Developer: Shiny Frog

Current Version: 1.3.1

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 10.1 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
Our forum:


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Release Notes:

- Fix for 10.10 crash
- Fix for browser extension


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.3.1
Review by Justindangerpants

I don’t understand the negative reviews - This app does exactly what I always wanted a note taking app to do. And a lot more! People are complaining about not having this feature or that feature or having to pay for Pro to use this or that and its absurd. The reason people like this is that it isn’t a huge, bloated mess for “power users”. If you prefer something like Evernote, go use Evernote, not Bear. Bear is for minimalists who actually have a brain and don’t need an app to think for them, plus the pro subscription which I gladly pay for is $15 per YEAR. Per Y E A R. I am so happy that Bear exists and is on iOS and MacOS. If I type something on my phone it shows up on the mac about 2 seconds later so I’m not sure what “syncing problems” people are complaining about. Anyway, if you are tired of clunky software that tries to be so organized that you spend more time figuring out where and how to put things down, get Bear and live your life in note taking peace.

Found helpful by 27 out of 35 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 1.3.1
Review by Caleb Yu

A person who thinks to subscribe which is in-app purchase. - I personally recommend this app for your any note-taking activities. This is awesome. Mostly, it is very beautiful. Also, I found that it provides file converting function that you can convert it to pdf or html like that. It is AWESOME feature. However, I disappointed a lot after purchasing it. I paid every month for using that feature. Theme wasn’t my purpose. After converting it to pdf or html, it broke a lot. If you combine some text features in your notes, then it converted not aligned a lot. Sometimes, it overwraps each characters. I paid for almost 6 months, and waited for updating those bugs. However, it dind’t fixed at all, so I decided to unsubscribe this service. So, anybody who needs converting features, I would recommend you not purchase this product. Other than that, it is good app for your manaing note-taking. Some point, I think it is way better than Evernote.

Found helpful by 9 out of 10 people
Version 1.3.1
Review by Doctor Mantis Toboggan

Fantastic alternative to Apple Notes and Evernote - The negative reviews that people are leaving here are ridiculous. This is a free app that charges $15/year if you want to sync. If the fact that you are supporting developers to enable syncing upsets you, then use a different program. This app handles markdown as well as any app I’ve used, all while offering inline images, clean formatting, and great export options. The tagging is super useful, and helps organize notes. It looks better than Apple Notes and avoids clutter of Evernote. The devs are great about listening to users, and they’re active on the Bear app’s subreddit.

Found helpful by 6 out of 10 people
Version 1.3.1
Review by Srodalm

(Switched from Evernote) Finally, a clean and beautiful note app! - Guys, this is so simple, it just works great, it is really fast and clean! you brain will be happy. I came from Evernote and switched to Bear, if you are looking for an app on iDevices just for clean and beautiful notes without being overwhelmed by many features you will never use, this is the right app, and the price is so good! it really worths it! As a Pro user the only one feature I would love to have someday is to be able to add audio on the notes, but the rest it’s beautiful!

Found helpful by 5 out of 8 people
Version 1.3.1
Review by H36th3r

Need image copy/paste - I was excited to try out Bear and started with copying a long note from Evernote into a new Bear note. I understand that Bear is really a Markdown editor but I was disappointed to see that it couldn’t handle copy/paste of an image. I have a lot of images in my notes and I can’t stop to do an "insert file" every time (which would require having the file saved locally as well). If Bear could support this functionality I do think I could make the switch. However, I can’t justify notes migration or an annual subscription when it can’t do something Apple Notes can do natively. :(

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 1.3.1
Review by TPB, Esq.

Difficulties syncing, customer service failed in response - I got this hoping it would be a low cost solution to having notes on multiple systems, but very quickly noticed it would not sync my notes to my iPhone. I contacted customer support, and their response was that I should just delete the app and reinstall it. I tried that a few times, to no avail, and contacted customer service again. I was advised they were aware of a sync problem that sometimes occurred. So, my frustration is that the app is not reliable, but is very well designed. I would love to switch to Bear, but they need to fix the sync issue before I would.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people