooks, Bear just uses a different organizational metaphor. Instead of putting one thing in one notebook, you add tags to the document. These tags can be chained together which creates a nested hierarchy in the tag panel. This way you can assign a document to multiple tags if you want. So a work note can be tagged #Company/Project and #Year/Month and #Subject. For me this makes it SO easy to find what I’m looking for in many different contexts. It may not work for everyone, but I suggest giving it a chance if you find the rest of the app appealing.
Was super excited about the prospect of Bear and its ability to grow into the perfect writing app. However the developers are leaving the app as borderline abandonware. Here are some key problems with Bear that you should be aware of before purchasing the premium subscription: Importing into the app is a BEAR. You can’t import into a specific tag, can’t drag and drop either. So if you have hundreds of notes youre trying to import you’ll have to do it tediously. They need to add the option of creating a tag before you have a note that actually has one, as well. That way you can create new notes directly into that new tag. Typewriter and Focus Mode - ABSENT. These are essential for focused writing. Bear claims itself as a Pro app for Prose. It’s not. While it handles Markdown and Rich Text in a fusion I haven’t seen executed as well in any other app, it’s lack of focused support is inexcusable. Export options. Want to export to Wordpress? Can’t. The developers created a great platform that remains stagnant despite a monthly fee. It’s a shame too because it had such promise. They consntatly promise new builds and features but I’ve had the app for quite some time now and have seen little improvement. Look elsewhere if you want a serious writing tool. For the record, I did pay for the yearly pro subscription. I’ll give it this too - so far as yearly rent-ware is concerned, its a fair price. Still, I wish they’d let this Bear grow!
Can’t import notes, can’t create new notes. The only part that seems to work is the search box, but since I can’t create any notes … kind of useless. Tried every menu option (although most are unavailable) and clicked every part of the window. App description sounds like it could be nice.
I’ve tried just about every writing/note taking tool out there, for example Evernote, Ulysses, Write, Simplenote, Editorial, etc. For work, Ulysses is easily the best writing app. For everything else, I stuck with Evernote. But, I never really bonded with it. Bear, on the other hand, bonding was instant. It’s a simple, but effective and efficient way to take notes, write outlines, grab links, and so on.
I have Bear App in every single apple artifact that i own. On my Apple Watch, I have a huge problem which I don’t know how to fix. Everytime I press the mic in my Apple Watch it comes out in Spanish. Uninstall, on every single artifact, check the dictation, the language everything possible, and nothing. I don’t want to uninstall the app, because I simple love it but I don’t know what to do anymore. Please if someone has the same problem and found the solution, please let me know. Thank you!
This app is what I wanted Dropbox Paper to be: mac desktop app, offline support, … I’m taking off one star since it uses a weired “polar” markdown format by default instead of the CommonMark standard. Fortunately, this app has “Markdown Compatibility Mode” which makes it adhere to the standard. I really wish this compatibility mode was the default and the Polar markdown mode could be made as an option for those who prefer that.
This program is great, unless you plan on paying for the pro version. Simply put, it never successfully syncs my desktop and mobile notes, which is the point of paying for pro. Working in the tech field myself, I gave incredibly detailed reports to their support team on what wasn’t functioning: mobile notes wouldn’t import to desktop, desktop would send multiple conflicted notes to mobile, images wouldn’t sync from desktop to mobile, etc. Basically I would have to email myself notes from mobile Bear to manually paste into the desktop Bear, that’s how clunky it was. For a month and a half, I got the same runaround of “try turning off and on iCloud”, “send me a file log.” Each time I woud and the only response their team would have is, it looks like it isn’t syncing, try sending another file log. Finally, after giving up on this, I asked for a refund for my subscription, and they told me they couldn’t handle that, that I would have to contact the app store, and cheerily asked if there was anything else they could do for me. Worthless customer service. Only use the free version of this.
It is a great app with pretty deigns. It is easy to use. The only thing I complain is the “Table” feature. For a more professional use of an note app, “table” is a most.
When I first moved to this app I was very pleased. But after a few updates I’m getting weird cosmetic issues. I moved to the paid version to take advantage of the sync fuctionality and themes. I’m a sucker for darm themes. After a the last update I started notecing some weird cosmetic issues like the close/minimize buttons are in the search text area. If I close the app a few times they eventually move back. The other issue I’m getting is the scroll bars turn white. Not sure why happening but these cosmetics issues are bugging me.
I got this hoping it would be a low cost solution to having notes on multiple systems, but very quickly noticed it would not sync my notes to my iPhone. I contacted customer support, and their response was that I should just delete the app and reinstall it. I tried that a few times, to no avail, and contacted customer service again. I was advised they were aware of a sync problem that sometimes occurred. So, my frustration is that the app is not reliable, but is very well designed. I would love to switch to Bear, but they need to fix the sync issue before I would.
I was excited to try out Bear and started with copying a long note from Evernote into a new Bear note. I understand that Bear is really a Markdown editor but I was disappointed to see that it couldn’t handle copy/paste of an image. I have a lot of images in my notes and I can’t stop to do an "insert file" every time (which would require having the file saved locally as well). If Bear could support this functionality I do think I could make the switch. However, I can’t justify notes migration or an annual subscription when it can’t do something Apple Notes can do natively. :(
Bear cannot hanlde most anything with equations. Onenote and Evernote handle these with ease.
Can’t go back to any other notes app after trying Bear
Bear is the best note taking app out of all that I've tried, and I've tried a lot of them: OneNote, Evernote, SimpleNote, StandardNote - you name it. If you take a lot of notes everyday & you know a little bit of Markdown Syntax, then you'll ❤️❤️❤️❤️ the simplicity & beauty of this app. Also, before you start using it, I suggest you take some time and read the 3 default notes that come with it. Even without knowing Markdown, after reading the welcome notes, you should be right at home with Bear. However, if you need a lot of formatting features, then Bear may not be for you. In that case I'd suggest you go for a document writer, like Google Doc., MS Word, Apple Pages or even something like Evernote or Byword. Loving😍 ☑️ Simplicity ☑️ Beauty ☑️ Auto Tags/Sub-Tags Wish List: 🔲 Web access 🔲 Table 🔲 More nested formatting on the same line, e.g. underline a word inside a header, todo inside ordered or unordered lists etc.
I was using Ulysses until now, but the developers got so greedy that I had to look for alternative, and Bear is fantastic choice! I’m glad I found it. I’m constantly using Markdown for my blogs and forums, and Bear app is way better than Ulysses for my needs. The only feature I was missing from Ulysses was the folders, but with Bear there’s super easy sollution - using tags. Just write #yourtag and popes up on the side menu. You can even nest tags by going #yourtag/anothertag and so on, then you get all notes exactly where you want them to be, and easy to find. And with the amount of $ I paid over time for apps, this app definitely fits in the category “Must support the developer”, $14.99 per year is so much better than paying $9.99 for Ulysses once, and then being asked to pay another $5 monthly. But as I noticed, subscribtion is optional, still cute with the default theme. Super super useful app for my needs, or even as a note app. Thanks Bear team, keep up the good work!
I love this app from the moment I started using it. I can’t understand why it has received so many 1 stars. Anyways I have moved from Voodoopad and EverNote and am loving it. Bear + Quiver solves all my note keeping needs. Also I don’t mind the paying for the full version, it’s worth every penny.
Overall this is a very well designed app. I liked the design so well that I immediately signed up for the one year subscription, but after using it for a few days I cancelled my subscription. There is one missing feature that is crucial for those of us that write a lot. There is no Typewriter mode. As a result I am forced to write at the bottom of the page and screen. This is very annoying and irritating. I’m surprised the designers didn’t include a Typewriter mode. All the other major writing apps include Typewrite mode. I contacted the developer and was informed that they will “consider” it in the future. That’s doesn’t give me much confidence. I’ll keep the free version in case they decide to update this app. But currently I do not see this app as useable. Update: I’m realizing that this app is really for note taking. It’s an alternative to Evernote. I don’t think the developers intend that this be a dedicated writing app. I’ve been comparing Bear to Ulysses and iA Writer, but Bear serves a different purpose than the dedicated writing apps like Ulysses.
I like writing in Bear because it’s tools and capability hang out in the background; always there, but unobtrusive. It reliably syncs using iCloud, but I’d prefer an alternate service (especially given a subscription) — Apple once locked me out of iCloud for nearly a month and I don’t want to be exposed to a repeat of that. I think most Apple customers may someday regret the extent to which they rely on Apple’s web and cloud storage; it’s never been a strong point for them. If they would enable purchase of the pro app instead of renting it AND divest from iCloud (or offer an alternative like 1Password does), this would receive 5 stars from me. Bear just works; give it a try
If you are a purist for taking notes and need a minimal visual experience to create…Bear is it. Hands down. One stars must be disgruntled Evernote users…no other reason.
I use Bear now instead of evernote and I love it. However, they haven’t yet implemented the ability to create notebooks for sorting your notes. It’s a feature that even apple’s own notes app includes, and it would make Bear an even better competitor with those two apps. Crossing my fingers it gets added soon.
Migrated everything from Evernote to Bear, consisting of over 4,000+ notes and am glad I did. - I enjoy typing inside the application; it is a joy to use - Stability has been wonderful, with no problems associated with crashing or losing my data - Interface is fresh, not clunky; the themes are beyond wonderful, seriously - $15.00 is a pittance; I want to show them support and will gladly renew my subscription when it’s time if they keep up the great work - Syncing has not been problematic between devices, even with all the data I have stored in my notes - Updates have been regular, solid, and improve on the app’s usability and feature-set Really great job!
Guys, this is so simple, it just works great, it is really fast and clean! you brain will be happy. I came from Evernote and switched to Bear, if you are looking for an app on iDevices just for clean and beautiful notes without being overwhelmed by many features you will never use, this is the right app, and the price is so good! it really worths it! As a Pro user the only one feature I would love to have someday is to be able to add audio on the notes, but the rest it’s beautiful!