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Bean for Mac

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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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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, small program for alphabetically sorting a list"

    March 7, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really Great and Efficient Productivity Application"

    May 5, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best word processor"

    April 9, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "For free it is one of the best."

    February 24, 2012  |   By j.pringle

    Version: Bean 3.0.7

    Pros

    Does exactly what you want it to do.

    Cons

    Latest version 3.0.7 seems to have it all working. No problems yet.

    Summary

    Not quite as sophisticated as some more expensive word processing apps. but for FREE it is one of the best for the Mac. It is streets ahead of TextEdit. It will do me. AAAA

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