Now with native Apple Silicon (M1) support


Serious writers write with Mellel. It’s built to handle all long-form written works, whether a thesis, a manuscript or a novel. It gives you the control you need over every aspect of the writing process: outline, footnotes, bibliography, styles, and much more. From the initial idea to the final manuscript, Mellel enables you to use a single, reliable tool throughout the process: All you need to do is write it.

— Reliable: Mellel is built for heavy duty work. It doesn't crash
— Consistent: Use Styles and Style Sets from one document to another.
— Powerful: The most advanced and flexible feature set this side of the Mac
— Fast: Forget about 'refreshing' — Mellel does everything live and on the spot
— Multilingual: Mellel is a superb multilingual tool, excelling in RTL languages


Everything Updates Immediately
• Auto-titles let you organize your document easily
• Dynamic cross-references that update automatically
• Unprecedentedly powerful indexing tool
• Citations and Live Bibliography update as you write
• Generate Tables of Contents with ease and control

Manage and Organize
• Outline pane gives you bird’s eye view of entire structure
• Organise and easily move any title or element
• Easily Mark, remark, and tag any part of the document
• Keep track of changes with tracked changes and comments

Create Consistent Documents
• Consistent and clear styles
• Reuse your styles with any document
• Powerful tables and table styles
• Flow text around images and text boxes
• Powerful Section and Page styles

Superb Multilingual support
• Superb support for RTL languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Syriac
• Matches font and size with different languages within the same style
• Excellent support of Greek, Cyrillic scripts, CJK, and more

Find Anything
• Most advanced find and replace tool
• Smart Regular Expressions-like language
• Easily search by objects and styles
• Run hundreds of Find Actions at once

Advanced Layout Options
• Smart paragraph spacing, hyphenation, and keep options
• Create titles with multiple parts and styles
• Smart page styles for chapters
• Flexible and advanced character styles style variations

Compatibility and Collaboration
• Imports DOCX, DOC, RTF, OPML, and TXT documents
• Exports DOCX, EPUB, RTF, OPML, and TXT documents
• Exports PDFs with live links, linked indexes, cross references, and Tables of Contents
• Supports all image formats (.jpeg, .pdf, .png, and more)
• Use DropBox, iCloud, and other services to sync between Mac and iPad versions.

What’s New

Version 5.0.6

• Native Apple Silicon (M1) support
• Fixed an issue that caused Mellel to crash when typing while an image or a text box is selected.
• Fixed an issue that sometimes caused odd behavior when changing image placement from floating to inline or vice versa.
• Fixed an issue that caused page, column and page style breaks to appear as strange glyphs in the text when using Athelas font (and possibly other fonts).
• Fixed an issue that caused incorrect rendering of alef + hataf patah + ZWJ + meteg + dehi and possibly other marks + ZWJ combinations, with SBL Hebrew font (and possibly other OpenType fonts)
• Fixed an issue that prevented Mellel from opening docx files originating from Scrivener.
• Fixed an issue that caused deleted text to show as a square in the annotation bubble when exporting to docx while in track changes "final with changes" display mode.
• Fixed an issue that caused Mellel to fail to apply mark to mark positioning indicated in OpenType fonts when more then two marks are involved.
• Fixed an issue that prevented setting the section column order (right to left or left to right) with single column sections. This prevented controlling the positioning of line numbers in such sections.
• Performance improvements when saving long, complex documents originating from docx import.

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