Bean – A rich text editor for Mac OSX

If you are a Mac OSX user and want an easy to use, lightweight rich text editor, Bean is your answer. “MS Word, OpenOffice, etc. try to be all things to all people. 
But sometimes you just want the right tool for the job. That is Bean’s niche.” That says it all. A tiny application that does what most of the big boys don’t seem to do well.
Bean has, among others
  • a live word count
  • a Get Info panel for in-depth statistics
  • a zoom-slider to easily change the view scale
  • an Inspector panel with lots of sliders
  • date-stamped backups
  • autosaving
  • a page layout mode
  • an alternate colors option (e.g., white text on blue)
  • selection of text by text style, paragraph style, color, etc.
  • a floating windows option (like Stickies has)
  • find panel allows regular expressions (pattern matching)
  • all of Cocoa’s good stuff (dictionary, word completion, etc.) 
 Bean natively reads and writes these file formats:

• .rtf format (rich text)

• .rtfd format (rich text with graphics)

• .bean format (identical to .rtfd)

• .txt format (Unicode and legacy)

• .html format (as source code)

• .webarchive format (Apple’s web archive format)

Bean transparently imports and exports these formats:

• .doc format (MS Word ’97, minus images, margins, and page size)…more info here

• .docx format (Word 2007, minus images and some formatting)…more info here

• .odt format (OpenDocument, minus images, margins, and page size)

• .xml format (MS Word 2003 XML, minus images)

Bean can export all of the above formats to these formats:

• .html (web page format, minus images)

• .pdf

• .doc compatible (with images intact)

• .rtf (with images intact)

It is worth pointing out that Bean is not a full fledged word processor. Neither should it be used as a replacement. It is suitable for those times when all you want is a small application to do some ‘shadow’ word processing or text editing. You can download Bean from here.

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