Mellel is a popular Mac OS X word processor that is stable enough to handle long documents, whether you are writing the Great American Novel or a long and complex technical manual. Format your documents with styles, style sets, auto-titles (automatic formatting of headings) and templates.
View, navigate and edit your documents with the outlining and editing features. The auto-outline feature automatically creates outlines whenever you add an auto-title to the document. View your document structure with specialized tags, such as figures or table captions, or display them separately.
If you have ever tried to self-publish a novel or book, then you have run into the formatting problems called widows and orphans at one point or another. Mellel tackles this by allowing you to keep the lines together at the beginning or end of a paragraph. You can also opt to keep the whole paragraph together.
You can also format your document to have unlimited columns, which you can customize exactly the way you want them to look. Mellel also offers a superior footnote and endnote system that lets you control all aspects of your notes. You can use shortcuts to make applying complex layouts and formatting easier.
Mellel’s interface takes some getting used to at first. Once you get the hang of it, you will never want to go back to Word. A free trial is available for you to test the program out before you buy it. The price is $39, after the trial expires.