Bean – Open Source Word Processor for Mac OS X

Written By Sam on 22 October 2009

If you are looking for a simple and free Word Processor for Mac OS X then you can try out Bean. Bean is a simple, small and easy-to-use word processor for Mac system. It is more like a perfect rich text editor and saves time in editing a file or sharing it with others. Bean can be used as a rich text editor to write documents with rich text features but it is not replacement for OpenOffice or Microsoft Word. It doesn’t do footnotes or use stylesheets and is only partially compatible with Word’s file formats. Bean is open source, fully Cocoa and it is available free of charge.


Features of Bean Rich Text Editor

  • It is lean, fast, and uncluttered.
  • Live word count, Date-stamped backups and Autosaving
  • Get Info panel for in-depth statistics
  • Zoom-slider to easily change the view scale
  • An Inspector panel with lots of sliders
  • Page layout mode
  • An alternate colors option (e.g., white text on blue)
  • Selection of text by text style, paragraph style, color, etc.
  • Floating windows option
  • Find panel allows regular expressions (pattern matching)
  • Cocoa’s good stuff like dictionary, word completion, etc.
  • Export to html, pdf, doc compatible and rtf formats.

Bean natively reads and writes file formats like .rtf format (rich text), .rtfd format (rich text with graphics), .bean format (identical to .rtfd), .txt format (Unicode and legacy), .html format (as source code) and .webarchive format (Apple’s web archive format).

Bean transparently imports and exports .doc format (MS Word ’97, minus images, margins, and page size), .docx format (Word 2007, minus images and some formatting), .odt format (OpenDocument, minus images, margins, and page size) and .xml format (MS Word 2003 XML, minus images).

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