Developer: Shiny Frog

Current Version: 1.2.1

Last Updated: 25 days ago

Download Size: 9.7 MB - Download


Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes, prose, code and now sketches!

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.

- 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.

- 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.

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.

• 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 portability
• Effortless, secure, and private multi-device sync via iCloud
• Touchbar support
• 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 period, 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
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Good news, everyone! We just took Bear out for a mighty successful bug hunt. Bear’s going to sit back and enjoy the meal, while you can enjoy an even smoother, faster, and bug-freer Bear experience. Check out our blog to learn more about Bear and pick up some great tricks:


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0.4
Review by whcontender

Excellent for related notes - I have been using Bear Pro for a couple weeks now for note taking while I am studying the Bible. I love the ease with which I can relate notes with links. With links I am able to make a note once and refer to it over and over from other notes. I also like the fact that the notes can be organized through the use of tags. I have two suggestions: 1. A back button would be usefull. Many times I link to a note and then want to go back to the previous note but have to find it in the slide bar or notes list, a back button would be much faster/easier. 2. Deeper tags would be useful. The fact that there are only two layers to the tags makes then fairly limited.

Found helpful by 14 out of 16 people
Version 1.0.4
Review by Jacob__________

Looks good, but can be difficult - Hey, I’m a freelance writer who writes around 25-30 articles a week. I have Microsoft Word, but it was overkill. All the little buttons and features I didn’t use simply became distractions. I wanted something simple and organized, so I decided to look at Bear. I definitely enjoyed the minimalist look, and clean structure. The font and feel is great. I also like that it exports to various formats. Unfortunately, Bear slows me down. The hashtag filing system is strange. While I appreciate the attempt to be trendy, I do wish there was something a little more structured. I also end up stuck a hashtag in my articles, and must delete them on export. I also find it difficult to write professional articles. The links inside bear are automatically formatted, and not to a standard. When I export bear, the word count is often off by a margin of 5%. The informational panel is awkward, and doesn’t have a standard view. There are a lot of things that aren’t standard, and it is kind of making bear obselete. If you want to write journal entries, be my guest. However if you need to write something important with specific parameters, don’t use Bear.

Found helpful by 107 out of 115 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.2.1
Review by William Whitmore

I really like it. - I might even begin loving it after a few more days. The sync has been working very fast, almost immediately, for me between the iMac and the iPhone. It is what it is and it’s perfect for what it does. It’s one of those apps that you buy and immediately you’re wondering how long the company will be around because you can see making the app a part of your everyday life. I cancelled my subscriptions because I goofed and accidentally signed up for Pro on both the computer and the phone. I’ll let them expire and then subscribe again. I guess what I like the most is just the look of it. Is it the bear? I don’t know. I like simplicity wherever I can find it and there’s lots here. Check out the blog.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.2.1
Review by The StickMonkey

One thing (for me) keeps it from being perfect - And, it happens to be a BIG thing. I assumed that Bear would match Evernote across the board when it comes to what I consider to be basic, necessary functionality. So, I didn’t even bother to check to see how Bear handled PDF files. Evernote acts like my external brain. I use it to scan business cards, receipts, and anything else that’s a “hard copy” — so I can search and find them—as well as what’s in them—later. Evernote’s Premium level allows me to include searchable PDF files. I’ll assume responsiblity for taking it for granted that an app winning Apple’s Editor’s Choice Award — and repeatedly billed as superior to Evernote — would include this service, too. So I purchased the Bear Pro version. Not only does Bear *not* offer this function, but there isn't even a way to view PDFs inline using their desktop or mobile apps. I’m reduced to seeing nothing but a list of titles and corresponding icons. On the desktop version, the icon opens up the scanned image in Preview. Even several days later, tapping on the icon on the mobile app version does nothing. I was hoping it was just a matter of waiting for everything to sync. My objective was to replace Evernote with Bear. But I also use Evernote to scan all of my bills and receipts. At the end of the year, it’s a simple matter of using the search function to scan everything for keywords and prepare for tax return filing. No matter what format—web clipping, PDF, original note—I can use Evernote's search function to find things. Unfortunately, it appears that Bear doesn’t include searchable PDFs. I’ll have to stick with Evernote for now, and hope that Bear offers this functionality some time in the future. I think Bear’s approach to filing using hashtags is superior. From what I’m able to tell, it even does a better job at searching than Evernote. It’s intuitive, and aesthetically superior to Evernote. It’s far less expensive than Evernote—but maybe that’s why I can include, view, and search PDFs in Evernote, and it’s not possible with Bear. I toyed with the idea of using Bear for everything but PDFs, but that means using TWO applications, and paying for both. Hopefully, Bear is in the process of matching this Evernote functionality. I’d gladly even pay more for it. In the meantime, I’ll just admire Bear from afar, wishing I could use it.

Found helpful by 5 out of 6 people
Version 1.2.1
Review by Mjustpin

Beautiful! - This app is beautiful! I have been really happy with the stability of this app, and how quick it loads on iOS and MacOS! Only thing is, I REALLY wish there was a windows or webOS version, so that I could use it on my work windows machine. I bring my laptop to work just so I can use this app to keep track of what I am doing, and for writing all my documents.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 1.2.1
Review by mrhorning

My Favorite Notes/Thoughts App to Date - This is such an incredibly powerful yet simple and elegant tool. The only thing I would like to see on here is the ability to password protect notes and/or folders from those who aren’t intended to see them. Thanks for all your hard work on this app!

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 1.2.1
Review by Champion.#2

Prose = clutter? - How is markdown necessary, or even preferred for anything close to prose or creative writing? Even techincal writing. How does anyone get anything done with markdown? How is it “elegant” or “beautiful”? I look at the example screenshots and they’re an absolute cluttered mess. It’s like they were deliberately crafted to be hard to read. Seriously: Why show asterisks AND bold text? In what world is that an advantage? This markdown trend is step backward in written communication. Question: Which of these sentences is easier to read? # *Question:* /Which of _these_ sentences is easier to read?/ (Credit where it’s due: The app is free.)

Found helpful by 28 out of 84 people