Based upon the number of new word processors on the Mac App Store you might be left with the impression that TextEdit isn’t good enough, and that Mac users are flocking away from Microsoft Word by the minute.
This new breed of Mac writing tool has one thing in common– minimalism. That seems to be a euphemism for ‘doesn’t have many features.’ Fortunately, less isn’t more, and this generation of limited feature word processor also won’t cost you much.
It seems that TextEdit– the free editor-cum-word processor on your Mac– is the base line. Any word processor that does what TextEdit does and a little more is worth of a price tag.
Seven fits the bill. It doesn’t cost much because it doesn’t really do much but it does more than TextEdit.
Tell me the truth. Doesn’t Seven look much like TextEdit?
Seven’s feature set isn’t extensive, but it has a few nifty features. There’s live word counting, tabs, justification, and font manipulation, but there’s also highlighting, which is handy.
The native file format is RTF or RTFD, but it can read and write most popular Word file formats, as well as HTML and OpenDocument. Drop in photos or images, turn on the text ruler, add clickable links, too.
For Mac geeks, Seven works with Subversion and is a decent text editor but without any syntax marking.
Otherwise, Seven is yet another Mac word processor that uses the minimalist approach, won’t compete with Word or Pages, but is more or less like a few dozen others on the Mac App Store (other than the highlighting feature).