Bean is lean, fast, and uncluttered. • If you get depressed at the thought of firing up MS Word or OpenOffice, try Bean. • If you use Text Edit but have to jump through hoops just to get a word count, try Bean. • If you desire a simple, beautiful writing environment, try Bean.
Features Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor that includes: • 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 doesn`t... ...do footnotes, pre-defined text styles, floating graphics (but it does do in-line graphics).
File Formats 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)
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History updates (Complete changelogs since the listing on this site)
Other versions : 3.2.4 3.2.3 3.2.2 3.2.1 3.2.0 3.1.0 2.4.5
Bugfix Fixed a bug that prevented attachments with non-ASCII characters in their filenames to save correctly in .rtfd and .bean format files (20130104-1). Altered rtf image decoding code to accommodate image hex data preceded by a newline (20130103-1). Fixed a bug where, when opening .rtf files, a paragraph starting with an image could lose its paragraph attributes. For example, if a cell in a text table contained only an image, the image would be removed from the table since text tables are really paragraph attributes. (20130105-1).
Bugfix Reverted bugfix 120909-1 which was supposed to allow images having names containing non-ascii characters to save in .rtfd and .bean format (121129-1). The bugfix was incorrect and also caused a larger problem, preventing headers and footers to save in .rtfd and .bean documents.
Changes Improved and sped-up image decoding routines for .rtf format files (120930-1). Bean now has improved support for embedded images in .rtf documents created by LibreOffice, Nisus Writer, Abiword, and Mariner Write. Since Bean does not support ‘floating’ images, these are loaded in Bean as in-line images in the nearest paragraph. A previous version, Bean 2.x, could create pre-formatted document headers and footers on the fly, and this setting could be saved per-document. This setting was previously ignored in Bean 3, which allows free-form headers and footers. However, for increased compatibility, documents originally saved in Bean 2 will now open in Bean 3.2.2 with an approximation of the header/footer info that was created on the fly in Bean 2. But for any document that has already been subsequently re-saved in Bean 3, this old header/footer info is ignored and removed. (20121007-1). Edit view can become editable more quickly after selecting View > Show / Hide Layout (20120728-1). Changed the width of text in exported HTML to 600px if the browser width is greater than 600px. While this is a bit wider than the typical printed page (which is what the previous setting tried to approximate), the new setting looks better on most screens. Bugfixes Fixed a bug where, in a text table cell, any paragraph following and having a different paragraph style from the first paragraph would disappear when selecting the Add Row Above|Below, Add Column Before|After, and Delete Row|Column menu commands (20121015-1). Fixed a bug where text tables nested within a text table cell would disappear when selecting the Add Row Above|Below, Add Column Before|After, Delete Row|Column menu commands (20121015-2). Fixed a problem where .rtfd and .bean format documents with images having names containing non-ascii characters could omit the image files upon save (120909-1). Fixed a bug where Edit > Change > Sort could cause the final item to go missing (20120922-2). Selecting a document in the Finder and pressing cmd-p will now successfully print the file (20120922-1). On OS X 10.7+, when System Preferences > Show Scroll Bars > Always is selected, the scroller would not hide in full screen mode. Fixed (20121016-2). Fixed a problem where the vertical ruler was not activating consistently. Programming Notes Bean is now built on the OS X 10.8 SDK. Added -weak_library /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib to Other Linker Flags to prevent crash on 10.5 due to ‘Symbol not found: __NSConcreteGlobalBlock’ (20121108-1) Renamed zh_CN.lproj to zh_Hans.lproj.
Bugfixes Fixed a bug where View > Zoom > Default did not center the edit view (20120712-1). On Lion, when transitioning to full screen, the single document window is now closed more quickly to prevent problems (20120712-2). On Lion, the grouped document window would momentarily bulge (via annoying animation) when another newly opened document was added. Fixed (20120711-1). Initial View > Split Window ratio was not 1:1. Fixed (20120708-1). Fixed a problem where the Show Info panel might not update its counts when shown after being hidden (20120712-3). Fixed a problem where switching documents in the grouped document window could cause a visual jitter due to the toolbar separator toggling (20120707-1). Fixed a problem where the Bean Help document could be exported to a location inside the app bundle. Bean now prompts the user for a location (20120707-2). Fixed a problem where the grouped document window could shift position (attempting to cascade) when several grouped documents were opened at the same time on Lion (20120707-3). Fixed a crash caused when the Open panel preview pane tries to show a document with an invisible table cell border (20120707-4). Fixed a bug where hyperlink urls could be mangled (20120713-1). Launching Bean with ‘Preferences > Advanced > Show Info Panel at launch’ could cause the Info Panel to relocate to the Inspector’s location on Lion. Fixed (20120712-3). Fixed intermittent crash when opening rtf files with custom rtf data in them due to a RegExKitLite assertion failure; [NSString clearStringCache] solved the problem (20120721-1). Undo registration is now disabled while loading documents (20120720-1). I had thought Bean 3.2.0 was code-signed and therefore enabled to pass Gatekeeper. I was wrong. Hopefully, 3.2.1 will download and start on Mountain Lion without Gatekeeper causing problems.
Bugfixes Fixed some memory leaks revealed by XCode 4 analyzer (120627-1). Changes Added localization for Brazilian Portuguese (courtesy Paulo Neto), Dutch (courtesy Frans de Graaf) and improved German localization (thanks to M. Bunge for the improvements). Added Developer ID, so Bean will download and run on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion without the OS complaining. Starting with this version, Bean is no longer compatible with PowerPC (PPC) macs. In other words, it is no longer a universal binary. A PowerPC compatible version of Bean numbered 3.1.x will be available for download at the Bean website (www.bean-osx.com) for those who need it.
Changes Bean Preferences > View > Zoom Control will display a zoom slider in the status bar, like Bean 2.x (20120520-1). Bean may hide this control due to lack of space. Added a note to the Tips & Tricks section of the Help file about how file management (deleting files, moving files, copying files) is done using the Finder, not Bean. Added a ‘Full Format’ menu item (which includes the weekday) to the Date/Time toolbar item popup menu (20120601-1). Bugfixes NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled is now set to YES for Bean (so you will see window animation in Bean even if you have the global version of this preference set to NO). This avoids a very nasty bug that crashes any non-Lion-only app that uses the popup dictionary on Lion when Lion’s window animation is disabled. Fixed inconsistant drawing of document tabs (20120605-1).
Version 2.4.5 (14 December 2011)
Bugfixes • Fixed a problem where the Full Screen menu item did not work under 10.7 Lion.
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