Considering Bear as a Notes App Replacement
As I wrote in an issue of MacStories Weekly (exclusive to Club MacStories members), I recently moved my Club related notes from the Apple Notes app to cover iphone 8 dragon ball Trello. Because Club MacStories is a collaborative effort, it made sense to use Trello cover samsung nera project management features to let the entire MacStories team see my notes. iphone hoesjes However, moving those notes to Trello considerably decreased my usage of Apple Notes, which left me wondering if it was time to consider an alternative app for my personal note taking needs.
I praised Apple Notes numerous times since its relaunch on iOS 9. I believe Notes and Safari are Apple cover samsung galaxy a7 2015 silicone two best iOS apps, and I recommend Notes to anyone planning a switch from Evernote or OneNote. Notes is surprisingly advanced and fast; its iCloud sync is reliable; it even received support for collaboration in iOS 10. coque iphone 7 I used Notes as my only note taking app for over a year now.
After moving my most frequently accessed notes to Trello1, I looked at what was left in Notes, and I realized that I wanted to see if a different app could fill the gaps Apple didn address. coque samsung j3 For everything Notes gets right, there are several limitations that have required me to change how I work: Notes has no nativesupport, no automation features, and its organization system based on folders could use a revamp. I accepted Notes shortcomings because I had no other choice; could a new app lure me away from it through the promise of features Apple would never ship
My transition from Notes to Trello couldn have come at a better time. I been keeping an eye on Bear, a new note taking app developed by Italian studio Shiny Frog, for the entire summer.
As Bear betas went out to testers, I told myself I wouldn need it because I was perfectly fine in Notes. But when I noticed that I was using Notes less frequently anyway, I took the plunge, moved my remaining personal notes cover samsung galaxy s8+ to Bear, and put the app on my Home screen. This happened two weeks ago.
I still not convinced Bear is the note taking app I want to use throughout 2017. I didn have enough time to test the final beta of Bear, and I believe a note taking app is best evaluated over a few months cover iphone 7 opere d’arte of usage.
At the same time, Bear is full of interesting ideas, and it has the potential to replace Notes for many iOS users who have been waiting for this kind of richnote taking cover samsung j3 2016 custodia cover huawei p30 a libro app.
I considering Bear as a replacement for Notes, but this is not a definitive review. custodia cover samsung s6 edge plus Instead, I want to lay out the reasons why Bear is superior to Notes as well as the features it missing. I still figuring out if Bear is worth committing to, but I intrigued by the app, and there a lot to unpack.
What Bear Gets Right
Bear was clearly built with a lot of care, and it shows. The app has powerful functionalities that make it cover iphone 6 minions ebay a strong competitor to Apple Notes on iOS.
I love , and Bear brings richediting and export to a lightweight note taking app that feels like a mix of Apple Notes and Drafts.
Like Apple app, notes can be formatted with headers and lists, but Bear allows you to enter that syntax quickly with , which is then rendered to a beautiful inline cover samsung s6 thun preview. custodia iphone For instance, you can enter a new section title by typingTitle as you normally would in , but as soon as you type the two pound signs, Bear will convert them to a label that says indicating the type of title you entered. iphone hoesje You can even tap on the header afterwards to change it without having to type inagain.
If you auser, you might be wondering if I made an error above I didn By default, Bear uses its own flavor ofthat is slightly different from John Gruber original version. Fortunately, there is acompatibility mode in Bear settings that makes the editor accept standardsyntax. I turned this on immediately.
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Bear lets you format the title and URL parts of a link separately.
The same is true for checkboxes, inline code snippets, and otherniceties that Bear supports and previews inline something cover iphone 5s kawasaki I never expect Apple to roll into Notes.
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Unlike othernote taking apps, which exclusively deal with plain text, Bear supports inline images, too.
Bear offers a unique take onthat is both visually appealing and functional. In addition to simply looking nice,editing means I can format notes and give them structure faster than Apple Notes. coque iphone 8 I can start a note in Bear and add sections and a few lists without having to cover samsung tab 10 tap through multiple menus over and over.
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Bear strikes a good balance of fastediting and rich text presentation. custodia iphone cover Effectively, Bear offers anediting environment that employs plain text for quick editing, but relies on rich text and a Notes like model for everything else. I think it works well.
Organize Notes with Tags and Pins
Bear doesn have folders. To organize notes, you add tags anywhere in the body of a note as hashtags, which are parsed and highlighted by Bear.
Any note can have an arbitrary number of tags, which grants more flexibility than having to choose a single destination folder. Also, cover samsung a4 2017 tags can be combined for deeper organization by inserting them together, such as articles blog; in the tags sidebar, you have expandable menus to view notes that have been assigned both tags.
I find tags to suit my custodia cover iphone 6 6s needs better than folders. I often take notes that belong to multiple areas of responsibility or, more generally, I want to organize my notes and personal archive with fine grained control. Bear makes cover iphone belen it easy, for example, cover samsung galaxy a50 to organize my health records by type and year, as well as my articles by project and website.
While I like the way cover samsung s8+ plus Bear displays tags in a Slack like dark sidebar, I wish I didn have to enter tags as hashtags in the middle of a note text. I have been entering tags at the bottom of my notes so they stay out of my view, but I prefer to be able to assign tags in the custodia cover huawei mate 20 lite information sidebar available on the right it seems like there would be plenty of space available there.
I been using pins to quickly reach notes for articles I currently working on, and I feel like they come in handy when traveling as well.