Pagehand is a word processing app designed exclusively for Mac OS X. It has some unique UI touches for being a desktop word processor. (One of the app’s features: “Never forces you to choose from a bewildering array of small icons.”)
Say you have a document open and you want to change it from one column to two columns, you click the ‘Columns’ button in the toolbar:
And the toolbar gets replaced by a special “columns” state.
Check out how you set the options:
When you’re done, you click in the body of your document to revert the toolbar back to its normal state.
That’s a very different approach from the Word-style dialog box with 10 fields in it. The downside is you have to navigate quite a lot to do simple things. But maybe it’s better in the end.
Separately, it’s interesting how the app’s UI is used for the layout of the app’s marketing site too: