Welcome to Panda

An early preview of the new Markdown Editor coming to Bear. Give it a spin and let us know what you think!

macOS iOS
We’ve been working hard on some new features based off your requests, and now we’re ready for you to start testing them!
Markdown *hiding*
Inline sketching
Nested styles


What’s Panda?

Panda is an alpha version of the new Editor coming in Bear 2.0. For now, it’s separate from Bear and won’t touch any existing notes. Read on to learn more and let us know what you think!

Improved Markdown experience

Markdown now hides when it’s not being edited, making for a cleaner look and easier read.

Enjoy a more standard and compatible writing experience with our switch to CommonMark.

Nestable styles bring new flexibility to your notes. Add bold to italics in text, or links and tags to headers. Feel free to get creative.


Yes, you read that right – they're here! For macOS, click the table button in Panda’s toolbar to create a table. Mouse over cells for a menu to manage it.

For iOS, tap the "BIU" button, followed by the table button, and have at it! We even have new table-tailored buttons – check that out in the next section.

Name Clickable Links
Bear 🐻 Our Website
Panda 🐼 Feedback
Shiny Frog 🐸 Meet the Team

New custom keyboard

Voilà! Formatting options are now just a tap away, while secondary menus reveal even more – long press to access.

Oh, and pressing the table button gives you table-tailored buttons!

Resize and crop images

You can now resize images, and even crop them on iOS! Simply add the image, long press on it, then select the option to resize or crop.

Sketch your notes

Tap the sketch button to insert sketches anywhere in your note, inline with your text, photos, and attachments.

Draw with your Apple Pencil or finger, and edit your creations at any time.

Select the options button to access custom backgrounds, the resize button to resize, and even hold on the canvas to create geometric shapes.

Markdown for all

That's right, Markdown support for everyone in the audience!

With right-to-left language support, you can now also write beautifully in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and more.


يسعدنا أن نعلن عن خاصية جديدة للمستخدمين الناطقين بالعربية: لقد تم تطوير المحرر الجديد للسماح لكم بالكتابة من اليمين إلى اليسار ! كما يمكنكم إضافة الجداول والهوامش.

ندعوكم إلى تحميل الإصدار التجريبي وموافاتنا بأي ملاحظات قد تفيد في تطوير أداء المحرر الجديد لدعمكم في عملكم.

نحن نسعى إلى تفعيل كل الخصائص لخدمة مستخدمي التطبيق باللغات التي تتطلب كتابة من اليمين إلى اليسار ونتطلع دائما إلى سماع ملاحظاتكم واقتراحاتكم لتحسين أداء التطبيق.


And much more.

  • Animated GIFs
  • Footnotes
  • Better code blocks
  • Document scanning
  • Folding
  • YAML front matter support
  • Todo improvements


Why a new Editor?

  • We’re switching to a more standard Markdown system for greater formatting flexibility and integration with other apps
  • This should make it easier to add requested features
  • Sometimes you have to tear it all down in order to move forward

How you can help

We need adventurous users to give this alpha a test and provide feedback on the new features and bugs.

  • General feedback: What do you like and what can be improved?
  • Bug reports: What is broken? (Please note, this is a separate place from our general feedback.)