Will Panda stay as a standalone editor


I have been searching for this subject, so please excuse me if this has been asked before.

Will Panda continue to be supported as a standalone editor once it has been rolled into Bear? I’m thinking especially on iOS. I appreciate having access to a standalone text editor, and do have other options, but enjoy using Panda and so wondered what the roadmap was for it once Bear 2.0 is out.

Thank you,


Hi David,

Many thanks for taking the time to leave a post. I can see that this is your first time posting on the forum, so welcome to the community!

Regarding the above question, Panda was initially just meant to be a throwaway tester for the new Editor for Bear.

However, due to customer feedback we are now thinking about possibly also having Panda as a standalone Editor after it’s added into Bear!

Our priority at the moment is to complete and implement our new Editor for Bear. Everything else will be re-evaluated after the new Editor is released but hoping this explanation helps! :bear:


I would also chime in and say that as a developer myself, I would greatly appreciate if it was possible to use the Panda editor in my own app!


I would like to offer my encouragement to Panda’s developers to continue the development of Panda as a standalone, file-based Markdown editor. It is easily the most beautiful and elegant WYSIWYG Markdown editor on the Mac and on iOS/iPadOS. Thank you for creating such a beautiful piece of software!


A very belated thank you for your reply. I understand your priorities and look forward to seeing what decision that you come to regarding Panda.

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Just would like to say that Panda sits in my dock now as not just the #1 Markdown editor I’m using but pretty much the #1 text editor I use for everything that isn’t code.

I’d very happily fork out $$$ to have this amazing standalone markdown editor. Please don’t kill it after beta!


I also would like to be able to keep using Panda as a standalone, barring Bear ever letting you use the filesystem directly. Panda has become a critical component of my blogging workflow.


Have you found Panda stable enough? I tried to adopt it into my workflow but it was crashing once or twice a day.

I’m not sure if there are any updates or fixes coming since all the attention is now on Bear 2.0.

I haven’t been having any issues.

Instead of having a separate “Panda” app to install, what about this? If you have Bear installed, if double-clicking on any .md file in finder would just open that file in Bear in a standalone window, and any changes would be saved back to the original .md file.

That would allow you to view/edit any .md file anywhere on your Mac.

As an added bonus, the standalone window could have an “Import” button to add the contents of the .md file as a new note in your Bear library.


That’s a good idea. I’d rather have less apps to deal with.

I would rather have a standalone app, personally. I don’t actually have need for Bear, if I have Panda.

So now that Panda is dead what stand-alone Markdown editor do people suggest?

Panda is going to be revived still as a standalone editor; the devs have said as much in reddit at least