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Stable release
4.1.2 / May 23, 2018; 17 months ago (2018-05-23)
Written inObjective-C Cocoa
Operating systemMac OS X
TypeWord processing

Mellel (מלל, the Hebrew for "text") is a word processor for Mac OS X, developed since 2002 and marketed as especially suited for technical and academic writers. It is made by Mellel AAR, a small software company. New features are added to the program every few months, many of which come from user suggestions. Its closest competitor is Nisus Writer Pro.

One remarkable feature present in Mellel is its multilanguage support. Languages with non-Latin alphabets, including Arabic, Syriac, Hebrew, Greek, Korean or Persian, for example, are handled well due to the fact that Mellel sports its own text engine, that is not reliant on macOS text support, and in addition support for Unicode and OpenType fonts.

Mellel also presents a feature set suitable for working with long and complex documents, in order to match the needs of scholars and technical writers. Mellel has a distinctive way of handling footnotes and endnotes, allowing creation of numerous "streams" of notes in a single document. This feature allows including, three or more types of footnotes at the same time (e.g., editor notes, translator notes, endnotes, regular notes, etc.). Cross-references are also dealt with in a singular way by Mellel. The software offers support for Outline, based on headings in the document text. With Mellel 4.0 the software added an Index tool which according to the company website "rivals dedicated Index applications".[1] Mellel has a unique way of handling styles, which are also organised as part of a style set, that can be utilised by multiple documents. Its Replace Styles feature is able to reformat a large amount of text scattered throughout a document (a feature also present in Writer and in Nisus Writer for Mac OS Classic).

Due to its unique approach to implementing many of its features, Mellel lacks full compatibility with standard word processors, and this fact is often pointed out as one of its main shortcomings. Mellel does not support the DOCX or ODT file formats, and supports the DOC format only partially.[2] It has, however, good support for RTF files and is able to export to PDF.[3]

Mellel provides tight integration with Bookends and Sente, bibliographical tools for managing citations, including Live Bibliography (instant updates of Bibliography when one adds a citation).

Owners of Mellel announced in January 2011 that they will give free updates for life for anyone who will purchase the application outside the Mac App Store. As per the company, this policy was dropped in February 2014.[4] With the release of Mellel 4.0 Mellel AAR, the developer, announced that a for fee upgrade policy was re-instated (two years of free updates). This policy does not apply to users who've purchased Mellel during the "lifetime" period.

Starting with version 3.1.3, compatibility with Mac OS 10.4.x or PPC machines was dropped. Later on support for Mac OS 10.5.x was dropped as well. Current version, 4.0, supports macOS 10.6 or better.

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