Panda release notes 1.0(1208) - holiday 2020

As the holiday season brings this bizarre year to a close, the Bear team is looking forward to some welcome downtime. We’re also leaving you testers with a new Panda build to play with over the next couple of weeks.

  • For Big Sur and cutting edge M1 Mac users, we now have you covered.
  • You may notice we’ve introduced a new, dedicated file format for exporting and sharing notes: .panda. It’s just a zipped TextBundle file, but this should make it easier to send files over Slack, email, and your other favorite internet highways.
  • Two features that could use a lot of testing: image resizing and file embedding. We changed how the related metadata is handled under the hood, so please be sure to bang on those a bit.
  • Finally, we have a new ‘Copy Code’ menu for code blocks and a groundbreaking redesign of the Bear app icon that brings a revolutionary 50 percent more blur to its shadow.

Thanks again for your help testing Panda. We hope you all have a happy, safe holiday, and we’ll see you in 2021.

Update or download the App

To try all the new features go to the alpha page: or update using the “Panda -> Check for Updates…” menu.


Thanks Matteo - hope you have a great Christmas break …


Nice update! Awesome to see the M1 support.

A couple of questions with regards to the new features.

Copy Code
Would I be correct in thinking that this is the rmb menu -> copy code? It feels a bit awkward. When you right click it selects the line, although it ends up copying the code block correctly. Personally if there was way of having a copy code button either permanently visible, or visible on rollover feel that could be a better way to handle this.

File Embedding
This works as expected; I was just wondering what the difference was between this and Bear?

Anyways, hope you all have a good Christmas break and look forward to checking out the iOS version sometime in the new year :slight_smile:

Hello there,

At this moment the code block is just “text”, so we cannot easily add buttons or UI elements to it. This is a temporary solution to have a quick way to copy the code, we have plans to improve the code blocks in the future (something like the tables) so we’ll be able to add UI controls for it :slight_smile:

There are a couple of big core differences:

  1. the underlying syntax is now full markdown, so we’re now more standard than ever
  2. those are not placeholder images like in Bear, but they are full native UI controls, that means we can easily add more feature to those like inline previews and more :wink:

Happy new year! And we’re pushing the iOS version as fast as we can!


Hey Matteo,

Thanks for info!

I’ve been hoping for inline pdf support for a while, so this is pretty sweet :slight_smile: Would this also support things like media playback controls / quicklook and that kind of thing?