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Growly Write is a simple but feature-rich word processor. It's a word processor, not a nuclear reactor Perhaps the word processor you've been using has 100 times as many features as you need. Or it won't work the way you want it t -- too many views or too few, and nothing makes any sense. Or it looks as if it were designed back when computers displayed text in green letters on a black screen. Growly Write is something else entirely: fresh, capable, and simple. But not too simple. The range of documents you can create in Write is staggering: multiple columns, chapters with different layouts, pictures that more...

What's New

Version 1.1.3:
  • When entries are copied and pasted from lists, they maintain their identity as list entries.
  • You can click on a list marker (the number or bullet) to select the entire entry.
  • By default the Enter key on the keyboard jumps to the selection. A new preference allows you to turn this off.
  • Other minor enhancements and bug fixes.


OS X 10.6 or later

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M-Rick Member IconReview+152

The software itself is good, but if you are writing texts in another language than English, the spelling features are not working since Growly Notes only know English … It's a pity because it seems to use the system's spelling so it should be able to support all the ones supported by the system.

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Version 1.1.3
Ghibbelan Member IconReview+37

Ok - maybe it isn't a nuclear reactor, but after using growly write for a few hours the liquid contents (in the bottle on my desk) were transformed to Heavy Water. IMHO the best free word processor.

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Version 1.1.3
Alex111 Member IconReview+4

After playing with Growly Write for half an hour, It could definitely be my replacement for Bean - and possibly a lot of Pages use too. And it's free! Thanks for all the work.
(I've given it five stars for stability as I had to complete the ratings stars...)

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Version 1.1.3
Aargl Member IconComment+354

I've just tried to open a .rtf saved by MS Word: the styles (bold, etc.) have disappeared, the spreadsheet in it is gone (treated as if columns were separate pages)! :-/
And yes I clicked on Pages view. ;-)
Bean respects the document as it is…

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Version 1.1.3
Zo219 Member IconComment+506

What is it with Growly? They keep writing great things - for free.

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Version 1.1.2
priehl Member IconReview+1

Growly Write gives you an incredibly powerful app, almost unbelievable number of features and OH BY THE WAY costs nothing and takes up approximately 1/100th the disk space of MS Word. Additionally, Chris Mason (once led development for MS Word, "back when it was fun") responds to inquiries. When I had a problem (locked out of my personal journal), he told me which (non-personal) files to send him and shot me back a beta version of the next release. Within 24 hours, if I recall.

With so many features, you will probably find yourself confused at some point. When I got stuck with formatting, not only did I get a quick response from Chris, but also one of my suggestions appeared in the next release of the amazingly extensive help documentation.

From the first page of the help:

"Growly Write is a word processor: it helps you create and print documents that are primarily composed of text. Write is intentionally simple, but not simple-minded. Its capabilities include:

+ Documents composed of one or more chapters, each of which can have different page layouts.
+ Multiple columns, including columns that are not all the same width.
+ Pictures that flow with the text, or pictures that text flows around.
+ Private notes that don’t print.
+ Simple tables and lists.
+ Borders around paragraphs, tables, and pictures.
+ View different parts of the document at the same time.
+ Styles for text, paragraphs, tables, and chapters. You can set up formats that you use often, apply them easily to anything of the same type, and change the formatting everywhere by changing it once.

If you’re looking for a program that can create documents containing videos, PDFs, and text boxes placed anywhere on the page, check out our Growly Notes app. Write is not a note-taking program, a high-end do-everything-for-everyone word processor, or a rocket ship. There are many things we left out on purpose:

- No footnotes.
- No hyphenation or grammar checking.
- No text boxes.
- No built-in drawing tools.
- No fancy view modes.
- No web page creation tools.
- No macros or built-in programming language.
- No equation editor.
- No unnecessary complications.
- Nothing that can’t be useful to home, school, and small business users. Every feature in Write is something that we’ve used ourselves.

At GrowlyBird, we believe that the most popular word processors went wrong by trying to fulfill every need that any user anywhere in the world might ever have, all in one package. The end result was often an unbearably ugly app that no normal person would want to use, and that many normal people can’t use. Write is something different: small and simple but capable."

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Version 1.0.9
Chetgw Member IconReview+1

Ever since OS X appeared for the Mac I have been mourning the loss of WriteNow and have been searching for a replacement. Growly Write appears to be the leading condidate. Not until I started using Growly Write did I realize why WriteNow was missed. WN was a joy to use and all the others were a chore. GW brought the joy back to using a word procesor. Thanks to the developer for writing this app.

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Version 1.0.9
Dcannis Member IconReview+33

This sounds great but you can get the unit of measurement in centimeters?

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Version 1.0.9

Yes, in View menu, there is a Measurement Units option.


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Date 19 Apr 2014
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