By Shiny Frog

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2016-11-02
  • Current Version: 1.4.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 32.76 MB
  • Developer: Shiny Frog
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 1,975 Ratings


Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes, prose, code and now sketches! KEEP CONTROL 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. WRITE YOUR WAY 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. EDITING TOOLS AND EXPORTS - 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. USE IT EVERYWHERE - 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. SEARCH ALL THE THINGS 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. BEAR FEATURES AT A GLANCE • 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 • Grab images, text, files and clip web pages with Bear’s iOS App extension • Support for Apple Pencil and hand sketching • 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 • 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 peri​od, 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: ( Twitter: @BearNotesApp Our forum: --- Privacy Policy: Terms of Service:



  • Love this app

    By JustMoore
    I want you to know that I use this app often and love how the team works at improving it time and time again. I use it to take notes and also to write down the sermons. If you are frustrated with other apps and want to edit text and have it not look like crap or want it organized go with bear instead. Enjoy!
  • Slow as molasses

    By Theorogelio
    This app on my phone is slow as molasses. It’s got very useful features but so slow! I’ll change the battery on my phone (6S Plus, 128 GB) and see if there’s any improvement.
  • best. app. ever.

    By mayor.prentiss
    single criticism: APPLE WATCH. PLEASE. other than that: perfection.
  • Loving Bear!

    By BAR112
    Thanks to Mark’s help (great customer service), I am now enjoying Bear to the fullest. So many helpful ways to take notes and share them. Examples: add drawings, photos, create tags, drag & drop, save to PDF, markdown, lists, links, etc., etc. If at first the app seems daunting, I recommend checking out the FAQs on their website—that’s where I learned. Great for blogging and everything else, too!
  • Like iA Writer, but for notes 😍

    By Paul Mederos
    I’m so happy I found this. I wanted to love Evernote, but it’s UI wasn’t beautiful to me. So I’ve used iA Writer for all my writing and notes... but it’s not really meant for note-taking so there’s nothing like tags and great markdown WYSIWYG support. Bear has both, and it’s so lovely to use.
  • Best of “note”-type apps

    By Aboy336
    Notes for iOS, used to be the best app to utilize because it was so integrated. It was free with quite a few features. Now Notes for iOS are not proactive - they are reactive to apps like this. Bear is a very useful, organized, multifaceted and creative app. I just wish all the features were free or you would have to pay a one time fee instead of a monthly service. (I might be confusing this app with a different app where you have to pay a monthly service fee)

    By Xizi.Liu
    Bear is better in EVERY WAY
  • I had to pause my note-taking to write this review

    By yongphelan
    Ok. Here’s my story. I write a lot of content on my commute and at home. I used whatever app was easily accessible so I could quickly jot down my ideas before I forgot and build more content later. I’ve used the iOS notes app, google docs, trello and Evernote(briefly). Each of these products solved a particular pain point for me and as you can imagine I had content all over the place. Then in an attempt to organize all this information I found Bear on the App Store. I had never heard of the app before. So I tried it out. Let’s just say I’m not regretting this. Bear is simple and elegant. Quick for jotting down ideas as the pop into your head, yet powerful for building on these ideas with more content. I love that I can quickly create a directory structure just by tagging my notes. And formatting your content is easy. I bought the yearly subscription after writing my first note. Didn’t even read what the yearly subscription offered. I was sold, and it had a good price point. I love the simplicity of the app (please Bear never make this more complicated) and look forward to seeing what else Bear offers
  • Sounds like a great app.

    By C.B.34
    I downloaded this app and thought it would be perfect for what I want it to do. However, what is not mentioned is the fact that if you want to upgrade to the “pro” version you dont just pay for the upgrade, something I am more than willing to do for great software, but you have to subscribe by the month or the year. NO,NO,NO! If your app is useful and well designed, ask for a realistic price for the upgrade! As it is, your software no longer resides on my iPad. I hope others will also take a stand against this ridiculous “rent an app” model.
  • Bear beats all else

    By lgh007
    The title says it all; best purchase in awhile 👍🏽