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Mellel
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Mellel

Version 5.1.3

The word processor for scholars, writers, and long document writing.

3.9
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Mellel overview

Mellel is the leading word processor for OS X and has been widely considered the industry standard for long form documents 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 in version 5.1.3

Updated on Aug 26 2022

  • RTF Import: Fixed a bug that caused Mellel to fail to open certain RTF files originating from Nisus.
  • RTF Import Fixed an issue that caused Mellel to fail to open some RTF files containing bin elements.
  • RTF Import Fixed an issue that caused RTF files created in Zotero to be interpreted using the wrong encoding leading to gibberish Japanese text.
  • RTF Export: Fixed an issue that caused a note symbol to pick up character attributes such as italic and bold from the first letter in a footnote/endnote text when exporting to RTF.
  • Tables: Fixed a bug that caused Mellel to crash when adding columns to a table while editing a cell in some circumstances.
  • Spelling: Many improvements and bug fixes to spelling, auto-detection of language is now working much better.
  • Auto-titles: Fixed an issue that disabled editing TOC formats properly for certain documents.
  • Track Changes: Fixed a bug that caused Mellel to crash sometimes when accessing the track changes submenu while a floating image or text box is selected.
  • Outline: Fixed an issue that caused Mellel to crash when drawing certain outline items under certain rare circumstances.
  • Bibliography: Improved support for special characters and dashes in citation RTF parser.

Information

License

Shareware

Size

112.4 MB

Developer’s website

https://www.mellel.com/

Downloads

195404

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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Mellel qualities

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5.0
Ease of use
4.0
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5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
4.0
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mustafaalbazy
mustafaalbazy
Jun 29 2022
5.1.2
0.0
Jun 29 2022
0.0
Version: 5.1.2
This is here to stay for years to come. it's the best RTL (Arabic & Hebrew) pro editor I've tried on Mac or even Windows and Linux.
robertgunn2019
robertgunn2019
Jan 15 2022
5.0.9
0.0
Jan 15 2022
0.0
Version: 5.0.9
Interesting alternative, and fromthe trial, seems more user friendly than say Scrivener. That said, it touts "By Academics for Academics" - disagree. Mellel is embedded with Bookends as the reference citation integration - Bookends is a non-starter for serious academics. Bookends does not allow for any importation of necessary style guides. Zotero has them all by default. If you need a specific style for your university.department, you are forced to suddenly become a code editor. --- When Mellel, Bookends or both coose to accomodate flexibility and realistic options, I'll try again. I need a viable alternative to MS Word and the other litany of stuff out there - not headaches, endless forum searches, and silly limitations when completing my PhD.
AnnL7456
AnnL7456
Dec 16 2021
5.0.8
0.0
Dec 16 2021
0.0
Version: 5.0.8
This is an answer to dgbmunger (Nov 30 2021) who wrote "I'd like some evidence that for a 300 page scholarly book Mellel is better than Pages. (…) I'd really appreciate someone taking the time to post specifics." (1) Mellel has a better outline, i.e. table of contents pane. Bookmarks and auto-titles can be shown together in this pane; thus you can see at a glance where exactly a certain bookmark is in the document. You can also assign "Remarks" and tags to bookmarks and auto-titles and then filter the outline pane based on your remarks and/or tags. (2) Supports live bibliography with Bookends. (3) Can have more than one type of footnotes. This feature is called multiple Note Streams. One footnote can be added by the author, for example, another by the translator, etc. — (4) For those who write novels and stories a so called "story points" were developed to help keeping track of the plot and its progress. Thus you can quickly see where characters and locations appear in the document. Pages is regularly updated, and each update has new features. Mellel's development is extremely slow. It still needs elementary word processing features, such as split view, macros, non-contiguous text selection, shapes, attached captions for images, just to name few. Mellel has been surpassed by Nisus Writer Pro which now has much more features: it's scriptable, has macros and two types of inbuilt text expanding features, supports more languages, has much better Find and Replace feature, allows you to create concordances and various types of word lists; you can search simultaneously for text in multiple languages, it has support for South Asian languages (which Mellel doesn't have) and it has a powerful Document Manager. Nisus has also some special features which make the daily writing process easier to handle. For example, the text expanding feature (called 'glossaries' in Nisus) and Multi-key keyboard shortcuts which allows you to press the command key and then any number of keys for each shortcut. For example, you could press the Command key and then type 'cal' in order to automatically insert a calendar. This makes it easy to remember your shortcuts. Mellel doesn't allow you to do this. I recommend you rather try Nisus than Mellel. If you chose Mellel, be aware that the additional programs you need to buy in order to be able to write like a professional cost extra money (text expanding software like Typinator $29.00 and OmniGraffle for drawing $124.99). Nisus Writer Pro has already integrated these features.
dgbmunger
dgbmunger
Nov 30 2021
5.0.8
0.0
Nov 30 2021
0.0
Version: 5.0.8
I've been aware of Mellel for several years, but have used Pages for all my writing: articles and books. Its nearly 2022, now, so thot I'd try Mellel instead of using Pages 11.2 and its changed format for me. As starters I've downloaded the Mellel demo and read several reviews, but no review I've read contains specifics as to how Mellel is better than Pages. I'd like some evidence that for a 300 page scholarly book Mellel is better than Pages. The book will have text and visuals, notes and index. I'd really appreciate someone taking the time to post specifics. Thank you. dbing
Septic Monkey
Septic Monkey
Jul 21 2021
5.0.3
0.0
Jul 21 2021
0.0
Version: 5.0.3
Overall, this is a great app. There are only 2 things I would like to suggest improving ... 1. the cursor behaves erratically. Very difficult to control using the keyboard and it dances around all over the place. 2. When adjusting the width of table cells, could it leave other unrelated and unconnected tables untouched? Exports great to MS word format.
marrygarry001
marrygarry001
May 12 2021
5.0.3
5.0
May 12 2021
5.0
Version: 5.0.3
Really easy to use.
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
Jan 7 2021
5.0.3
5.0
Jan 7 2021
5.0
Version: 5.0.3
Belated condolences to the Redlers family on the passing of Ori Redler. As for the app, it's up there with the best in class.
Fariborz
Fariborz
Aug 7 2020
5.0.3
5.0
Aug 7 2020
5.0
Version: 5.0.3
Hurray! After more than a month of waiting Mellel 5 has finally arrived here on MacUpdate! Still, it's such a wonderful word processor that is surely worth waiting for. I just wonder why some applications take so long to show on MacUpdate. Would anyone from MacUpdate please tell us the reason. Thanks.
Fariborz
Fariborz
Jul 6 2020
4.2.9
5.0
Jul 6 2020
5.0
Version: 4.2.9
Today (Jul 6, 2020) "Mellel 5.0" saw the light of day. It'll hopefully be released here soon. It's a great leap forward especially if you are dealing with ePUB and can also export its documents with great ease and precision to Microsoft Words Open XML Format. I upgraded with closed eyes because I've been using Mellel for many years on end and it has always kept its promises on developing new features continuously. This is a masterpiece in software engineering especially for those you like me who write in RIGHT-TO-LEFT languages and need those special features to handle texts correctly. Highly recommended.
pkensildavis
pkensildavis
Jul 5 2020
4.2.9
5.0
Jul 5 2020
5.0
Version: 4.2.9
Mellel and the Mellel/Bookends combination are first rate for writers, especially for those with complex documents. The 5.0 version is a landmark for Mellel because it now exports accurately to Word and ePub.
Dr-Sparks
Dr-Sparks
Jul 3 2020
4.2.9
0.0
Jul 3 2020
0.0
Version: 4.2.9
FYI Mellel 5.0 was released yesterday, July 2, 2020. https://www.mellel.com/blog/mellel-5-0-released/ https://www.mellel.com/release-info/5-0/ Free if your existing license (Mellel 4) was purchased less than two years ago. Upgrade price if Mellel 4 license was purchased more than two years ago: $29 (regular full price $49). Mellel Educational License $39.
Jeff-Schlueter
Jeff-Schlueter
Jun 3 2020
4.2.9
4.0
Jun 3 2020
4.0
Version: 4.2.9
Its a great app
BeardMan
BeardMan
Nov 6 2019
4.2.6
5.0
Nov 6 2019
5.0
Version: 4.2.6
The best word processor for me. My favorite word processing program for creating scientific publications on Mac.
piquadratpi2
piquadratpi2
Oct 22 2019
4.2.5
5.0
Oct 22 2019
5.0
Version: 4.2.5
For me meanwhile the best word processor. Fast - not very big - reliable - and updated if any error occurs. A big thanks to the developers: thank you so much for this grat program.
Nuthinnew
Nuthinnew
Oct 22 2019
4.2.3
5.0
Oct 22 2019
5.0
Version: 4.2.3
I was checking on other applications and just had to see how my favorite word processing program was being treated in the ratings and comments, and rate and comment myself. Let me say this: As a professional researcher and writer, if Mellel were ever to disappear, I would be devastated. I've been using it for over ten years now and can honestly say that, for serious writers (especially those who need to use non-Latin characters a lot), there is no better program. Combined with Bookends and it's exquisite. Even with massive manuscripts, it's very fast. It never hangs, or pauses, or moves slowly through a document. One can have a two- or four-page viewing. One can easily use (and label!) various colors of highlighters. Then there is the outline pane, with autotitles, that helps me move quickly through the documents and keep my conception of it clear. Tracking changes and posting comments is also super-easy. Then there is the great index feature. Why do people even bother with other programs. I truly adore this program! I can't say enough good about it!
Fariborz
Fariborz
Jun 27 2019
4.2.0
5.0
Jun 27 2019
5.0
Version: 4.2.0
Mellel has always been my favorite wordprocessor and Mellel 4.2 has notably enhanced its “table” features. Its developer is dedicated to make it better and better. He listens to his customers’ suggestions and carries them out without fail. What is so great in this process is that he doesn’t charge extra fees for all his hard work. All these significant changes occure in abosolute silence and unlike some other developers the version number doesn’t jump from 4 to 5 in a matter of a month or two to oblige customers to cough up more for the new version and all features that were missing before. This what I like about this developer and his work. His support is second to none and his application runs smoothly on all Macs. What do we need more?
Dolphinboy2u
Dolphinboy2u
Feb 14 2019
4.1.5
0.0
Feb 14 2019
0.0
Version: 4.1.5
Release notes for Mellel are here: https://www.mellel.com/release-notes
xcoxco
xcoxco
Nov 27 2018
4.1.4
0.0
Nov 27 2018
0.0
Version: 4.1.4
In the past, a significant Mellel shortcoming was how it handles tables. Apple Pages was far (far) better.

Is that still the case??
harradron4
harradron4
May 15 2018
4.1.1
0.0
May 15 2018
0.0
Version: 4.1.1
After an early assessment of Mellell I think it is quite good although I am yet to discover how to bold, underline etc. The way to those basic enhancements is not obvious to a new user.
Dr-Sparks
Dr-Sparks
Apr 28 2018
4.1.1
0.0
Apr 28 2018
0.0
Version: 4.1.1
When I opened my Mellel 3.5.x in the last week of August 2017, I was told that Mellel 4.0 was available as a free update within the limits of my current license. So I installed it, whereby my 3.5.x version was deleted, and the 4.0 version told me I would have to pay an upgrade price. I was quite surprised and felt deceived. I had to look several places to get back to 3.5.x, because Mellel would not make the download link public:

http://forum.mellel.com/viewtopic.php?t=3392

I finally got hold of the Mellel_35501.dmg, which I will keep in a safe place. This is the latest 3.5 version according to this overview:

https://www.mellel.com/release-notes/

However, when I recently checked for updates inside Mellel 3.5.5 I was offered 3.5.6 as a final update for pre-4 users. So I am happy with that, but unhappy about all the hassle I went through.

I eventually paid the upgrade price for Mellel 4, but that's another story.

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