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  • 5.0 stars

    "flick it ;-)"

    May 10, 2012  |   By surfergrl

    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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