Bear - Markdown Notes 4+

Write naturally

Shiny Frog Ltd.

    • 4.4 • 435 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Bear is a beautiful, powerfully simple Markdown app to capture, write, and organize your life.

Take notes, plan your day, journal thoughts, organize tables, create lists and tasks, sketch ideas, link notes together, write a book, and much more. Bear is used by writers, lawyers, chefs, CEOs, teachers, doctors, engineers, students, parents.. you get the picture. Getting started couldn’t be faster—no signup and no account. Just open a note and write naturally.

"My journaling app of choice is Bear" - Kit Eaton, New York Times

* 2017 Apple Design Award
* 2016 App Store App of the Year
* Editors' choice for 7 consecutive years
* Most of our parents love it


- Tools stay out of your way so you can just write
- Sketch ideas on iPad with an extendable canvas and Apple Pencil (and other styli)
- Clip web pages and other content with Bear’s app extension
- The redesigned Info Panel now with Table of Contents and Backlinks
- Use Apple Watch to dictate and append to recent notes
- Support for all the scripts including RTL languages like Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian
- Easily create notes with Siri and Shortcuts
- Your notes, not ours - Bear is private at its core: We cannot see your notes, tags, or anything else


- Work in plain text - easy to move between apps
- Still use formatting like bold, italics, strikethrough, links, tables, and more with Markdown
- Combine text styles like bold and underline, even in headings
- Markdown hides for a clean reading experience
- Use WikiLinks to connect notes and build a personal wiki or knowledge management tool

## GET ORGANIZED with #tags, tasks, and more

- Add #tags, #multi-word tags# and even #multiple/nested/tags anywhere in a note for quick organization
- Pin important tags to the top of the Sidebar
- Make important tags stand out in the Sidebar with TagCons
- Add tasks to notes and easily view all notes that include tasks
- Fold sections to get them out of the way


- Export notes to plain text, Markdown, TextBundle, Bear note, and rich text
- Export notes to HTML, DocX, PDF, JPG, and ePub (Bear Pro required)
- Easily share your notes to any third-party app with the Share Sheet


- Use Spotlight to search your notes from anywhere
- Search for text inside photos and PDFs (Bear Pro required)
- Focus on specific types of notes with powerful Special Searches like @todo, @images, and @yesterday


* Pick from nearly 30 themes for the perfect writing space in both Light and Dark Mode (Bear Pro required)
* Choose an app icon that speaks to your personality (Bear Pro required)
* Set your own fonts for plain text, headings, and code
* Set line height and width, paragraph spacing, and more


One subscription enables a variety of features on all your devices and keeps the Bear hugs coming.

- Sync notes between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac via iCloud
- Encrypt individual notes with a password that is entirely private to you
- Lock Bear with Face/Touch ID
- Export to more formats including HTML, DocX, PDF, JPG, and ePub
- Search for text inside images and PDFs in Bear notes
- Over 30 beautiful app themes & app icons

$2.99 monthly
$29.99 yearly
14-day free trial

Price may vary by location. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your App Store 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. After purchase, manage your subscriptions in App Store Account Settings. Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription.
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What’s New

Version 2.2.2

* Fixed misplaced side actions on iPads
* Korean localization fix
* Fixed crash caused by the side actions
* Fixed bug of copy as Plain Text with unlinked [link references]
* Better handling of editing and unfolding near folded sections
* The markdown folder importer now ignores symlinks and aliases

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
435 Ratings

435 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Steinbeck liked pencils, and Orwell had his trusty Remington typewriter. But us? We like Bear. It’s a writing app that’s as capable as the best of them—but doesn’t bury us in technical intricacies and toolbars. Linking notes is as easy as dropping a hashtag, and formatting your work is a total breeze. We especially love this Apple Design Award winner on iPad.

IlGufoViaggiatore ,

App decisamente ben fatta ma...

L’applicazione è progettata in maniera impeccabile. È fluida nello scorrimento dei menu, nelle gestures, marcatamente minimal e semplice, concentrandosi e focalizzandosi sulla scrittura. È proprio questo approccio alla scrittura, senza distrazioni, il punto forte di quest’app.
Il limite che però trovo nell’utilizzo è proprio in questa semplicità che, a mio parere, rende l’app scomoda da utilizzare quando le note iniziano ad essere tante e bisogna catalogarle. Si, ci sono gli hashtag, ma a volte non è sufficiente una parola per ordinare le note. Servirebbe almeno qualche categoria/sottocategoria che permette una maggiore selezione per avere i propri contenuti ordinati. Insomma qualche funzione in più per l’organizzazione e la gestione delle note e/o un’ interfaccia strutturata in modo tale da avere una migliore panoramica non vincolata al solo elenco verticale.

Luvimaca17 ,

Design e semplicità. Perché non darci la possibilità di comprarla?

È un’applicazione per note ed in quanto tale non deve essere complessa. Bear rispetta tali premesse ed è il motivo per cui la preferisco alla concorrenza (con le sue inutili complessità). È più organizzata rispetto all’app note di iPhone ed ha un design bellissimo. Si possono fare anche molte più cose, ma questo lo scoprirete usandola. Per avere la sincronizzazione (tra l’altro con CloudKit), bisogna pagare. Io lo farei, ma una volta sola anche se dovesse costare più dell’abbonamento annuale. Così come è ora e con abbonamento non sono interessato a pagare, motivo della stella in meno. Perché non dare la possibilità di comprarla una tantum?


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