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Bear free download for Mac

Bear

Version 2.1.2

Writing app for notes and prose.

3.5
Based on 16 user ratesRead reviews & comments
Free
In-app purchases

Bear 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

What’s new in version 2.1.2

Updated on Feb 12 2024

  • PDFs and images imported using App extensions or API are no longer ignored by the OCR scan
  • Fixed search result sorting issue
  • Various improvements to the Webclipper image support
  • French localization fixes
  • Minor fixes for the DayOne importer
  • Support for DayOne videos
  • Fixed backlinks related crashes
  • Fixes for sketches coming from sidecar (iPad/iPhone)

Information

License

Free

Size

42.3 MB

Developer’s website

https://bear.app/

Downloads

4306

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 11 or later
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EdFlicker
EdFlicker
Nov 15 2023
2.0.17
1.0
Nov 15 2023
1.0
Version: 2.0.17
There are more better alternatives, don’t appreciate UI and the quality of features
bobembry
bobembry
Jul 15 2023
2.0
5.0
Jul 15 2023
5.0
Version: 2.0
Bear 2.0 Pro feature set is substantial. I'm still exploring.
Gazman
Gazman
Jul 12 2023
1.9.6
5.0
Jul 12 2023
5.0
Version: 1.9.6
Bear has (finally) received an update - to version 2.0! The new version includes tables, hiding of marking syntax and backlinks among other features.
Rnetter
Rnetter
Jan 31 2021
1.8.2
5.0
Jan 31 2021
5.0
Version: 1.8.2
Best app, replaced OmniFocus and DEVONthink for me and it just works. Spaces. which is the new kid on the block and copies bear (not fair) still has a lot of bugs but bear just works. thanks guys
soheiloliaei
soheiloliaei
Apr 5 2020
1.7.10
0.0
Apr 5 2020
0.0
Version: 1.7.10
Does the pro have the export option to 'Confluence'? I want to be able to import Bear Notes in Confluence.
Gakesmith
Gakesmith
Jan 20 2020
1.7.8
5.0
Jan 20 2020
5.0
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.
Gazman
Gazman
Dec 18 2019
1.7.7
5.0
Dec 18 2019
5.0
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.
1920 Riverside
1920 Riverside
Sep 16 2019
1.7.2
3.0
Sep 16 2019
3.0
Version: 1.7.2
No typewriter mode. No list notes unless tagged them. Not worth for rent.
Gazman
Gazman
May 2 2018
1.5.1
5.0
May 2 2018
5.0
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.
chasjunk
chasjunk
Feb 28 2018
1.4.3
0.0
Feb 28 2018
0.0
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).
Drdul
Drdul
Apr 12 2017
1.1.2
0.0
Apr 12 2017
0.0
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."
Aeschylus
Aeschylus
Apr 11 2017
1.1.2
0.0
Apr 11 2017
0.0
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.
JuliaTin
JuliaTin
Apr 7 2017
1.1.1
5.0
Apr 7 2017
5.0
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.
Tim27
Tim27
Apr 5 2017
1.1.1
0.0
Apr 5 2017
0.0
Version: 1.1.1
Unfortunate that the developer is putting so much time into this app and none into Pixa.
Gazman
Gazman
Mar 22 2017
1.1
5.0
Mar 22 2017
5.0
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.
josephjsam111
josephjsam111
Mar 21 2017
1.1
4.0
Mar 21 2017
4.0
Version: 1.1
nice
Sherman-Wilcox
Sherman-Wilcox
Mar 21 2017
1.1
4.5
Mar 21 2017
4.5
Version: 1.1
Excellent!
Tim27
Tim27
Jan 26 2017
1.0.6
0.0
Jan 26 2017
0.0
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.
lesv
lesv
Mar 4 2024
2.1.2
1.0
Mar 4 2024
1.0
Version: 2.1.2
EdFlicker
EdFlicker
Nov 15 2023
2.0.17
1.0
Nov 15 2023
1.0
Version: 2.0.17
zlazkow
zlazkow
Nov 10 2023
2.0.17
5.0
Nov 10 2023
5.0
Version: 2.0.17
shca
shca
Sep 18 2023
2.0
1.0
Sep 18 2023
1.0
Version: 2.0
bobembry
bobembry
Jul 15 2023
2.0
5.0
Jul 15 2023
5.0
Version: 2.0
Gakesmith
Gakesmith
Jul 12 2023
2.0
5.0
Jul 12 2023
5.0
Version: 2.0
CheepnisAroma
CheepnisAroma
Jul 12 2023
2.0
5.0
Jul 12 2023
5.0
Version: 2.0
Annie-Walker
Annie-Walker
Jan 28 2022
1.9.4
4.0
Jan 28 2022
4.0
Version: 1.9.4
Rnetter
Rnetter
Jan 31 2021
5.0
Jan 31 2021
5.0
Version: null
Jimk
Jimk
Sep 28 2020
1.0
Sep 28 2020
1.0
Version: null
Gazman
Gazman
Dec 18 2019
5.0
Dec 18 2019
5.0
Version: null
1920 Riverside
1920 Riverside
Sep 16 2019
3.0
Sep 16 2019
3.0
Version: null
sup3rny4nb0y2
sup3rny4nb0y2
Sep 7 2019
1.0
Sep 7 2019
1.0
Version: null
JuliaTin
JuliaTin
Apr 7 2017
5.0
Apr 7 2017
5.0
Version: null
josephjsam111
josephjsam111
Mar 21 2017
4.0
Mar 21 2017
4.0
Version: null
Sherman-Wilcox
Sherman-Wilcox
Mar 21 2017
4.5
Mar 21 2017
4.5
Version: null
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