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Popular note-taking app Bear received an update on Thursday across Mac and iOS that adds a number of notable features to the Evernote rival.

The biggest change to Bear is the ability to sketch on iOS. Users can now add sketches to their notes using a finger or stylus. Sketches are drawn on a separate open canvas, which includes pencil and marker tools similar to Apple Notes, with each pencil coming in three sizes and a range of colors.

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Next, Bear has taken cues from the new API in iOS 10.3 that enables apps to use custom icons. Bear supports eight different themes, and now each one has an accompanying icon so that Bear's appearance on the Home screen optionally matches the selected theme.

Bear 1.2 also brings VoiceOver support, to aid blind and visually impaired notetakers. Elsewhere, a Bear Notes sticker pack has been included for use in iMessages.

Lastly, Bear has been translated for three new languages: Korean, Russian, and Brazilian Portugese. Bear 1.2 is free and offers a $1.49 monthly or $14.99 annual subscription model for Pro features. Bear is available to download on the App Store for iPad and iPhone [Direct Link], as well as on the Mac App Store [Direct Link].

Article Link: Bear 1.2 Brings Sketching, New Icons, and VoiceOver to Note-Taking App
 

farewelwilliams

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that pricing still makes 0 sense. i've been telling the author to change the pricing model. i'd gladly pay $30 for a Mac version and $10 for an iOS version then deliver major new versions every 1-2 years. hell, i bought things 3 for iphone, ipad, and mac and didn't think twice about it.

I just don't want to be tied down paying perpetually for this app.

also if the author isn't using cloudkit (why would you rather run your own servers anyways if you're not going to make a PC/Android version?), i rather not be storing my notes with his servers.

it's a shame that there's a really a good app that's ruined by a stupid subscription model.
 

ck2875

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that pricing still makes 0 sense. i've been telling the author to change the pricing model. i'd gladly pay $30 for a Mac version and $10 for an iOS version then deliver major new versions every 1-2 years. hell, i bought things 3 for iphone, ipad, and mac and didn't think twice about it.

I just don't want to be tied down paying perpetually for this app.

also if the author isn't using cloudkit (why would you rather run your own servers anyways if you're not going to make a PC/Android version?), i rather not be storing my notes with his servers.

it's a shame that there's a really a good app that's ruined by a stupid subscription model.

I came to the comments section to say literally this. I just blew $65 on the Things 3 suite. I happily paid $25 for Ulysses for iOS & $45 for macOS. I would pay it again in 1-2 years if they asked. Would that $70 cover 4.5 years of Bear? Sure. But I will never pay for an in-app subscription.

Do subscriptions mean a developer will stay in business? Not if I'm the only person who buys a subscription, and if that's the case I don't want to be without a fully functional app if one of these startups goes out of business (or gets bought out). Particularly with Bear, it's pretty crappy of the dev to prevent people from using built in service like iCloud sync in an effort to peddle their subscription.
 
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KALLT

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The subscription model is not even the biggest turn-off for me. It is what you are paying for that puzzles me. Basically, you get: iCloud syncing, themes and more export formats. I don’t care about themes that much (wouldn’t pay for them) and the export formats are not that compelling either given the portability of the Multimarkdown format. That only leaves iCloud sync for me and it is here where the price is just too high, considering that iCloud is a service provided by Apple (and if they don’t use CloudKit as a back-end, then I am paying for that storage). The fact the apps are otherwise free to use strongly diminishes the value of the subscription.
 

AppleInLVX

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Seriously, they can take their subscription for a long walk off a short pier. ESPECIALLY when Ulysses easily kicks the sh-- out of this software in every way that matters and doesn't have any stupid pricing ransom to use your own content.
 

netsped

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As others have stated, paying a monthly fee to be able to use iCloud to sync between Apple devices makes no sense at all. Having iCloud sync is part of the Apple ecosystem and it should be free in any app on the App Store. They should make the note linking or multiple levels of tags their "pro" features and not iCloud sync.

Anyway, for what I would use the app the stock Notes app does the same and it syncs between my Apple devices.
 
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NervousFish2

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Tangentially, why do apps like this get compared to Evernote? I noticed recently, as I was having problems with the new version of Evernote this spring (resolved now, pretty much). Now, I use Ulysses for writing my own longer-form stuff. I use evernote for web-clipping and jotting down short lists, or even making short diary entries for myself. But Evernote is like an extension of my brain -- its storage, basically, with added notes function. Whereas Ulysses is a place I go to actually do work. In that sense, I can see Bear being a rival for Ulysses. But I don't see either really as anything like approaching the function of Evernote. Is there something I'm not seeing here? Evernote has problems, but I can't imagine using Ulysses (as much as I love it) as a replacement
 

ikir

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Bear is incredibly well designed, runs uber fast and these updates are very welcome! I think subscription is just a psychological issue since many are saying that paying 30$ for the same app on macOS and 10$ for iOS is fine (every few years). Paying annually is the same and probably cheaper is you use both macOS and iOS, also Bear Pro unlock more features than iCloud sync.
 

pinguthepenguin

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I would love to use Bear, but never will while it has subscription pricing. The issue for me is one of trust, and it's about who owns my content. With a subscription model it feels to me as though they own my content, however with a perpetual licence I feel reassured that my content belongs to me.

Having just purchased things 3, I would be happy to fork out a substantial amount of money for this product, and would continue to pay for updates as the improvements came.

A big shame, as this is the product I am looking for.
 
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