Hide format tags? (H1, *text*, /text/, etc.)

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06 Nov, 2016 07:12 PM

Is there any way to hide the formatting tags? I would like to be able to see the text totally plain, i.e. without "H1" before heading 1, the stars before and after bold text, and so on.

If this is currently not an option, could it be an idea for future updates?

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  1. 61 Posted by ACB on 20 Oct, 2017 05:57 AM

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    Left Evernote for Apple Notes. It too is a disaster. Would love to move to Bear...no clue why format tags are visible. Distracting as all hell. +1 for the option to hide.


  2. 62 Posted by Blake Scott on 20 Oct, 2017 05:22 PM

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    +1 to providing option to hide markdowns

  3. 63 Posted by Ivan on 24 Oct, 2017 11:07 AM

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    Please have the option to hide the heading tags. There's no reason to have it displayed all the time, it doesn't look pretty IMO.

  4. 64 Posted by Dan on 01 Nov, 2017 08:45 AM

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    +1 it's very annoying, trying other apps

  5. 65 Posted by angel on 06 Nov, 2017 04:29 AM

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    +1 for hiding tags and markdown.

    i'm afraid this kind of thing becomes an example of being more interesting in the coding than in UI. i can't imagine why else it wouldn't be allowed to be hidden. i get stuck with copy/paste all the time.

  6. 66 Posted by mdanaci on 10 Nov, 2017 08:28 AM

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    We should look our notes without markdown. We are not developing notes, we are taking notes.

  7. 67 Posted by George on 19 Nov, 2017 09:03 PM

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  8. 68 Posted by Giorgio on 21 Nov, 2017 08:58 AM

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    A quick fix is to edit the theme manually (Mac only).

    Navigate to Bear.app > "Show package contents" > Contents > Resources. Open "Default Text Theme.theme" (for example) with a text editor, and search for "Style Marker Text Color". Replace the color four lines below with that of your choice. If you want markers to completely blend in with the background, choose the same color as "Background Text Color". In the default theme, that's rgba(251, 251, 251, 1.00).

    Markers will still be visible when you highlight the text. Of course, this approach doesn't remove the markers themselves, so you will have ugly spaces around inline markers. I don't see an easy way of hiding only the H1 H2 H3 markers.

  9. 69 Posted by william9 on 24 Nov, 2017 06:40 PM

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    +1 for having a user preference to hide formatting tags and markdown. For the mainstream user who just wants an excellent notes application, the heading tags are perplexing at first and then annoying later after one understands what they are.

  10. 70 Posted by oswaldb on 30 Nov, 2017 05:04 PM

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    +1 for having a user preference to hide formatting tags and markdown. I am not using Bear because of its markdown capabilities, but because it is a great app for taking notes that smoothly syncs. This seems to be an often made & longtime request, but please offer a mode that hides markdown!

  11. 71 Posted by A on 30 Nov, 2017 05:30 PM

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    Almost buying pro license but for this stupid markdown format tags! Guys the app is awesome, please don't ruin it!

  12. 72 Posted by Gku on 31 Dec, 2017 11:00 AM

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    +1 for being able to view without formatting tags!
    Willing to pay for this app - yes!
    Willing to migrate all of my existing notes over to this app despite the time it will take - yes!
    Finding out that I'm stuck looking at markdown formatting all the time - nope.
    Back to looking for a decent note taking app to replace Apple Notes and Evernote.

    Willing to come back to Bear if this changes in the future - maybe, but please hurry!

  13. 73 Posted by Jason G on 10 Jan, 2018 06:02 PM

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    The inability to make tags less conspicuous is a deal breaker for me also. I was so excited that finally someone made a seamless notes app. Upon propagating it with my work, I realized the tags created too cluttered of a feeling. I want to focus on my work, and not the labeling mechanisms. I will join, celebrate, and tell my friends if you fix this. Otherwise I will wait until someone copies your idea and does it right.

  14. 74 Posted by Tom Landgraeber on 19 Jan, 2018 05:07 AM

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    Guys, if you don’t like Markdown, why the hell are you using Bear? And complaining about the visible Markdown syntax all the way? That’s like ordering cheeseburgers and complaining about the cheese afterwards.

    There are plenty of RichText apps out there. Why don’t you just use those? Please, stop bitching Bear for being Bear. Thanks!

  15. 75 Posted by scott on 01 Feb, 2018 12:28 AM

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    +1 Markdown allows someone to take and format notes easily and quickly once you know markdown. Not to mention, code snippets, which are huge for me.

    As far as "Please, stop bitching Bear for being Bear" goes - 'quirky' shouldn't be a feature. When I create a code snippet I shouldn't see the opening and closing tickmarks. I don't think that's an unreasonable request.

  16. 76 Posted by MM on 04 Feb, 2018 04:05 AM

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    Bear developers, please take a look at how Typora does this. The markdown is rendered, but markdown characters are hidden from view until you move the cursor where you might need to edit them. For example, if you move the edit cursor to a bold word, the double-asterisks will appear on either side. If you move the cursor within a fixed-width string, the backticks will appear. This makes editing with markdown very unobstrusive.

    Rather than include a way to "turn off" the markdown characters, I'd much rather have them only appear when I might need them.

  17. 77 Posted by anvarik on 16 Feb, 2018 11:20 PM

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    super annoying... i think i'm not moving to bear after all ...

  18. 78 Posted by Kelly on 24 Feb, 2018 12:33 AM

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    Another +1 for this option. Until then I'm on the fence.

  19. 79 Posted by pat on 07 Mar, 2018 06:15 PM

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    Yes, please, +1 for this. Remove the "H1" .. etc. It creates visual clutter and is not necessary for the users to see this.

  20. 80 Posted by Peter on 08 Mar, 2018 03:59 PM

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    Another vote for an option to hide the tags. I actually love them, but want to be able to copy and paste to an email without having to manually delete them.

  21. 81 Posted by Peter on 08 Mar, 2018 04:10 PM

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    I found a solution! I click the export to mail button, and it opens a message with the formatting tags removed. Then I copy and paste from there.

  22. 82 Posted by Jules on 20 Mar, 2018 01:20 PM

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  23. 83 Posted by greiggy on 23 Mar, 2018 12:00 PM

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    I very much like Bear's excellent GUI and good functionality– with one glaring exception. Markdown is only partly implemented. There is no rendered view (without going into Marked or another app).

    Notes copied and pasted from Bear come over complete with header tags and asterisks which have to be edited out manually. Consequently, I can't use Bear for a lot of tasks.

    Can we have the other half of Markdown with a rendered view option, as offered by most other Markdown apps?

    Then Bear could offer page jump anchors and other Markdown attributes not possible at the moment. I understand that these might not be a priority in a v.1 release, but either Bear supports Markdown or it doesn't.

    Come on, Shiny Frog, it's about time!

  24. 84 Posted by carlos ibanez on 31 Mar, 2018 05:25 AM

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    Adding my voice to this choir. I want to move from Evernote (user since 2009). But those ugly marks in the text are super annoying. Only the guys that developed Bear like them. I will be a pro user straight (need the sync function) but only if and when those stupid marks disappear. Thanks. /Carlos

  25. 85 Posted by Mike on 01 Apr, 2018 12:17 AM

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    +1 on removing tags. Pointless and distracting. I don't need to feel like I'm writing code.

  26. 86 Posted by Mark Christian ... on 26 Apr, 2018 12:30 AM

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  27. 87 Posted by Sal on 01 May, 2018 03:52 PM

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    +1 - i take notes on steps to accomplish something which usually involves commands that I format. When I look back at my notes to recreate the steps, I copy and paste all the time and can see how having to removing the formatting characters on paste to be annoying. Sure i can copy the section without the formatted character but again that can get annoying.

  28. 88 Posted by Shaun on 02 May, 2018 11:50 AM

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    Please please please give us an option to hide the formatting tags. This is a game changer.

  29. 89 Posted by Onur on 08 May, 2018 11:28 AM

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    This is what's keeping me from switching to Bear. It doesn't add anything to user experience and it's annoying.

  30. 90 Posted by Mike on 08 May, 2018 07:18 PM

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    In to bump this. The tags are unnecessary.

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