Although this post from Bear Team is from May 2018, they retweeted it on Wednesday. And since I’m big fan of this app, using it every day at work and privately, I couldn’t resist to share this post with you. There, developers share their “approach to building” Bear and their “commitment to standards and privacy”.
No, this won’t involve big feature reveals; it’s a look behind the curtain of how we work and our long-term intentions for Bear and your data. (…)
We like being indie developers, and we’ve never taken outside investment. Basically, our main source of income as a company is now Bear Pro. We want to build the Bear that we want and that you like enough to use and tell all your friends. In other words: the only people we answer to is you. (…)
We have plenty of features and improvements on our roadmap, and we always want to hear your feedback. But some things might simply take more time for us to build than the large tech companies. There might even be some features we decide are not a good fit for Bear — we don’t want it to be everything to everyone. We want Bear to be Bear.
I really like their “we don’t want it to be everything to everyone” approach. That path was taken by the Evernote and their enormous list of features, which ended up getting a great redesign back in 2017.
As for the privacy, and how the team behind Bear sees it:
Bear is also private by default. We can’t see any personal information, how many notes you have, what is in your notes, or the tags you use.
There is nothing better than a developer that cares about the privacy of your data.
Whether or not you’ll be able to use Bear next year or next century, we strongly believe that your data is your data. Bear is built on standards — we don’t believe in lock-in.
Bear notes are created in Markdown or TextBundle format (depending on their contents), and you can export them to a wide variety of portable file types including plain text, rich text, PDF, HTML, TextBundle, ePub, and more.
Here’s Bear on the App Store.