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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Bean is lean, fast, and uncluttered. If you get depressed at the thought of firing up MS Word or OpenOffice, try Bean. If you use TextEdit but have to jump through hoops just to get a word count or change the margins, try Bean. If you desire a simple, beautiful writing environment, try Bean.
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!!
-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.