The more time I spend with Ulysses the less I like their way of displaying and editing in Markdown. It’s simple things that have created the frustration like creating a series of links for show notes. I have a series of links that go at the bottom of every Bookworm episode. I like to use TextExpander to add those. But Ulysses fails to do that correctly even when I’m using properly formatted Markdown.
I suppose that’s a very simple gripe to bring up but it matters. The primary purpose of a writing tool is to do the writing well. The bells, whistles, and chrome are all nice but if the core function gets in the way, then I’m bound to go elsewhere.
That’s what led me to consider Bear. Bear seems to get the core Markdown writing piece absolutely correct. The tags concept makes more sense to me as well. And considering my rare (nonexistent?) use of goals, gluing, merging, attaching, duplicating, and creating rocket ships, I don’t see much that I’m missing by switching.
But likely the biggest pain point Bear would introduce for me is a lack of external folder support. I have a couple places where I use DropBox folders with notes in them that I share with others. As far as I can tell, this feature is yet to be implemented in Bear. So I don’t have that solution determined yet. Which means, *I’m not sold on Bear *.
I know there are folks who use both Bear and Ulysses in parallel as they have different strengths. I understand that and fully recognize the value in that approach. I simply enjoy having a single place for my typed words. And I feel as though I’m close to a solution I can fully endorse. I’m just not entirely there yet.