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Man­age ideas, lists and more with Bear

1 Meet Bear

When you first launch the Bear app you’ll see this wel­come screen. It’s a Bear note: to change the note just click on it in the mid­dle sec­tion. You’ll see Notes, Trash and a wel­come hash­tag at the left­hand side of the in­ter­face.

2 Get go­ing

ç+N cre­ates a new Bear note, and from there it’s just a mat­ter of typ­ing. Bear ap­plies the H1 head­ing style to your note’s first line, and you can use fa­mil­iar short­cuts such as ç+B and ç+I to style your text.

3 Add a link

Bear knows about two kinds of links: web links and links to other Bear notes. Here we’ve pasted an ad­dress straight from the Sa­fari ad­dress bar and Bear has au­to­mat­i­cally turned it into a click­able link.

4 Add an im­age

Un­like many notes apps and text edi­tors, Bear can show images in­line in­stead of mak­ing them at­tach­ments or thumb­nails – although you can spec­ify thumb­nails if you pre­fer. Just drag and drop the im­age.

5 Get tag­ging

Tags make Bear a happy bear. To use or cre­ate a tag just type a hash and then the tag, for ex­am­ple #mac­for­mat. You can as­sign as many tags as you like to notes; they’ll all ap­pear in the black nav­i­ga­tion panel.

6 Find things again

Tag­ging makes notes easy to find at a later date. By de­fault, the nav­i­ga­tion shows top-level tags, but you can have tags within tags such as #mac­for­mat #is­sue317: you’ll see a click­able ar­row if a tag has sub-tags.

7 Insert me­dia

In this ex­am­ple we’ve dragged and dropped a draw­ing of gui­tar chords, but you could em­bed a mu­sic file or video if you pre­fer to. If it can be pre­viewed by OS X’s Quick Look it can be pre­viewed in­side a Bear note.

8 Make a to-do

One of our favourite fea­tures is Bear’s in­stant to-do lists. Se­lect the sec­tion you want, tap and each line gets a check box next to it. Click­ing the box places a cross and draws a line through that item.

9 Get in­for­ma­tion

In the very top-right cor­ner of the main win­dow you’ll see an in­for­ma­tion but­ton. Click­ing this shows you the word count and other vi­tal sta­tis­tics, and en­ables you to pin notes so they stay at the top of their tag.

10 Ex­port your notes

Ex­port op­tions are lim­ited in the free ver­sion of Bear: you can’t gen­er­ate PDFs, DOCX or HTML with­out a Pro ac­count. But you can still ex­port in a range of stan­dard for­mats in­clud­ing text and Mark­down.

11 Share your stuff

Bear also uses the macOS sys­temwide share sheet, which en­ables you to send con­tent to spe­cific apps or ser­vices such as Mes­sages, Notes, Face­book or Twit­ter. The list de­pends on what apps you have in­stalled.

12 Cut the clut­ter

If you pre­fer a re­ally min­i­mal writ­ing en­vi­ron­ment you can switch be­tween three, two and one-panel lay­outs with the lit­tle icon at the bot­tom right of the main win­dow. Full screen is an avail­able op­tion too.

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