Bean for Mac is a word processor that can handle basic writing tasks and a bit more. It doesn’t have as many features as full office suites, but it doesn’t take as much space either. Bean combines a beautiful interface with several helpful editing tools. Even better, it is very quick and doesn’t have the intricacies that come with office suite based word processors.
The product has some limitations; it cannot display style sheets or footnotes; compatibility with Word is partial. However, it has plenty to offer. There is a grammar / spell checker, dictionary, change format font style, color, size and a live word count. The font manager makes it simple to organize and add favorites.
One of the most impressive features is the inspector tool. It gives you the chance to examine indents, spacing, alignment and more. The stats window gives you information about the paragraph number. At the top of the screen are icons for common functions (Save, Print, Undo, Find etc).
Bean also has document template creation, split screen editing and tabs. Grouped documents can be arranged as sidebar entries, buttons or tabs. This is a handy feature that keeps your files organized.
The Split Window option lets you view different parts of the same document. The principle is the same one used in Word. In Bean, the split can be done vertically or horizontally. Many people though, will best appreciate the quick loading time. You can also add signature lines, long or short date format and word completion.
Bean won’t replace full-featured word processors. Instead it falls somewhere between a power packed word processor and a basic text editor. If you just need to write basic documents, Bean will do just fine.