Bean

Version: 3.0.8 || Release Date: 2012-03-08 || License: GPL Developer: James Hoover | App Owner: mac2

A fast and uncluttered word processor.

Bean is lean, fast, and uncluttered. If you get depressed at the thought of firing up MS Word or OpenOffice, try Bean.

If you use Text Edit but have to jump through hoops just to get a word count or change the margins, try Bean.

If you're pining away for Write Now-esque simplicity or just want a low-pressure writing environment, try Bean.

Features:

  • a live word count
  • a Get Info panel for in-depth statistics
  • a zoom-slider to easily change the view scale
  • an Inspector panel with lots of sliders
  • date-stamped backups
  • autosaving
  • a page layout mode
  • an alternate colors option (e.g., white text on blue)
  • an option to show invisible characters (tabs, returns, spaces)
  • selection of text by text style, paragraph style, color, etc.
  • a floating windows option (like Stickies has)
  • easy to use menus
  • remembers cursor postion (excluding .txt, .html, .webarchive formats)
  • all of Cocoa's good stuff (dictionary, word completion, etc.)
  • please keep in mind that Bean is betaware

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23 Opinions

Using it as a TextEdit replacement. Very nice software for handling basic documents.

Spectacular… Opens as quickly as TextEdit, but offers so much more. I haven't opened Pages in a long time…

I've been using this the past two days and I can tell it's a keeper. It's fast and lean but still gives you great control over your writing. Not comparable to OpenOffice, but it's good for everything but the end product.

Very simple, intuitive interface. Easy to use.

Wonderful… no clutter and a beautiful interface. A must have…

Excellent!

free-kin' awesome!
excellent tool with a price that can't be beat

I'm using 1.3.3 and it DOES support ODT documents (at least in Save As). :)
Very nice! It even edits Safari's webarchive files! :^)
I'm using it on Leopard.

Too bad that doesn't support .odt documents.
However, pretty and light. Hope that it will support .odt and will be usable with Lepard AND Tiger.

Too bad that doesn't support .odt documents.
However, pretty and light. Hope that it will support .odt and will be usable with Lepard AND Tiger.

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