Mellel

Version: 2.8.2 || Release Date: 2011-03-23 || License: Shareware ($49) App Owner: ori_redler

Mellel is one of the leading word processors for Mac OS X, with a special focus on scholars, writers, technical writing and multilingual word processing

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10 Opinions

Excellent text processor. As others say, the styles require some getting used to. For the rest, it's easy, stable and snappy. And the price!

I use this for some pretty heaviweight documents, and am well pleased with it.

The styles are hard, but you know no one since Framemaker has done a good job at this. Once you set them up you don’t have to worry. The typographic and structured document features are superb.

I use this with Spellcatcher, Bookends and MathMagic. My only feature wish is anchored graphics.

I used Word in Windows but for the mac microsoft did not deliver so I started a search for a word processor that could handle my demand.

When I found Mellel my search was finally over and I am loving it.

Very fast and solid word processor. Has many unique typographic features.

But for styles the learning curve is really, really steep. Somewhere around version 2.1 Mellel's concepts for managing styles grew over my head. I love structured documents and I appreciate typographic details. I have typeset whole books in Word and LaTeX. I love styles and auto-numbering of any kind. But in Mellel I just don't get it anymore. Why are "title flows" not part of "style sets"? What's the benefit of "style variations"? Flexibility is great, but Mellel (as of version 2.2.7) its too much.

For shorter structured documents I went back to a more Word-like application OpenOffice (actuallly NeoOffice). For lists I use OmniOutliner. And for really complex documents with extensive numberings and high typographic standards I rather invest the learning time in TeX (with TeXShop as frontend). For visually rich documents I prefer sitll otther apps. That leaves Mellel ... where?

In my opinion, Mellel needs some major cleaning up of the user interface. I bought Mellel because it was fast and simple for basic tasks. I still love Mellel for all the power under its hood. But I think the way Mellel organizes styles and manipulates styles should be more centralized.

My wishlist: strictly separate manual formatting from application of styles from manipulation of styles. For a simple letter I want only manual formatting or choose form exisitng(!) styles defined in my letter template. In complex documents styles shouldn't be tweaked on the fly either, they need some serious planning. So I'd love to see a centralized user interface for all style management features (the "styles sets" dialog is 85% there) and remove(!) style editing from the palettes. That should do the trick. Easier manual formatting and easier style management.

In the current incarnation I wouldn't recommend Mellel to anyone, unless you need left-to-right script and support for middle-eastern languages.

I have been using Mellel for the past 3 years - best app available for RTL (Hebrew) integration with English. I really like the implementation of styles, much more intuitive than Word. Mellel is an excellent program

Great app, a bit of a learning curve and somewhat difficult to go back and forth with Word docs/rtf (while keeping formatting), but worth it to avoid the headaches of actually using Word. Nicely integrated with Bookends.

Much more mac than Word. Has a great feel to it and is easy to use. I own a copy of Microsoft Word too, but prefer to use Mellel. The Styles are much more intuitive. If someone requests a .doc file I just export it to that format.

I don't use Word at all anymore. All of my papers for the past year were written with this and Bookends.

Great word processor; fantastic multilingual capabilities--far ahead of any competition. Works reasonably well with Word docs. New versions are released like clock-work. Highly recommended.