As of this week, after the better part of a decade, I’m no longer an Evernote user. There are many reasons why — its ever-bloating feature set, its rising prices, its privacy gaffes — but the biggest reason why is named Bear. It’s another cloud-based note-taking app, and it doesn’t have half the features Evernote does. It is also exponentially faster and more pleasant to use. As it turns out, these things are related.

I didn’t think the day I dragged Evernote to the trash can would ever come. It’s easy to forget now, but the early version of Evernote started a revolution. At a time where most companies made software for a single platform, the note-taking company was building native apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Years before iCloud, Evernote let you synchronize your work between an unlimited number of devices. And where every other online storage company capped you at some limit, Evernote granted you more storage every month… More at The Verge.

I was asked to write about Bear a few weeks ago for a magazine. Have been using it ever since.

2 thoughts on “Bear

  1. Hm. Does it have a webclient ala Simplenote? Every once in a while it’s really nice to have access to my stuff on any arbitrary browser.

    I’m really digging Simplenote – only very occasionally is the lack of formatting an issue – and it’s world’s better than Evernote’s desire to capture all these wacky colors and fonts and backgrounds.

    (My current favorite lifehack is keeping a single pinned Simplenote note, generally blank, and using it like a shared clipboard for my iphone etc)

    But I do use Evernote for worknotes, where I don’t care as much about access anywhere, I should see how Bear feels relatively.

    Bear v Elephant- fight!

  2. (Sorry, commenting on old articles)
    Messing with Bear a bit. It’s approach to text markup is intriguing – “show your work” transparency with the markdown-stye style changers visible, but paler – and they get copied if you copy and paste text.

    Also interesting that text is a fairly narrow column, no matter how wide you make the window.

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