Growly Write
Growly Write
2.1.0

4.5

Growly Write free download for Mac

Growly Write

2.1.0
04 October 2019

Simple but feature-rich word processor.

Overview

Growly Write is a simple but feature-rich word processor.

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 to -- 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 flow with the text or pictures that text wraps around, drop caps, tables, lists, links within a document or to web pages, borders simple and complex, and a complete toolkit of text formats. But everything is easy to find.

The section on the right of the screen shot above is the format panel. It lets you change the appearance of everything in the document, without ever getting in your way. No obscure commands, complex and ugly modal windows, tiny indecipherable icons, or hunting through menus. If you want to format something, this is the place to go. The tabs at the top let you choose what to modify: text, paragraphs, tables, lists, pictures, what have you. They reconfigure automatically to match whatever you've selected. Within each tab the properties are broken down into small, easy-to-understand groups. If you don't use styles, for example, just close the style group and you'll never have to see it again. But when you do need a certain format, you'll never have to wonder where it is. If you're just typing and you don't want to think about formatting right now, simply close the panel.

Sometimes you need to concentrate on making your document look great, but for most documents it's the words that matter most. When you want to focus on the text, use the draft view (vs. the page view shown above).

What's new in Growly Write

Version 2.1.0:
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zo219
21 February 2014

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What is it with Growly? They keep writing great things - for free.
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Version 1.1.2
Trance
29 August 2018
Great free word processor, a good replacement for Bean. Ps. Version 2 is available on their website
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Version 1.3
Annie-Walker
30 November 2017
Wonderful editor‼️ Everything most anyone could want in a writing program, and then some! I love the little things like "strike-through" etc. It's fast, easy on memory too. I want to say a big thank you to the developer for providing us with a program that some of us might not be able to afford without his (her?) generosity‼️ So, thanks so much for this absolutely great program my friend‼️‼️ 5 Stars‼️
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Version 1.2.11
Kennett
02 August 2015
Version 1.2.3 is available from the developer's web site.
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Version 1.2.2
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$ir-M-
$ir-M-
17 December 2015
Make that 1.2.5, as of October. (The 1.2.2 link above will fail, but just edit the url for 1.2.5.)
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Kennett
Kennett
26 March 2016
Growly Write 1.2.6 is available from the developer's web site as is Growly Draw 1.1 (an app not listed in MacUpdate)
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Chaloots
19 May 2015
Nothing against Growly Write (can't beat the price!) but I recently installed a surprisingly more-than-capable word processing app called TinyWord. It's available on the App Store for $1.99 It (TinyWord) is not listed here on Macupdate.
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Version 1.2.2
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Xenophile
Xenophile
09 July 2016
Why can't you review Growly Write? How does it compare to TinyWord?
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Magosilvan
14 April 2015
Semplice ma eccezionale word processor:
è riuscito ad aprirmi una serie di vecchi file del 1995-96 che apparivano come "File Unix Eseguibile" e ritenevo persi, dandomi poi la possibilità di editarli e salvarli in vari formati.
Il mio grazie all'autore!
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Version 1.2.1
Sjha
04 January 2015
I have only just discovered Growly Write but it has rapidly become my word processor of choice now that Bean is no longer actively developed. I am amazed at the number of features e.g. Table of Contents, floating graphics, chapters with individual header and footers, tables, bookmarks…the list goes on. And yet it retains a simplicity of use that is exemplary. No bloatware here. Kudos to the developer.
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Version 1.2
Spank-Me-Baby
19 August 2014
A most promising Word processing app I have seen so far and with the potential to do away with Microsoft Word and even the plethora of open source Word processing stuff such as OpenOffice, LibreOffice and other variants, and at a very concise size that I like to see. NOTE: I wonder whether there should be a competition to see who can make the most compact file size app with the most "useful" features possible. Call it the App Awards for best app of the year. Already I see this app is well on its way to being a serious contender. There are only three things I could only wish for in this app (and then I will be dancing in the streets with joy):: 1. Please...pretty please, could you add footnotes? Yeah, I know I am unusual person in that not everyone does research work like I do, but sometimes I truly wish I could just add some footnotes at the bottom of the page (and/or perhaps at the end of the chapter) and get these footnote numbers to automatically update as I add or remove footnotes just to make my life easier. 2. How tricky would it be to add tables to a page? You know, those little digital critters that have columns and rows and we can place text inside the cells just like Microsoft Office and many open source Word processing apps can, and even put some borders in the right places. Now that would be brilliant in this app if it could be done (someone has placed a bet over here that the developer can't do this, I think otherwise, but I'm always an optimist in these sorts of things). 3. The ability to not only add pictures to the text (which I see it can do), but if I want the picture to fill the page and move the text to the next page, then that's nice (far better than Microsoft Office which can only leave one crappy line of text at the top of the page containing the picture no matter how much of the picture fills up the page). Also, if a picture fills the whole page, to somehow get the picture to move to the next page or previous page (or any number of pages) if I make adjustments to the text in any position of the document (OpenOffice requires that I copy the picture and move it to where I want it should the text have changed in any way - a pain in the you know where). 3. Add text captions to pictures, or at the very least allow the addition of text boxes. 4. And finally, is it possible to Save As into the open source file format with the file extension .odt used by OpenOffice? I don't care too much about Microsoft Word's .doc or .docx format (although it would be nice to read and save into either of them). But, in case Growly Write goes belly up and is no longer supported, it kind of provides some future-proofing of documents created with this app. Beyond that, I would have to say three cheers to the developer of Growly Write for a good basic Word processing app. And if he/she can achieve the other stuff mentioned in my review, all I can say is, "Bloody brilliant!"
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Version 1.1.4
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Sjha
Sjha
04 January 2015
Just to note that tables and floating graphics are now present in this excellent word processor.
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Spank-Me-Baby
Spank-Me-Baby
05 January 2015
Holy wingnuts! This developer has added tables and floating pictures to this latest version of Growly Write. And they work without crashing the app (I've been using it for some time now). Truly amazing stuff. I guess the only slight problem for me is that now that the table feature does work, I may lose the bet I had with my friend. Oh bugger! I better not tell what's-his-name about this or I'll definitely lose the bet (especially so soon after Christmas!). I'll pretend to play dumb and not notice this feature and see how long I can survive.

This developer has definitely got me all curious. I wonder, how hard would it be to add footnotes and the .doc/docx (and/or .odt) file format features? If the developer manages to achieve this miraculous next step, I'll be the first to grab my copy of Microsoft Office and feed it to my dog (or instead play fetch with it). Certainly a fitting end to this commercial and rather expensive Microsoft product which has been the bane of my life for longer than one cares to contemplate.

Three cheers to the developer!
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M-Rick
25 June 2014
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
Arnauld
15 May 2014
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
10 May 2014
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