Hi there! The time you knew was coming is now here: the Bear 2 beta is ready for you with sync on macOS and iOS! The next section is really important, so please read it:
We highly recommend backing up your notes before installing the beta on any devices. If you need a refresher:
- Mac: File > Backup notes
- iOS: Settings > Import & Export > Backup all notes (at the bottom)
Once you go Bear 2 beta, you can’t go back. This new beta will migrate and upgrade your old Bear 1 database and use it from now on. Install this beta on all devices since Bear 1 cannot read or sync notes from Bear 2.
If you were using the Bear 2.0 private Beta: Be sure to export all new and edited notes since Bear 1, then import them into this new beta. The
/Application Data v2/ folder is no longer used.
This is the first semi-public but not-really-public beta of Bear 2 for both macOS and iOS. Please backup your notes (see instructions earlier ), then test, try, and bang on basically everything, including:
- Markdown hiding
- Nested styles
- Folding sections (tap a heading icon)
- The new sketching tool and canvas
- GIF support
- Link previews
- PDF previews
- Image resizing and cropping
- The new Info Panel with ToC and Backlinks
- Our all-new editing keyboard (Tap the BIU button)
- The all-new photo picker
- In-note search on iOS (searching inside photos and attachments)
- New widget: Random Note
- New Lock Screen widgets on iOS: Random note, Last edited note, New note, New todo note, New photo note, Search
- Pin tags in the Sidebar
- Note List sort options
- Note List preview style options
- Document scanning
- Six new Bear Pro themes: Notes, Dark Notes, Rosé Pine, Rosé Pine Dawn, Tokyo Night, Academia
- Two new Shortcuts: Export Note and Backup (Mac only)
- Apple Watch visual refresh and tables support
- …and more!
Stuff that’s planned for our final release but isn’t ready for beta testing just yet:
- macOS Info Column (the panel can become a 4th column) integration
- History navigation buttons
- Editor preferences
- Theme and icons preferences
- New illustrations across the app
Thank you so much for helping us test the next generation of Bear. We know it’s been a long wait, and we’re excited to hear what you think.
Below are your download links. Please don’t share these with anyone, and especially not on social media. TestFlight restricts us to a limited number of seats for testing, and we want to ensure we get in you wonderful beta forum testers.
Have fun testing!