Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Nisus Writer Pro 2.0: The Review

TidBITS Business Apps: Nisus Writer Pro 2.0: The Review, TidBITS article.
This is a serious tool for people with heavy-duty writing needs — those writing books, dissertations, academic papers, legal documents, and other complex works are most likely to benefit from what Nisus Writer Pro can do best: manipulate text, in almost any way you can imagine. Need to go through a 950-page alumni directory and change every entry in the form “John Smith, Class of ’72” to “1972 [tab] SMITH, John,” with the year spelled out, the last name in uppercase, and the first name in italics? Nisus Writer Pro can do it in seconds. That sort of power is what sets Nisus Writer Pro apart from every other word processor.

8 comments:

Anna said...

Sounds good! :)

eolake said...

Yeah, and it's well cheaper than Word too.

Timo Lehtinen said...

Lacking real stylesheets, this app is useless for long form word processing (i.e. documents longer than one page).*

Try Mellel. It is currently the only proper word processor for the Mac.

*) And Apple's Pages is perfectly adequate for those single page jobs.

eolake said...

I'm a bit confused, I don't see anything saying it dosn't have style sheets (unless I misunderstand the term).
From the review:
"And although Nisus Writer’s paragraph styling features are quite thorough, they strangely omit a “page break before” attribute, which we use, for example, on all chapter headings in Take Control books. Sure, we can stick in manual page breaks, but being able to build that into a style is much more convenient."

(BTW, for me I do use something simpler, like Mellel, Nisus Express, Pages, etc. I noted this revies for those who might miss the old Nisus Writer Pro.)

Ray said...

Doesn't OpenOffice make a Mac version?
It's a complete office suite with all the same stuff as Micro$oft'$ but free and it is over 300 Mb. Have any of you Mac lovers tried it? Why not?

eolake said...

I've tried it and it seems good, but I don't have broad experience with it.

Anonymous said...

What do you need with any of those? You're a sleazy porn purveyor, not a writer.

Dave Nielsen said...

I look forward to seeing your biopic - The People vs. Eolake Stobblehouse.