What’s New

Version 1.7.2


* Encrypt individual notes - Set a password to protect a sensitive note, and use Face/Touch ID to unlock it
* Lock Bear - Require Face/Touch ID to access Bear
* Spotlight search comes to macOS - Search your Bear notes while working in other apps, even if Bear isn’t open
* Live Note Links - Links to Bear notes from other notes now update automatically, even if the note title changes
* Emoji auto-complete - Anywhere in a note, type a colon (:) and a couple of letters to see emoji suggestions (try :smile for example!)
* New Safari extension - Bear now uses Apple’s latest Safari extension system. On the Mac, Bear automatically adds its extension to Safari (no separate download required), you just need to enable it in Safari preferences. It should now ask for permission only once.
* Safari extension settings moved into Bear - You can now control extension behavior from Bear’s settings
* New TagCons - Many by popular request! 33 new tagcons!
* Improvements to Spotlight search on iOS - Results should be snappier
* More notes on Apple Watch - Now sync up to 15 notes to your Apple Watch
* New Flicktype keyboard for faster writing on Apple Watch
* Two new Bear Pro themes - Gandalf and Ayu Mirage


* Background database update on iOS now is more reliable
* Reading Time & Words Counter improved for asian scripts
* Better handling of the web page import from iOS extension
* Localized special searches (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Russia)
* Now a lot more options are available inside a note through the "..." menu
* New Bear placeholders! Keep an eye out for our new Bears
* Header links in detached windows no longer open the main interface if the target is inside the note
* Sidebar and note list collapsing and expanding animation is now smoother
* /open-note API call now preserves the tag selection while selecting a note
* New Special searches - New special searches make it easier to search a tag, a tag without children, by typing #cooking or !#cooking into the search field. Search for notes now is also sorted per title and then per text in the body


* Web page importer was not importing certain types of images
* Better handling of database corruption and migration cases
* DOCX Export now handles the Form Feed character correctly
* DOCX problem which caused some paragraphs to be incorrectly labeled as heading 4
* Problem with Chinese inputting apps on Mac and markdown quotes has been solved
* Occasionally UI problems with conflicted notes is now resolved
* Localisation problems with the app name is now resolved
* Sometimes the app was closing the editor while editing when a tag was selected or the search was active

Bear 1.7.2 bugfix update

* More Crash and Sync fixes

Bear 1.7.1 bugfix update

This is a round of little fixes that make a big difference.

* Fixed a bug with the Action menu (...) inside notes
* The Editor now properly honors your preferences since they are, after all, your preferences
* Background sync on iOS is now sync-ier
* Using a dash (-) in Special Searches should now work properly
* Theme names should be properly localized now
* Bear for Mac should handle clipboard content better
* Detached note windows on Mac should have a functioning share menu
* The iOS app extension can once again handle images when clipping webpages
* Other minor crashes are 100% less crashier

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
725 Ratings

725 Ratings

dtemple11 ,

Most Transformative App

I have been using Evernote heavily since 2009. In recent years, as it has become incrementally more bloated and more expensive, I’ve been looking for a replacement, but everything I found was missing some particular feature that I needed. Bear, while much simpler, and ostensibly less powerful, does absolutely everything I REALLY need for organization, writing, business tracking, and creative thought. It does it in a visually beautiful way, with a markup language that really makes the tool fade into subconscious and lets me record thoughts without distraction of too many buttons and gimmicks. Tagging, note linking, formatting, and organization are completely intuitive. The cost is far less than Evernote Premium, and there are not restrictions with using on all of my Apple devices.

I hope they can implement note sharing without messing with their formula, and I hope they expand to other platforms so I can share with friends, coworkers, and family, but if it stays just as it is today, Bear will continue to be the foundational piece of my workflow and creative and business processes.

Spike72AFA ,

The five star ratings must be employees

I have been an Evernote user for about 8 years, but because of changes in pricing and privacy policies, I am in the market for a replacement. Based on the reviews, I thought Bear would meet my needs. My needs, IMHO, are fairly simple: fast , clean, cross-platform, powerful search. Being able to import web clippings, scans, and forwarded emails are definitely a plus. According to the reviews, it looked like Bear could handle most of those. Would that it were true.

Bear (on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad) is pretty. The tag process is not intuitive, but it works fine. The lack of notebooks is an issue, but I can get around that. But the BIG issue is that it will NOT sync. I won’t bore you with all the different ways I have tried to fix this. It won’t work. I have been in contact with Shiny Frog many times, and they are absolutely worthless. Every suggestion is on the level of “turn it off and then back on again.” I believe they know they have a dog and know that there is nothing that will make it work properly.

As I listed above, I have several other needs for a replacement note taker. But since I can’t test them without the ability to sync, this is a non-starter. I am willing to change my mind if there is anyone out there who can figure out what is wrong with how I am trying to use this app. But my 30 day “trial” is about to run out.

Tufte5 ,

Gorgeous App

I don’t think I’ve ever written a Mac app review before, but I find the one-star reviews for this app so befuddling that I felt the need to chime in. Bear is my absolute favorite text editor. It’s beautiful, clean, and charming. I have personally never had a sync issue, and I use it on Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Watch. It’s also been updated quickly to take advantage of new hardware features.

I’ve never used Evernote for what it’s worth. Though I have used several markdown editors, and Bear is definitely my favorite. As for notebooks, Bear just uses a different organizational metaphor. Instead of putting one thing in one notebook, you add tags to the document. These tags can be chained together which creates a nested hierarchy in the tag panel. This way you can assign a document to multiple tags if you want. So a work note can be tagged #Company/Project and #Year/Month and #Subject. For me this makes it SO easy to find what I’m looking for in many different contexts. It may not work for everyone, but I suggest giving it a chance if you find the rest of the app appealing.


Shiny Frog Ltd.
20.9 MB

OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2019 Shiny Frog Ltd.
In-App Purchases
  1. Bear Pro $1.49
  2. Bear Pro $14.99


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