Feel free to close this if you feel like it’s a duplicate of something else, or inappropriately repeats an old discussion but recently there was a small bug where the MacOS version had expired but there was no updated version to download and I was unable to use Panda for a short while. During that time I once again went back to the App Store to try and find something that was even close to as good as the experience I’m currently having with Panda and there just, isn’t. It’s possible that some app that costs $50 and has no free trial might be as good, but I’m not going to drop $50 on something just to test it out.
To be clear, IMO, Panda is even better than Bear. I realize this is just a testing ground for a new editor for Bear, but what makes Panda a better experience for me is that I own my files and can sync them to different devices via iCloud. I understand that this was just a workaround to provide a usable alpha, but I want the product team to know that I would gladly pay $50**+** for Panda as it currently stands, without all the extra bells and whistles that come with Bear, and I’m confident a lot of other people would too. In its current state, it is better than everything else on the app store: it’s compatible with both desktop and mobile, it has smooth, non-buggy editing, it gives me local file storage that (because of Apple) I can sync across devices, and it has, by far, the cleanest, most beautiful editing interface out there. I’m honestly kind of scared of the day when the beta closes and I lose this perfect combination of features.
If the problem with local file storage is that you want recurring revenue for offering an ongoing service, I’d be happy to pay a little per month (what is Bear right now, $1?) for iCloud-like file syncing that stores actual files on Bear servers that sync to local file directories so I don’t fill up my iCloud storage, or maybe for some kind of beautified PDF export service or something like that. I think there are probably plenty of ways to do it.
tl;dr; I just wanted to let you all know that, as of today, out of every markdown editor out there, including Bear, I would buy Panda for its perfect combination of basic features. Anything else is literally just more icing on top of the cake.