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Those 7 Features are Mellel Users’ True Favorites

Those 7 Features are Mellel Users’ True Favorites

Mellel has been around for quite some time now. Over the years, it has slowly but gradually developed its own niche of excellence and cult of fans. When we asked our users in a recent survey about what made them choose Mellel over other word processors, and what made them stay – these are the choices they made:

1. Outline:
Mellel’s outline has become a kind of a legend. And rightly so: Easy to use, yet extremely powerful it lets you view your entire document’s content — titles, headings, figures, tables, bookmarks, and more — and manipulate it with ease. You can move entire chapters from here to there, promote, demote, and so on — and the styling and numbering get automatically adjusted. And there’s more: The Outline in Mellel can also serve as an Outliner, allowing you to create your headings from within the Outline. You can also marker or tag outline items, and filter them based on content, tag or marker.

2. Stability:
It’s not a feature — it’s much more important. Let’s say you have a 654 pages long text, with 2,324 notes, and 970 cross-references, 145 headings, 210 figures, 930 citations (and 240 item long bibliography), language and style switches galore, and so on. You need this to work. Day in. Day out. It should look the same, No lost footnotes. No sudden loss of content. No styles that go haywire. No crashes. It needs to work as expected through a year or two years where things get more and more complicated. There’s just one word processor that can really carry that weight. That’s Mellel.

3. Multilingual Support:
Mellel was written from the ground up as a multilingual word processor, and it shows. Its support for Right-to-left languages, especially, is simply the best. Mellel fully support everything and every right-to-left language, from Arabic to Syriac, and from Persian to Hebrew — and its power is reflected in taking care of the little things that matter: smooth mixing of different languages (with secondary font and adjustable second script size), OpenType font support, setting character direction per character, automatic spelling switching, and all the minute details that sets Mellel apart in language support.

4. Find and Replace:
Mellel’s find and replace is an old favorite: It allows you to perform find and replace based on a RegEx-like macro language, and is also based on character attributes. Some other word processors do that. None but Mellel do it in a way that is simple and easy to use. But this is just half the story: Mellel allows you to save a find as a Find Action. Via the Find Set dialogue, you can organize your Find Actions and run them together, all at once. This can — and does — save a huge amount of time, because you only need to find stuff once, save and the simply re-run the Find Action.

5. Footnotes and Endnote:
Mellel’s footnotes support is superb. Been that way since circa 2004, and still is. It’s the boring stuff that nobody really cares about… until they really-really do: It’s setting their styles independently for the reference symbol, the note symbol, and the note text; it’s balancing between text and footnotes; it’s properly splitting notes between pages; and of course, it’s when you need footnotes and author notes and translator notes all at once. We said it once, we’ll say it again: The stuff you really don’t need, until you really-really do.

6. Index:
Almost every word processor worth its salt has an index feature. But you never use it, and rightly so. It’s usually just a “bullet point” in a brochure, not a real feature you can create a real index with. Not so with Mellel: Its revolutionary Index feature offers a dizzying array of features, on par with leading dedicated index tools — but still within the comfortable context of live text within a word processor. Not only that, a Quick Index tool speeds index creation, saving about half the time needed to create an index with any other tool.

7. Cross References:
It’s not something people talk about, because usually there’s not much to talk about. People do not expect cross-references to update in real time, to be contextually aware (above? below? next page?), to be multipart (page #, chapter name, footnote number, page range, etc.). Except that with Mellel, you can expect all those, and much more. You can even add a reference to parts of your manuscript you have not written yet. And, of course, you can really check if everything works when all is written and done. With this feature, Mellel is running circles around all other word processors.


From all of us here at Mellel, we wish you a great time using our word processor.

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