Until this past week, I'd been using NeoOffice as my default word processor. I'd used both NO and Bean (not very often) prior to this. I was using NeoOffice for the misguided reason that I thought it had more features and was closer to commercial WPs in terms of its overall functionality. It also had generally good user reviews. Overall, Bean seemed less "professional" and too simple to be a serious WP. Boy was I wrong. I started growing impatient with NO: waiting for it to load, slow keyboard response (and slow at just about everything else), and just very balky using it. Bean is much faster in every aspect and, so far, has met all my needs. It seems to shine in its intuitive interface and ease of use. I'm curious to know others' experiences and recommendations with non-professional WPs (i.e., freeware or shareware).