• Category: Productivity
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  • Current Version: 1.4.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Shiny Frog Ltd.
  • Compatibility: Android
2,433 Ratings
$ 0

Bear App

Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes, prose, code and now sketches! KEEP CONTROL 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. WRITE YOUR WAY 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. EDITING TOOLS AND EXPORTS - 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. USE IT EVERYWHERE - 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. SEARCH ALL THE THINGS 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. BEAR FEATURES AT A GLANCE • 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 • Grab images, text, files and clip web pages with Bear’s iOS App extension • Support for Apple Pencil and hand sketching • 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 • 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 peri​od, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription. ------- We'd love to answer your questions or just hear what you think about Bear. Find us online at: [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) Twitter: @BearNotesApp Our forum: --- Privacy Policy: Terms of Service:


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Bear app reviews

  • Love it 5/5

    By Banana/hammock/mammoth
    Makes my life easier and more organized. Great for saving blocks of code I need to remember.
  • The best, the greatest, the bearest 5/5

    By Afoxofflames
    An easy to use yet powerful tool for anyone who enjoys writing on the go like I do. The organization with the tags is very nice and I love that you can use different headers and things without it messing up the whole page and you have no idea what the heck happened (I’m looking at you, Microsoft word). I’m so pleased that it doesn’t have ads or anything all over it and you can actually use the dang thing without having the pro membership. However, I do very much want the pro membership for the docx file export capability and to support this app. When I stop being a broke author, I will purchase a yearly subscription, but for now, all I can do is write a haiku in thanks to you wonderful devs. I hope my humble offerings are enough. I like Bear a lot Bear is a great writing app He’s very cute too Thank you.
  • Best Notes App 5/5

    By davidcalhoun2
    Beautiful, focused design. The attention to detail rather than cramming in additional, worthless features is what makes this app so great. They perfect the feature set they provide. I do wish I was able to share a note with someone else and have them edit it alongside me.
  • Yo 5/5

    By Fujchfft
    Great. Checklists. Free is also useful. Organization motivates me now. Thank you. Wish there were more free available themes. Maybe fonts. Great. Tyvm
  • Thank you! 5/5

    By sealpower158
    I’ve been looking for a note taking app that is simple and easy to use but still has more features than the iOS Notes app. This is exactly what I was looking for!
  • god 5/5

    By ေဆာငိး
  • One of the best note-taking apps!!! 5/5

    By Berty86
    Bear has a great UI and is really easy to use. I especially love its tags system. 🐻
  • Almost perfect 4/5

    By rachebodcrane
    Absolutely love this app. I’ve tried all the note taking apps out there and this is my favorite so far. The note linking feature is so cool and useful! I would use this app for everything except for one simple but major feature that has been left out. Colors! I color code all my notes and folders and pretty much everything in my life. Not being able to highlight or change the font color unfortunately makes this app useless to me. So bummed because I really want to use this app! Please add colors for font and highlighting at least! I would also like to be able to make tables but that’s not as major for me. It’d be cool if there was a feedback section in the app where we could vote on features we’d like to see.
  • The best app 5/5

    By Mani_1366
    I switched from Evernote and I am locked in. I love this app. So simple and neat. Very easy to use and to stay organized. The price is very reasonable and it accommodates my needs. The only features I wish they add is 1) being able to spot your searched keywords inside your notes. 2) organizing saved web contents from safari.
  • A must have 5/5

    By Davamale
    Amazing and beautiful app. I literally use it for everything. The folder structure using the # is perfect. Thanks guys, awesome job
  • best note app 5/5

    By nostrof
    Personalized, works with all my other apps, free and efficient.
  • Privacy 2/5

    By Crazymamaof3
    This app is soo beautiful. But I can’t keep using it because there is no way to keep my writings private. The app lacks a locking feature to keep my journal entries from being accessible anytime by anyone. It’s too bad. I will have to delete it and go back to My W Days as that has a locking feature. I’ve already contacted the developers but they still continue to leave this feature out of any updates.
  • Great Tool 5/5

    By Xx_pokomon_master_xX
    Beautiful and functional. I use it exclusively for non time-sensitive reminders and note taking.
  • Loving it! 5/5

    By TheAvatar7
    SPOILER! I have subscribed Amazing. Still happy with every new change.
  • Tables 3/5

    By ABmiculka
    It is a great app worthy of 5 stars is what I will say when there is a native table editor. Until that happens there is a gaping hole in usefulness of this app.
  • Really tough to beat. 5/5

    By brad_ito
    I’ve loved Evernote. Except the never markdown attitude. For text note writing I tested Bear and within 24 hours I began the migration from all other places. Fantastic!
  • Missing one critical feature 2/5

    By duh789
    Missing one feature I need which is the ability to easily move around tags. I know I can rename nested tags to do this, but this is too much friction for the specific way I use notes. Unless this is fixed, I’ll probably have to switch to another app.
  • Stunning & Simple 5/5

    By Johnwl47293
    I rarely write reviews, but I feel very strongly about Bear. The app is absolutely gorgeous, both on iOS and on Mac; syncing between the two is seamless and amazingly efficient. Are there a few features that would make it more convenient to use? Absolutely - I would love a way to check word count across multiple notes on mobile, and a way to secure notes/tags with a password. But these are trivial, and it’s Bear’s simplicity that makes it so appealing; the few things that it does, it completely nails. It’s simple, it’s beautiful, and it works.
  • No passcode lock 4/5

    By ap.xh
    Need passcode to lock specific notes
  • Great so far 5/5

    By Cait45823
    Looks extremely easy and useful. Like so many others I have tried a number of similar apps but this one appears to work beautifully. Thank you for such a clean and elegant design.
  • Still the best writing app! 5/5

    By GamingCritic101
    But!!!... in the future, will there be a function where you can lock your notes with a password or Touch ID? That would make my life!
  • Greatest note taking app ever 5/5

    By Jodan G
    I take copious amounts of notes because I am an entrepreneur and if it’s not written down it doesn’t exist in my world. The app is so efficient I just found out the bulleting and check box options which is so convenient. The app is extremely convenient and useful!
  • Great app, still no iOS widget. 4/5

    By Seth Chicago
    This is a lovingly-made app, but is still missing some key features seen in Evernote et al: - no iOS widget (being able to quickly access notes without hunting down the icon seems like a must have for any today's /note taking app on mobile - no advanced mobile scanning features, such as pdf, black and white mode and Auto-reply. Right now, I need to use Dropbox or Turboscan for that, and then manually import the files into Bear. All in all, a well made app with very good markdown support, but lacking a few features that would make it 5 stars.
  • Rwar 5/5

    By LetMyForbynGo
    I appreciate the dark modes especially, plus the modifiable app icon. Overall, it’s fantastic and just what I want, but there are a couple of options which could make it perfect. I don’t use it to write code so much as prose, so the header formats and *s instead of showing bold text as bold gets really cluttered. I would like to replace Apple Noted with Bear, but until it has a clean WYSIWYG mode, and also support for tables, I’ll have to keep some things in each.
  • Best Dang Note App Ever Made!!!!! 5/5

    By hopelessopusKk
    Download this app now, you need it! Then come back and write a review that will actually help someone, unlike me. Thank you thank you thank you Bear!!!!! Perfect for when you wake up a 2 in the morning after a dream you need to write down, but always seem to lose the thousands of pens you stash in the folds of your bed. Yup. Lifesaver. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Top Notch 5/5

    By John Castle, Author
    As a professional writer and digital news curator, Bear is my “staging area” for all my story notes before Ulysses takes over. But its beautiful simplicity on top of Markdown horsepower makes it just as smart for grocery lists, errand running and project planning. Whether your notation needs are personal or professional, nothing beats the Bear.
  • Better than Evernote; better than Apple Notes 4/5

    By Mark Burris
    Every day, it seems, I migrate notes from the two previous platforms I used to keep up with my journals, notebooks and “keep this” items. Bear is great to work with and in, and the sync feature performs better than almost anything I’ve ever come across. Easy to insert photos, and the tag feature is fine. I’d love to be able to embed videos. I’d suggest other improvements, but they’re probably already there; I just need to find them.
  • I like it. 5/5

    By Life in Truth
    It doesn’t seem to synchronize very quickly to my watch, but I love this app.
  • Subscriptions are evil 1/5

    By Motsumi
    Seems like a decent app. But I'm not paying every month to use services that come at no extra charge for other apps. Apple notes could add tagging and then this app wouldn't offer anything different.
  • Great app. 5/5

    By jjdaley
    I’ve been through dozens and dozens of notes apps. Bear is the best of the best. Deep feature set, highly useable, beautiful interface and great themes (black background on iPhone X looks amazing) and rock solid performance. I use it everyday across mobile and desktop, big screens and small. Highly recommended.
  • Perfect for quick notes 5/5

    By mr54092
    I normally don’t write reviews, but I literally rely on this app everyday so I thought it deserved some recognition. This is perfect for reminders, brainstorming, making lists, or any kind of note taking. It is a beautiful and simple app, I would not change a single thing about it. My memory is not great, so every time I have an idea, get an inspirational quote, or need to remind myself of something, I can conveniently jot it down in this app. It is much more convenient than carrying around a notepad or scheduling journal.
  • One Suggestion. 5/5

    By Brian . Waffles
    The app on my end seems literally bug free. I do have one suggestion though. I’m a song write and I also jot a lot of ideas do for other things. Could you please the ability to have folders? I would love that.
  • Solid Execution—and Thoughtful! 5/5

    By mercantilever
    This is the Notes app you’ve been looking for. A program I actually look forward to using every day. Thanks, y’all!
  • noooo 1/5

    By Lansing
    Subscription NOP.
  • Suits its purpose if... 3/5

    By Blr3277
    This app suits its purpose if you are not a heavy note taker. Could use more options.
  • Great! But please support widget! 5/5

    By Rozoalexhu
    I really love the widget functionality when you swipe left to your screen, please implement that!
  • RTL feature 4/5

    By foxteme
    Please add right to left option.
  • Close to perfection 5/5

    By smallpkgs
    We need breaks (soft returns, equiv to
    tag)—otherwise, this app hits every note. A superb interface and tool set for writing (and organizing writing).
  • I love Bear! 5/5

    By PJ Alford
    That’s all I have to say - I love this app because it’s perfect for my needs!
  • Support multiple languages 4/5

    By Mr Noteman
    Excellent App. Please enhance it to support multiple languages and text formating, including arabic.
  • Elegant and immensely useful 5/5

    By Adam Presley
    Bear is a beautiful, simple, and useful text editor. It’s more than a text editor though. I use Bear everyday to track notes for meetings, calls, or miscellaneous thoughts. I keep a grocery list with it. I write proposals and documents since it can export into PDF. The ability to use hash tags for organizing notes/documents is the way I prefer to work in the first place, so Bear is a perfect fit. And regardless of if I take my notes on my Mac or on the go the iCloud sync works flawlessly to keep me connected at all times. Love it.
  • Fantastic App for Note-Taking and Writing 5/5

    By cmarty
    I love this app! I was looking for a better note-taking app and a way to organize thoughts, ideas and pieces for a prose project. Bear is wonderfully simple, intuitive and effective. I can see how it would useful for many different kinds of projects, including simple brainstorming.
  • Everyone needs this!! 5/5

    By 25 points
    Everyone should replace the native iPhone note taking app with Bear. The app will do wonders to your notes in matters of organization. Much of life is about avoiding too much chaos; Bear will give you that extra inkling of order into your life
  • Perfect 5/5

    By Nannerpuddin
    I love that I can speak into my Apple Watch and it will sync to my phone. Great little tool for everyday notes.
  • Syncing Issues & Slow Service 1/5

    By ane27
    I was so enthusiastic about this app that I switched from Evernote. Unfortunately the app has continuous sync problems and takes up tons of space on my devices. The developers also take more than a week to respond to help and when they do it’s usually just linking you to a support article. Was hoping this got better but it hasn't so I'm searching for an alternative. I switched from Evernote to Bear looking for a cleaner more reliable experience but these syncing issues are treacherous. I can't afford to keep dealing with that as I heavily rely on my notes for business.
  • Great notes app with nested hashtags and links. 5/5

    By romoosz
    And getting better with each release. One request: can you add a quick folding/unfolding lists (multi-level) - making Bear into an outliner. TIA!
  • Best Note taking app 5/5

    By MoniqueTFS
    This App is amazing would recommend. A must download
  • Wouldn't sync to iCloud at all. 2/5

    By nichollspete
    I gave the trial a try and after a few days of using the app, I discovered nothing appeared to be syncing to my iCloud account. I checked the support page and it said I needed to send a log to them for troubleshooting. Thing is, I use a much more basic writing app that syncs out of the box, so why would I take the time to help the developer fix their problem when, in a week, I'll be paying for the app. Meanwhile, free apps work fine and do the most important thing I need them to do--sync to my preferred cloud service. Cancelled my subscription and deleted the app from my devices, ultimately, because I just didn't get what all the positive reviews were talking about. A really basic feature didn't work for me and all the other stuff I don't need in a writing app.
  • Beautiful 5/5

    By Uppalled
    Simply beautiful
  • Excellent app. 5/5

    By jwojo13
    I love Bear and use it for all my note taking. Super clean and useful.

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