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Bean
Bean
4.6

Bean overview

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 version 3.4.6

Updated on Dec 24 2021

Bugfixes
  • Fixed a problem where opening a document could fail because _NSViewClampSizeToLimits would cause an assertion failure at fabs(size.height) <= NSVIEW_GEOMETRY_LIMIT
  • Changed the Find panel so that it no longer remembers the “Replace with:” text after [x] is selected or after app is relaunched
  • Fixed a problem where a control could be missing from the Preferences window
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Information

License

Free

Size

8 MB

Downloads

288190

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.13.0 or later
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What needs improvements

Social media integration

Bean qualities

Value
5.0
Ease of use
5.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
5.0
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Macfoto
Macfoto
Aug 30 2021
3.4.5
2.0
Aug 30 2021
2.0
Version: 3.4.5
Why does Bean always swallow the first letter of a word at the beginning of a sentence? Bad.
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.
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