How does spotlight search work?

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04 Nov, 2017 03:28 PM

It seems like my notes only pop up on spotlight about 20% of the time, so the integration is clearly there, but what is the rule governing it?

Is there any plan to make the entirety of Bear searchable within spotlight?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 06 Nov, 2017 10:05 AM

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    right now Bear has spotlight support only for iOS and as far as I know it works for all the notes. Are you experiencing this problem on iOS?

    For MacOS we'll work with the new 10.13 Spotlight/QuickLook API to make it works like it is supposed to, but at the moment we have found a little problem with the API and we are trying to sort it out.


  2. 2 Posted by mx on 06 Nov, 2017 12:01 PM

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    I believe there's a bug with iOS spotlight then.

    Please see imagine attached. Note how it shows up in bear search but not in spotlight search.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 08 Nov, 2017 04:42 PM

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    I know spotlight can take quite some time to index notes and sometimes get stuck in the new iOS 11, can you please try to reboot your device?


  4. 4 Posted by mx on 08 Nov, 2017 04:50 PM

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    I have already tried rebooting.

    I've also tried deleting bear and reinstalling.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 08 Nov, 2017 04:57 PM

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    I see, I'll look for some mistakes on our part.

    Thanks for reporting this problem.

  6. 6 Posted by asdf on 13 Dec, 2017 10:57 PM

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    Do you have an update on this? Was it fixed for 1.14?

  7. 7 Posted by asdf on 13 Dec, 2017 11:33 PM

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    Upon investigating, it seems like Bear only indexes the first 20 words of every note.

    Is this something that will change in the future? Spotlight is central to most power user's workflow in terms of summoning files. I imagine that category and Bear's target customers are highly overlapped.

    Any comment would be appreciated. Thanks!

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 14 Dec, 2017 11:28 AM

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    Hi Everyone,

    we are still trying to figure how iOS 11 Spotlight is indexing notes, seems something change internally and we are waiting for Apple feedback on this.


  9. 9 Posted by Piotr on 11 Mar, 2018 06:48 PM

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    And how about the macos any plans to get that included? Do you have it on the roadmap?

  10. Support Staff 10 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 12 Mar, 2018 11:46 AM

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    @Piotr We are trying to squeeze it in for 1.5, but most likely will be in 1.6.

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