Bean
Bean 3.2.5
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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
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 (20130211-1).
  • Added a section in the Help file (under Tips and Tricks) on how to change the default paper/page size for new documents.
  • Fixed a few object over/under release problems revealed by static analysis.
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 more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.5 or later



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Bean User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Xenophile reviewed on 24 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 3.2.5]


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Liam_ARTH reviewed on 04 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 3.2.5]


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+2

+5

Melusina reviewed on 01 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 3.2.5]


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+2

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Gitteboy reviewed on 12 Sep 2013
Although discontinued, still a great text editor !

Has anyone used this with OSX10.9 ? Does it work fine?
[Version 3.2.5]

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Melusina replied on 28 Jan 2014
Yes, it works fine under 10.9.
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catgil3 reviewed on 07 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 3.2.5]


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catgil3 reviewed on 07 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 3.2.5]


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+1

+3

HansMueller4641 reviewed on 20 Jun 2013
best free text editor for the mac; only missing footnotes and ToC
[Version 3.2.5]

1 Reply

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Doug Engelbart replied on 03 Jul 2013
iText Express (free) has TableOfContents in a sidebar.
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+1

+4

Dubois_Cl reviewed on 17 May 2013
Thank you for giving this free to the OS X community. Highly appreciated.
[Version 3.2.5]


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+5

+11

SylvainLacroix reviewed on 10 Mar 2013
Awesome free app.
Sad to read it is no longer continued apart from bug patches.

Ahwell, its still the best of the bunch.
[Version 3.2.5]


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+8

+25

MaxWilders reviewed on 10 Mar 2013
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!
[Version 3.2.5]


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Aargl had trouble on 26 Dec 2011
If you intend to use it as a kind of 'SimpleText' with no layout, you'll have half the screen occupied with grey vertical bars on the left and right of the document (which was not the case in Tiger version).
You can drag the borders of the text zone to the border of the window, but you'll have to do so each time, what a bore!!! And no way to save it as a template, AFAIK. Is it the MSWord syndrome? ;-) (i.e. "hard to do simple things")
[Version 3.0.1]

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Aargl replied on 26 Dec 2011
Oh, and also: version 2.4.4 was localized, this one no.
More: it just crashed while I was only scrolling the menus to see if ther was a language selection somewhere... No Help, The 'About Bean' doesn't even show, the 'move to separate window' function gives strange results (the original window simply disappear, the new one is but a 5mm square that you have to expand manually...
To me it's definitely a Béta!
Hope for you the Intel version is better (I'm on PPC)
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+2
Jnrh replied on 26 Dec 2011
Hi, Dev here. I just tried Bean 3.0.1 on a PPC (G4 running 10.5.8) and did not experience any strangeness. Help files seem to open okay, and tabbed windows break out okay. The new version is not localized yet (it was only finished 2 days ago).
If you want text to run the entire width of your screen, set Prefs > Size > Limit Draft View Width... to 100%. But most full screen word processors / web pages / reader apps etc. do not present text that way, simply because people don't like it. Feel free to mail me the crash report or a bug report describing any problems.
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Aargl replied on 27 Dec 2011
Hi! Thanks for your kind answer. :-) It's so rare these days that a dev still cares about ppc users...
The Draft settings work ok, thanks! (but why not setting them to 100%? I can't see the point of having grey zones instead... people are strange if they like it that way! ;-D)
For the rest, I can only confirm the absence of reaction when I click on 'About Bean' and 'Help' and the strange behaviour of the 'move to separate window' function (even after throwing the prefs).
I have no crash report (it only crashed once when Bean 2.4.4 was open at the same time...), but if this can help, I'm on iMac G5 10.5.8)
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Jnrh replied on 27 Dec 2011
Hi again. Please examine the end of Console.app's error log and send me any Bean related errors added there when Bean's help files try and fail to open.
Re: the draft margins...all full-screen word processors, Safari reader, Kindle reader, and webpages in general try to limit the width of text beyond a certain width because its easier to read. In most windowed word processors you have to narrow the window to get this effect when in draft mode; yet, people like to work in layout mode with the window maximized (just look around in a coffee shop sometime to confirm this). This innovation in Bean (resizable draft width) allows the two views to work efficiently in the same window size.
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Aargl replied on 27 Dec 2011
Here are the console lines the faulty menus (I've just discover that the Bug Report menu doesn't work either, that's why I write here ;-):
27/12/11 14:43:25 Bean[24719] *** -[NSURL initWithString:relativeToURL:]: nil string parameter
27/12/11 14:43:28 Bean[24719] *** -[NSURL initWithString:relativeToURL:]: nil string parameter
27/12/11 14:43:28 Bean[24719] *** -[NSURL initWithString:relativeToURL:]: nil string parameter
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Aargl replied on 06 Jan 2012
Well done sir! :-D
All is quite well, only the 'move to separate window' glitch remains, but I don't need this feature, so for me it's ok!
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+21
Vagabundo had trouble on 14 Apr 2011
Version 2.9.6 doesn't install on my PPC.
[Version 2.9.6]


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santacruz31416 had trouble on 13 Apr 2011
The version 2.9.6 is not an universal version but only an intel version. Could you please make it universal?

Thank
[Version 2.9.6]


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User002 had trouble on 29 Mar 2011
Please can somebody tell - can i and how to use track changes with Bean. I have a doc. file with track changes and when i open it they did not appear.

Thanks !
[Version 2.9.5]

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User002 replied on 18 Oct 2011
still missing 18.10.2011
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User002 replied on 07 Nov 2011
Version 2.9.8 - Still missing
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User002 replied on 27 Dec 2011
Still no track changes - v3.0.1
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Hippeman had trouble on 17 Jan 2010
I like this peace of software a lot except for the fact that it doesn't show any images included in .doc files! Very annoying! Working on OS Snow Leopard and latest updates. Hopefully this will be fixed soon. TIA
[Version 2.4.2]


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+16
Dcannis had trouble on 03 Oct 2009
The Italian translation don't work
[Version 2.4.1]


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+15
ShawnBoucke had trouble on 20 Jan 2009
I love this app and use it every day. I have one problem though. Whenever I try to insert a photo, nothing shows up, and sometimes makes other things disappear. I've tried dragging and dropping, as well as going to edit>insert>picture. Please help
[Version 2.0.4b]

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Hampst commented on 25 Jan 2009
Hi FREE_DEVELOPMENT
Bean does allow you to add images, but not with all file types. You can use "Save As..." to select a file type that handles images. i haven't tried them all, but the .rtfd extension does allow images to be included in the document.
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ShawnBoucke replied on 25 Jan 2009
Thank you. I was saving everything as .rtfd before.
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Hampst replied on 26 Jan 2009
Hello again.

How frustrating for you. I just experimented by inserting images in several formats (pict, jpeg, png, pdf) by using both the Insert command and drag and drop method. The resulting document (.rtfd) displayed correctly in Bean and other text editors.

I should say that I am using the latest non-beta version of Bean and OS X 10.5.6.
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jnrh commented on 27 Jan 2009
My suggestion is: turn off layout view (View > Hide Layout), then resize the image down to a smaller size (double-click image to reveal resizing sheet). A large image combined with line spacing greater than 1 can cause the problem you describe to happen (it happens in Text Edit too). Alternatively, if you sandwich an image with two Returns, line spacing goes down to 1 and the image will show up. HTH
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+1

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bruthiaux had trouble on 21 Dec 2008
Bean is a very good word processor but I have one problem with it. I live in Asia so I use A4 page format, not US letter. The problem is that all Word documents I open in Bean get reformatted to US letter. Even when I change the format back to A4 through Page Setup and save that, the document opens in US format again. What am I missing? Or is this a bug in the software? Thanks if you can help.
[Version 2.0.1b]



+25

MaxWilders rated on 15 Jan 2014

[Version 3.2.5]



+56

MetroMrX rated on 01 Nov 2013

[Version 3.2.5]



-10

Insecure-Software rated on 31 Oct 2013

[Version 3.2.5]



+4

Lightning rated on 28 Oct 2013

[Version 3.2.5]



Jacklarm rated on 07 Oct 2013

[Version 3.2.5]



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JacobsIvan rated on 05 Sep 2013

[Version 3.2.5]



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Dubois_Cl rated on 03 Aug 2013

[Version 3.2.5]



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Peter_Van_Den_Einde rated on 25 Jul 2013

[Version 3.2.5]



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SpiessensMark rated on 17 Jul 2013

[Version 3.2.5]



yaelism rated on 14 Jun 2013

[Version 3.2.5]


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Version Downloads:45,865
Type:Business : Word Processing
License:Free
Date:09 Mar 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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 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


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