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Microsoft Word is perhaps the best Word processor for Windows computers. With its sleek interface, integration of table tools, various formatting tools, and various other composing options, the application has set a high bar. For a long time Word was unavailable to Mac computers – something which has now changed.

Now you can get Office for Mac that is basically a suite of Office products that includes Excel, PowerPoint, etc. But the suite costs at least more than $100 – a high price to pay if all you want to do is use a competent text editor. Thankfully a competent and inexpensive alternative is available that not only provides you with Word processing features but also enables you to take full advantage of the Mac retina display. This alternative is a tool called Word by ICSOFT.

word processor for mac

Word by ICSOFT is a desktop application for computers that are running Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The app is sized at nearly 13 MB and is not a strain on your system’s resources. This visually appealing application provides you with an impressive array of Word processing features that will be appreciated by all Mac computer owners.

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Firstly, the app takes advantage of the Retina display and enables you to enjoy the application’s visuals while using it. Standard Word processing features are of course present – various font and formatting tools, spelling and grammar checker, editing multiple documents simultaneously, the ability to create and edit tables, bullet lists and special characters, finding text and replacing it, multiple zoom and view settings, auto-saving as you edit the document, and anchor and text-wrapping tools for effective image insertion.


Furthermore, your work can be saved in various formats without any loss of data or formatting. Supported formats include ITP, DOC, PDF, ODT, TXT, and RTF.

word by icsoft

Word by ICSOFT is available from the Mac app store for $9.99 but the app’s developers have generously offered 10 free licenses to the 10 MakeUseOf readers who share this post on Facebook and comment on this post..


  • A user-friendly desktop app.
  • Compatible with Mac computers.
  • Offers Word processing features.
  • Takes advantage of Mac Retina display.
  • Supports various output formats.

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  1. Richard Bonifacio
    December 13, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Now that I have the free license, how do I download the software? I went to the app store but I have to buy it first before I can download it. So what's the use of this code that I have received from you?

    Please help.

  2. Bobbiboe
    December 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Just for the record, I got one of the codes for the free license!
    This app is awesome! Quite impressive for something that does not take much space!

    Thanks a bunch MUO ;)

  3. Richard Solis Sr.
    December 9, 2012 at 5:35 am

    I was just in the process of purchase the app for my daughters. This will do.

  4. Tim Charron
    December 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I would like to give this a chance to replace MS Word.

  5. Tim
    December 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Looks like this might become my go to word processor, MS Word is a resource hog.

  6. Roberta Boe
    December 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I will love to give it a test drive! ;)

  7. Roberta Boe
    December 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Looks very promising! Would love to test it!

  8. Commandor
    December 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I would like to use this instead of Microsoft word.

  9. Dig
    December 6, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Thanks. I would love to give this a go.

  10. Bill McGovern
    December 6, 2012 at 4:44 am

    The ultimate determinant is of course hands-on but the features/benefits laid out above are enticing. Word by ICSOFT price wise seems a nice alternative Mac text editor.

  11. Richard
    December 6, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I want one.

  12. Lee Cruz
    December 6, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Can't wait to check it out.

  13. Commandor
    December 6, 2012 at 2:40 am
  14. Nolboo Kim
    December 6, 2012 at 2:39 am

    This Mac app is great!

  15. Pbg
    December 6, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I meant had... #damnyouaitocorrect #espeiallyfromfrench

  16. Commandor
    December 6, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I can't see my comments, yet?

  17. Pbg
    December 6, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Add 2 Word and PowerPoint crashes today. Possible worth a try.

  18. Pascal T.
    December 6, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Wow, good app.

  19. Commandor
    December 6, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Where will I receive the redeem code? Thanks in advance!!