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Mellel is the leading word processor for OS X and has been widely considered the industry standard since its inception. Mellel focuses on writers and scholars for technical writing and multilingual word processing. It offers special tools to help you write and organize long documents easily. If you need multilingual support or are writing bi-directional text, Mellel is just the thing for you: Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Syriac never looked better on a Mac. Even if you don't need all the bells and whistles, Mellel is still the right choice for you: clean, stable, and easy to use.

What's New

Version 3.3.6:

Improvements
  • Added support for Traditional Chinese DOS encoding. This fixes an issue that caused some styled Chinese text to become garbled when pasting from Scrivener
Bug Fixes
  • Fixes an issue which caused a mysterious "systemParStyle" paragraph style to appear in the paragraph style list after setting the style to a more...

Requirements

OS X 10.5 or later

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Mellel is really good but the reason I stick with Nisus Writer Pro is the GUIs. They are nearly equal in terms of capabilities but Mellel's non-standard UI pushes me away. I want to like Mellel as I think it's slightly better but until more...

4 people found this review helpful
Version 3.2.3
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I recently started using Mellel for those times when I need to use a word processor as opposed to a pure writing tool such as Scrivener. When I open it, it starts up, unlike Word which churns for seconds trying to figure out how to get open. That more...

3 people found this review helpful
Version 3.2.3
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Dellsuxx Member IconReview+32
Dellsuxx
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I've been using Mellel for years and really appreciate the free of charge updates!

It's also very well written stable software.
I've yet to find a perfect word processor program for mac but Mellel Is at the top of my list.

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Version 3.3.3
Xco Member IconComment+205
Xco
+1

Gosh, as I recall, it is about time for Mellel to fundamentally improve how tables are created and managed. Please tell me this once planned overhaul iOS finally on course for completion.

Poor table management caused me to ditch Mellel long ago, despite its many other good features. Creating and managing 30-tables in a 150 page document is a real pain. Not for long, I hope.

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Version 3.3.2
Xco
+3

Those automated spell checkers are a pain. "iOS" should read "is".

One has to run manual spell checking on the automatic spell checking. Ah, the age of automation.

Cgc
+1

If Mellel had a facelift and incorporated tables like NWP I'd probably switch. As it is, Mellel is a fantastic word processor but it's quirks keep me from using it daily.

spacejockey Member IconReview+12
spacejockey
+3

Good:
- One of the best word processors available for OS X. Mellel is rock solid (it seems to never crash) and it has great features for writing long documents (like TOCs, change tracking, comments, cross references) but some features also need impovements (tables...) or still need to be implemented (captions...).
- The new comments feature works very well.
- Support is fast when bugs are discovered and reported.

Not so good:
- Support is sometimes slow when asking questions or making feature requests.
- Version 3.3 introduces an usage tracking feature which is on by default. That means that the first chunk of data is sent before you can disable this „feature“. The „anonymised“ usage data is sent to „Google Analytics“. To disable the tracking: Select the „Privacy“ entry from the „Help“-menu and deselect the checkbox there. Because the text of the privacy information is located on the internet it could change any time.

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Version 3.3.0
lemon-kun Member IconComment+256
lemon-kun
+6

The only thing I dislike with Mellel, is that the typography is so ugly. In justified alignment you get the same white spots between words like you would get with MS Word. And characters are stamp-like, not adjusting their position to their neighbours… This is really sad, as we have actually system wide beautiful typography on the Mac (even with TextEdit). Or can this be somehow adjusted? Nisus uses the standard Mac text engine, so the output looks much better than with Mellel…

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Version 3.2.7
Jan_rybar
+3

That is why I lef this app. It looks like an app for OS X 10.3. But listen, developers, everything move forwards. Every single writing app for iOS or OS X offers better typography.

Fariborz Member IconReview+286
Fariborz
+4

I've been using Mellel for its right-to-left script capabilities since its first release. Although there are now many word processors that handle correctly unicode but I still prefer Mellel because of its indomitable stability. I once wrote a 600 page book in Persian and didn't face a single issue for months on end. Opening such a hefty document was very fast and saving new modifications was a snap. If you like me need to entrust your documents to a reliable word processor then look no further. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)

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Version 3.2.7
Vinceleers Member IconComment+3
Vinceleers
+0

still crashes upon launch in mavericks

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Version 3.2.5
Anon-Bud Member IconReview+599
Anon-Bud
+2

Been using Mellel for years as my backup word processor and it is great. Style sets are really nice to have and exist throughout the program. Character sets are the same way. Integration with footnote apps is smooth, so this makes it good app for scientific research papers and the like.

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Version 3.2.5
Iliketrash Member IconComment+206
Iliketrash
+2

Why oh why can't _somebody_ on this planet make a word processor that intelligently place graphics instead of treating them like giant characters? There is exactly one program for the Mac that can do this, and it it LyX, a front end for LaTeX. How hard can this be? A person can do this manually but then must do it over and over again whenever text is added or removed. If a person can do this, then a program can be made to do it too. FullWrite Professional did this in 1988-1998, but that is ancient history. Not Microsoft, Not Redlers, not Nisus, not Apple—no one (but LyX). This is just madening and inscrutable.

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Version 3.2.4
Okuyukashī
+0

Melle is ok. But not $40 ok. AND it handles unicode well. . .but a little FYI: A quote, if you will, from the LaTeX project website, "LaTeX is not a word processor! Instead, LaTeX encourages authors not to worry too much about the appearance of their documents but to concentrate on getting the right content."

As mentioned before, unless BOTH parties have LyX installed you would go through "hell" collaborating documents. Better to take the time and just learn to use La TeX.

Osos10
+0

LyX (LaTeX really) was originally built for incorporating mathematical formulae into text files. If you write a lot and needs to incorporate graphics and plots into your text its worth learning how to use this powerful tool (remember that you need to install the entire LaTeX engine - LyX is only the front end). Since LyX requires a source file (where you type), an output document (the end result file - commonly pdf) and frequently quite a few other files that hangs around for the compilation, I'm not sure that for an everyday usage this is the right tool. For this purpose Mellel can be useful.

Ckueny Member IconReview+9
Ckueny
+3

I recently started using Mellel for those times when I need to use a word processor as opposed to a pure writing tool such as Scrivener. When I open it, it starts up, unlike Word which churns for seconds trying to figure out how to get open. That saved time alone makes it worth some money. I found the customer support dismal, however. When I couldn't find the reason for a difference in behavior (missing "Save As" menu option) between my Lion machine and my Mountain Lion machine, I emailed support and got a confused reply from someone who clearly hadn't read my question. Writing to ask again yielded nothing, and two more attempts to get any response were futile. I googled and it found the answer. Expect no help from the developers.

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Version 3.2.3
JCH2
+1

A collaborator of mine had similar problems. I had her switch over to using LibreOffice for free... which helped with cross platform problems as well, though it is a bit daunting for most mac users.

Cgc Member IconReview+511
Cgc
+4

Mellel is really good but the reason I stick with Nisus Writer Pro is the GUIs. They are nearly equal in terms of capabilities but Mellel's non-standard UI pushes me away. I want to like Mellel as I think it's slightly better but until they update the UI I will stay with NWP.

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Version 3.2.3
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SimonW3580
Version 3.3.5
user icon+256
lemon-kun
Version 3.2.7
user icon+19
Exegete77
Version 3.2.4
user icon+0
Andy_M
Version 3.2.1
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Andy_M
Version 3.2.0
user icon+19
Exegete77
Version 3.1.0
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pr16vs3
Version 3.0.2
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Meg2020
Version 3.0.2
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Showells
Version 3.0.2
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Hbertram
Version 3.0.2
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Downloads 169,139
Version Downloads 625
License Demo
Date 30 Jul 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $39.00
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