Mariner Software

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Mariner Software, Inc.
Industry Computer software
Founded 1990
Headquarters Mariner Software, Inc.
PO Box 1912
Minneapolis, MN 55311
Key people
Michael Wray, Bill Paar, and Corey Johnson
Products Mac OS X software, Microsoft Windows software, Mariner Write, Mariner Calc, Mariner Calc for iPhone, MacGourmet Deluxe, MarinerPak, StoryMill, Contour, MacJournal, Montage, WinJournal, Desktop Poet, Mariner Paperless, Narrator, Persona

Mariner Software is an American corporation with a focus on designing and publishing computer software products. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mariner develops, sells, and supports professional and personal software for the productivity, writing and creative markets. The company's software products include Mariner Write, a word processing application and Mariner Calc, a spreadsheet application. Mariner is also currently involved in the development of new software, such as MacJournal and WinJournal desktop blogging software, Montage screenwriting software, Contour screenplay development software, Mariner Paperless digital document management software and Mariner Persona character development software.


Released in the early 1990s, Mariner Calc and Mariner Write are spreadsheet and word processing applications designed for use with Apple Macintosh Computers. Peachpit Press said the bundle of the two is "one of the top five Microsoft Office Alternatives for Mac Users".[1] Macworld has written several, mostly positive reviews over the years awarding Mariner Write 3 out of 4 mice and Mariner Calc 3.5 out of 4 mice.[2]

Additional products include:

  • Montage, a Macintosh screenwriting application, which has been reviewed by magazines such as Macworld and MacUser UK, which awarded it 4 out of 5 “mice”.[3]
  • MacJournal, which is described as a blogging tool and personal journaling application for Macintosh computers. Has received 4 (out of 5) mice reviews from MacUser UK,[4] as well as a 3.5 (out of 4) review from Macworld magazine.[5]
  • Desktop Poet, which is described on the company’s website as “fridge poetry software” for Macintosh and Windows, which has been reviewed by,[7]
  • StoryMill, which is described on the company’s website as “novel writing software” for Mac OS X, which has been reviewed by magazines such as Macworld, which awarded it 4 out of 5 "mice".[8]
  • Contour, a screenplay and story structure program, currently for Mac OS X and Windows. Has received 4 stars (out of 5) from Macworld,[9]
  • MacGourmet Deluxe, which is described on the company's website as a recipe and wine management tool for Mac OS X, which has been reviewed by magazines such as MacLife, which awarded it 4.5 out of 5/ [10]
  • Mariner Calc for iPhone, which the company describes as tool that provides the ability to view and edit native Microsoft Excel files on the iPhone. Has received 3.5 out of 5 "mice" from Macworld[11]
  • Mariner Paperless, which the company describes as a digital document and receipt management tool, which has been reviewed by Macsimum News [12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Peachpit Press article about Mariner Write and Mariner Calc
  2. ^ Macworld review of Mariner Write and Mariner Calc
  3. ^ Macuser review of Montage
  4. ^ MacUser review of MacJournal
  5. ^ Macworld review of MacJournal
  6. ^ PC World (magazine) review of WinJournal
  7. ^ review of Desktop Poet
  8. ^ Macworld review of StoryMill
  9. ^ "MacWorld UK" review of Contour
  10. ^ "MacLife" review of MacGourmet Deluxe
  11. ^ Macworld review of Mariner Calc for iPhone
  12. ^ Macsimum News review of Mariner Paperless

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