What is Mellel?
Mellel is a word processor designed from the ground up to be the ultimate writing tool for academics, technical writers, scholars and students. Mellel is strong, stable and reliable, and is the ideal companion for working on documents that are long and complex, short and simple, or anything in between.
Mellel's features and user interface reflect our thinking about the needs of a writer; we don't try to imitate or emulate other word processors. We believe that familiarity should not come at the expense of usability and power, and our first priority is to give you, the writer, the best tools for the job, and present them in a sensible and logical way.
Outline & Auto-Titles
Mellel's Outline is the perfect tool for this task. Using a sophisticated auto-title mechanism, it allows you to add headings easily, navigate between them, add comments, tags and markers to headings, and use a smart filter to easily locate a heading based tags or content.
More important than this: Mellel's Outline allows you to move headings up and down the document or up and down the document hierarchy: For example, you can simply drag to switch the order of chapters, turn a chapter into a sub-chapter (or the other way around), and Mellel will automatically change the headings numbering, styles, and so on to fit the new location.
An just for kicks: you can use the Outline as an Outliner, creating all your headings from within the Outline. They will be automatically added to the document.
Using a reference manager (Bookends works wonderfully with Mellel) you can add a citation (or a buch of citations) into Mellel, scan and unscan to generate a bibliography and turn citations from draft to final format. Citations will be listed in your Bibiography palette. To automatise things a bit, you can activate Live Bibliography, so you don't have to press Scan anymore (unless you want to).
The division of labour here is quite clear: Your reference manager will store your references and to the heavy lifting with MLA and Turabian formats. Mellel will play nice with your reference manager — and using its own style mapping mechanism will make sure that everything will also look nice.
Find & Replace
To find and replace, Mellel offers you an excellent set of features: it allows you to search your manuscript for a specific string, for a more generalised category (like an alphanumeric character, a character range, and so on), to set where the find will be performed, limit it by styling, and use a Regular expression-like search language which allows you just about anything else.
But that's just half the story. The thing about Find and Replace is that it is very often Find, Replace and Repeat. If any part of your work involves editing, you're probably painfully aware of that. And here is where Mellel is one of a kind.
The simplest repeat task is re-using a find expression (find anything in parentheses, any word, anything in bold, etc.). Mellel allows you to save such expressions as Find Expressions. More complex is saving a Find and Replace action, which you use often (e.g., eliminating double spaces and other gremlins). To facilitate this, Mellel also allows you to save Find Actions you can run at any time. But then again, you probably need to run 10 or 20 or 300 of those with any text, or run a different set of Find Actions with different tasks. And Mellel does that too! All your saved Find Actions can be managed, organised in sets and run all at once via the Find Sets dialogue. A Find session that would have lasted for hours can be squeezed into 2 minutes of running the entire set all at once.
Price and License
A regular Mellel license costs $49, an education license (for students, teachers and faculty members) is $39. A Mellel license is a one-time purchase allowing you to use your Mellel indefinitely, and gives you two years of free updates. There are no subscriptions or recurring payments.
- Download Mellel: Click the download button below to download Mellel and try it for free for 30 days.
- Video Tutorials: Our video library has many clear and easy to understand video tutorials.
- User Manual: Mellel's 500+ page user manual is a good way to get a feel of Mellel's hidden power. The guide is built-in to the app (choose Help > Mellel Guide to open) but you can also download it here.
- Contact Us: If you have questions about Mellel's features, pricing or use, feel free to contact us via the support form.