#TechTipThursday: Overview of Bear


Bear is a flexible writing app for composing anything from notes to prose to blogs. It works on all OS devices so you can write whenever, wherever. You can link notes to each other to build one comprehensive body of text. Its functionality is beyond Apple’s built-in Notes application and offers a, free, simple white theme. Users can upgrade to the pro version and unlock access to additional themes and features. You can download the app here! A brief video introduction is included at the conclusion of this post.

To start composing notes choose the red “plus page” icon, shown below, located on the left of your screen.

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Tap the icon in the top right corner of your screen to quickly view your word count, number of paragraphs, and a list of ways you can export your note.

Bear has markup shortcuts that allow you to add style to your, and other elements to your note, with just a tap or keystroke.

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When you use a hashtag (#), the Bear app treats it as something comparable to a folder. For example, everything with #Bear would be stored and searchable together. This is a great way to group multiple notes on a similar subject, such as a class or research project.

Emmy, one of our Instructional Technology Collaborators, created this video overview of Bear as a supplement to this post.

If you have any questions, or difficulty duplicating the steps detailed in this post, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.



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