Bear

A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

4.3/5
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Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes and prose. It works on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, so you can write wherever inspiration strikes.

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37 Reviews4.3/5
Justin DeardorffHunter/Gatherer of Ideas

I searched high and low for a replacement to the Mac OS default Notes app, which is incredibly limited in functionality and insufficient for my needs. I had one twist - I needed to find a note taking app for Mac that did not sync or store notes in the cloud. Bear does just that and it happens to be great. I really enjoy the hashtag categorization system and ability to have multiple tags on a note. It's a twist on Evernote style tags, but with a lighter-weight style of notebook organization and management.

Pros:

Clean interface, markdown editor, link to other notes, unique hashtag categorization system, one of the few note apps that doesn't need clou

Cons:

note linking process is a little clunky, can't customize or pin favorites in tag folder order

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Scot KruegerFounder of Krutech.com

Overall I love Bear. It is beautifully designed. I love the simple interface and the ability to tag notes is amazing. It makes searching for old notes so much easier. This is better than Apple Notes and I love it so much more than Evernote.

Pros:

Clean and simple, ability to tag notes, markdown capability

Cons:

Lists with checkbox on my iPhone show up in markdown on my mac. The checkboxes are not there. I find this annoying.

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DaniSoftware engineer & Future founder

Can't really say much because I'm Windows/Android guy, only that it looks great and PLEASE make it for more platforms, may I suggest a PWA or electron app

Pros:

Looks beautiful, base version free with premium features

Cons:

only on App store

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Onur Ozgur ChuckerDevils' Advocate. PM. Writer.

At one point data has magically disappeared: some amount of notes, poetry, ideas have gone. Backup files didn't work. Customer support didn't care. Taking care of plain text data shoulnd't be that difficult in the 21st century. :(

Pros:

Remarkable interface, concise organization logic, markdown compatibility,

Cons:

Data may be lost

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I love it =)

Pros:

Clean interface, really fast sync, right amount of features

Cons:

iOS app/extension works wonky when trying to add multiple pictures to a note (order is incorrect, some pictures need minutes to appear)

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Doru Catanago big or go home

been using it on my ipad for a while now. it's just great. i like the simplicity.

Pros:

bear is the shit. awesome app.

Cons:

none

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Alexander SulimSenior backend engineer, GoHiring

Bear is my note taking app for around a year now. I'm very happy with everything and finally stopped looking for another app of this kind :)

Pros:

Simple to use and clean interface, Markdown support, beautiful import to PDF.

Cons:

I'm eagerly waiting for an Android app.

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so what??

Pros:

good

Cons:

only on mac, ipod and iphone

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Claudio MendesWorks at Move.

The beautifully crafted interface shapes the fantastic user experience that allows you to be pruductive and concentrated while looking at an eye-pleasing design.

The search tool works like a charm and it helps you to easily organize your articles and references.

Pros:

Great both user experience and interface. Fast learning shortcuts makes working on Bear easy and smooth with no distractions.

Cons:

None so far.

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Peter CuceTech / Food / Coffee

I love Bear. I use it on all of my devices. It's so much faster than Evernote, which I moved from.

Pros:

Fast! Clean, beautiful. I love the easy, nested tagging.

Cons:

No collaboration. I don't like how it pastes links. I wish it did OCR.

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Devil Gringraphic designer, freelance

It's a shame it isn't available for Windows, because I have read/heard/seen wonderful things about this software.

Pros:

Alternative to Evernote is much-needed.

Cons:

Not available on Windows.

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Stewart Alexanderstewalexander.com

Great color schemes, great integration with iPhone / Siri / Mac, great use of Markdown, but umm where are tables? The ability to create a spreadsheet would make this tool stellar ...

Pros:

Markdown made easy, and portable

Cons:

Where's tables?

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If you use just apple devices for all your life, why not.

Pros:

Simple and design

Cons:

Not on windows , android and it uses cloud of apple

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Lynne d JohnsonDigital Strategist, LdJ Communications
I use it more for actually drafting and writing and producing content for the web than for taking notes. The simplicity and the beauty, as well as the export features make it a great tool to take directly to a CMS.
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It's the only text editor and note manager I use ever since I found it. I do have an issue with how the undo function works, but it hasn't caused me too much stress so far. Thanks for the wonderful product, and I hope you won't discontinue supporting it.
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