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Manuscript v1.6.1 440 Kb zip archive (shareware)

Manuscript is a specialised word-processor for writers.

System requirements: OSX 10.3 or above, ppc or intel

See a screenshot here.

The concept

Manuscript attempts to augment the traditional author's tools with the advantages of word-processing. You write in plain text, just as you would on a piece of paper. You write a note in the margin if that's the best place. You write miscellaneous notes as separate items but in the notes drawer you can organise them by category and sub-category and they are always there when you need them. When you are ready to format the work and print a hard-copy you do so on a copy in a separate window; you don't alter your original.

What's New in 1.6.1 ?

  • Project Name added to preferences. Will appear in footer in format view.
  • Help menu fixed
  • Format view now allows undo
  • Chapter and page break buttons fixed in format view
  • various improvements to layouts in format view

What's New in 1.6 ?

  • Version 1.6 is a universal binary that runs on Leopard. No new functionality has been added. Tested using Leopard and Tiger on a ppc but not tested on intel.
  • TrackDesigner is available at Versiontracker. MacUpdate are not authorised to include it.
  • Known bug: main writing window loads text at 12 point regardless of saved setting

What's New in 1.5.5 ?

  • Fixed a bug which caused the last line of text on a format view page to be incorrectly printed. This was not properly fixed by 1.5.4, sorry.

key features

  • large font, plain text main writing window
  • choice of manuscript or chapters view
  • search and replace
  • highlighting
  • auto word count and published page equivalent
  • auto-scrolling margin for text specific notes
  • categorizable notes draw
  • continuous auto-saving of all three text areas
  • separate formatting window to prepare text for printing with auto page breaks for chapters


Un-registered copies of Manuscript are fully functional but are limited to 5000 words; to remove this restriction you may register for $25 . You may use PayPal:

or Moneybookers. (You will need to be able to transfer funds from your own bank to a account in your local currency.

You will receive your key by email as soon as the transfer completes; this is usually two working days.