Search selected note on iOS

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JC Russo

23 Feb, 2017 08:56 PM

Search is important for long notes. In Bear on macOS, cmd-F searches the selected note, and a search of all notes highlights hits in the selected note. On iOS, neither of these happens: cmd-F (with a Bluetooth keyboard) searches all notes, and while the matches are shown in the list of notes, they are not highlighted in the selected note. Am I missing something? Is there a way to search the selected note on iOS?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 24 Feb, 2017 09:25 AM

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    no, there isn't a way to search within a note in iOS right now but, as you wrote, we get is an important feature and we'll work on that for the next updates.


  2. 2 Posted by JC Russo on 24 Feb, 2017 09:41 AM

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    Thanks for the reply. Of the two, highlighting search hits is more important to me than having a way to search an individual note, although I would like to eventually see both.

  3. 3 Posted by Jan on 05 Jul, 2017 02:54 AM

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    Seaching within individual notes on iOS is becoming more and more important to myself as I put more and more text into Bear. Would love to see this implemented!

    It would also be great if this was integrated with the global search so if I search for a string “XX” and then click on a note in the results of that search, it would immediatelly take me to the place of first ocurrence of “XX” within that note and would allow me to jump quickly between occurrences.

  4. 4 Posted by Joe Shapiro on 08 Oct, 2017 06:10 PM

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    Strong plus one. Agree with suggestion for global highlight to drill down into opened note

  5. 5 Posted by steve on 09 Oct, 2017 10:23 AM

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    Strong +1 for searching within a note please.

  6. 6 Posted by Ben on 12 Oct, 2017 03:46 PM

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  7. 7 Posted by KJ on 09 Dec, 2017 09:00 PM

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    Bear has become an essential tool for my academic research. However, without the ability to search within individual notes on iOS, it is almost impossible to find a specific string of text in notes that are, quite literally, thousands of words long. Might any movement have been made on this feature request since Feb '17? I am sure that many in the academic community who must compose long notes would be ever grateful!

  8. 8 Posted by asdf on 13 Dec, 2017 11:34 PM

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  9. 9 Posted by Petah on 24 Jan, 2018 06:52 PM

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    +1! I think we need this.

  10. 10 Posted by JT on 30 Jan, 2018 03:03 PM

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    Yeah this missing feature is actually why I don't use this at the moment

  11. 11 Posted by hikobae on 12 Feb, 2018 12:58 PM

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  12. 12 Posted by Ivan on 15 Feb, 2018 05:06 PM

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  13. 13 Posted by steve on 20 Feb, 2018 02:03 PM

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    In February 2017 you said "no, there isn't a way to search within a note in iOS right now but, as you wrote, we get is an important feature and we'll work on that for the next updates."

    May I please ask whether this is still being worked on?

  14. Support Staff 14 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 21 Feb, 2018 10:00 AM

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    @steve Yes, I'm afraid this, and many other features, required way more time than I initially thought. In this specific case, we had a huge problem with app navigation bar which makes impossible the kind of customization we have in mind for in-note search.

    The next major update will feature a change in navigation bars (almost invisible to users apart from 1 very cool thing) and will finally open the way for note search.

  15. 15 Posted by steve on 21 Feb, 2018 10:03 AM

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    Many thanks for the update Danilo

  16. 16 Posted by Christopher on 05 Mar, 2018 01:37 PM

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    +1. This feature seems essential for long notes.

  17. 17 Posted by Danny on 09 Jun, 2018 02:25 PM

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    Can’t you just make a share sheet extension as a stop gap. This deficiency is very frustrating...

  18. 18 Posted by Wudaudau on 25 Jul, 2018 12:45 PM

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    +1. Thank you!

  19. 19 Posted by Jonathan Pie on 26 Jul, 2018 05:08 PM

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    +1 Add this feature please! Thank you !

  20. 20 Posted by WU, Ching-Lien ... on 26 Jul, 2018 09:31 PM

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    highlighted search result
    search text in selected note on iOS

    btw, Tab key is also needed on iOS.
    Tab is different from Space.

    Thank you!

  21. 21 Posted by Jan Struyf on 03 Aug, 2018 10:15 AM

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    I really super impressed with the Bear notes app. It is so powerful and easy to use on OSX/iOS. The issue not be able to search in a document itself for iOS is really makes this product from a 10/10 to 5/10 score product.
    But, but I found a workaround for the time been:
    One of the key features of Bear (I find is for my purpose mind-blowing): is the ePUB export function (you only can do it in Bear for OSX). So you export you ePUB file.
    -Send an email with the ePUB file attachment to yourself.
    -you tab on the email attachment in your iOS device and then scroll to icon "Copy to iBooks"
    - Now you open your Bear notes in the iBooks app;
    Now you can use the iBook search function and much much of the great capabilities of the iBOOKs app.
    - You can do the same for Android devices. Open the email ePUB file attachment with your Android device and open it with the app called "Lithium" from the play store (I tried lots of ePUB play store apps but they are mostly not good compared to iBooks for iOS).

  22. 22 Posted by Jane on 28 Sep, 2018 10:53 AM

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    +1. Thank you!

  23. 23 Posted by WU, Ching-Lien ... on 02 Oct, 2018 10:01 AM

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    Thank you. The suggestion is good. However, SIMPLE is the key. Otherwise, I
    don't need Bear either. There are lots of tools out there which can do the
    same things, right?

    No offense, I appreciate these communications. :)



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