Bear
Bear
1.8.2

4.1

Bear free download for Mac

Bear1.8.2

19 November 2020

Writing app for notes and prose.

Overview

Bear is a 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. 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.

Features:
  • 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

Note: While the software is classified as free, it offers in-App Purchases.

Bear Pro $1.49
Bear Pro $14.99

What's new in Bear

Version 1.8.2:

A couple of small features here and there. Please take a moment of silence for a few bugs that are no longer with us

New:
  • Wiki link export comes to iOS: Export Bear notes that have links to each other, and they’ll be converted to HTML links
  • The import tool now handles the new Evernote file format
  • Spotlight now indexes only the title of encrypted notes for security reasons
Fixed:
  • French localization adjustments
  • macOS: Opening notes in a new window is smoother, more window-ier
  • Wiki links now behave as links when exporting to PDF and DOCX
  • RTF export fixes

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How would you rate Bear app?

14 Reviews of Bear

5
Gakesmith
20 January 2020
Version: 1.7.8

Most helpful

I have used this for over a year and found it very reliable, very easy on the eyes, and best at handling simple markdown and links. Well worth the subscription price.
(1)
soheiloliaei
05 April 2020
Version: 1.7.10
Does the pro have the export option to 'Confluence'? I want to be able to import Bear Notes in Confluence.
(0)
5
Gakesmith
20 January 2020
Version: 1.7.8
I have used this for over a year and found it very reliable, very easy on the eyes, and best at handling simple markdown and links. Well worth the subscription price.
(1)
5
Gazman
18 December 2019
Version: 1.7.7
The more I use Bear, the more I like it. I love the tagging/nested tagging way of organising my notes. The interface is clean, the web clipper works well, and even things that used to annoy me (like constantly seeing the markdown code instead of the preview) have grown on me. It is now my default notes app on all my devices.
(0)
3
1920 Riverside
16 September 2019
Version: 1.7.2
No typewriter mode. No list notes unless tagged them. Not worth for rent.
(2)
2
Gazman
02 May 2018
Version: 1.5.1
Bear sells itself disingenuously. First, it markets itself as "Rich previews while writing so you see prose, not code." This is only partially correct. Bear uses markdown, and while it displays the rich previews, it still shows the code (e.g. H1 for heading, ** for bold, etc.). Also, it advertises a 'Focus mode' (even though there's no such menu item in the app itself), which simply hides the sidebar and notes. It's nothing like the focus mode on apps such as iaWriter which turn the app full-screen and turn on typewriter scrolling. Which brings me to my final peeve. Users have been requesting typewriter scrolling since the very early days, which myself and many others feel is indispensable in any serious 'writing app', but the developers have steadfastly refused to implement it. I bought a year's subscription to help fund development, but won't be buying another one.
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chasjunk
28 February 2018
Version: 1.4.3
Not to sound combative, because the program looks beautiful and functional, but ... can someone explain to me why it needs a subscription? I have and use a wide variety of word processing and note-taking software (pro writer, y'see) but haven't been able to discover why Bear is better than, let's say IA Writer or Byword (to name but two candidates that don't require a subscription).
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Drdul
12 April 2017
Version: 1.1.2
Bear can't sync between two or more persons. I share an Evernote account with my wife and would like to switch to Bear, but it's restricted to syncing with only one iCloud account. I asked the dev about syncing with other people and syncing using another service like Dropbox (which my wife and I share), and got this reply: "Currently, this is not possible as the Bear app can only sync notes via a single iCloud Drive account but we will add this option in the future. We are evaluating this, and there is no ETA to it."
(3)
Aeschylus
11 April 2017
Version: 1.1.2
I don't like the idea of "renting" software on a yearly basis. It just goes against my grain that I don't own what's on my Mac. I'll pass on this.
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5
JuliaTin
07 April 2017
Version: 1.1.1
Just bought this fine app, I'm adding it into my dock. I'm also going to recommend this to my kids. Just get it, I don't think you will be disappointed.
(1)
Tim27
05 April 2017
Version: 1.1.1
Unfortunate that the developer is putting so much time into this app and none into Pixa.
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Gazman
22 March 2017
Version: 1.1
Still no typewriter mode for longer pieces of writing. This has been a highly requested feature on their website, but they still haven't implemented it. Until they do this, I will keep using alternatives such as Ulysses.
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4
josephjsam111
21 March 2017
Version: 1.1
nice
(0)
4.5
Sherman-Wilcox
21 March 2017
Version: 1.1
Excellent!
(0)
Tim27
26 January 2017
Version: 1.0.6
This company kind of abandoned development of Pixa (which is unfortunate), so I'm not sure I would trust them to keep working on this either.
(3)
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4.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
License: 
FreeIn-app purchases

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