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.

  10. 10 Posted by JD on 29 Mar, 2017 12:52 PM

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    Danilo said:
    "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 "

    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.

    How does it get better than that? :-)

  11. 11 Posted by John on 04 Apr, 2017 11:08 PM

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    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.

  12. 12 Posted by bruno.decourcy on 05 Apr, 2017 12:28 AM

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    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

  13. Support Staff 13 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 05 Apr, 2017 07:46 AM

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    @bruno.decourcy The web version of Bear require a lot of work, my hopes are for fall 2017 or the begin of 2018.

  14. 14 Posted by Kat on 02 May, 2017 01:42 PM

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    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. :)

  15. 15 Posted by tod.w on 02 May, 2017 11:39 PM

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    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.

  16. 16 Posted by Kat on 03 May, 2017 03:09 AM

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    @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.*

  17. 17 Posted by JD on 03 May, 2017 03:22 AM

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    @tod.w " perhaps getting a cheap OCR app could help. "

    yep, that's the option I'm planning on.

  18. 18 Posted by thvanderwal on 13 May, 2017 10:27 PM

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    If you're interested in an OCR app, check out Scanbot ( Does a great job and has a lot of option for sharing/saving.

  19. 19 Posted by JD on 14 May, 2017 01:46 PM

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    Scanbot app web page says:

    "complete new design, PDF editing and the ability to fax documents"..

    Fax?? :-O They are kidding right?

    (I use Scanner Pro myself)

  20. 20 Posted by thvanderwal on 14 May, 2017 07:07 PM

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    Yes, oddly enough there are still a lot of places where fax is used..

    Aside from that, it has amazing functionalities and definitely completes my (just recent) usage of Bear!

  21. 21 Posted by john on 14 May, 2017 07:32 PM

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