Bean provides the basic tools for text editing in a beautiful, user oriented interface, and gains in speed what it lacks in complexity.
Bean does not intend to replace word processors that offer extensive capabilities, but tries to provide a middle path between the too plain TextEdit and complex text editors.
Bean is not a universal solution to all your text processing problems and is not designed to produce complex documents. Still, it does provide the necessary tools to get your job done properly and in a timely fashion without hogging too much of your Mac's resources.
If you simply need to write a piece of text and you require basic tools like a word counter, spelling and grammar check, and basic text editing tools that allow you to change the font style, size, color, arrangement and so on, Bean may prove to be the exact tool you need.
Here are some key features of "Bean":
· live word count
· make template documents with boilerplate text
· free-form headers and footers
· page layout view (optional 2-up)
· alternate colors option (e.g., white text on blue)
· split-window editing
· full screen editing
· date-stamped backups
· selection of text by text style, paragraph style, color, etc.
· find panel allows regular expressions (pattern matching)
· all of Cocoa's good stuff (dictionary, word completion, etc.)
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Fixed a problem with the way native rtf headers and footers were written out that could cause the document body text to appear in four columns in other apps (20130102-1).
· File > New from Template... now allows viewing the contents of folders in the Templates folder, allowing for hierarchical organization (20130211-1).
· Added a section in the Help file (under Tips and Tricks) on how to change the default paper/page size for new documents.
· Fixed a few object over/under release problems revealed by static analysis.