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Nisus Writer Pro
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • Nisus Writer Pro
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  • Last modified: Sep 9, 2013

Review Summary:

Pro: RTF is native file format, Powerful Find/Replace features, power tools for power users Cons: Sometimes incompatible with other apps like MS Word, Apple Pages

interfaceNisus Writer needs no introduction. Older followers are still loyal to this old word processor. New users will love everything about this.

The Nisus Writer Express is the basic version of this powerful app and provides pretty same features as the Pro version except few such as, Mail merge and drawing tool. The interface is clutter free. You can customize everything, palettes, page background, comment area and a lot more. You can hide or show the toolbar, palette drawer, navigators etc. It also supports full keyboard shortcuts.

The app has newly redesigned Document Manager that can keep track of all of you documents from all your locations. You can even organize your files into groups. It has other features also present like generation of table-of-contents, index, bookmarks, and bookends app support that is very good for complicated works. Rich Text Format (RTF) is default format of Nisus Writer. It also supports Microsoft Word formats (Doc, Docx), WordPerfect, OpenDocument, HTML, Nisus Writer Classic and plain text. You can export documents to the above formats as well as HTML and ePub and PDF.

The Nisus Writer Pro has integrated Spotlight feature in its search in this version. You can find anything fast. The find and replace functions has benefited the most. It has three modes to do it: Normal Find, PowerFind and PowerFind Pro. The first find more, the Normal Mode is the basic Find/Replace function, in which you search for a phrase and replace it. The PowerFind and PowerFind Pro modes, support phrases and search patterns. For example, you can find all the five digit numbers or all capitalized words with these modes. The PowerFind mode goes further by adding support for regular expressions (regex). Attribute based search is also supported in this app. For example, you can search for all the texts in bold or text with heading style.

The Nisus Writer Pro app organizes the comments into discussions. These comments are updated according to your changes. These comments are also compatible with Microsoft Word so that you can work seamlessly with both the apps.

To make Table of Contents, drag and drop TOC entries in Navigation pane. It will automatically generate a full Table of Contents with page numbers too. If you want to save the document in PDF, the TOC entries are hyperlinked automatically.

The Nisus app supports Styles. Styles make documents look professional and consistent. It has an exclusive Style Sheet view, so that you can create and update your styles visually. You can choose the styles from Style Sheet to work with. In most of the word processing apps, this feature is absent.

The Nisus Writer Pro extends with its functionality with Nisus Micro Language. You can create automated scripts to make your work easier. It supports advanced level of macros with variables, conditions, objects, and loops. You can even add Perl code. You can add a picture or text as document background with watermark feature. The font size, transparency, color can also can be adjusted. With Mail Merge, you can import CSV or text files into the document. Apple Address Book can also be a source. Perl codes can be used here to synchronize the final documents too.

Nisus Writer Pro supports Multilanguage input. It supports Cyrillic, Chinese, Latin, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew and Persian scripts. You can even write from right to left in the last three languages. Indian scripts like Gujarati, Gurumukhi and Devanagari are supported too. It automatically switches to respective language settings when switching languages. It is available as a Multilanguage product.

Nisus Writer Pro has many great features such as PowerFind. It is a great word processor as a competitor to Apple Pages and Microsoft Word. Every app has their own unique features. If you are a scholar or professional, you may want to take a look at it. At $79, it does not cost much. If you do not want so much features, you may want to go for Nisus Writer Express, which is the basic version.

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