Filesystem storage rather than SQLite database

I have appreciated the stand-alone nature of Panda notes being a file on the disk. This allows me to save the files in a DropBox folder and leverage Dropbox’s rollback history. I have unlimited rollback on Dropbox, and I can look up a previous version of a file/note using the Dropbox UI and optionally restore it. I also have Time Machine as an option to view/restore an old version.

Further, Dropbox handles sync across all my devices so I could turn that off in Bear.

When Bear uses an SQLite database to store notes, the file-based rollback feature is not available, but it is very important.

I understand some people prefer the database architecture and the roll-back is not important, or even a consideration, to them (Concerned about Panda not working within a database) but perhaps this can be an option?

  • database-based (with Bear-sync)
  • file-based (no Bear-sync)

Alternative pitch: ask the devs to make a zapier integration so you can customise your versioning? (I don’t actually use zapier because any app i would use it for has an API i can access, but many others use zapier for the kind of thing you are talking about)

Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a post and suggestion.

There is no current plans for this (file storage) for Bear.

Regarding Panda and its current storage option, it was just meant to be a throwaway tester for the new Editor for Bear.

However, due to customer feedback we are now thinking about possibly also having Panda as a standalone Editor after it’s added into Bear.

Our priority at the moment is to complete and implement our new Editor for Bear. Everything else will be re-evaluated after the new Editor is released, but i’ll pass on your suggestion to the team for them to think about and discuss moving forward.


Does this mean the standalone Panda app could be a one-time cost rather than a subscription model?

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A request, if it hasn’t already been considered, for a sidebar to which you can add folders. I’m currently using Panda as a replacement for Typora for markdown, quicker access to my files is all I really need nwo.

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Hi there,

This has not yet been decided :slight_smile:

Thank you for the suggestion, i’ll pass it onto the full team to discuss and consider.

Exactly my case. +1 for file based storage. Especially when Bear can’t encrypt notes with attachments.

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