Nisus Writer Pro
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Multilingual word processor with indexing.   Demo ($79.00)
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Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful multilingual word processor, similar to its entry level products, but brings new features such as table of contents, indexing, bookmarks, widow and orphan control, cross references, line numbering, and text wrap around images.

Familiar Classic features are also on board, like attribute-sensitive find and replace, an upgraded Nisus macro language, and glossaries.

We have also improved a number of existing features. For example, we've added a variety of additional options to control the display of notes. Footnotes can now also
What's New
Version 2.0.7:

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.
  • Fixed: soft hyphens should transfer from Nisus Writer to Word properly.
  • Fixed: lang: when running on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), it could be very slow to show the list of languages (in the preferences or elsewhere). Nisus Writer now loads language icons in the background and caches the results.
  • Fixed: images: editing an equation externally (eg: in MathType) could incorrectly refresh the image.
  • Fixed: track changes: typing over some text with a straight quote that is automatically corrected into a smart quote, with track changes enabled, can trigger an error and subsequent unpredictable behavior.
  • Fixed: possible crashing bugs triggered by line numbering in Page view.
Other Changes
  • Fixed: spelling: should be able to learn spelling for words with curly apostrophes.
  • Changed: automatic updater will alert the user about updates that cannot be used due to unsupported OSX versions, but should not offer to install them.
  • Fixed: when running on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) could fail to open some RTF/ZRTF documents that included certain kinds of hex/base64 encoded data.
  • Fixed: notes: footnotes imported from Logos with multi-character note references could import improperly, incorrectly gobbling some of the body text as part of the note.
  • Fixed: track changes: the Track Changes toolbar item should be enabled on the overflow menu. Also, if "text only" mode is active, clicking the Track Changes toolbar item should not revert to icon mode.
  • Fixed: can't remove Small Caps font feature using Apple's typography panel for some fonts (eg: Arno Pro).
  • Fixed: find: some issues with the way PowerFind bubbles for repetitions (e.g., "1-3 Times") display their labels.
  • Fixed: shapes: perfectly vertical/horizontal arrows and lines should be selectable in the rectangular selection mode.
  • Fixed: after returning from full screen Draft View, the underlying backdrop (visible only if user scrolls view down/up beyond bounds with elastic scrolling) is the wrong color.
  • Fixed: the menus under Table > Align Table should show state checkmarks as appropriate.
  • Fixed: copying a hyperlink (using the menu "Copy Link") incorrectly does not copy the URL if the linked text has non-uniform formatting.
  • Fixed: lists: if applying a list style, character attribute overrides applied to the selected list items should be culled according to style change attribute removal rules.
  • A few other minor stability improvements.
  • Added: macros: added commands to inspect and change borders and shading for paragraphs and table cells.
  • Added: macros: a variety of other miscellaneous new commands; see the Macro Language Reference.
  • Fixed: macros: the Selection.enclosedTables property did not work correctly.
  • Fixed: macros: StatusItem.newShownInDocument progress bar is broken.
Version 2.0.7:

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 more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.6 or later



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Metalsmith reviewed on 15 Feb 2014
Sometimes I manage to get lost in all the possibilities, or my fading memory doesn't work right. Support at Nisus is always quick, patient, kind and forgiving. But be careful around them on April First... They can get erratic! :-)
[Version 2.0.7]


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Metalsmith reviewed on 15 Feb 2014
I have been using this program since it was first released. I have used it to write and publish 2 books and I don't know how many articles, stories, short-shorts, brochures..........

For my genealogy work I have created documents in, or containing; English, Russian, Japanese (ideographic and Romanji both), and Hebrew. One of my favorite show-off tricks is to Drop the cursor in the middle of an English (or any other language) paragraph and start typing—in perfectly laid out Right-to-left Hebrew. If you can't read Hebrew and didn't know it is read "backwards" all you'd see would be an unreadable font in the middle of the sentence. That's how powerful and easy Nisus is. There's a lot to learn (they have an excellent on-line manual) but you can create nice documents the first time you open the program. You probably won't believe how powerful search/search and replace are. But you will love it. And Nisus too!
[Version 2.0.7]


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Appledogx reviewed on 02 Jan 2014
This word processor is incredibly customizable. From very simple to the most complex documents are easy to create. Multilingual features are very flexible and powerful. You can even customize new windows to open where you want them on the screen. It even supports quite powerful macros. The interface looks quite daunting, but it really doesn't get in the way when you start working... You just use what you need, then grow with it. I got frustrated with the new Pages losing so many features and after searching for something better, I can say that this does about everything you can think of doing. I just wish there were a Spanish thesaurus built in... though it's got about everything else you could ever think of having. You can even make your own sets of characters, like some hard to type Tibetan ones, available from a list you can just click on. I'd have to say it's the best word processor I've ever seen.
[Version 2.0.7]


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lemon-kun reviewed on 11 Dec 2013
Nisus Writer Pro is for those who need the features of apps like Word or Mellel, but want an easier to use interface, better typography and great, responsive support.

While I usually recommend Scrivener for outlining, researching and do large part of the writing of long (scientific) texts, Nisus is the TOP choice to make corrections, layout/formatting and finalise the work. It works nicely together with Scrivener, they both use RTF/RFTD, so that's about perfect.

For all those unhappy with the latest release of Apple Pages, who need a more powerful "classical" word processor, I too recommend Nisus Writer (for Pages' layout functions, Swift Publisher is a good alternative).

Highlights are:

+ BEST SEARCH- and selection-functions, EVER. No other app comes close. With help of "markers" you can search for virtually anything. If you ever had to clean up a 450 pages PhD thesis you get off your chair and applaud seeing this! :-)
+ CORRECT HYPHENATION for other languages than English! This is where both Mellel and Pages fail – what can get really embarrassing… Nisus does it perfectly (hyphenation is editable using TeX as far as I understood, but it is correct, so I never had to tinker with it).
+ good typography. Nisus uses OS X's own text engine, therefore no ugly "white spots" between the words in justified alignment like you get in Word or Mellel, letters go smoothly one into the other, they aren't block wise displayed (and printed) like in the other two apps.
+ easy to use interface, everything customisable (create your own toolbar items, with custom icons, drawer's menus customisable etc.)
+ really good support of all common file types, great compatibility with MS Word (Nisus uses the LibreOffice translator)
+ very complete foreign language features, right-to-left, for every language the correct smart quotes (resp. guillemets, this is customisable too of course), and yes I've mentioned it, but again: correct hyphenation!
+ Cross references, footnotes over multiple pages and what else you need for scientific texts (bibliography apps integration, etc.)
+ integrated Nisus Thesaurus, very practical, if not essential when doing corrections.
+ Both portrait and landscape orientation can be set individually for each page/section in a file. Very practical if you have a larger table or figure in your text
+ smooth scrolling (unlike Word) and good performance also with very long texts (except the opening of the file: that can take quite some time with a large file)
+ efficient user interface: Nisus comes with its own macro script language so you can automise lots of your work
+ multiple clipboards with history
+ practical navigation sidebar (titles, bookmarks, etc.)
+ merge fields easy to use
+ best-in-class (my opinion) track changes and comments, compatible with Word
+ Great support, regular updates

Things that are not so great:
– the app looks a bit old, especially the icons are in need for a revamp (however you can replace them with your own icons). Not really shiny the whole thing.
– no footnotes in tables, you need to tinker there (write superscript numbers in the table, then at the end of the table insert a footnote and make its ref number invisible. It's OK but kind of sucks if you have a table over multiple pages). Nisus is working on that problem I heard…
– the QuickLook plugin for RTF and RTFD is made by Apple and isn't so great.
[Version 2.0.7]


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+4

brfer reviewed on 26 Sep 2013
Nisus Writer Pro is more than the old fashioned 'word processor'.
Of course it does that superbly but the improvement and extensions, since the original version of 1988, increase its usefulness.
Too much to describe here, but the notable items i use are:
Find and Replace - literally anything.
Tables.
Import and Export of files from/to other Applications.
Long Documents - this is where Nisus Writer excels.
Try it - www.nisus.com.
[Version 2.0.5]


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+4

+5

Owad reviewed on 29 Apr 2013
Nisus Writer Pro is a match for Microsoft Word in features and far surpasses Word in speed and ease of use.
[Version 2.0.4]


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Joeschisa commented on 11 Aug 2012
Downloaded via program's update, but it wouldn't launch so reverted to previous version 2.02. Maybe it's just me, or download corrupted, on Lion current version. Otherwise, like the program.
[Version 2.0.4]


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+3

+3

Carmelopap reviewed on 30 May 2012
The best Word processor!
[Version 2.0.2]


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+14

Banndunn reviewed on 30 Dec 2011
I have been using Nisus Writer since 1993! Back in the early Mac days. And it was awesome, especially because it worked with the most amazing Regular Expression engine and so forth. The app was pretty much the reward of academics, coders, and general erudite worshipers of language, especially foreign languages. Nisus had the best dictionaries and everything. And Nisus still is above and beyond other text editors and word processors. Amazing. Still.
[Version 2.0.2]


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+70

Vinkri reviewed on 06 Dec 2011
Nisus Writer Pro is not a writing software.
It's more than that: a text formatting software.
Absolutely over-sized for novel writing or short documents, it shows all of its power when your project is long, heavy, full of references, footnotes, tables...etc

Quite stable and relatively user friendly (for a piece of software that's so packed with features), it is unfortunately expensive.

Worth the price for some, but definitely not everyone.
[Version 2.0.2]

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Miner replied on 11 Sep 2013
And that is why they also feature Nisus Writer Express, with a lower price and a more limited feature set that would cover all needs for most.
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Metalsmith replied on 15 Feb 2014
Expensive? In which fantasy world? {Word = $109.99 - And has been brought down to that price by competion... by Nisus!
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Metalsmith had trouble on 15 Feb 2014
Sometimes I manage to get lost in all the possibilities, or my fading memory doesn't work right. Support at Nisus is always quick, patient, kind and forgiving. But be careful around them on April First... They can get erratic!
[Version 2.0.7]


burypromote

+1
Metalsmith had trouble on 15 Feb 2014
Sometimes I manage to get lost in all the possibilities, or my fading memory doesn't work right. Support at Nisus is always quick, patient, kind and forgiving. But be careful around them on April First... They can get erratic!
[Version 2.0.7]


burypromote

+1
Metalsmith had trouble on 15 Feb 2014
Sometimes I manage to get lost in all the possibilities, or my fading memory doesn't work right. Support at Nisus is always quick, patient, kind and forgiving. But be careful around them on April First- They can get erratic! :-)
[Version 2.0.7]


burypromote

+1
Metalsmith had trouble on 15 Feb 2014
Sometimes I manage to get lost in all the possibilities, or my fading memory doesn't work right. Support at Nisus is always quick, patient, kind and forgiving. But be careful around them on April First... They can get erratic! :-)
[Version 2.0.7]



-55

Leonledragon rated on 04 Mar 2014

[Version 2.0.7]



PierpaoloRemelli1848 rated on 20 Feb 2014

[Version 2.0.7]



+4

brfer rated on 14 Jan 2014

[Version 2.0.7]



+4

brfer rated on 14 Jul 2013

[Version 2.0.4]



+25

lurkingremlin rated on 17 Feb 2013

[Version 2.0.4]



+4

brfer rated on 08 Feb 2012

[Version 2.0.2]



+10

Georg-74 rated on 01 Sep 2011

[Version 2.0.1]



-1

TigerJohn rated on 21 May 2011

[Version 2.0]



-7

Exegete77 rated on 20 May 2011

[Version 2.0]



+73

Myka rated on 02 Apr 2011

[Version 1.4.1]


Downloads:28,158
Version Downloads:1,981
Type:Business : Word Processing
License:Demo
Date:27 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $79.00
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Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful multilingual word processor, similar to its entry level products, but brings new features such as table of contents, indexing, bookmarks, widow and orphan control, cross references, line numbering, and text wrap around images.

Familiar Classic features are also on board, like attribute-sensitive find and replace, an upgraded Nisus macro language, and glossaries.

We have also improved a number of existing features. For example, we've added a variety of additional options to control the display of notes. Footnotes can now also span across pages.


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