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....
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.
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.
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.
I'd add further to the suggestions in that linked page; in Evernote it is possible to tag multiple pages for even greater ease, e.g.
1) Select a Notebook
2) Select all notes in that Notebook (e.g. Cmd + A on Mac version)
3) the right hand window now shows a display of group of notes, with a number of options presented as buttons. Enter the name of the Notebook in "Click to add tags" field. Press Enter.
4) All notes in that Notebook will now be tagged with its name, and thus will contain that tag when imported to Bear.
I wrote in January that I use both Evernote and Bear, and compared them against each other. Well after three months of using Bear, I no longer use Evernote. At all. There are a few reasons:
- Note linking in Bear is just the best, and it has replaced Evernote as the research archive for particular projects because it makes it easier to cross-reference materials.
- The new bear web clipper on iOS and chrome now does everything I need it to.
- Writing and exporting in Bear is far, far superior.
But then I do use all iOS devices so I can understand some will need a true-cross platform app.
Well done Shiny Frog team - this is a really wonderful app.
The killer feature I'm still waiting for is the Bear webpage.
In order to be able to use Bear regardless of the computer you're working on....
Mine is iPad Pro (95% of the time). But I have also a windows pc in the university on which I gather datas (as a second screen).
The opportunity to clip those interesting datas directly from the browser to Bear would be GREAT!!!!
thank you in advance Shiny Frog team
The note formatting, organization, and overall experience is far better in Bear. You can tell design was definitely a focus. The one thing keeping me from switching is OCR. I scan a lot of my handwritten notes, and Evernote is awesome at both capturing and searching through those.
If Bear ever lets me do the same, I'll definitely be making the switch. I'm so over the overly-complicated tagging+notebook+chat+10 clicks just to get a wordcount in Evernote. :)
If that's the only thing holding you back, perhaps getting a cheap OCR app could help. Sure, it would add some time and inconvenience but once you get stuff into Bear, you're going to like it. I don't know about Evernote but some apps like Deventhink license the OCR technology from 3rd parties. That may be what Bear might eventually do.
@tod.w Appreciate the suggestion! That convenience factor is huge though. I mean, if the reason I'm considering make the switch in the first place is ease of use and better experience... a clunkier experience and making it harder to use (even than Evernote alone) is actually a step *backwards.*