Bean 3.0.8

Bean 3.0.8

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James Hoover|More programs
Mac OS X 10.5 or later
March 12th, 2012

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Bean 3.0.8 Description

Bean 3.0.8 is launched to be a helpful and smart 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. 

Major Features:
  1. Live word count
  2. Make template documents with boilerplate text
  3. Free-form headers and footers
  4. Page layout view (optional 2-up)
  5. Alternate colors option (e.g., white text on blue)
  6. Split-window editing
  7. Full screen editing
  8. Date-stamped backups
  9. Selection of text by text style, paragraph style, color, etc.
  10. Find panel allows regular expressions (pattern matching)
  11. All of cocoa's good stuff (dictionary, word completion, etc.)
  • Changes:
    • The draft view now shows the resizer bars only when the view width is greater than the setting at Preferences > Size > Limit Draft View Width to ... % of Screen, or when the window width is almost equal to the screen width (20120306-1).  To re-enable the previous behavior where the resizers are always visible in draft mode, use this terminal command (change YES to NO to reverse the setting):
      • defaults write com.bean-osx.Bean prefDoNotHideDraftWidthResizers -bool YES
    • The tab bar of the grouped document window now has a ‘+’ button to easily create new documents (20120229-1).
    • Bean now opens an untitled document (if no documents are open) after being activated by a click in the dock, as this is standard Cocoa behavior (20120226-1). To re-enable the previous behavior where no document is created, use this terminal command (change NO to YES to reverse the setting):
      • defaults write com.bean-osx.Bean prefOpenUntitledAtActivate -bool NO
    • Refined the appearance of document tabs in the tab bar (20120222-1).
  • Bugfixes:
    • File > Export > PDF could fail on PPC Macs due to uninitialized variable. Fixed (20120304-1).
    • The unused section of the document tab bar can now be used (like the title bar and tool bar) to drag/move the window (20120226-2).
    • Some graphic resources in Bean are now smaller thanks to Mike Detwiler (20120301-1).
    • Added/corrected/improved many VoiceOver labels (20120219-1).
    • The offset of the layout view text ruler now immediately updates when the window is resized (20120219-3).
    • Localized: Edit > Show Spelling and Grammar and Edit > Check Spelling While Typing
    • Insert > Line Break now uses the responder method insertLineBreak: and now also maintains the typing attributes (20120223-1).
    • In Bean 3.x, double-clicking the top or bottom margin of a page in layout view causes the header/footer sheet to show. In 3.0.8, the header text or footer text in the sheet is initially active based on which area of the layout view was clicked (20120219-5).
    • In Bean 3.x, a click in the top half of the right resizable draft margin results in a page up, while a click in the bottom half of the right resizable draft margin results in a page down. The code has been improved in 3.0.8 to reduce unintended actions (20120219-4).
  • Mac with a PPC or Intel processor running OS X 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard, or 10.7 Lion.
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