Mellel 1.7.5, a major update to the advanced multilingual word
processor, was released today. The updated version offers extensive
RTF import and export support, .doc import and export, bulleted and
numbered lists, and 35 other new features and enhancements. The
update is free to all registered users of Mellel and can be
downloaded directly from the company’s web site. A free trial version
is also available.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — April 06, 2004 — RedleX today announced the
availability of Mellel 1.7.5, a major update to the acclaimed word
processor for Mac OS X. Mellel 1.7.5 offers a long list of new
features and enhancements, including some eagerly anticipated
features like extensive RTF import and export and bulleted and
numbered lists. The update is free to all registered users of Mellel

“Mellel 1.7.5 integrates two of the most popular requests and
suggestions among our users,” claims Guy Hivroni, cofounder and chief
GUI designer for Mellel. “Most of our users want to keep in touch
with the Windows world, publications and colleagues. They also want
to convert their old word processor files to Mellel. Like it or not,
RTF is currently the only way for most of them to do that,” he adds.

The new and enhanced RTF import and export support in Mellel is
tailored to smoothly fit into a writing or a scholarly workflow. The
special import and export engine developed by RedleX allows users
smooth integration with both Mac OS X RTF and MS Word RTF brands. The
enhanced copy options even offer moving text combined with footnotes
and tables directly into MS Word.

Another feature added by popular demand is bulleted and numbered
lists. “Many people requested this feature, and most of them added a
warning: just don’t make this confusing and buggy as with other word
processors,” says Eyal Redler, CTO at RedleX. The result of this
request and warning is the all new List palette in Mellel 1.7.5,
offering all the expected options in lists and adding some exciting
new innovations.

The new version of Mellel provides over 15 new features,
enhancements, and improvements, in six areas:
[1] RTF export and import.
[2] .doc export and import.
[3] Font Matching with RTF and .doc import and export
[4] Bulleted and numbered lists
[5] Compact view and other GUI enhancements
[6] Copy and copy special options

New RTF Export and Import
[1] New RTF export engine (earlier versions relied on Apple’s RTF engine)
[2] Text export support, including: font, font face, size,
colour, superscript/subscript, underline, strikethrough, and more.
[3] Paragraph export support, including: paragraph margins, tabs,
space above and below paragraph, line spacing, and more.
[4] Tables export support, including: table borders (colour,
width, visibility), horizontal cell merging, cell width, horizontal
position, diagonals, and more.
[5] Footnotes and endnotes export support, including: footnotes
and endnotes (separate), numbering scheme (Arabic, Roman, Latin,
etc.), start at numbering, restart at every page, and more.
[6] Page export support, including: page size, page orientation,
page margins.
[7] Bullets and numbering, auto-numbers, variables, dates,
citations, etc.: export support: all those are “flattened” to text
but their integrity is maintained.
[8] RTF Import support: major speed improvements.
[9] RTF Import support, tables: column width, border colours,
border line widths, border visibility, table horizontal location,
horizontally merged cells, diagonal lines.
RTF Import: Correctly recognises / +cr as a paragraph break, default
tab is recognised, correct support for auto and fixed line spacing,
automated creation of document character styles for font+size

New Doc Export and Import
[11] Import from .doc (Panther only): Including support for font,
font face and most character and paragraph style options. This option
does not support footnotes and endnotes or tables.
[12] Export to .doc (Panther only): Including support for font,
font face and most character and paragraph style options. This option
does not support footnotes and endnotes or tables.

Font Matching with Import
[13] Import Font matching panel: a special panel that appears when
you import .doc or RTF files and lets you match the fonts in the
imported file with the fonts in your system.
[14] Smart matching algorithm: When importing RTF or .doc files
Mellel uses a smart algorithm to match fonts by name, PostScript
name, type of font (e.g., a Roman or sans-serif) and even by the
generating application. Font matches where the smart matching failed
are highlighted.
[15] Saved matches: A “Make Default” option allows you to save
your favourite matches to a special font matching file. Once saved,
those matches will be automatically applied.
[16] Show font matching panel: you can set in the preferences or
when importing files whether to always display the font matching
panel, display only when problems are detected, or never display the

Bulleted and Numbered Lists
[17] List panel: Including all the list options.
[18] List creation: List are allowed in the document text, tables,
notes (footnotes, endnotes), and headers/footers.
[19] List control: including buttons to create, increase, decrease
and reset lists.
[20] List styles: Creating, naming, editing and deleting styles.
[21] Changing list styles: You can apply a list style directly
from the document by selecting any list style. Styles may also be
switched on the fly.
[22] List elements positioning: There are controls for positioning
the symbol, the indent point (where the text starts) and the margin
(where the next level starts).
[23] Live editing of lists: You can manipulate the positioning of
elements via the ruler and have the list change instantaneously.
[24] Per level list editing: you can edit the list style per-level
in the document and save changes to a level without affecting other
[25] Rich symbol and numbering selection: You can choose a symbol
type from any of our numbering schemes (for numbered lists) or a
selection of bullets.
[26] Mixing bullets and numbering: You can mix bullets and
numbering within the same list. For example, you can have a list with
a base level using numbering, level two using bullets, and level
three using Roman numerals.
[27] Symbol format: You can set the symbol wrapping (dot, braces, etc.).
[28] Symbol character style and variation: To use the style you
would like to have with the list.
[29] Start at: To set the start number for the list.
[30] Default list style: You can set the default List style to be
used when you start a list from the preferences.

Compact View and GUI Enhancements
[31] Compact view: Allows viewing only the contents of the page,
with a minimal margin around the page and between pages.
[32] Smaller minimum: Allows you to shrink a document window to a
much smaller size, saving around 30 per cent in window “real estate.”
[33] View default: You can set your default for document view in
the preferences. You can also change it from the Window menu, of
[34] Narrow palettes: All the palettes are now 15 per cent
narrower and around 15 per cent less taller. This allows for better
fit with smaller screen sizes.
[35] Centred view: the page view is now centred (horizontally)
when you change the window’s width. This option works in both Mellel
(regular) and Compact view.

Copy and Copy Special Options
[36] Copy plain text: Copies only the text, but leaves out any
stylistic attribute.
[37] Copy character attributes: Copies only the character
attributes. Can be uses as a “style brush” of sorts.
[38] Copy paragraph attributes: Copies only the paragraph
attributes. Can be uses as a “style brush” of sorts.
[39] Copy list attributes: When in a list allows you to copy the
list attributes.
[40] Flexible copying to clipboard: when copying text with
footnotes, endnotes, citations, and so on, the copied content will be
pasted flexibly depending on the application it is pasted into. For
example, when pasting text with footnotes into MS Word the tables and
the notes will be maintained as notes in MS Word. When pasted into a
plain text application the notes will be pasted as text.

Localised versions
[41] Norwegian localisation
[42] Other localisations: including Dutch, Esperanto, French,
German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish.

Mellel is an advanced, multilingual word processor for Mac OS X.
Mellel offers many sophisticated word processing features, with many
more to come over the next few months.
For a detailed (though not complete) comparison between Mellel and
other word processors see:

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