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Nisus Writer Express is an affordable, feature complete word processor. Features include:
  • Read and write Microsoft Word, RTF, RTFD, Nisus Writer Classic, Unicode, and plain text files.
  • Right to Left Text Input
  • Bullets and Numbering
  • LinkBack Support
  • Mix and match writing in over 180 different languages or define your own!
  • Easy to use tables
  • Flexible styles
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts
  • Exclusive Document Manager
  • Powerful find and replace
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • AppleScript and Perl macros
  • Multiple more...

What's New

Version 3.4.6:

Highlighted Changes
  • Fixed: when running on OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) could crash after copy-pasting table cells with a list style applied, or when closing documents with certain kinds of smart content.
  • Fixed: lang: hyphenation patterns were not always properly respected, sometimes resulting in very poor hyphenation for non-English languages.
  • more...


OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Steven Goodheart Member IconComment+442
Steven Goodheart

With the Maverick’s version of Pages taking some giant steps backwards in terms of features and functions, I am now going to give this and the Pro version of Nisus Writer a hard look, since I really don’t like working in MS Word if I can avoid it.

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Version 3.4.5

Nisus is the way to go, the Pro version is great. For the layout functions of Pages (if you used Pages for designing flyers, etc.) I recommend Swift Publisher.

Bobembry Member IconReview+64

Give it a try

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Version 3.4.3
X3i Member IconReview+29

It seems that in terms of useful features Pages from iWork9 cought up with Nisus Express. In fact like more expensive Nisus Pro, Pages have the table of contents option. And it's all for $19 , as opposed to $45/$79

Perhaps I missed something, but what's the advantage of going with Nisus Express?

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Version 3.4

Nisus, like Mellel, is target mainly at linguists and dialectologists, as they handle multiple diacritical marks and RTL languages a lot better than usual word processor, including Pages, Word, OpenOffice (and its related products)— For current use though, if people do not need such more subtle features, Pages may suffice (even if with good other features, like text windows, which allow different text flow per each text window).

Bi23500 Member IconReview+11

Superb product! Great WP for the rest of us! A truly excellent WP application (and MacUpdate) share value! Worthwhile!

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Version 3.3.2
Zo219 Member IconReview+506

This is simply the best, most tolerable interface, I've written a book with it. Five stars!

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Version 3.3.1
easer Member IconComment+400

I was using the newest version of MS Office until I realized that, given all of the incremental updates I've had to to, my "Receipts" folder in my Library now has 164 receipts just for Office alone. That's just plain obscene to me, particularly since I have no idea what other nonsense MS manages to install on my machine. I still need Excel, so I put up with it. But I've always had good luck with Nisus, so it's back to this as my word processor of choice.

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Version 3.1
brumm Member IconComment+63

My opinion on word processors for OS X:

The last days I've tested many word processors and I found Mellel to be the best so far,

Mellel is not bloated like all the "Office" suites (Neo, OO, MS, are all to slow, ... for me Neo Office is the best of these beasts.)

and Mellel is better than:

- Nisus (Nearest competitor but Nisus doesn't support soft hyphen!, I simply cannot work without soft hyphen.),

- Mariner Write (really bad font display/spacing for many years now, only english, carbon - so it needs to be rewritten for future OSX releases, will they do that? I'm unsure.)

- Pages (Again no soft hyphen!, occasionally crashes and after a while gets very slow, ... but I exspect the next versions will be much better)

- Papyrus (very ugly, carbon, no real testdrive possible - crippled trial version, but some interesting features - I keep an eye on it)

- AbiWord (Many bugs and no updates the last 2 years, I think they don't support the Mac anymore)

- Bean (really fanstatic freeware, but based on Apples buggy text-engine. No soft hyphen! So only usable for some very short texts, best freeware I've seen for many many years - of course I keep an eye on it)

For now I will use Mellel.

The only things that I don't like are related to the interface design, for example the round beveled look of the ruler and tools section is very outdated now, a boring all-grey mix of alien spaceship ("aqua"-style) or early iTunes versions ("metal"-style).

But besides that Mellel has the best combination of features for me, so my money goes to them.

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Version 3.1
Paolo Tramannoni

Actually, you can insert a soft-hyphen in Nisus Writer (at least the Pro version) by using the macro “Add Soft-Hyphen”, or something like it.

Paolo Tramannoni

Actually, you can insert a soft-hyphen in Nisus Writer (at least the Pro version) by using the macro “Add Soft-Hyphen”, or something like it.

easer Member IconReview+400

After being rather blasted for my comments on the recent MS Word update, I felt compelled to write a review of NWE 3.0, since no one has done that. Word may have its champions, but I am not among them. I've explored literally every Word alternative I could find, and I settled on Nisus.

I have found this program to be fast, stable, and sufficiently feature-rich, particularly now that it offers text wrap with images. I'll grant that Word provides a host more features, but if you want to simply get down to the task of writing, Nisus is likely to be very satisfying. The learning curve is low, and customer support has been good. I'd like to be able to see it work with .docx files, but I'm sure that will come in time.

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Version 3.0
neuron Member IconReview+0

Great writing tool. Almost prime time, although at this point still a fantastic writing tool for basic writing, drafts, and the like.
Only reason to use word for me is track changes. Also, to ensure compatibility (I opened the finished document in Word, save as Word file, then send it).
Otherwise, its great, I like the interface, has most of the features I need, and is fas, responsive, and stable. A little slow to start up, though.

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Version 2.7
lumpo Member IconComment+6

I had a meltdown with M$ Word on a Macbook and I just can't get it to run (bound to be font corruption, but alas can't fix it). I have Mellel which is quite nice but it doesn't work smoothly in terms of importing the lingua frnca (M$ word files). Nisus however, opens word files as though they were native, and saves them out the same way without complicated exporting.
The only reason I ever need M$ word is when I am receiving or am required to track changes. For those occasions I open Word in windoze under parallels (runs 1000% faster than word in OSX ever did). Shuddering with relief when that's done, I return to Nisus and it does most of what i want easily.
For bibliographic databases, I use Bookends. You can set it to drop references into the Nisus doc and as the default format is rtf, Bookends can scan it quickly to make a formatted doc and bibliography; this is a 2 step process whereas Mellel is 1-step.

Still if Word compatability is needed, Nisus has it over Mellel ++; otherwise they both have something to offer.

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Version 2.7
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