The word processors I’m using on my powerbook 12” are taking up too much space with their inspectors, etc. (mainly noticed with Pages and Mellel) I want something that doesn’t intrude onto the writing page. Any suggestion for a replacement?
The reviews aren't fantastic but the link is useful as a list of software. Anyway, the word processor that does a full screen mode (all you see is what you're typing) is called Ulysses. That's all I know about it except for the fact that it looks interesting and the price is a little excessive (100 Euros).
As a writer by trade, I regularly use Nisus when I simply need to crank out a note with minimal fuss. It has tables and bullets support...all the basics and a few extras, but none of the bloat that you find with Word. It also lets you open and save files in Word format, and is pretty adept at managing formatting so there aren't any unexpected changes when moving back and forth between a Mac and PC. It also has a handy Wordperfect converter built in for those rare occasions when you have to open a .wpd file.
Be sure to have a look at the support form at the Nisus website. There are plenty of examples there of people with questions and solutions to everyday usage issues. For the money, it's the best little wordprocessor out there, I think.