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#1 R. Mansfield

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 11:30 AM

Although I admittedly haven't been using Mellel in recent years as much as I used to, I always keep it current as I have hundreds of documents from previous years created with it. I would guess that it still probably handles right-to-left languages on the Mac better than anything else, even with MS Word improving tremendously (finally!) in the most recent version. 

 

Mellel 4 has been released in the last couple of days, and it's worth looking at if you're doing any kind of academic writing on the Mac or working with Hebrew, Arabic, and other RTL languages a lot. 

 

If you have the Mac App Store version, it is not a free upgrade, but is considered a separate release. However, MAS users of Mellel 3.x can get an upgrade price by clicking on the link here that will install a non-MAS version of Mellel 4 and will migrate all your v. 3.x settings and content over to v. 4. 

 

Mellel has always had a little bit of a learning curve because it's never been "just another word processor," but instead a word processor rethought from the ground up. In other words, don't expect that because you know Word or Pages that you can just jump in and get going. You need to invest some time in learning. That's not to suggest Mellel is complicated; rather, it just works differently. Fortunately, they have really beefed up their tutorial section for Mellel 4, including quite a few new videos

 

Mellel also works really well with bibliographic management software, Bookends, which I have continuously used for over a decade, even as I have bounced around at times to different word processors (Bookends works with just about everything). If you want both programs and have neither, there is a discounted combo purchase price available. If you already have Bookends and want a discount on Mellel, you will want to fill out this form

 

This is a totally non-compensated endorsement--I have no direct ties to Mellel or those behind it (or Bookends either). However, looking at the new version of Mellel, I admit that I am tempted to go back to using it more regularly. 


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 01:50 PM

And the formatting of Accordance Turabian and SBL footnotes works perfectly!



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 05:42 PM

Rick,

 

I will be returning to school early in 2018 (starting my D.Min). Does Mellel export to docx or doc? Do you know if it opens those files or RTF?

 

Thanks!


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 05:48 PM

Rick,

 

I will be returning to school early in 2018 (starting my D.Min). Does Mellel export to docx or doc? Do you know if it opens those files or RTF?

 

Thanks!

 

There is a 30 day trial available



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 07:26 PM

Does Mellel export to docx or doc? Do you know if it opens those files or RTF?

 

It can open and save to .doc Word files. If the Word file contains footnotes, you want to export to RTF from Word first and then import the RTF file. 

 

As Alistair mentioned, there is a free trial available. Not only can you try out some of these features with the trial, you can also look at the very detailed PDF manual which will give you much more information. 


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Posted 30 August 2017 - 08:36 AM

Thanks to both of you!!


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 10:56 PM

I upgraded to Mellel 4 during the 20% off sale. I'm still using Nota Bene as my go-to academic word processor even though it runs in WINE on a Mac. Nota Bene is too luxurious to totally give up.

 

However, I still have a use for Mellel in my toolbox. I use Nota Bene, Nisus Writer Pro, Pages, and Mellel. So far I haven't found a need for Word anymore.

 

In terms of word processors, Nota Bene is still going to be my go-to word processor for academic research and writing (I love the integrated workflow). Pages has been great for when I need to create print-worthy documents or do high collaboration with my iPad since it all syncs with iCloud. Nisus Writer Pro has been great for every day word processing, and I see no reason to mess with Word when I work with Nisus Writer Pro. I still installed Mellel on my Mac and iPad for the occasional times when I need to do a little more intense writing on my iPad Pro. I can take my iPad Pro with me and start research and writing on the iPad Pro using Mellel since it's more powerful than Pages, then have it sync the documents with Mellel back on my Mac, then when I get back to my Mac, I'd likely export the documents into Nota Bene and fold everything into Nota Bene. 

 

Interestingly enough, I fired up Mellel after installing v4 and took a tour of the interface, and I seem to "get it" better than I did in the past. Maybe spending extensive time with various word processors in general clicked something in mentally where I get it better. :-)


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Posted Today, 03:27 PM

Hi Nathan and above writers,

This is a call for help. For thirty years I wrote lectures, every day theological reflexions, exegesis, etc. on Word, Now for the last two weeks, having consulted with the Answer Desk with 6 o 7 different people, and having tried everything from formatting the hard disk, rebuilding the Mac with the system and reinstall Office 2016, I still meet with big problems with Templates and every time I restart the Mac I loose all my preferences (styles, shortcuts to styles, etc…). I even fear not to be able to open some docs as it happened at the beginning of this. I thought - for the last two days - I was free of this, in particular by eliminating the use of Outlook. In vain. So I need to go to another processor and I am at loss her. Mellel, Nisus or anything else you would recommend. I understand that I will have to work hard to get used to a new processor after so long a companionship with Word, but this seems inevitable. Of course, I need Hebrew, Greek and Syriac writing form time to time. If you can help, I will be very grateful. 

Blessings,

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