I see the value of the markdown, and find it very useful. But as a writer, sometimes a blank page is invaluable. Having the option to hide markdown would just add a degree of flexibility to Bear that would expand its feature set to better compete with Evernote, as well as appeal to a wider demographic. We all use software differently, and adding simple features like this go a long way to making Bear accessible to creatives.
Agree with Ronen and speaking for myself (and I think others) we are not
asking Bear to change its stripes. I don’t want it to be a rich text editor
- you are misunderstanding the request. We just want an option to hide the
markers. Your suggestion to “ look for alternatives” is not viable — the
point is we love Bear for all that it is and all the ways it’s unique. Just
add this one thing then it will be complete
Tom, you need to realize that not all users are like you. We also use Bear daily and that's where this feedback is coming from - our experience. I love Bear - it's simple. But as others have said, sometimes its nicer to have a clean sheet. What harm would there be in adding that option. I promise you that for each of us on this thread asking for this feature, there are many more that agree.
And the complaints were not aimed at the app, but at the fact that there was no response from Shiny Frog for so long. That said, thank you to Danilo for eventually replying. It's good to know you are aware of the request and investigating solutions. This is really one worth going after.
I think there is a misunderstanding of what Markdown is and how it works. The idea behind Markdown is to have a simple (plain) text document (TXT) that is extremely small (just a few KB) and that is readable and editable with almost any text app on the planet. Today and in many years to come.
The trick is that Markdown apps recognize the markup and render it to beautifully designed text in different formats (RTF, HTML, PDF, etc.) and many of them are able to produce a preview of the final result. Unfortunately, it’s technically impossible to edit Markdown without viewing the syntax. App developers can gray it out and try other things to make the markup less distracting, but they cannot make it completely invisible when editing (because the entire document is just plain text).
That’s why I suggested to add a “Swipe to preview” feature. Pretty much like the one in iA Writer. In Edit mode a brief swipe to the left renders a shiny, PDF-like preview of the content - without any markup. Just the styled text. A swipe to the right brings you back to the Edit (Markdown) mode. I think such a build-in, easy-to-use preview feature would be a compromise.
I can understand people who do not like to write in Markdown. The markup syntax can be cumbersome and disturbing. Those who prefer editing their copy on a "clean sheet" are definitely better off with RichText (RTF). It’s just that simple.
So I think I don't "need to realize" anything, @Jason. But you guys need to understand that Markdown has technical limitations. If you can't accept markup in your copy, you need to use RichText-based apps (Evernote, Apple Notes, Pages, MS Word or OneNote, etc.). But please stop bitching Bear for its Markdown nature. Thanks!