Light word processor

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  1. ifjake macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking for a light, cocoa-based word processor. Typically all I've been able to find are coding centric text editors, Microsoft Word alternatives that are just as feature-heavy and cumbersome, or creative writing applications with no regard for page layout.

    Basically I'd want a text editor that cares about page layout, i.e. margins and page dimension, headers and footers with footnotes, line spacing, those little tabs(?) in Word up on the ruler that you can put multiple times on a line and have text be aligned from left, right or center. All the other word processor stuff like fonts and symbols and spell/grammar check should be taken care of with Cocoa. Maybe even .doc support, but really the file format might not need to be anything more than "rich text files" (.rtf). I'd be interested in Apple's Pages, but they chose to load it with publishing-type features, so it still falls in the feature-heavy Word alternatives. Does anything like this exist? Switching to Rich Text in good ol' TextEdit.app included on every Mac almost gets it done, but it's just not very easy to use.

    I've been checking out some of the ones listed here, but there are a lot and like I said before, they usually fall into the 3 subcategories I listed earlier.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  3. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Learn LaTeX and you will never have these problems again :).
     
  4. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

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    Or, to be more exact, Bean

    It's free, and very nice. Does 99% of what a "major" word processor does.
     
  5. Kristine macrumors 6502a

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  6. celticpride678

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    Like others have suggested, take a look at Bean
     
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  9. Yojiirill macrumors regular

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    Yes, Bean is the most awesome app in the universe. I do a lot of writing, and it's my main word processor.

    With Bean, I can have 10+ documents open and still it use up hardly any RAM.
     
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  11. reubs macrumors 68000

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    Has anyone suggest Bean yet? :) That would be my suggestion.
     
  12. chatoyer macrumors regular

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    A less well-known option would be Bean.

    But seriously, if not Bean, once you get into Latex there's a good chance you'll be hooked. It's actually a typesetting environment as opposed to word processing.
     
  13. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    PageHand. Got a thumbs up from Jon Gruber, FWIW.

    http://pagehand.com/

    Simple, lovely, and very well laid out. Developer is great to deal with.
     

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