New OS upgrades and Pear Note

September 18th, 2015

Apple is in the process of its annual OS release season. So, I wanted to let you know what Pear Note’s compatibility with the new versions was.

Pear Note for iOS

Apple released iOS 9 two days ago (September 16). I’ve found no issues running the current version (2.2.4) of Pear Note on iOS 9. It seems to work just as it did on iOS 8. History has told me that even if I find no issues, there’s a good chance some of you might. If you do, please drop me an email so I can put out an update with fixes.

TL;DR – Works fine

Pear Note for Mac

Apple plans to release OS X El Capitan (10.11) on September 30. There are significant issues in the current version of Pear Note (3.1.4) on El Capitan. I’m working on an update to Pear Note to fix these problems, but it will likely not be ready before the September 30 when El Capitan comes out. If you rely on Pear Note, I’d recommend waiting to upgrade to El Capitan until a Pear Note update comes out.

TL;DR – Wait for update

Pear Note comes to iOS 7

September 19th, 2013


Today, Pear Note for iOS version 2.2 is available. For those of you running iOS 7, it includes a bit of a user interface makeover to match the style of iOS 7 better. Also, it fixes some major bugs that occurred when running on iOS 7.

If you’re not running iOS 7, the interface will remain the same. But you’ll still benefit from some performance improvements in there.

And everyone can enjoy the new excellent icon. It was made to fit great in iOS 7, but it really looks great on any iOS version. Thanks to so much to Kris Hunt for creating it.

New icon

Pretty pictures

March 13th, 2013

Pear Note for iOS 2.1 and Pear Note for Mac 3.1 are now available!

Pear Note for iOS 2.1


The big new feature in the iOS app is image support. You can now take a picture with the camera, grab a photo from your photo library, or copy/paste images from other apps into your notes. So stop describing what your teacher is holding and instead just snap a picture of it.


Many of you have asked for sketching support in Pear Note. While Pear Note still does not contain sketching support within the app, the new image support means you can use other sketching apps in conjunction with Pear Note. When you’re taking notes with Pear Note – recording audio and typing away, and you need to add a sketch, just switch to a sketching app to make your sketch. Pear Note will continue to record in the background. When you’re done sketching, copy the image, switch back to Pear Note, and paste it in.

The nice thing about this approach is that you can use whichever sketching app suits your needs. There are a bunch of them out there, and you may prefer one over another. I personally like to draw using the Procreate app, which is very powerful and includes the ability to copy (though it is a bit hidden, as you have to swipe the layer in the Layers menu).

Minor improvements

There’s now in-app help available (under the Settings gear). You can now bring up the recording controls on the iPhone without flipping to the note back by long-pressing the flip-to-back button. Dropbox syncing is made a bit more robust, and other bugs are fixed as well.

Pear Note for Mac 3.1

Retina support

On the Mac side, the biggest change in the new version is Pear Note is now fully Retina-capable. So, if you’ve got a fancy new Retina MacBook Pro, Pear Note should now look a lot prettier. If you don’t have one, then just pretend you never read this paragraph.


Pear Note 3.1 is also now sandboxed if you get it from the Mac App Store. This should not have any affect on functionality… I hope.

Other stuff

Pear Note 3.1 also saves documents in an updated format that includes saving images in a format that the iOS version can read. If you have any old documents that include images you’d like to see in the new iOS version, you’ll need to open them and re-save them.

And of course there are a bunch of bug fixes in the new version as well.

And the winner is…

January 8th, 2013

Macworld recently announced it’s 2012 App Gems Awards, where they pick the best iOS apps of the year, and Pear Note made the list! It’s an honor to be listed with the best of the best apps, a few of which I use every day. Read about Pear Note and the other winners at or in the February issue of the magazine which you can find on newsstands or in the digital version on your iPad.

Seeking beta testers

November 26th, 2012

I’m looking for folks to test the Mac App Store version of Pear Note.

There are two versions of Pear Note for Mac – the one from the Mac App Store and the one from outside it. They’re essentially the same app with only a couple minor under the hood exceptions. Up until now, all the beta testing of Pear Note has happened on the non-App Store version, as that was much easier to distribute. Thank you to all who have tested and continue to do so on the non-App Store version.

This will be insufficient soon. Apple now requires that any feature updates to App Store apps be sandboxed. Because of this, I need some people to beta test the sandboxed App Store version of Pear Note for Mac. If you’re interested, please send me an email. I’ll gather those interested and beta testing of 3.1 should start in a couple weeks.

Pear Note 2.0.2 for iOS

October 29th, 2012

Pear Note 2.0.2 for iOS is now live on the App Store. It includes a bunch of fixes and improvements, but I’ll call out two key ones here.

VoiceOver support

Ever since shipping Pear Note on the iPad last year, I have wanted to include VoiceOver support for users with reduced vision. There was a problem, though. Pear Note’s text editor is a fancy rich text editor that I made for Pear Note so it could support highlighting, outlining, styles, and such. This is different from most other apps which just use the simple plain text editor that comes with iOS. Unfortunately, Apple had no way to allow custom text editors such as the one in Pear Note to work with VoiceOver. I went back and forth with Apple support on this, in the hopes that they would remedy the situation. Well, with iOS 6, they have done just that.

Pear Note 2.0.2 takes advantage of this new support in iOS 6, and now has full VoiceOver support. If you’re a VoiceOver user, please try it out and let me know how it goes. It has only had limited testing from real VoiceOver users, so please let me know if you find any issues so I can fix them.

Long documents

Pear Note used to struggle with very long documents (~5,000 words depending on the device). This should be much, much better now in 2.0.2. Please let me know if you are still having issues with long documents.

Please update away and let me know if you run into any issues.

Pear Note 2.0.1 for iOS adds iPhone 5 support

September 30th, 2012

iPhone 5

If you got your hands on a snazzy new iPhone 5 and have been wishing Pear Note fully supported that bigger screen, then wait no more. Pear Note 2.0.1 for iOS is now live in the App Store, including support for the iPhone 5. It also includes a bunch of fixes for running on iOS 6, playback highlighting fixes, and general user interface improvements for all. So, update away and enjoy.

Pear Note comes to iPhone

September 10th, 2012

Pear Note for iPhone

I’m pleased to announce that Pear Note for iOS 2.0 is now available. This new version takes the previously iPad-only app and makes it a universal app that will run on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. If you’ve already bought the iPad app, then you just got the iPhone app for free.

I have a confession to make – you guys were right. Ever since the iOS App Store’s arrival, many of you have been asking for an iPhone version of Pear Note. I avoided making one though, because I was unconvinced that taking notes on something so small would be a good experience. I tried taking notes in simple text apps on my iPhone, and found it frustrating. So, I put off making Pear Note for iPhone.

I was wrong. Taking pure text notes on an iPhone is frustrating, as I can’t type quick enough to capture all the information. Taking notes in Pear Note on the iPhone is completely different, though. I can just type a few words about a concept, then rely on the audio recording to fill in the details when reviewing. This means I finally have the ability to take useful notes anywhere I am with the device I always have in my pocket.

Of course, Pear Note on the iPhone is also great for always having my notes with me. I sync all my notes via Dropbox between my devices. Now, I can be anywhere and quickly find anything. I can be at the store buying school supplies and within seconds be listening to the exact moment of the parent orientation when my daughter’s teacher described which crayons worked best. It’s really great.

So check it out. I think you’ll find it is a fantastic tool.

Pear Note for Mac 3.0.2

August 3rd, 2012

Hot on the heels of 3.0.1 comes 3.0.2. This is primarily a bug fix release that fixes some crashes. It’s available for Mac App Store customers as well as direct customers. Get it while it’s hot.

You may also notice that the Share button looks different now. Apple decided the cloud button looked too much like the iCloud icon (despite the fact that the button has looked that way for two years now). So, there’s a new button.

Let me know if you run into any problems.

Pear Note for Mac 3.0.1

July 25th, 2012

Pear Note for Mac 3.0.1 is now out for direct customers. This is primarily a bug fix release, but also ensures Pear Note works properly on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion which was just released today. Notably, Pear Note is now signed with Developer ID in order to support Gatekeeper in Mountain Lion. If you’re already using Pear Note and you got it originally from anywhere except the Mac App Store, simply check for updates within Pear Note to get it.

If you got Pear Note from the Mac App Store, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a bit longer to get it. It’s been waiting for review with Apple for almost two weeks, but Apple seems to be running very slow on reviews lately. Hopefully the review will happen soon so you can get 3.0.1 as well. The good news is that 3.0 should work just fine on Mountain Lion for you, as App Store apps already pass Gatekeeper rules.

Enjoy the update, and let me know if you have any problems.