I also love the bear app and purchased pro so that I could sync between devices. It was syncing well between my iPhone and MacBook however my company made me install Jamf on my MacBook and within that install they have included a profile which restricts iCloud. Now I can't sync between devices and the value that bear gave me over other editors is now gone. I suspect that many organizations do the same things with people using MacBooks. Any way of getting this to sync via something other than iCloud?
This is an honest question:
Do companies disallow connection to any/all cloud services or just iCloud? If just iCloud, why that service and not Dropbox, Evernote, Amazon, Microsoft, or Google (the least secure cloud)? Sounds pretty capricious to me. I'm truly puzzled by all the other open connections and no explanation why iCloud is not.
My company (one of the FANGs), does not physically block anything other than iCloud, although there are written policies against using Evernote etc to store work files. I've never understood why only iCloud is physically blocked, other than the fact that it may simply be easier to enforce on the company-owned macbooks using an administrative policy. But it does feel arbitrary.
@tod.w iCloud is the only service that is actually blocked for me. I'm assuming that's because it's the only service with OS-level integration that can be easily disabled on enterprise-provisioned machines. I can still access iCloud from the web, along with all the other services that you mentioned, but my company has policies in place that disallow their use for work-related stuff. I agree that it's puzzling, but that's enterprise for you.
@ritwick & elliot: thanks for your comments. It remains a mystery. I recall working at a Silicon Valley outfit in the late 90s that provided all Windows computers. There were a bunch of who were allowed to bring our own Macs as long as we understood that IT wouldn't (couldn't?) help resolve problems. That actually turned out to help the firm as we never had problems and IT had to reduce their staff as a result.
I'm on the same boat. Can't have iCloud Drive enabled using the corp laptop. I love bear app though. Please enable separated theme purchase from your app. I would imagine it's as simple as forking the code, make the theme available by default and published a separated app (might be Colorful Bear or some thing) to app store with a price tag. It will be a fantastic stop-gap for people like me who want to support the app but was not able to.
Just another +1 for dropbox - not because iCloud is blocked, but because I want to access the notes from many systems, including linux. I want a folder full of text files syncing with dropbox, and freedom to access them in different ways and via different apps on different platforms.
on 01 Jan, 2018 07:44 PM
I would like to be able to have the option to sync Bear notes to my Synology with an encryption key. OmniFocus does this via webdav. DevonTHINK also uses webdav and AES-256 for encryption. I find that Bear may end up with notes that I don’t want in the iCloud space.
Encrypting Bear data on iCloud would be a great first step in this direction. The key is to make sure users can define their own private key.
+1 because I want to point out that at my corporation (162,000) people - you can probably figure out who that is - we have iCloud blocked and thus i can't use Bear anymore. Just kinda thought I'd point this out because you are leaving out a LOT of potential customers by not supporting another cloud sync service. Yes we can use dropbox, google drive, etc. Why not consider making iCloud the primary supported sync method and having something else as a beta / unsupported / use-at-own-risk option? thanks for the consideration
Unfortunately is not that easy because Bear uses CloudKit which is a cloud-based DBMS service which works on top of iCloud's structure. We may have something to announce regarding this matter in some time. I'm sorry I can't be more specific but is a really work-in-progress project and with some uncertainties.
I've been following this topic for a year+. I'm not able to use iCloud on my work machine– the same situation as above. I'd be more than happy with an option that works to sync without iCloud (happy to help develop it, too!) I love Bear, but this is a blocker for people like me for extended use or to fully switch over from other apps.
I purchased the bear today but i'm pretty upset to figure out that iCloud is disabled in company desktop, laptop and phone and I couldn't share any notes among these devices (I got 5 devices.....). This is really the main blocker for me and I really hope there is a way to sync using google drive or dropbox instead
Today my company disabled iCloud as well. I use(d) Bear extensively, love it, but am now forced to look for a replacement (or another job ;-)). Anyway, just to add one to this list. Any efforts for a sync alternative are very much appreciated.
I'm heavily invested in using AWS S3 storage for all my "cloud" storage needs (and I eschew adding more stuff to iCloud,) especially where I need a lot of cheap, reliable storage. I know, this may be quite non-mainstream, but it sure would be nice if I could use Bear with an AWS S3 bucket. There's full API support so it seems like this should be a simple programming job.