Bean
Bean
3.4.2

4.8

Bean free download for Mac

Bean for Mac

21 January 2021

Fast and uncluttered word processor.

What is Bean for Mac

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 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.)
  • Please keep in mind that Bean is betaware

What's new in Bean

Version 3.4.2:
Bugfixes:
  • Fixed a problem where, when View > Split View was selected, an inactive continuous text view would try to center on edited text (20201227-1)
  • Fixed a problem where selected word/character counts in View > Info Panel were not updating when jumping between split views (20210112-1)
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when deleting text that would cause a page to be removed (20210113-1)
Changes:
  • Added menu item Edit > Copy Special > HTML, which copies text as HTML directly to the Pasteboard. This is useful for pasting HTML into websites such as AO3 (20210118-1)
  • Added menu item Edit > Copy Special > Plain Text (UTF-8), which will copy plain text directly to the Pasteboard. This is useful for removing all styles, table and list attributes, etc. from rich text (20210118-1)
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Id-Ego-SuperEgo
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
Nov 28 2020
3.3.4
0.0
Nov 28 2020
0.0
Version: 3.3.4
A lovely app. Feels good to see free software that's not actively developed anymore, undergo bug fixes and compatibility updates. Bean has been very reliable so far. The UI elements are beautiful and worth gracing a Mac screen and running under the delightful macOS / OS X / Mac OS X; the app has support for tabs; compatibility with Word, etc. appears to be close to impeccable. The app, like many a quality old Mac software & all verisons of OS X, has also a nostalgic value, as it is over 13 years old. For us old Mac OS X aficionados, the nostalgic factor isn't unimportant, either (I find that to date there's no OS UI that comes even remotely close to comparing to Mac OS X (and now macOS) in beauty and user experience polish, with a possible exception of the Elementary OS, the second handsomest OS I know of).
Guass
Guass
Sep 29 2020
3.3.3
5.0
Sep 29 2020
5.0
Version: 3.3.3
OK, it's not my first comment about Bean. But I feel every time astonished of how an application yet almost perfect (fast, uncluttered, with all necessary features to write almost any text, available also in my language) has still regular updates with not only bug fixes or compatibility maintenance but also with changes and features, while "no longer being actively developed". I think a lot of developers of still "actively developed" apps should learn from the creator of Bean. Thanks for the great work, I say it once again, 90% of the time I need to write a text on my Mac, I find myself opening Bean (and I have actually installed at least other 4 word processors and two or three text editors).
AnnL7456
AnnL7456
Jun 22 2020
3.3.0
3.0
Jun 22 2020
3.0
Version: 3.3.0
[About v3.2.13 = High Sierra] A nice and cute word processor for people who don't have high writing aspirations. No section breaks, no automatic Table of Contents, no bookmarks, no cross-references and no footnotes or endnotes. This also means, if you open a document with footnotes in Bean, all footnotes will simply disappear. And if you then, in a short moment of distraction, save the document in Bean, all footnotes will be gone forever. Opening the document again in the original application will not bring back your footnotes. No chance. Some nice features I was surprised to find here: Split Window, Right to Left direction (for Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi), and the possibility to view 4 pages simultaneously. If you need a powerful full-featured word processor, I recommend Nisus Writer Pro.
Ok14me21
Ok14me21
Jun 21 2020
3.3.0
5.0
Jun 21 2020
5.0
Version: 3.3.0
Just the Best for Mac
Annie-Walker
Annie-Walker
Apr 27 2020
3.2.16
5.0
Apr 27 2020
5.0
Version: 3.2.16
Best and favorite text editor. I don't have anything negative to say about this application. I wish to thank James Hoover for keeping his program up & running all these years! Sorry to see that it will no longer be in development, but very grateful to see how gracious James is being by "maintaining" Bean. One of the most appreciated & respected developers in the Mac world.
r-owen
r-owen
Apr 27 2020
3.2.16
5.0
Apr 27 2020
5.0
Version: 3.2.16
Simple, easy to use, and surprisingly powerful. Yes there are word processors that can do more, but I don't need the extra features and much prefer the elegant simplicity of Bean.
John-Keogh
John-Keogh
Apr 2 2020
3.2.15
5.0
Apr 2 2020
5.0
Version: 3.2.15
Great! Minimum requirement for the latest version 3.2.15 is now macOS 10.14 according to the readme file in the download.
Guass
Guass
Apr 2 2020
3.2.15
5.0
Apr 2 2020
5.0
Version: 3.2.15
Some years ago developer said he would stop the development and since then... regular updates to keep the app compatible with latest versions of MacOS and to fix bugs. And this without asking a cent to users. Much more than what we get with applications still in "active development". Great developer and great application, the only one I always open when I have any text to write. Thank you for the perfect job!
Ok14me21
Ok14me21
Mar 13 2020
3.2.14
5.0
Mar 13 2020
5.0
Version: 3.2.14
Bean is a Diamond!
Penguirl
Penguirl
Jan 28 2020
3.2.13
5.0
Jan 28 2020
5.0
Version: 3.2.13
My favorite rich text app by far, I will continue to use it until it won't work anymore. Thank you developer for your fine software for all these years.
danger-frog
danger-frog
Jul 18 2019
3.2.13
5.0
Jul 18 2019
5.0
Version: 3.2.13
a terrific little program. a bit ugly but oh so useful!
cubanpete
cubanpete
Jun 21 2019
3.2.13
5.0
Jun 21 2019
5.0
Version: 3.2.13
It's alive !!! My heart sank like a rock when it wouldn't work properly anymore after the update to Mojave. But I found it's still alive thanks to its developer.... For one of the best and most indispensable apps for the Mac and the continuous effort by the developer I say THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Now me, I love this app to death. ? ? ? That's why I'm so glad it got a new lease on life....
Beamy
Beamy
May 4 2019
3.2.13
5.0
May 4 2019
5.0
Version: 3.2.13
Bean is great ! I like it a lot ! Thank you ! .
Sergesouszero
Sergesouszero
May 3 2019
3.2.13
5.0
May 3 2019
5.0
Version: 3.2.13
Thanks to the dev for maintaining Bean alive. I’ve never needed (and still never need) fancy text editors. Bean is perfect for the job.
Paddy51
Paddy51
Nov 3 2018
3.2.12
5.0
Nov 3 2018
5.0
Version: 3.2.12
Great to have Bean back.Simple, easy to use yet full of great features.
Ok14me21
Ok14me21
Nov 2 2018
3.2.12
5.0
Nov 2 2018
5.0
Version: 3.2.12
The Best Text Program for Mac!
Localboy56
Localboy56
Sep 28 2018
3.2.11
5.0
Sep 28 2018
5.0
Version: 3.2.11
Thanks for maintaining Bean! I still use it all the time and dread the day an OS update will break it.
Ok14me21
Ok14me21
Sep 28 2018
3.2.11
5.0
Sep 28 2018
5.0
Version: 3.2.11
Underbart Program för Text! ?❤️
jcraig
jcraig
Sep 27 2018
3.2.11
0.0
Sep 27 2018
0.0
Version: 3.2.11
Watch the requirements for this update. v.3.2.11 is only for High Sierra and Mojave. Sierra and earlier users should stick with v.3.2.9.
jaquim9326
jaquim9326
Jul 21 2018
3.2.9
4.0
Jul 21 2018
4.0
Version: 3.2.9
I love the simplicity BUT resizing pictures is a hit and miss. Sometimes, I can remove the link or in adjust picture I use reset all. Most of the time, however, I make a single column, single row table so that I can resize. Clumsy!
pbnmrc
pbnmrc
Jan 15 2018
3.2.9
5.0
Jan 15 2018
5.0
Version: 3.2.9
I'm so glad to this update for High Sierra. I used Bean for years but abandoned it when it stopped being updated. You can't go wrong with Bean, I love the simplicity and small size. No bloat here, just a good writing app.
Tom-Fulery
Tom-Fulery
Jan 13 2018
3.2.9
5.0
Jan 13 2018
5.0
Version: 3.2.9
Bean is still far better than Pages for basic writing, but it quit working in High Sierra OS 10.13. However, it still works if it is kept on a USB drive. Pages is really well-designed and does a lot, but is full of annoying little quirks. I hope someone upgrades Bean to High Sierra.
jefferis
jefferis
Jan 4 2018
3.2.9
5.0
Jan 4 2018
5.0
Version: 3.2.9
Neat little program. I required the beta release to get it to work in High Sierra. http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html
Aetnaria
Aetnaria
Dec 16 2017
3.2.9
5.0
Dec 16 2017
5.0
Version: 3.2.9
I still use it all the time. Favorite feature: Format -> Margins & Columns... -> minimize button
Dr-Sparks
Dr-Sparks
Nov 10 2017
3.2.9
5.0
Nov 10 2017
5.0
Version: 3.2.9
I just downloaded Bean Version 3.2.10 (released 13 October 2017) for macOS High Sierra 10.13. So MacUpdate's present description is outdated ("Bean 3.2.9 — 17 Nov 2016").
Amergin
Amergin
Nov 17 2016
3.2.9
5.0
Nov 17 2016
5.0
Version: 3.2.9
I have to give this 5 stars - I use it every day and it has NEVER let me down. It is fast and lean. I don't need it to develop and expand but am ever so grateful that the developer updated it for the latest OS. Thank you James Hoover!
Markie205
Markie205
Nov 17 2016
3.2.9
0.0
Nov 17 2016
0.0
Version: 3.2.9
Thank you, James Hoover for developing such fine software. I will not be upgrading my old Mac beyond Yosemite, but my current version of Bean works like a champ. I almost never use Word or any of its look-alikes.
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Max-G
Max-G
Oct 20 2016
3.2.5
4.5
Oct 20 2016
4.5
Version: 3.2.5
Bean v.3.2.8 for Sierra. YES!
http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html
Y-Guy
Y-Guy
Oct 15 2016
3.2.5
5.0
Oct 15 2016
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
I am so thankful for Bean. Yes I have Pages and Word, but 90% of the time Bean is all I need and its so much faster and more responsive. I was bummed when it was announced that development was ending, but thankful that he's been maintaining it so far. Hands down one of the best Mac apps I've ever used.
larry-kelly
larry-kelly
Sep 10 2016
3.2.5
5.0
Sep 10 2016
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
Sadly, Bean no longer works with macOS Sierra. I pray that James Hoover has a change of heart and updates it for new OS releases.
patephotographic
patephotographic
Aug 16 2016
3.2.5
5.0
Aug 16 2016
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
James Hoover did an amazing job on this simple word processor that eloquently covers all the basics, and then some. Obviously a labor of love done to perfection. It is fast and has an attractive intuitive user interface. I use it everyday on three Macs, ranging from OS 10.6.8, 10.7.5 and 10.9.5. Each installation runs fast and works flawlessly. I have Microsoft Word for Mac and Apple Pages, but Bean is still my everyday go-to word processor and note taker. I have even tried others, but Bean still works best for me. If this app sold for as much as $79, I would buy it -- but it is FREE. Just Amazing. I, like many others, hope Jim makes a comeback on this one -- even if he decides to go commercial and sell the app. It would be well worth it. It just works! Thanks Jim.
dgibiuh
dgibiuh
Mar 23 2016
3.2.5
5.0
Mar 23 2016
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
An excellent word processor. For me, it is working fine on my system -OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.4-.
Aargl
Aargl
Nov 13 2015
3.2.5
5.0
Nov 13 2015
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
I'm still using it everyday on OS 10.9.5. :-)
jefferis
jefferis
Sep 25 2015
3.2.5
5.0
Sep 25 2015
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
Breaking with latest OS. Has been a great, 5 star app, but I'm experiencing timeouts and other issues with it since 10.10.5 :-(
Vsopat
Vsopat
Jul 30 2015
3.2.5
4.0
Jul 30 2015
4.0
Version: 3.2.5
Simply the best app for me as text editor : RTF and plus.
Very effective in relation to its weight and price.
I still hope a developper come back...
wintermute
wintermute
Apr 30 2015
3.2.5
4.5
Apr 30 2015
4.5
Version: 3.2.5
This is a fantastic text editor... a great system-wide replacement for TextEdit or even some of the over-bloated / slow (OpenOffice/MS Word, etc.) text editors out there. I have some standard RTFDs (rich text file documents) I wanted to edit, but TextEdit was being a pain with zooming either way too far in, or out so far that things were hard to read. Apple Pages won't even recognize an RTFD! (WTF?!) Bean to the rescue! Yes, I could use one of the over-bloated programs, but they take longer to launch and are slow by comparison. If anything, just download this to replace TextEdit, use GetInfo on an RTFD file, switch Bean to the default app for those file types and you will get a lot of good use out of this program. Too bad development has stopped on this, but thanks for keeping it working on current versions of OS X!
Sidetracked
Sidetracked
Aug 27 2014
3.2.5
4.5
Aug 27 2014
4.5
Version: 3.2.5
I'm really enjoying using Bean as my primary word processor, but I'm having a problem I'm hoping someone here can help with. Most of the people I work with are still on various versions of Microsoft Word. When I send a Bean file with the extension ".doc" they can open the file, but the formatting is often shifted dramatically, making the document nearly impossible to read. I'll admit I'm a bit of a computer idiot, but even after reading Bean's on-line "tips and tricks" and "troubleshooting" I'm not finding an answer to this problem. Is there something I'm missing? Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
cohen-2
cohen-2
Jul 20 2014
3.2.5
5.0
Jul 20 2014
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
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
Tony2013
Tony2013
Jun 13 2014
3.2.5
2.0
Jun 13 2014
2.0
Version: 3.2.5
I can't get Bean to automatically open all last viewed files when I load Bean!? Any solution please?
Xenophile
Xenophile
Oct 24 2013
3.2.5
5.0
Oct 24 2013
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
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.
Liam-
Liam-
Oct 4 2013
3.2.5
5.0
Oct 4 2013
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
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.
Melusina
Melusina
Oct 2 2013
3.2.5
5.0
Oct 2 2013
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
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.
Gitte79
Gitte79
Sep 12 2013
3.2.5
5.0
Sep 12 2013
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
Although discontinued, still a great text editor ! Has anyone used this with OSX10.9 ? Does it work fine?
catgil3
catgil3
Jul 7 2013
3.2.5
4.5
Jul 7 2013
4.5
Version: 3.2.5
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.
catgil3
catgil3
Jul 7 2013
3.2.5
4.5
Jul 7 2013
4.5
Version: 3.2.5
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.
HansMueller4641
HansMueller4641
Jun 20 2013
3.2.5
4.0
Jun 20 2013
4.0
Version: 3.2.5
best free text editor for the mac; only missing footnotes and ToC
Dubois-Cl
Dubois-Cl
May 17 2013
3.2.5
5.0
May 17 2013
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
Thank you for giving this free to the OS X community. Highly appreciated.
SylvainLacroix
SylvainLacroix
Mar 10 2013
3.2.5
5.0
Mar 10 2013
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
Awesome free app. Sad to read it is no longer continued apart from bug patches. Ahwell, its still the best of the bunch.
Guest
Guest
Mar 10 2013
3.2.5
5.0
Mar 10 2013
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
Tabbed, way much elegant than any other competitor, fast as hell on opening documents, with spelling working perfectly... I think Bean is the best thing that have ever happened in the text editors field. Completely free. Many thanks to its maker for his generosity and dedication.
MaxWilders
MaxWilders
Mar 10 2013
3.2.5
5.0
Mar 10 2013
5.0
Version: 3.2.5
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. Last week I tried about every WP for OS X and Bean is imo the best. Its fast and very stable to use. And what surprised me the most: It is free! Glad I did the step forward to OS X and finding applications as Bean. Kudos to the devs!
Jynto
Jynto
Mar 2 2013
3.2.4
5.0
Mar 2 2013
5.0
Version: 3.2.4
I can see myself writing a novel with Bean. It's good enough to replace Textedit, as it's so quick and intuitive. But it also does about 90% of what you'd want from a fully featured word processor like... Word. It's a shame the developer's stopped providing updates. I just wish there was an easier way of saving in plain text format.
Rsps
Rsps
Feb 2 2013
3.2.4
5.0
Feb 2 2013
5.0
Version: 3.2.4
The best Word processor ever built, fast and supporting Unicode. MS Word or Apple Pages is no match for Bean. Sad, that it will not be developed further. It can easily give the big boys run for their money.
wickedsp1d3r
wickedsp1d3r
Jan 15 2013
3.2.4
0.0
Jan 15 2013
0.0
Version: 3.2.4
Too many crashes that prevent me using this as my primary Word processor. Have to stay with MS Word.
Peter-Van-Den-Einde
Peter-Van-Den-Einde
Jan 14 2013
3.2.4
5.0
Jan 14 2013
5.0
Version: 3.2.4
Thank you James for this wonderful piece of code! Over the years you made Bean one if not the best Word processor for OS X. I understand you now have higher priorities and that's just live. I guess many people are using your app for years to come. A humble bow .. thank you.
Haliomaster
Haliomaster
Dec 3 2012
3.2.3
5.0
Dec 3 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.3
Sad to hear it will not be developed anymore. Good to hear it will be maintained in the future. Great product and free. A rare combination. Thanks to the dev for making Bean in what it is now : The best of the bunch.
gameboyalpha
gameboyalpha
Dec 2 2012
3.2.3
0.0
Dec 2 2012
0.0
Version: 3.2.3
I am sorry to see Bean be discontinued since it has been a major word processor almost since the beginning of OSX 10.2 if I am right. What started as a very basic WP matured over the years and eventually became a full featured WP. However, most people always forget one extra feature it had. It has a symbolic connection to CopyPaste. Bean was your editor to the clips you would save in CopyPaste. All you had to do was double click on a clip and it would launch Bean for you to edit. You could also design special headers and then copy directly to CopyPaste. So the loss of Bean is much more than just the loss of an excellent WP. So before it becomes difficult to get I recommend Intel and PPC users download the last version for the Mac you are running. End of Line... BTW: I just updated my Profile and filled in some blanks on my Mac history.
Fyreflye
Fyreflye
Dec 1 2012
3.2.3
5.0
Dec 1 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.3
I see that I never bothered to rate this great app when it was being actively developed, so just let me echo the praise of the many others here and also assure the developer that I'd pay any reasonable price to keep Bean in development.
Penguirl
Penguirl
Dec 1 2012
3.2.3
5.0
Dec 1 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.3
Long live Bean? My favorite text editor for writing and saving collected text (TextWrangler for code), I'm sorry to see the developer won't be actively developing it anymore but it's still a great app. Much more functionality than Text Edit without being cumbersome like Word.
OSX-FTW!
OSX-FTW!
Dec 1 2012
3.2.3
5.0
Dec 1 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.3
Simply the best! Thanks for everything, and for freely providing this jewel to the world of the Mac. Best of luck in your future endeavors.
Anthony1947
Anthony1947
Nov 30 2012
3.2.3
5.0
Nov 30 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.3
@Rayj -- I've tried using some of the GrowlyBird products -- specifically GrowlyNotes (in place of xPad) and GrowlyWrite (in place of Bean). Sadly -- their software seems far too complex for my simple mind. And, even though GrowlyWrite says that it will open .rtfd files, including images -- I have yet to be able to do so. Bean has been a great OS X word processing program -- in the mold that TexEdit was under Classic Mac OS (though I don't even begin to use it since finding Bean). Bean will be sorely missed from the OS X fold of great applications. Meanwhile -- thanks for such wonderful software -- and for free, too.
macuser87
macuser87
Nov 30 2012
3.2.3
0.0
Nov 30 2012
0.0
Version: 3.2.3
UB for the road?
Aargl
Aargl
Nov 30 2012
3.2.3
5.0
Nov 30 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.3
From the dev's site: "Bean is no longer being actively developed." So sad! :-(
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Nov 30 2012
3.2.3
5.0
Nov 30 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.3
Just a GREAT word processor.That's All!
Photon
Photon
Nov 28 2012
3.2.2
5.0
Nov 28 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.2
An amazing little word processor. I have Windoz Word on my Mac, but always use Bean instead. Love the clean colorful interface, intuitive function, speed and reliability (never a crash in 5 years). And James Hoover, the developer, will not even take a donation. Relative to other non big-corp wp's out there, and I have tried several, Bean would be a great deal at $29. Charging that for v.4 in the future would be doable in the eyes of many who have been using Bean for years. I already have a sense that I owe you, James Hoover, and I sure would like to see Bean continue. Thanks.
Cambeul
Cambeul
Nov 21 2012
3.2.2
5.0
Nov 21 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.2
James Hoover is to be congratulated on this superb no-nonsense WP. It is one of the best utility apps on my Mac. I am using 3.2.2 on a MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard and now find that grouped pages will now not appear as tabs. These were extremely useful and I would like to know how to get them back.
Zoidbert
Zoidbert
Nov 16 2012
3.2.2
5.0
Nov 16 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.2
Did the "open folder when exporting to a PDF" feature get axed? I really, really liked that feature.
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
Nov 12 2012
3.2.2
0.0
Nov 12 2012
0.0
Version: 3.2.2
From the developer: "After the release of Bean 3.2.2, active development of Bean will cease. Bean will remain available for download at the bean-osx.com website. It may even be updated as necessary to keep the app running on future versions of OS X. Also, I'll try to continue technical support at the usual email address.' http://www.bean-osx.com/Todo.html
Max-G
Max-G
Nov 3 2012
3.2.1
4.5
Nov 3 2012
4.5
Version: 3.2.1
Feature request: When multiple documents are opened (glued together in one window) and the window is closed by clicking the red button, all documents close without warning. I'd like to see a warning first, like a browser does for tabs: "Are you sure you want to close all documents?"
Aargl
Aargl
Sep 24 2012
3.2.1
5.0
Sep 24 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.1
My only problem switching to Bean was that I have a lot of documents created with Tex-Edit in its proprietary format. As I've found some persistent (small) bugs in Tex-Edit, I've started the migration using a simple trick: you can set Tex-Edit default format to RTF and to set "open with" so that RTF docs are opened with Bean. In that way I don't have to spend hours converting my documents all together, I just keep Tex-Edit around and convert each document when I need to modify it. A rather transparent way and most of all not time consuming! ;-) The only down side is that those documents have no extension, but that's another story. Once I'm done with the transfer, Bean will be my favourite for common texts that don't need huge editing. Of course it has plenty more functions that I'll never use, but I was not looking for another Word. ;-)
Donmoemu
Donmoemu
Sep 4 2012
3.2.1
4.5
Sep 4 2012
4.5
Version: 3.2.1
This is my favorite little word processor. It is fast and I use the Alt color theme.
Old-guy
Old-guy
Sep 3 2012
3.2.1
5.0
Sep 3 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.1
AWESOME and free. What do you need more? Essential app
Melis
Melis
Sep 2 2012
3.2.1
5.0
Sep 2 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.1
Bean and OpenOffice are a perfect combination. It is mind blowing why Bean is still free. Kudos to the devs for keeping this free!
Ollybeak
Ollybeak
Aug 23 2012
3.2.1
3.5
Aug 23 2012
3.5
Version: 3.2.1
A puzzled query, rather than a review: Why does Bean save a folder alongside any document? Thank you.
AlexisDhooge
AlexisDhooge
Aug 21 2012
3.2.1
5.0
Aug 21 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.1
Awesome/Amazing! Thank you to the developers for making this free.
Anthony1947
Anthony1947
Aug 9 2012
3.2.1
5.0
Aug 9 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.1
In the 'old days' (pre-OS X), there was TexEdit Plus, which was by far the best Mac word processor. Bean is the king of the hill in today's world -- it's fast, flexible, uses very little resources, and it just keeps getting better. It's still very nimble, even with all the features added the past couple of years. It's now my default program for opening .doc files and saving as .doc files -- way quicker and better than OpenOffice, etc., for this task. I wish I were in better financial condition these days -- I'd opt to give Mr. Hoover a piece of my wallet in appreciation of his tremendous work. For now, Mr. Hoover -- thanks so very much. Your effort in this project is so very greatly appreciated.
Tommy-Gun
Tommy-Gun
Aug 4 2012
3.2.1
5.0
Aug 4 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.1
What can you say what is not said already? This word processor is awesome! It is mind blowing the devs keep this for free. Big two thumbs up for doing so. But I would pay for it if needed.
Dr-Girlfriend
Dr-Girlfriend
Aug 2 2012
3.2.1
5.0
Aug 2 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.1
Bean is the kind of app that you try once and wonder how you've ever lived without it. Simple, clean, and fast. What more could you ask for? Free? Yeah -- believe it or not -- it's that too! This developer is a prince among men. He consistently updates this terrific app and doesn't ask for anything else other than that you enjoy using it. The least we loyal users can do is spread the word to everyone we know about what a killer app this is. Thanks, James! Since Bean satisfies 99% of my word processing needs, I almost never need to open up that bloated turd MS Word and am a much happier person as a result.
Old-guy
Old-guy
Jul 4 2012
3.2.0
5.0
Jul 4 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.0
This is by very far the leading free WP. It surpasses even expensive similar apps. Recommended.
prLab
prLab
Jul 1 2012
3.2.0
4.5
Jul 1 2012
4.5
Version: 3.2.0
Does most of what I need in a word processor, which is to process words. Thanks for this.
Macolyte
Macolyte
Jun 23 2012
3.1.1
5.0
Jun 23 2012
5.0
Version: 3.1.1
I've spent years, and many OS iterations finding alternatives to TextEdit which didn't try to be everything to everyone and weren't meant specifically for coding. Been using Bean now for too long to just be rating it. This app is the best thing I've used since System 8, at least. Clean, stable, does what I want and, most importantly, in ways I expect. Bravo!
Xenophile
Xenophile
Jun 13 2012
3.1.0
5.0
Jun 13 2012
5.0
Version: 3.1.0
The best of its class! Bean faltered a bit when the GUI was redesigned for version 3.0, but the developer honed it into shape in no time. Now with the zoom slider back in the toolbar, the GUI is the best yet. My only requests would be a simple, quick option to load documents into seperate windows instead of seperate tabs, and a "Make Plain Text" command like found in TextEdit. Nitpicking aside, Bean represents the optimal balance between features and bloat in a text editor for non-coders. Many thanks to the developer for making such a brilliant app free to the entire Mac community.
Gitte79
Gitte79
Jun 11 2012
3.1.0
5.0
Jun 11 2012
5.0
Version: 3.1.0
This app is so good it could well be the app of the year. Beautiful GUI, easy workflow, fast and stable. This is by far the best wordprocessor I ever worked with. Keep up the great work !
frostFloxer
frostFloxer
May 29 2012
3.0.9
5.0
May 29 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.9
Bean is a gem. Light weight, easy to use, and lovely layout controls for the aesthetically-sensitive users. If you've ever opened InDesign to layout and format written documents, I highly recommend Bean as a superb alternative.
OSX-FTW!
OSX-FTW!
May 28 2012
3.0.9
5.0
May 28 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.9
Bean, is pretty slick. I've just gotten into writing a bit and appreciate the lightweight and full features of Bean. I can't figure out how to batch export RTF as PDF though. I'm probably just missing it. Overall, a great app. Thanks, to the Dev!
THEE:LEE
THEE:LEE
May 2 2012
3.0.9
4.0
May 2 2012
4.0
Version: 3.0.9
Nice and beautiful, missing a few features but it is free :)
DelportF
DelportF
Apr 25 2012
3.0.9
5.0
Apr 25 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.9
One word: AWESOME! A must have for every OS X user. Incredible this is free too.
MetroMrX
MetroMrX
Apr 5 2012
3.0.8
5.0
Apr 5 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.8
Not only free but it is also the best word processor available.
Iliketrash
Iliketrash
Mar 26 2012
3.0.8
0.0
Mar 26 2012
0.0
Version: 3.0.8
I appreciate the efforts of this developer but there are some annoying problems that remain with Bean. On my mind today: Bean still does not handle text files (opening/saving/creating) in a sensible way. One has to use templates or set the defaults for a new file to get decent settings for text files, and then these defaults overwrite things so that you can't get decent defaults for RTF files. Also, Bean does not correctly save open files when quitting, a la Lion. Further, holding the Option key when quitting does nothing—it's supposed to override the save-open-documents setting. There are other problems. The icons in the sidebar don't do much of anything; you can't drag them to re-order them or drag them to other app icons to open them. In fact, you can't drag them to anywhere because there is no action to click-dragging. This kind of behavior is pretty much expected in Mac apps but is missing in this program.
Greedyfranky
Greedyfranky
Mar 16 2012
3.0.8
5.0
Mar 16 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.8
So awesome, so free ! There is simply no reason not to use this great text editor.
Nikitsky
Nikitsky
Mar 9 2012
3.0.8
5.0
Mar 9 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.8
Good replacement for TextEdit.
Dejmac
Dejmac
Mar 9 2012
3.0.8
5.0
Mar 9 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.8
Fantastic, great word processing software. What a replacement for dated Text Edit! Lot of features, very easy to use, very stabile, and last but not least - perfect value! Congrats! 5 Stars!
Anotheruser
Anotheruser
Mar 9 2012
3.0.8
3.5
Mar 9 2012
3.5
Version: 3.0.8
It's never crashed on me; it has lots of useful features; it's even wonderful for writing and exporting to HTML; the price is right; the developer is communicative. But I am removing one star for this line in the description: "All of Cocoa's good stuff", which would be true if the developer had not given up on adding what I consider to be one of the best Cocoa features out there: scripting (specifically, AppleScript of course), even after I had hacked an earlier version so that the resulting build had rudimentary scripting support. Then I'm taking another half star off for ending the availability of the source code past version 2. Apart from those disappointments, it is great software.
Kzx72
Kzx72
Feb 28 2012
3.0.7
5.0
Feb 28 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.7
I had been looking for a word processor to replace the bloated, lethargic OpenOffice/LibreOffice for a while now and think I finally found one. Slick interface, quick load time and doesn't hog up all my computer resources while it's running. And the best part, it's free.
taja
taja
Feb 27 2012
3.0.7
4.5
Feb 27 2012
4.5
Version: 3.0.7
Fantastic word processor, and free. One minor thing: the tabs are great, but a bit ugly - would look better in a different colour without the fuzzy slanted horizontal sides. Would also be great if they could be rearranged and if there was a '+' button on the tab bar to create new documents. but these are tiny niggles. Great piece of software.
Haibara
Haibara
Feb 19 2012
3.0.7
5.0
Feb 19 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.7
I'll add my five-star vote for this great WP, too. :) Plain-text editing does take a slight bit of getting used to, though, if you were used to the way it was handled in the 2.x versions.
Nomdunecran
Nomdunecran
Feb 18 2012
3.0.7
4.0
Feb 18 2012
4.0
Version: 3.0.7
Finally the french localization ! Super. But it still lacks in preferences, the precious choice of style space and punctuation (France). I remain still on version 2.4.5.
Vsopat
Vsopat
Feb 17 2012
3.0.7
4.0
Feb 17 2012
4.0
Version: 3.0.7
What a great app ! I'm happy for French localization. Thanks a lot for developpers. Merci beaucoup !!
Afcgbbob
Afcgbbob
Feb 17 2012
3.0.7
5.0
Feb 17 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.7
I agree with all that has been said before me. Bean is one of the best WPs out there that is free for all users. But, there is one thing most of you are missing. There is a reason Bean is free. It is directly tied into CopyPaste. Periodically the makers of CopyPaste will release Bean with CP. They were very smart how they put the two together to work as one. Any time you want to make an adjustment in CP, Bean will launch and help you make those adjustments. Put the two together and you have a very powerful tool. The only negative thing I can say about Bean is that it is not a real simple WP. Over the years with all the additions, I would more call it a full WP but other wise this is one WP all should have. End of Line...
Douglas-2
Douglas-2
Feb 17 2012
3.0.7
5.0
Feb 17 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.7
The best small WP out there and the developer is extremely responsive to fix bugs and/or requests. I use Bean for 99% of my WP needs. It just gets better and better
Dradrienyouell
Dradrienyouell
Feb 17 2012
3.0.7
5.0
Feb 17 2012
5.0
Version: 3.0.7
BEAN came upon us from nowhere (Erewhon, a novel in reverse name) and proves to be the MAC OSX wp and text editor of choice. I congratulate the developer for persistence in rewriting from scratch in UNIX. I bought a Lifetime membership for the latest updates. Ahem, I hope you stay in business? [USD $30 life-time sub.] I have that trust in the Bean folks. First-off WP, why Bean? AY (UK)
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