Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor that is designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Bean is lean, fast and uncluttered. It starts up quickly, has a live word count, and is easy on the eyes. Also, Bean is available free of charge.
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.
Bean has some limitations: it doesn't do footnotes or use stylesheets and is only partially compatible with Word's file formats. Also, it allows in-line graphics, but not floating graphics.
Version 3.2.9 (released 14 November 2016) for macOS Sierra 10.12
• Not compatible with earlier macOS versions
• New in this version: even more bug fixes for Sierra
• Spanish localization (Thank you, Francisco Ramón Román)
Version 3.2.5 (released 8 March 2013) OS X 10.5 to OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), Intel only
Localized for: Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Slovak
This older version (3.1.1) is compatible with PowerPC processor Macs running OS X Leopard 10.5+
This older version (2.4.5) is compatible with OS X Tiger 10.4+
Requirements / Installation
Bean requires a Mac with an Intel processor, running at least OS X 10.5 Leopard or greater.
To install, double-click the downloaded file Bean-Install.zip. This will unarchive a folder named Bean-Install. Inside this folder you will find the Bean app, which you can drag into your Applications folder. You can then trash Bean-Install.zip and the Bean-Install folder. If you are upgrading versions, be sure to quit the older version first.
FAQ / Troubleshooting
Cost / License / Sourcecode / Warranty
Bean is provided at no monetary cost.
Bean.app is released under The Bean Word Processor Software License.
Bean 3.x is closed source. However, Bean 2.4.x is open source (download source code here).
Bean comes with no warranty; you assume all the risk of using it.
Report bugs, give feedback, or ask questions here: jnrh2001 (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Instructions for localization here.
Small Print: text and images from the website bean-osx.com may be used by others (including direct quotation of text and reuse of images) for both wikipedia-style informative articles and for software reviews. A zip file of higher resolution images for reviews etc. is available for download here. JH