Bear vs Evernote

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Kristof Devos

11 Jan, 2017 10:08 AM


I'm a Belgium based writer and illustrator of children's books and I use Evernote Premium on a daily basis for writing, collecting my sketches in notebooks, but also to keep some xls sheets and pdf's. Currently I have about 1100 notes spread over about 30 notebooks.

Because bear seems to have a lot more attention to detail and looks so much prettier then Evernote for writing, I'm considering to switch.

But I was wondering, is there somewhere a comparison table of Bear vs Evernote? I just want to check if I can do all te same things I'm doing now.

Also, since I'm using notebooks and notebooks stacks and not tags to get organized in Evernote, would it be a pain to export/import of do you think it's manageable? I'm prepared to give exporting some of my time and attention, but I don't want to lose a day of work.

Thanks in advance!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 11 Jan, 2017 11:12 AM

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    Hi Kristof,

    there isn't a comparison table between Evernote and Bear, but Bear Pro features are limited to sync, themes and exports all the other features are testable for free.

    You can import your notes using the .enex exporter of Evernote. I suggest using pre-tagging like suggested here because Bear does not comes with notebooks support


  2. 2 Posted by Kristof Devos on 11 Jan, 2017 11:13 AM

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    I’ll give it a spin, thanks!


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  3. 3 Posted by bruno.decourcy on 11 Jan, 2017 02:59 PM

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    I was in the same situation than you.
    Used to have a premium account with Evernote.
    But the application doesn't evolve at all and I don't quite like the announcement they've made regarding sing the users' notes....
    Therefore I gave a try with Bear. After 2 days, I signed up for the Pro version.
    No regret. Bye bye evernote, for good....

  4. 4 Posted by Mike on 12 Jan, 2017 02:22 PM

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    The biggest difference is that Evernote can search the text in a scanned document. As far as I know Bear cannot.

  5. 5 Posted by John on 19 Jan, 2017 01:37 AM

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    As subscribe to both, I'll say these are the differences:

    + The best out there for web clipping, and scanning, saving and searching docs such as PDFs, receipts, bills, academic papers. Think of it as your filing cabinet for papers you don't use much but need to keep and access once in a while
    - Really not great for actual notes. And by this I mean WRITING notes.
    - Painful to export to other formats.

    + An amazing writing experience. Far beyond Evernote at present.
    + Easy export to various files means it is so much better to draft blogs/articles/meeting notes, whatever, in Bear and then export if you have to.

    So while I see the benefits of unifying everything note-related in one app, I think there are two distinct use cases for each app. You could happily use both if you were inclined to.

  6. 6 Posted by John Talbot on 05 Mar, 2017 01:39 PM

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    Bear vs Evernote? Bear not on android - massive deal breaker.

  7. 7 Posted by John on 18 Mar, 2017 01:51 AM

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    If you're looking for a filing cabinet program (and more), I recommend DEVONthink Pro Office. It has folders, tags, OCRs PDFs, finds documents within your database that are related to the one you're viewing, etc.
    And of course, Bear for note taking.

  8. 8 Posted by bruno.decourcy on 18 Mar, 2017 03:02 AM

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    I have it. As DEVONthink To Go for iOS. But I can't set it up;(

    Have an awesome day ahead!

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  9. 9 Posted by Gianluca on 24 Mar, 2017 07:39 PM

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    The only thing that I miss is a Bear web application. I usually have to work under Windows and if I could access to all my notes via browser it could be great. I'm really loving the Bear GUI, so clean, so easy.

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