Using colors in app

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07 Nov, 2016 07:07 PM


This app is almost perfect, but is there really no way to use specific colors in the app?!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 08 Nov, 2016 10:55 AM

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    Hi Wilson,

    if you mean for text highlighting no, but we have themes.


  2. 2 Posted by David Wilson on 08 Nov, 2016 03:59 PM

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    I mean adding color to text like this

    Adding highlighting would be great too, but a lack basic color to text functionality is a big oversight in my opinion.

    Please consider it for future revisions.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 08 Nov, 2016 04:31 PM

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    I think right now colored texts are not easily integrable in Bear, mostly because of themes, but I'll keep it in mind for the future.

  4. 4 Posted by Cam on 19 Jan, 2017 07:19 AM

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    Hi Danilo,

    Recently just joined Bear. I stopped using Evernote awhile ago because it was too bloated, and just stuck to Text Edit on Mac for its pure simplicity.

    So far I love Bear, but just wanted to echo David's point, that highlight and text color options are a huge miss.

    I work as a designer, and I rely heavily on color coding my notes and workflow (especially when handing off notes to my producer and team). This was a pretty basic function in Text Edit, and I feel like it should be it should be considered for future updates.


  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 19 Jan, 2017 10:11 AM

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    Hi Cam,

    thank you for your feedback, we'll consider adding an highlighting feature.


  6. 6 Posted by JD on 19 Mar, 2017 12:47 PM

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  7. 7 Posted by pavelborisov on 20 Mar, 2017 06:56 AM

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    Bold text must be another color than regular text

  8. 8 Posted by Ryan on 21 Apr, 2017 09:45 PM

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    This and multiple window support is what stopping me to switch over to bear. Hope this is supported soon!

  9. 9 Posted by Josiah on 22 Apr, 2017 07:29 AM

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    +1 to adding a feature to highlight an inline section of text or otherwise make it stand out visually.

    The need that I and other users have here is different from making something a H1 for example. H1 impacts the full line of text and has a different semantic meaning if you consider things like future TOC features. Instead, the goal with highlighting is to help bring our attention back to some key idea within a note.

    One example use case for this is to be able to identify for yourself some key ideas in a note that need further attention in the future.

  10. 10 Posted by JD on 22 Apr, 2017 10:31 AM

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  11. 11 Posted by Oloaf on 31 May, 2017 02:14 PM

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    + 1 to adding text color
    Way more important to me than highlighting (although that will also be useful).

    Been using Bear Pro for a couple weeks and loving it so far, with just the color capability obviously missing :)

  12. 12 Posted by bob on 07 Jun, 2017 11:05 AM

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    Highlighting and colored text, kind of go outside of the idea of markdown not being used for presentation, but I understand the reality is people do use it for notes, not just for writing (hence the app name). So this would need to be an extension to commonmark.

    It may be useful to add a theme which highlights underlined text as a suitable compromise.

  13. 13 Posted by Ash on 13 Jun, 2017 10:49 PM

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    Yes please please please allow us to color code text and add highlighting!

  14. 14 Posted by Josep on 30 Jun, 2017 12:04 PM

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    Just felt in love with this app and dumped Evernote/TextEdit for good. Gone pro too without hesitation

    Just one request so far

    +1 Highlight text in color

  15. 15 Posted by larry on 14 Aug, 2017 03:52 AM

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    need colors .. i googled how to change words colour and google leads me here ..

    when ** make words BOLD ** , could these stars invisible ?


  16. 16 Posted by jim g on 14 Aug, 2017 11:05 AM

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    Text highlighting was added in the latest release. You can either use the markdown syntax of surrounding the text with double colons (::highlight::) or use Format>Mark from the menu.

  17. 17 Posted by Ashwarya Subhlu... on 14 Aug, 2017 04:32 PM

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    THANK YOU! Love it.

  18. 18 Posted by Pavla on 31 Oct, 2017 01:16 PM

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    Hi, I love using Bear for all my notes but as they tend to be detailed and long, I definitely need COLOR to make certain things stand out - please consider adding this feature (I mean choice of different colors for the text itself, not just a highlight). Thanks!

  19. 19 Posted by Hjorth on 31 Oct, 2017 02:00 PM

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    +1 for coloured text and highlighting.

  20. 20 Posted by Kate on 20 Dec, 2017 06:04 PM

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    +1 for colored text and highlighting. I'd pick colored text if I could only have one, though. Even Apple's Notes app has that, and Bear is so much better in every way except this one. Pretty please? The colored text doesn't have to default to anything based on themes...just let us pick our own colors? Please? Thank you and YAY for Bear!

  21. 21 Posted by phiL on 31 Dec, 2017 11:57 AM

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    +1 for dolor!

  22. 22 Posted by Lau on 24 Feb, 2018 09:55 PM

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    I'm sorry but I will defend the opposite: please don't add an option to add colors to texts. What I love with Bear is precisely its simplicity. It's super fast and nice to type text with it BECAUSE they're not text styling option to disturb me and to make me loose time by selecting a font size, an alignment or a color. It's simple, focused on content and it's exactly what I want. If I want to add contrast to some words: I have the bold, italic, highlight and code option... It's enough. Please don't make it like Evernote, don't add styling option.

    But they're one thing great that you can do with colors: let us the possibility to decide the theme colors by ourselves...
    Like H1 (green), H2 (red), H3 (grey), text (#151515), highlight color (red) etc...

    Thanks a lot for that amazing tool. Keep strong

  23. 23 Posted by Amrish on 16 Apr, 2018 05:16 AM

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    +1 For colored text and highlights

  24. 24 Posted by Leviero on 23 Apr, 2018 04:34 AM

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    +1 For colored text and highlights

  25. 25 Posted by Denni on 23 Apr, 2018 04:35 AM

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    +1 For colored text and highlights

  26. 26 Posted by Lawrence on 21 May, 2018 12:20 PM

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    +1 For colored text and highlights

  27. 27 Posted by javier on 29 May, 2018 04:22 PM

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    +1 For colored text and highlights

  28. 28 Posted by Clément Aubry on 09 Jul, 2018 09:42 AM

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    +1 Really need colored text !

  29. 29 Posted by Simran on 11 Oct, 2018 05:48 PM

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    + 1 I'm a designer and I love colour coding everything too - please add this option soon!

    Maybe even different coloured #hashtags to make searching easier?

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