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Bean is no longer being actively developed, but will be updated as necessary to patch bugs and maintain OS X compatibility

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 more...

What's New

Version 3.2.5:

Bugfix:

  • Fixed a problem with the way native rtf headers and footers were written out that could cause the document body text to appear in four columns in other apps (20130102-1).
Changes:
  • File > New from Template... now allows viewing the contents of folders in the Templates folder, allowing for hierarchical organization more...

Requirements

OS X 10.5 or later

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Ever since I upgraded to OS X I was looking for a decent word processor as Angel Writer was for Windows. AW is about as close you can get for Windows.
MS Word for OSX is pretty much slow and very buggy so I really need a better alternative.
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Version 3.2.5
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Cc Member IconReview+1
Cc
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Except for the rare occasions when I need Pages Bean is my only editor, so clean and fast, just nice.

I now have to consider upgrading my aged SL iMac to Mavericks and so many new apps are not available for SL, but I'd hate to lose Bean. I could suck it and see, but that might leave me high and dry so can anyone tell me if Bean is Mavericks compatible as I can find no references Cheers, C

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Version 3.2.5
Tony2013 Member IconReview+20
Tony2013
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I can't get Bean to automatically open all last viewed files when I load Bean!? Any solution please?

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Version 3.2.5
Xenophile Member IconReview+693
Xenophile
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Very sad to see this is no longer being developed. Bean has the perfect balance of features and simplicity for my needs. I'd gladly pay a few bucks for it to see continued development.

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Version 3.2.5
Liam_ARTH Member IconReview+58
Liam_ARTH
+4

Sad it is not continued anymore. But still one of the best text/word editors for Mac OS X.

I think the developers should rethink this and sell it at the MAS. Could well be a big winner.

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Version 3.2.5
Melusina Member IconReview+5
Melusina
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I love Bean - I've been using it for years and am sorry to hear it's been discontinued. It's a great replacement for TextEdit and has far more features.

I see myself using it as long as it keeps working.

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Version 3.2.5
Gitteboy Member IconReview+148
Gitteboy
+2

Although discontinued, still a great text editor !

Has anyone used this with OSX10.9 ? Does it work fine?

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Version 3.2.5
Melusina
+0

Yes, it works fine under 10.9.

catgil3 Member IconReview+1
catgil3
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1. Make Forums searchable.
I don't see any way on this macupdate site to search other comments for phrases or words (like "tables"). Am I missing something?
2. I don't see a way to add a comment under the "troubleshooting" tab, only under Reviews.

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Version 3.2.5
catgil3 Member IconReview+1
catgil3
+1

I love Bean for being light and stable, yet have features like columns or setting prefs for new files.

I just upgraded from version 2 to 3.
2 complaints:
1. I can no longer date stamp with the full line that includes day of week, date, time.
2. Also, I can't set the header/footer info into my generic prefs. (I've set up a template, so ok)

3. Also, with either version, I can't for the life of me figure out how to use TABLES. I wanted to set up tables 5 columns wide, and have a single list flow from 1st thru 5th column, like columns would. Not using columns because I want to keep it containted to an area.

4. Where are the tutorials? I'm sure they must be around, but I can't find any online.

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Version 3.2.5
HansMueller4641 Member IconReview+3
HansMueller4641
+1

best free text editor for the mac; only missing footnotes and ToC

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Version 3.2.5
Doug Engelbart
+0

iText Express (free) has TableOfContents in a sidebar.

Dubois_Cl Member IconReview+16
Dubois_Cl
+1

Thank you for giving this free to the OS X community. Highly appreciated.

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Date 09 Mar 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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