Tag, searching and editing feature requests

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19 Jan, 2017 01:27 AM

Hi guys,
First of all, great app! It's a joy to use.

A few suggestions based on my use of Bear and my experience of using nearly every other notes apps at some point :)

1) Suggested tags. One problem when free typing tags is the potential for incorrect spelling, or even just the hassle of typing long/nested tags). Could you have suggested tags pop up when you start typing a tag? e.g. if you have #work/projectA as a nested tag, it would pop up if you started typing '#work/proj'.. etc.

2) Search/filter by tag. Would be awesome.

3) Add in formatting support for comments. E.g. starting and finishing text with a '+' would make it a comment. Almost like a quote.

4) Search notes for comments (as above), quotes etc. in addition to @tasks/@todo.

5) I know lots of people have requested 'typewriter' mode, and I'm totally in favour. However, at a minimum, if you were able to scroll down at past the text at the end of notes, rather than be typing at the bottom of the screen, it would make the whole writing and editing experience a lot nicer. It would also be another point of difference from all the other note apps out there and more in line with 'pro' writing apps like Ulysses.

Anyways, just things to consider.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 19 Jan, 2017 10:09 AM

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    Hi John,

    1. I agree, we'll build an autocompletion system for tags.

    2. In a way you can already do that by selecting the tag in the sidebar.

    3/4. It's a nice idea, we'll consider it for the future updates

    1. The typewriter is really useful for some people, I don't think the vast majority of Bear's users will benefit for it so right now is not on top of our priorities.


  2. 2 Posted by John Fearn on 23 Jan, 2017 03:23 AM

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    Hey Danilo,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Just to clarify what I meant on the last point (#5): rather than a
    typewriter mode, I was suggesting the ability to scroll a few lines past
    the end of what ever is written in the note. It doesn't have to be
    completely free-scrolling as far as you want, simply enough to create some
    white space underneath the last line. This is so that the writer does not
    have to focus on the bottom of the screen. While this is not a problem when
    you have only a few lines or paragraphs of text (or on mobile) it is a
    slightly frustrating aspect on desktop when you have a full page of text
    and want to continue writing.

    Thanks again.


  3. 3 Posted by Jose on 12 Sep, 2017 07:49 AM

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    To add to what John said about searching/filtering by tag (#2), it would be nice to be able to use wildcards to search/filter by tag. For example say I have the following tag structure (shown at the bottom) and I want to filter out everything but the lectures ~ it'd be awesome if I could run a filter/search using wildcards such as #*lecture* to get all lectures from all classes. Or I could filter/search #*calculus*lecture* to get only the calculus lectures (excluding anything from physics and also excluding any calculus discussions and labs).

                #lecture00 <- represents things tagged with #week1/calculus/lesson1/lecture00

  4. 4 Posted by tod.w on 12 Sep, 2017 07:36 PM

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    Nicely detailed description. As you describe, this would be a fantastic feature implementation.

  5. 5 Posted by David on 09 Nov, 2017 08:57 PM

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    +1 for scrolling past the last line

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