When it comes to applications the real danger is feature creep. That’s a technical term for what happens to an app over time. Features continue to creep in until the app becomes difficult to learn, uncomfortable to use, complicated and expensive. That sort of describes Microsoft Word, doesn’t it?
The latest trend in word processing for Mac users is less expensive and with fewer features. That describes XWord, yet another Mac word processor with just what you need to write and nothing you don’t.
XWord is more for quick writing projects where focus is a requirement, and all the bells and whistles of Word are not.
Look familiar? Toolbar on the top, floating palette for text adjustments.
XWord even lets you drop in photos and wrap text around it, so it acts as a mini page layout app.
Of course, XWord does full screen editing for distraction free writing, has alternate colors of text and background, features auto save, and date-stamped backups.
And, it even does tables.
To keep XWord in step with the big dawg on the block it exports Microsoft Word files but also does HTML, PDF, RTF, DOC with photos, and supports most of the image formats for the Mac.
What XWord has that most mini word processors don’t is a find panel which gives you regular expressions for pattern matching searches. That’s sweet.
Otherwise, XWord is a competent word processor which is more than Apple’s TextEdit, but less than Word, and more traditional than Pages. You’ll spend as much for lunch.