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Posted by Luhmann
Nov 4, 2016 at 03:41 AM


Here’s the review on MacStories https://www.macstories.net/stories/why-im-considering-bear-as-a-notes-app-replacement/

The developers rushed an update to the mac store over an iOS IAP bug, so that’s why they haven’t announced it officially yet.


Posted by Paul Korm
Nov 4, 2016 at 09:13 AM


It’s featured today in “New Apps We Love” on the iOS store.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Nov 4, 2016 at 10:08 AM


I have it installed on everything in sight, and it’s a very nice version 1.0; the last-minute nested tags feature is especially cool (although the concept is slightly flawed; I can’t see an obvious solution, however. It’s not unlike the approach used by CintaNotes on Windows). It’s undoubtedly one of the most elegant Markdown-based editors out there - I especially like the simplified Markdown it uses; it’s high time others moved over to a simple solution like this (bear in mind it also supports standard Markdown if that’s what you prefer).

Very impressive! Once they introduce true folding, it’ll be hard to beat! The stand-out feature is undoubtedly the ease with which one can import web pages and turn them into instant Markdown notes. I imported an entire ebook last night (around 200 pages), and after a brief delay, the whole thing was neatly inserted in a note, complete with links etc. For such an apparently lightweight app, that’s impressive! The search function is also handling this large volume of text with aplomb.

Good start! I look forward to seeing Bear goes in the future.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Nov 4, 2016 at 10:58 AM


I’ve just written to Federico mentioning a couple of things he left out of his review:

- web page import (definitely an impressive feature) and
- the search function (highlighting, constrained by tags, etc.).

The search function is a very powerful feature, and works much better than Apple Notes in that you can constrain searches by tag(s). There’s also a nice to-do search function that will find completed/unfinished tasks and various other to-do-related things (not dissimilar to TaskPaper). Finally, there’s a rather neat feature that Federico doesn’t mention: if a note has tasks in it, a little red bar appears at the bottom of the note title in the list of notes indicating how many of the tasks in the notes you’ve completed. As a simple visual clue, this is extremely elegant.


Posted by Paul Korm
Nov 4, 2016 at 12:33 PM


It’s pretty.  Before I plunk down $15 annual for 7 other dark mode styles and PDF export I’d like to see some evidence that Bear has amazing features no one has ever done or done as well—other than being pretty.


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