When comparing Collate Notes vs Bear, the Slant community recommends Bear for most people. In the question“What are the best Evernote alternatives?” Bear is ranked 13th while Collate Notes is ranked 44th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Markdown or Rich Text editor
Choose between Markdown or Rich Text editor.
Pro Web clipper
A web clipper built into the app saves web pages locally.
Pro All data is saved locally
Data is saved to a local hard drive, not stored on a company's servers.
Pro Cross-platform support
Support for macOs, Windows and Linux.
Pro Easy to use
Pro Flawless sync
It's everything Dropbox Paper promised to be, but without the embarrassment. The notes are always in sync between devices.
Pro Easy tagging
For example: #tag/sub tag/foo/bar #tag2/foo/bar
Pro Beautiful interface
Pro Instant markdown preview in the editor while preserving original MD code
Pro Simple to back up/export entire note database
Notes are exported as plain text, not a proprietary format, along with all embedded objects.
Pro Lots of export formats
PDF, RTF, DOCX, HTML, TXT and MD.
Pro Hashtag support
Adding a hashtag with a keyword tags the note to make it easy to search.
Con No mobile support
This app offers no mobile support.
Con No built-in sync options
For data syncing, a service like Google Drive or Dropbox needs to be used.
Con No Tabs - can only view 1 note at a time
Con No inline editing and markup of pictures
The only option is to open in an editor (thereby creating a copy) and saving it again.