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Mellel for Mac

By RedleX Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Mar 18, 2015

Mellel for Mac lets professionals and academics write papers that contain a lot of citations, references, and footnotes. It comes with a free trial and features an elegant interface that is somewhat unconventional and might take a minute to get used to. In addition to the excellent bibliography features, the app also comes with a self-updating table of contents, advanced style options, the ability to track changes, and support for a right-to-left writing direction.

Pros

Advanced referencing and style options: The biggest claim to fame for Mellel for Mac is the degree to which you're allowed to use and keep track of references, citations, bookmarks, footnotes, author comments, etc. There is also support for character, paragraph, section, and page styles, including academic and professional ones that come preloaded with the app.

International options: If you happen to be writing a document in another language, the app has got you covered. You can choose a custom language in the app's preferences. There is also a very accessible option to switch the writing direction from right to left.

Collaboration-ready: If you're collaborating on your paper with someone else, you'll be happy to know that there is built-in support for tracking changes. And if your colleagues are working with Word, you can still open and use the documents they send. However, be prepared for some possible style inconsistencies.

Cons

Not suited for everyday use: While you can use the app for less demanding work, we feel that its layout and lack of multimedia features don't make it the best choice out there. When we tested the app's photo manipulation abilities, we found it to be lacking and not as fluid as Apple Pages.

Bottom Line

Mellel for Mac is best suited for students, academics, researchers, and other professionals that find themselves writing long papers containing a dozen text styles and hundreds of citations and references. Although the app comes with a price tag, we feel that it is justified, especially if you fall in the aforementioned category.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Mellel for Mac 3.3.8.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1.1

  • Fixed an issue that broke support for Type 1 fonts.
  • Correctly importing old style text boxes in DOCX documents.
  • Fixed an issue that caused very heavy underline/strikethrough weight to appear with some fonts.
  • Fixed an issue that caused failure to open DOCX files produced by Ulysses.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Mellel to fail to open some DOCX documents containing numbered lists with the error "delegate aborted".
  • Fixed an issue that caused tab/margin tracking guides to remain on screen after tracking.
  • Fixed some issues with identifying bold and italic text in some DOCX documents.
  • Fixed some issues where a font would not be correctly matched when importing DOCX documents.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Mellel to fail to identify bullet style list in DOCX documents.

General

Release April 8, 2018
Date Added April 8, 2018
Version 4.1.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Lion
  • OS X Snow Leopard

Popularity

Total Downloads 22,125
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Mellel is a word processors for Mac OS X, with a special focus on writers, scholars, technical writing and multilingual word processing. Mellel is regularly updated and offers advanced features such as cross-referencing, comments, live bibliography and citations, footnotes and endnotes, advanced multilingual options, and more.