A Mac OS X beta of the word processor Mariner Write went beta this weekend, according to Bill Parr of
Mariner Software, which develops, markets, and supports productivity software for the Mac.
At US$70, Mariner Write is AppleScript savvy, speaks multiple languages and much more — and will launch in 1MB of RAM. Mariner Write Lite is a smaller, simpler version of the commercial product; it has a shareware fee of $20.
Last month Mariner Software launched Mariner 5.0 for Mac OS X and the traditional Mac operating system. Mariner 5.0 is a spreadsheet that contains 140 analytical functions, graphics and drawing capabilities. Compatible with Macintosh OS 7.6 through Mac OS X, version 5.0 packages a tabbed layer interface and the capability to run in 1.5 MB of memory.
It boasts 32,000 rows X 32,000 columns spreadsheets to analyze large data sets and 15 chart types to graphically view data. Approximately 32,000 spreadsheet layers can be contained in a document. Dynamic scrolling lets you see your pages move as you drag the scroll control. Mariner 5.0 is WorldScript savvy and so supports Kanji and numerous other international scripts. A multiple undo feature lets you trace your last nine steps. You can save your documents in SYLK, CSV and various ASCII text formats, as well as import data in Excel, SYLK or TEXT formats. Mariner 5.0 also has customizable toolbars, in-cell text and formula editing, and 140 built-in functions.
Mariner has a suggested retail price of $59.95, with electronic downloads available for $49.95. An online demo is available at the Mariner Software Web site.