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.


  • 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

Confirmed working well with Opentype fonts w/ ligatures/stylistic alternates.

achhh this is such a nice little word processor, but why won't it save the zoom setting or window size/position!?

Lean and fast. Not a real alternative to OpenOffice/NeoOffice though. Looking forward to OpenDocument support.

Wrong icon, here is the real/new one:

Excellent replacement for Textedit. Two days using it and I am sold. Just enough features to make editing easy, without cluttering up the interface like a bulky word processor. I especially appreciate:
- Alternate text colors (e.g. Green on Black)
- Zoom slider at the bottom of the window
- Multi-color highlighting of text
- Fast/Free

Perfect app for taking notes, writing drafts, then transferring to a more complex app for layout. I'll never use TextEdit again. Thanks, Bean!

More than TextEdit, less than MS Word, and it has an intuitive and pretty design:
The perfect text app!

Wow, this is pretty awesome! And open source to boot!

Cool little app.

Exactly what i searched for since i switched to Mac.
Recommend for all who don't need a whole Office suite and find TextEdit too slim.

You can change the fonts in your documents. However, I do agree that the visual side can be improved. Maybe the next releases will improve that. :)

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