I’m super impressed with Bear 2.0 so far, but the lack of any note-level web sharing gives me real pause at this point. My use case is that I create wiki-like pages for courses I’m teaching and share them with students so that they can download handouts and have access to all of the relevant resources in one place. Sharing materials in this way has become especially crucial given that many people are accessing teachings via Zoom.
I currently use Craft for this. Bear 2.0 is a better writing and note organizing experience, but I hesitate to have to split myself between a note/writing app and a sharing app.
Are there any plans to add basic sharing of notes? (I’m not talking about collaboration. Just sharing via web)
This would also be really cool for the social media aspect of sharing notes too. It would be super cool to be able to share notes on twitter almost like you would if you were to share a Medium blog article or something. It would be amazing advertisement for bear if you think about it because people will see the logo and what not a lot more. If you allowed people to share links to notes on twitter and they had nice thumbnails and stuff, idk, there’s an opportunity here.
My personal use case example would be when I write poetry and lyrics and wish to share to twitter. Currently I take screenshots of bear and upload images, but honestly, that is a chore and is a bad user experience for end readers. I could upload to Medium, but that is a chore and means I no longer can use bear to continue to write as Medium and bear will be out of sync. The super nice option is to be able to right click a note and make it public to anyone with a link, and perhaps the UI should show a little icon to say that note is being broadcasted.
Imagine users could just land on a super minimal article page the basically looks like the bear editor, perhaps the user can toggle themes, but other than that it’s just a read only bear experience. Super handy stuff for social media people who only want to keep their content within bear and not have to resort to opening external accounts to share content. I guess the ultimate point is that you’re keeping content creators inside of bear.
In order to do this, you’d have to connect Bear to some sort of server that has access to at least the notes you want to share, if not all of them. That breaks the privacy and local nature of the app, possibly for everyone. In any case, you can export Bear notes as images and share those, or simply copy and paste what you want to share into your social media of choice.
It’s a fundamental change in the app that is not necessary to achieve your use case and it comes with many negatives. I can’t see it happening and we’re better without it.
I am not a developer, so I cannot comment on how easy/hard, or even possible, this would be. But the dev team has mentioned that a web version of Bear is planned for after Bear 2 is launched. I also remember reading that part of the rewriting for Bear 2 is to facilitate making a web version of Bear. But then again, I truly don’t know if having a web version of their app necessarily means being easier for sharing individual notes via web links.