Bean for Mac

Bean for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 85 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    44,731
  • Date Added:
    June 19, 2009
  • File Size:
    3.09MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    42
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 85

1 stars

"Not User friendly."

May 25, 2014  |  By JVENTURA7

 |  Version: Bean 3.2.5

Pros

Has only one Font that I like.

Cons

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!!!

Summary

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

Pros

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

Cons

There are no cons.

Summary

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

Pros

-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

Cons

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

Summary

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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1 stars

"App froze when I added a photo"

July 20, 2012  |  By jhcantwell

 |  Version: Bean 3.2.0

Pros

None that I can think of since it froze on me. I could not center the photo in the document and it just quit on me.

Cons

See above. Cannot save file is many various formats such as pdf, jpg, etc.

Summary

Maybe it will work for you.

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5 stars

"flick it ;-)"

May 10, 2012  |  By surfergrl

 |  Version: Bean 3.0.9

Pros

I switched from TextEdit because I'd had finally enough of Lion's save issues and ridiculous headache-inducing glitchy zoomy animation when opening a file. I'm so glad I did.

Love the tabs but also that you can still have separate windows.
Love the fact that you have some white space at the bottom of the document so that you're not writing up against the bottom of the screen.
Love the full screen option, great for beating procrastination.
Adore the simple, no-fuss word and character count.
View options - excellent.
Love the easy zoom change so I can have things at 12 point as required, but can use zoom to make viewing easier on my small screen.

Cons

I have to work out how to get a new document to show how I want it (have changed the prefs?) but that's probably me not Bean.

Summary

It's just the little things that make Bean so great for writing reams of text — I don't care about formatting, I want it down in a simple no-clutter way, and this just works, intuitively and very fast.

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5 stars

"Really Great and Efficient Productivity Application"

May 05, 2012  |  By NJvincanity

 |  Version: Bean 3.0.9

Pros

Free, Really fast, Full Screen Mode (no distractions), most formatting is available

Cons

- Not COMPLETELY compatible with formatting in full-fledged word processors such as Word, LibreOffice (OpenOffice)
- Some formatting features are cumbersome to access

Summary

Bean is a great productivity application. If you do note taking, write essays, or write anything that doesn't require a HUGE amounts of formatting, then Bean is a great option! It's not the most compatible word processor on the planet, but its one of the fastest! Opens in no time. Overall, it is a great, lite word processor. NOTE: use the "inspector" if you want easier access to formatting

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5 stars

"Great Product"

April 13, 2012  |  By fitzt

 |  Version: Bean 3.0.9

Pros

Works flawless all the time

Cons

None to report

Summary

Thanks for a Great program!

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4 stars

"So far, does everything I've asked it it to do!"

April 13, 2012  |  By cjc2

 |  Version: Bean 3.0.9

Pros

Easy formatting

Cons

Nothing so far

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5 stars

"Best word processor"

April 09, 2012  |  By curtis29y

 |  Version: Bean 3.0.9

Pros

GUI is much better than any other word processor, lots of functions.

Cons

I have no cons.

Summary

The aplication is just what i need and it works smart and fast. Strongly recommended.

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5 stars

"compact,easy to use"

February 25, 2012  |  By dvb1964

 |  Version: Bean 3.0.7

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

Did not find any

Summary

Great choice

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.3.1
Fixed UI glitch: Bean Preferences > Style > Line Spacing now assigns line spacing correctly (user reported)
General
Publisher Bean
Publisher web site http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html
Release Date June 19, 2009
Date Added June 19, 2009
Version 2.3.1
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.09MB
File Name Bean-Install.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 44,731
Downloads Last Week 42
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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