How to Export PDF Annotations to Bear for Mac

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Highlights extracts highlighted text and other types of annotations from PDFs and lets you export them directly to Bear on your Mac.

1. Open the PDF document in Highlights

From the menu bar choose File > Open. Locate and select the file you want to open, then click Open:

Window for opening PDF file in Highlights on macOS 11 Big Sur

The PDF opens in a window with your notes on the right:

Highlights document window for macOS 11 Big Sur

Your notes contain highlighted text and annotations that have been extracted using specific rules from the PDF.

2. Click the Share icon

This will bring up the export menu:

For free users of Highlights, PDF will be the only enabled option in the export menu. Unlock Pro to get access to all options.

3. Select Bear

Your note opens in Bear.

If you want to change how Highlights export your annotations, you can change what is included and the appearance of your notes in the note format preference pane:

You can also create your own sorting order for annotations using color categories.