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Bean for Mac

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out of 85 votes

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    Mar. 09, 2013
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Editors' Review


Bean is a free, compact, easy-to-use text editor that occupies the middle ground between bare-bones apps like TextEdit and more full-featured (and more expensive) word processors.

Bean launches quickly and uses minimal resources, while giving you access to rich features such as live word count, tabbed documents, templates for boilerplate and automatic dates, page layout settings and in-line graphics, dictionary integration, word completion, plenty of import and export options, a search panel that can handle regular expressions, and an Inspector panel for making tweaks to text, format, and spacing.

Bean can't handle some specialized tasks, like footnotes and predefined styles, but this open-source editor gives you a lot of functionality at no cost--in a well-designed, pleasant-to-use interface, including optional split-screen editing and a two-up layout view.

Anyone looking to get a little more out of a free word processor with strong basic features and some extras should give Bean a try.

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1 stars

"Not User friendly."

May 25, 2014  |  By JVENTURA7

 |  Version: Bean 3.2.5


Has only one Font that I like.


Not User friendly.
Has one of the style of fonts that I use on a daily basis when I write MY Daily Letter to MY Fiancee in the Ukraine for the past several years but the new versions of other Word Possessors have removed that Font and some others and most Fonts look the same in many ways with not much difference but the Size and boldness but still the same font as in a different shade of RED.... It is still RED
Going from Bold Print to standard one cannot see the difference if there is any???? I change up MY Text when I write MY letter to express different thoughts I want to Express and Stress and this Program does not do this for what I want so I give it a #1 rating.... Nice Try but no cigar!!!


Not worth the time or effort to even try to bother trying to learn and understand..... Too many moves to achieve a single simple task.....
I am not easily impressed and this Program did not empress ME!!

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5 stars

"Simple, small program for alphabetically sorting a list"

March 07, 2014  |  By ShipsLantern

 |  Version: Bean 3.2.5


Very cool little program and perfect for sorting a list, which you would otherwise have to use a spreadsheet program or large word processing application. TextEdit should have this feature


There are no cons.


Great little program and I can see why 44,000 have downloaded it. I searched all over the place to find a small program to sort alphabetically.

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5 stars

"quick easy and efficient"

December 12, 2013  |  By catgil3

 |  Version: Bean 3.2.5


-small program, quick to start and work i
-allows columns
-allows caps/lower case! in version 3 (not in version 2)
-can "remove styles" easily


would like keyboard shortcuts for caps etc. but i can add those in mac.
no real complaints


I use it all the time

Updated on Dec 16, 2013

Date & Time Stamp, missing option
Actually, I do have one disappointment. I miss the Long Date & Time stamp including Weekday and Time (Thursday, December 10, etc) that was available in version 2. Version 3 allows variations, but no complete one, and none with Weekeday.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.2.5
Bug fix.
Publisher Bean
Publisher web site
Release Date March 09, 2013
Date Added March 09, 2013
Version 3.2.5
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.09MB
File Name
Total Downloads 46,694
Downloads Last Week 18
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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