Bean

A free alternative to MS Word

There's already a plethora of word processors on Mac, and most of them fit the job perfectly. Bean is an open source text editor with a very nice interface and its personal set of features. We liked the inspector tool, which gives you quick access to elements like alignment, spacing, or indenting. Bean also carries a dictionary and makes it really simple to check the spelling and definition of a word. View full description

PROS

  • Inspector tool
  • Dictionary
  • Font manager
  • Statistics

CONS

  • Limited text editing features

Very good
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There's already a plethora of word processors on Mac, and most of them fit the job perfectly. Bean is an open source text editor with a very nice interface and its personal set of features. We liked the inspector tool, which gives you quick access to elements like alignment, spacing, or indenting. Bean also carries a dictionary and makes it really simple to check the spelling and definition of a word.

Bean's font manager, which lets you add new ones or arrange your favorite ones, is very well thought out. Bean also has a statistics window, which you call up directly from the menu bar, and that will give you word count, number of paragraphs and more. Bean is a very pleasant word processor to use and you always feel like tools are immediately accessible. It's a good free and simple alternative to Microsoft Word or Open Office.

Changes

  • Bugfixes:
  • Fixed a bug that prevented attachments with non-ASCII characters in their filenames to save correctly in .rtfd and .bean format files (20130104-1).
  • Altered rtf image decoding code to accommodate image hex data preceded by a newline (20130103-1).
  • Fixed a bug where, when opening .rtf files, a paragraph starting with an image could lose its paragraph attributes. For example, if a cell in a text table contained only an image, the image would be removed from the table since text tables are really paragraph attributes. (20130105-1).
Bean

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Bean 3.2.4

— User reviews — about Bean

  • gramjoeldavies

    by gramjoeldavies

    "Still the simple best. "

    For a long time the very best simple WP. A little outdated now but VERY usable and a great intermediate before stepping ... More.

    reviewed on June 15, 2015

  • Whizzbizz

    by Whizzbizz

    "&quot"

    (Mac quotes don't seem to show up right at "Softonic" . More.

    reviewed on September 23, 2014

  • Whizzbizz

    by Whizzbizz

    "Intuition first"

    I've been using "Bean" for 2 or 3 years now, and I must say that it is a true alternative to these hea... More.

    reviewed on September 23, 2014