By Shiny Frog Ltd.

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2016-11-02
  • Current Version: 1.5.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 35.08 MB
  • Developer: Shiny Frog Ltd.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 2,988 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:



  • Awesome and awesome

    By doozhi
    Bear is a great tool and is the best of both worlds for me (Evernote and Quip). Bear team: Please, pretty please, consider making a desktop web version. This would so complete my workflow. Thanks!
  • I love it!

    By Caprico64
    This app helps me organize my ideas for blogging much easier than any other apps.
  • Now my go to note app!

    By Jepaschal
    Minimalist design. Clean interface. Does exactly what I want it to do. Quickly load and get to taking a note. Love the flexibility. #tag incorporation is intuitive and powerful. App really shines when you use it in conjunction with Kindle, Flipboard or web browser to record a note and reference it. Goodbye Evernote, hello Bear! Thanks for developing such an effective app.
  • Please add a free dark theme!

    By queen_Kala1
    The app is wonderful and is the best choice for all of my casual writing needs--I used to use Word, but Bear is much easier and more fun--but I tend to get my best ideas right before bed and therefore like to write in the dark. It would be amazing if there was AT LEAST ONE free dark theme available so my eyes don't have to suffer while I'm writing. Literally, everything could just be black with white text, and that would be a great improvement. Please, please consider this! That would boost my rating to five stars. Thank you!
  • Great App

    By FlashVibeLover
    I am always looking for an app that will help with keeping organized. This is just the app. Bear is the app I need to get my life together and get more organized. Definitely will be using once the school year starts for time management skills
  • what's the use

    By palebutter
    just a note taker without going Pro.
  • Search within notes is too advanced for this premium app

    By DannyGGGT
    The aesthetics and organizational features of this app are great. I bought a yearly subscription, to support them and be able to sync notes across devices. But some very basic things like superscripts and subscripts aren’t supported. And you can’t even search within a note! I contacted their support (They respond quickly which is great, and they engage with their user base in their subreddit as well.) and they said that that feature isn’t supported, that this is more difficult than I realize, and that there are other key features prioritized above this. Are you crazy?!?! There aren’t many features that are more basic than searching within a document... The lack of search is a continual annoyance in an app I otherwise love, and it’s what keeps me on the look-out for something better.
  • The best markdown formatted notes iOS app, ever.

    By Bank of America_Knoxville
    The best iOS app for those of us who type almost everything we write in some flavor of markdown syntax. As a notes application alone, it *destroys* the native iOS application. I get that Notes is not meant to interpret markup text, but more like a counterpart to the Windows Notepad program we’ve all used for it’s simplicity. But then you compare Bear to other GREAT iOS text editors for iOS that were made strictly for markdown, and you’ll find that Bear is still somehow the most dependable, lightweight, and capable among the bunch — which is super impressive.
  • Incredible App!

    By ThinkAboutIt-ThisIsIt
    Note this is the first app review I’ve ever written. I’ve used every note taking app and was recommended Bear through a friend. I absolutely love it. The design makes me want to write and organize my thoughts and I love that it’s not Google Docs, Evernote (whose design I just never go excited about), or any other note system. Sync’ing is important so I went pro. I feel it creates a “safe and inspiring space” for me to get everything out and think through the business I run. I also love how there is not a “share and collaborate” feature. But PDF and export is nice. As someone who is constantly collaborating I am using Bear as my space to hear what I think! It’s becoming a vital part of my workflow in a personal and work context. Plus the name 😊 is cute!
  • iPhone and iwatch

    By bluey2468
    While this app is pretty good, I was under the impression that whatever notes I make on my phone would also be visible on my iwatch, which was the reason I got it in the first place otherwise I have no reason to use this. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I would have to pay for Pro in order to get the same notes on my iPhone and my iwatch right? If so, this app is not for me.