Bean for Mac

Bean for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.9.7b
  • Total Downloads:
    44,731
  • Date Added:
    October 17, 2011
  • File Size:
    3.09MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    42
  • Operating Systems:
    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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2 stars

"Works good for free..."

November 21, 2011  |  By poetfreak

 |  Version: Bean 2.9.7b

Pros

The price is right, seemed kind of stable.

Cons

Even as a HTML/CSS/PHP editor, even for free it is limited in features. This is an area where Windows kills Mac OSX. Every full featured text editor cost money. Plus it does not support OSX 10.4

Summary

skip it.

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5 stars

"I love Bean!"

November 13, 2011  |  By kikolei

 |  Version: Bean 2.9.7b

Pros

It's just right - sits perfectly between the big word processors and the simplest note-takers. Bean opens up very quickly. No more long waits for Word to go through its paces, yet I still have all the options important to me in creating a document.

Cons

Is it a 'con' that I haven't run into a 'con' yet?

Summary

I even love its name!

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1 stars

"This version is bugged"

November 05, 2011  |  By mattg

 |  Version: Bean 2.9.7b

Pros

Downgrade to a previous version, and Bean is great.

Cons

This version crashes on me every time I get a couple paragraphs written. Wait for something > 2.9.7b.

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5 stars

"Starts fast"

October 26, 2011  |  By daleh30354

 |  Version: Bean 2.9.7b

Pros

Quick starting text editor

Cons

Does not edit any kind of files other than text

Summary

Great for creating text files. Quicker starting than Open Office.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Bean
Publisher web site http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html
Release Date October 17, 2011
Date Added October 17, 2011
Version 2.9.7b
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5
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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