What’s the best value in Mac word processors? TextEdit on your Mac is free, but very limited in standard word processor features. Apple’s Pages is nice, also free, yet anything but traditional in how it processes words. So, allow me a moment to venture onto the limb of perspective and opinion and declare Growly Write to be 2015’s best value in Mac word processors.
Don’t let the playful name or free price tag fool you into thinking that Growly Write is just another cheap, featureless notes app. There’s lots going on inside this useful writer’s tool, even if it’s something of a throwback to word processors of the past.
See? It even looks like a Mac word processor.
The format panel above tells you much of what you need to know to try Growly Write. It’s feature packed. Text can flow around embedded images. Granular controls are available for page layout, letter and word spacings, tabs, and styles.
Not only does it handle wrap around, but you can have multiple columns, drop caps, tables, links borders and all kinds of styles to format what you’ve written to it looks as good was what you wrote sounds when you read it.
The toolbar is self explanatory, and long documents can be broken into chapters. Growly Write does tabs so you can open multiple documents at the same time. There’s even a draft view.
Growly Write makes nice-nice with Microsoft Word files, too, which it can import, but it also handles RTF, HTML, even email and text clippings, plus the all important plain text option. There are some things it does not have, including macros, auto indexing, document sharing, drawing tools, and the like, but, hey– this is free. It’s something of a throwback word processor app that falls somewhere between Bean and Nisus Writer Express, but nicely done and it’s hard to argue with the price.