Way back in the day, way back when I was younger, thinner, and new to the Mac, WriteNow was all the rage for anyone who wrote for a living. Alas, WriteNow is no more.
Many years later writers latched on to Bean, a WriteNow-like word processor that was fast, easy to use, and free. Alas, Bean is no longer under development, so we at Mac360 have search high and low for a WriteNow Bean replacement. This might be what we’ve all been looking for.
Big Words From TinyWord
What made WriteNow and Bean so successful and so loved was that sweet blend of features and speed. Neither one competed with Microsoft Word on features, but both were much easier to use and seemed to have just what writers wanted.
Enter TinyWord for the Mac, an inexpensive Mac word processor which does not go overboard on features, but is fast and simple to use. TinyWord imports .doc, .docx, .rtf, .rtfd files, exports .rtfd, .rtf, .html, .webarchive, .odt, .xml files which makes it a useful editor, too.
Graphic images and photos can be dropped into TinyWord, and just like Bean, text can wrap around the image page layout style. The toolbar has the obvious and most necessary features, including fonts, style, size, paragraph styles, colors, and more. There’s even word counts.
Website hyperlink URLs can be dropped into the text and work as expected. Even data tables can be added and have controls for cell border and background colors. TinyWord isn’t cluttered with tools, but the toolbar on the top can be customized and there is a text inspector panel for fonts, style, size, and so on.
Spellcheck and grammar suggestions are built-in, and the Find and Replace function makes it easy to find and change words throughout a document. And, speaking of documents, TinyWord can handle more than one at a time, and a document can have multiple columns.
The main toolbar is a bit Fisher Price-like and the developer needs to have a different Save icon than a floppy disk. When was the last time a Mac had a floppy disk? There’s a whole generation of users who have no idea what a floppy disk is. Change that, please.
There’s just enough going on with TinyWord to make it usable to the masses who miss WriteNow or Bean. It’s not overly cluttered, it’s fast and searches through large documents quickly. There’s much to like; especially the price at a couple of bucks (the original price was $18.99, which was ridiculously high).
TinyWord’s developer is something of an expert on PDF readers and converters, and with a few dozen apps does not make mention of TinyWord (available only on the Mac App Store). That’s too bad because it works well and if enough Mac users opt in for TinyWord it could become the next Bean.