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Bean for Mac

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    Feb. 02, 2012
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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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4 stars

"Does its job quite well ..."

February 15, 2012  |  By Desmond Hornsby

 |  Version: Bean 3.0.6


Zippy and neat; does its job very well.
Saves as ... a good variety of doc types.


Has a strange printing quirk for me ... the bottom line of a page only gets half or less recognised.
May be to do with bottom margin.
I use a Samsung CLX-3175 mf printer.


Zippy, clean and able to clean up other docs.
I use it for quick work on smaller docs .... does it have a limit on the number of pages one can post into it?
Columns and pagination would be nice but I guess that is for the big (expensive) boys. I really like Bean and am grateful to the kind souls who have supplied it.

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4 stars

"Never had a problem w/this one."

February 03, 2012  |  By WannaBteacher

 |  Version: Bean 3.0.6


It has opened documents that others wouldn't or couldn't. It's never overly loaded w/application buttons


The application buttons could be enhanced somewhat so the user can better manage his/her work. It's a great work environment, and stands up to the best w/few to no crashes for me using Tiger on my iBook.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.6
  • The Inspector now updates more consistently (20120129-1).
  • Fixed a text field input validation bug that in rare cases could cause a crash (20120130-1).
  • Switching a document from full screen to a non-grouped window would not restore the document presentation settings. Fixed (20120130-3).
  • Fixed a regression in 3.0.5 where File > Prevent Editing setting was not maintained when switching documents between windows (20120130-2).
  • A status bar shown only to support Documents > Buttons now re-hides for other document navigation views (20120131-1).
  • Reimplemented cycle windows (command-~) since it wasn't working correctly for some unknown reason (20120130-4).
  • Fixed the bug where a newly created text table had black borders, then added cells had gray borders (20120201-1).
  • You can now select a plain text document under Preferences > New > New Document Template > Custom > Choose Template (20120131-3).
  • Updated Slovak translation, courtesy Rudolf Gavlas.
  • Added Chinese (Simplified) translation
Publisher Bean
Publisher web site http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html
Release Date February 02, 2012
Date Added February 02, 2012
Version 3.0.6
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.09MB
File Name Bean-Install.zip
Total Downloads 46,494
Downloads Last Week 14
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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