Most of us who do any writing at all– whether creative hobby, business documents, or blogging– have one thing in common. A word processor. Apps that capture your writing range from free to remarkably expensive, from simple and elegant, to clumsy and complex.
One of my favorites is Bean, considered by me and others as The Best Free Word Processor The World Has Ever Seen.
Unfortunately for the world at large, Bean is no loner being actively developed, obviously the price of a very good application without a price.
So, I’m on the lookout for another elegant writing tool. Microsoft Word is too big, too cluttered, too troublesome. Apple’s Pages app is good but a little over the top, Apple style. Elegance, speed, and just the right balance of features is what I’m after. Oh, and a modest price tag.
Here’s one you might like, too. It’s called Magic Word. It looks a bit like a Fisher-Price version of Bean, but with similar stack of basic writing features (as opposed to processing words).
The Toolbar is somewhat toy-like, but self explanatory.
Otherwise, the features list favors writing rather than processing words.
Magic Word is fast and comes with character and paragraph styles, table of contents, bullets or numbered lists, templates, free form headers and footers.
Writers will also like the fullscreen nearly distraction free writing option, date-stamped backups, multiple color options, multiple selection options, word count, auto page numbering, and the typical auto save, find and replace, and plenty of export options (PDFs, Word, RTF, txt, etc.).
Magic Word even handles page layout with graphics. For creative writing, it’s comfortable, fast, and easy to master. And, like the new breed of Mac App Store apps, won’t cost you much more than lunch. While it isn’t Write Now or Bean, this could be a good contender once it becomes more mature and stable.