I found this nice app while looking for an alternative to Microsoft Windows.
Don't get me wrong, MS Word isn't a bad program. But it isn't made for writers, at least not for the kind of writers who love to write.
Why would I say that?
When I started using MS Word on Windows I was very happy with all the styles and choices this program gives you.
And most of the time I had to write something for school I ended up fiddleing around with those styles and borders and buttons instead of doing what I should do: just write.
The same happend when I tried Pages on Mac. Pages is beautiful but it has problems with simple tasks like making a table of contents. Or adding foot notes.
And this is where Mellel surpasses its competitors.
Compared to other text processors Mellel opens really fast. Even if you open a 20 pages file with pictures and references in it, Mellel opens in an instant.
The most notable thing to see when you first open a new document is a palette on the right side with a ton of features. Most of the time I see palettes I am somehow overwhelmed but not with Mellel. Everything is in a logical order and very easy to find.
The same goes for the user interface. It is very clean and not overcrowded with buttons. Like most word processors today, Mellel has spell checking, too. But it doesn't underline the wrong words, it marks them in a light red. This is much easier on the eyes and doesn't stop you from writing.
Mellel gives you control over the look of your documents. You choose how your documents look like and not the other way. All the settings are very easy to find and intuitive to use. I never needed the help file as I found everything I was looking for very quick.
Mellel comes with its own file format, .mellel, but you can export your documents to MS Word format, plain text, rtf or pdf.
I totally recommend this program to everyone who is looking for a nice, very fast and powerful word processor.