Thursday, June 28, 2007

Free Wordprocessors | Bean for Apple

This is the second article from the series on free word processors. First one was about Roughdraft.

Till recently, TextEdit was the de-facto choice for word processor for Apple. When you ned to scribe quickly a note or two, and don't want to use a full word processor, Text Edit was a great help.

You can get more information about TextEdit or download it at the Apple website here and here. Peach has given a nice article here.

But now, they have come out with Bean, which starts from where TextEdit has left.

What is Bean

It is a small, simple word processor (actually a rich text editor), with many niceties added to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable.

Don't compare Bean with MS Word. It will be comparing Apples with Oranges. Bean is open source and right now is in Beta.

Cool 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.)
You can get more information on the OS-X website and down it here.