Word processors for the Mac are a dime a dozen. Sometimes less. Sometimes much, much more; especially the minimalist distraction-free word processors with few features and a fierce price tag.
What is the best value in Mac text editors? TextEdit on your Mac is free, but very limited in standard word processing. Apple's pages are fine, also free, but anything but traditional in how it deals with words. So let me have a moment to wake on the outside of perspective and opinion and declare Growly Write to be the best value of 201
Do not let the playful name or free price tag trick you into thinking that Growly Write is just another cheap, featureless notes app. A lot of things are inside this useful author's tool, although it's a bit of a throwback to word processors from currently.
See? It even looks like a Mac word processor.
The format panel above tells you a lot about what you need to know to try Growly Write. It is functionally packed. Text can flow around embedded images. Granular controls are available for page layout, letter and wordline, tabs and styles.
It handles not just wrapping around, but you can have more columns, drop caps, tables, borders for borders and all kinds of styles to be formatted. What you wrote to it looks like it was what you wrote, sounds when you read it.
The toolbar is self explanatory and long documents can be broken into the chapters. Growing Type makes tabs so you can open multiple documents at the same time. There is yet another draft view.
Grow Write also works fine with Microsoft Word files, which it can import, but it also handles RTF, HTML, email and text clips, plus all important plain text options . 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.