Bear 2 beta update (9916)

We have a new beta just in time for Thanksgiving in the U.S. No turkeys were harmed in the making of these new features to test—including OCR enabled in app-wide search and new Wiki Link Aliases—and two heaping scoops of stuffing tweaked behavior and fixes. Grab a fork and dig into testing these new goodies.

Use Bear > Check for Updates to download the lastest build.


  • New! Note search (at the top of the Note List) now returns notes with images and PDFs matching the search term.[1]
  • New! A Special Search to look only into attachments: @ocr
  • Fixed a search bug that could cause the app to hang


  • New! Wiki Link Aliases: Links to other notes are no longer restricted to the title of the note. Add text to wiki link titles by using a | to separate the note title from the alias: [note title|alias]
  • The link panel now preserves your choice to Show Preview (or not) between sessions
  • Fixed a bug involving folding and properly hiding content
  • The open link shortcuts (⌘⇧K and ⌘⇧⌥K) now places your cursor inside the destination note when used on wiki links
  • Fixed a bug with our autocomplete panels when using the / character
  • Copy Code now works also inside table cells
  • Fixed various encoding/decoding issues with wiki links
  • Fixed footnote definitions parsing issue
  • Improved the numbered list styler to preserve existing indentations
  • Fixed a bug that allowed adding attachments to encrypted notes
  • The autocomplete note panel should now behave when linking a header that is folded

Bug Fixes and enhancements

  • On import, the option to use first line as title no longer overwrites existing h1 header
  • Updated some theme colors for better text contrast and legibility

  1. Our new OCR search requires attachment content to be indexed before search will return results from images and PDFs. This indexing is performed when the Bear app looses focus and can take a little while to get through your existing note library. New attachments added to notes are indexed immediately. PDF contents are indexed normally if they are below 10k characters. For large PDFs, the content is indexed as a words cloud for more efficient search. Unfortunately this might compromise "quoted searches" for these large PDFs. For example, a quoted search for "the cat is on the table" would not return a result for that PDF. But the cat is on table , without quotes, would find the PDF. ↩︎


Wonderful news, thank you! So excited to delve in, and it looks amazing.

I ran across a random thing… the keyboard shortcut for adding a table row (Control + Command + Return) happens to correspond with an Alfred shortcut for controlling the Music app, which takes precedence and doesn’t allow Bear 2 to add a row.

The quick workaround is to change the shortcut in Alfred — at first glance I don’t see a way to disable the feature there otherwise.

Aliases! You’re the best! :smiley:

It would seem now that having a way to distinguish wiki links pointing to existing notes from links created on the fly without a note (and also offering these in auto completion when creating a wiki link even though the note doesn’t exist) is becoming increasingly important. Otherwise we will possibly end up with duplicates. See request 2 in A few Bear 2.0 simple feature requests for better support of thinking and creating with links

Aliases are amazing! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: So much looking forward to using bear 2 instead of bear 1!

Unfortunately while the folding bug is fixed for me, the app is crashing again when clicking on a footnote while footnote itself is toggled. That has been working fine in the last betas for me.

Great start. :heart: I am sure this has been discussed in Panda already: But couldn’t the Table of Contens be freely scalable? The TOC is one of my most eagerly awaited and most useful features in Bear 2, but the small size of the current implementation is very, very limiting:

  1. I can’t see all headline on my 32" screen because the height can not be changed
  2. I can not see the whole headings because the width can not be changed

I just realized that the height of the TOC changes with the number of headings in the document. Nice.

There is still the issue with the width.

And I wish this TOC-window could be docked to the main window. I don’t like clutter. :wink:

migrated all 6902 of my notes successfully. i haven’t checked if all of them were migrated correctly but they’ve been migrated.

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Loving it! Cannot wait for the iOS beta and “sync”. Keep the updates coming!


OMG, OMG! Aliases! And global OCR search! It’s like this update was made specifically for me.

Actual footage of me reading the release notes:

One small request regarding search results in PDFs: I love how the PDF is marked with a yellow frame in the search results. Would be great if the PDF in the actual note also got that kind of yellow frame.

Regarding aliases: thank you guys SO MUCH. I know I’ve been pestering you about it for years and I’m really grateful you’ve decided to implement them.

Footnotes and folding are a bug-generating combination. Thanks for reporting this.

Yes, we are exploring this scenario for the info panel in order to better accommodate backlinks too.


The PDF inside the note is supposed to have the yellow frame when the in-note search is active and the match on the PDF is selected. When you click on a note with a match on the PDF, the frame is supposed to blink or be blue if it’s not the first result. In short, it should mimic what happens for normal text.

When the official version is released, the Bear note URLs will stay bear2:// as it is now or go back to bear:// ?

Dear Danilo.

Thx. for sending the link to the latest beta. Trying to start it ends up with a crash:

Translated Report (Full Report Below)

Process: Bear [1464]
Path: /Applications/
Identifier: net.shinyfrog.bear
Version: 2.0 (9916)
Code Type: ARM-64 (Native)
Parent Process: launchd [1]
User ID: 501

Date/Time: 2022-11-24 13:40:52.4576 +0100
OS Version: macOS 13.1 (22C5050e)
Report Version: 12
Anonymous UUID: 94AFF3FE-0F74-C55E-ACD0-FB0961D73F12

Sleep/Wake UUID: 1F679418-C35D-4FB2-A367-515531595EB2

Time Awake Since Boot: 420 seconds
Time Since Wake: 262 seconds

System Integrity Protection: enabled

Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue:

Exception Type: EXC_CRASH (SIGABRT)
Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000

Kernel Triage:
VM - pmap_enter retried due to resource shortage
VM - pmap_enter retried due to resource shortage
VM - pmap_enter retried due to resource shortage
VM - pmap_enter retried due to resource shortage
VM - pmap_enter retried due to resource shortage

Thread 0 Crashed:: Dispatch queue:
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2 libsystem_c.dylib 0x1855702c8 abort + 180
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6 PolarMark 0x101462690 Ice::InlineParser::parseAttribute(Ice::Node*) + 24
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16 BearCore 0x100d6e130 -[SFDatabaseMigrationHelper migrateNote:] + 1460
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29 Bear 0x10003ff94 0x10001c000 + 147348
30 dyld 0x18530fe50 start + 2544

Thread 1:
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3 libsystem_kernel.dylib 0x1855f80cc mach_msg + 24
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Thread 2::
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1 libsystem_kernel.dylib 0x185609884 mach_msg2_internal + 80
2 libsystem_kernel.dylib 0x1856005a4 mach_msg_overwrite + 540
3 libsystem_kernel.dylib 0x1855f80cc mach_msg + 24
4 CoreFoundation 0x185716bc0 __CFRunLoopServiceMachPort + 160
5 CoreFoundation 0x1857154ac __CFRunLoopRun + 1232
6 CoreFoundation 0x185714888 CFRunLoopRunSpecific + 612
7 CFNetwork 0x18a1094f0 0x189eb6000 + 2438384
8 Foundation 0x186616470 NSThread__start + 716
9 libsystem_pthread.dylib 0x18563706c _pthread_start + 148
10 libsystem_pthread.dylib 0x185631e2c thread_start + 8

Thread 3:
0 libsystem_pthread.dylib 0x185631e18 start_wqthread + 0

Thread 4:
0 libsystem_pthread.dylib 0x185631e18 start_wqthread + 0

Thread 5:
0 libsystem_pthread.dylib 0x185631e18 start_wqthread + 0

Thread 6:: Dispatch queue:
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2 libdispatch.dylib 0x1854b0ca8 _dispatch_thread_event_wait_slow + 56
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5 Bear 0x10013dcbc 0x10001c000 + 1187004
6 Bear 0x10013da34 0x10001c000 + 1186356
7 Bear 0x10013a0fc 0x10001c000 + 1171708
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9 libdispatch.dylib 0x1854b0504 _dispatch_client_callout + 20
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Thread 0 crashed with ARM Thread State (64-bit):
x0: 0x0000000000000000 x1: 0x0000000000000000 x2: 0x0000000000000000 x3: 0x0000000000000000
x4: 0x0000000000000000 x5: 0x0000000000000000 x6: 0x0000000000000000 x7: 0x0000000000000000
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x24: 0x00000001de37e000 x25: 0x0000000000000006 x26: 0x0000000000000003 x27: 0x000000016fde1da0
x28: 0x000000016fde1de0 fp: 0x000000016fde1a70 lr: 0x0000000185636cec
sp: 0x000000016fde1a50 pc: 0x0000000185600190 cpsr: 0x40001000
far: 0x0000000128f8c024 esr: 0x56000080 Address size fault

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Kindest regards


It works like you described for other file types but not for PDFs in my case. E.g., an embedded .md file gets highlighted, but a PDF doesn’t.

bear:// links are used internally and if you have both B1 and the beta installed using the same scheme might cause B1 to be opened. The bear2:// scheme is a workaround for this problem bear:// will be restored with the official release.

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Thanks so much for that update! Aliases for wiki-links are the highlight of it!

Thanks for the Update!

It’s just a personal preference thing but could we get the layout back from Bear 1 where all the things you could do on a note was unobtrusively on the side (creating a full focus on what is written in the note)?
And would it be possible to get the size of the old headers back? I really liked that they weren’t that huge.

Like this → maybe just make it a little bit brighter instead for better readability

Instead of this


It works with images, though!