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Take Control of Automating Your Mac

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

We know our users are a sophisticated bunch. A great many of you know keyboard shortcuts and other time saving methods to make quick work of tedious tasks. But did you know that there are dozens of shortcuts that will make your computing life easier? Well, that’s why the ridiculously busy Joe Kissell of TidBITS fame has written a book that reveals OS X’s many shortcuts, and examines the utilities and applications that go further, offering concrete examples and extensive lists of possibilities.

Take Control of Automating Your Mac is written for ordinary people like me, but everyone can take advantage of the tips, tricks, and tools that will help you with automating tedious, and not so tedious tasks. Plus, there is a nice section on Nisus Writer Pro.

There is a nice section on Nisus Writer Pro, but there are many other tips and tricks

You can purchase Take Control of Automating Your Mac for only $15 from the Take Control store.

So if you would like to save time and money (there are coupons for the utilities mentioned in the book) and learn to boss your Mac around, buy Take Control of Automating Your Mac and make your Mac work for you!

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InfoClick Named Macworld Gem

July 16th, 2014 · No Comments

InfoClick was reviewed recently on Macworld and named a Macworld Gem. The review, titled “InfoClick review: Find what you’re looking for in Apple Mail” Dan Miller calls InfoClick “… essentially a supercharged search tool for Mail” and in his conclusion says “… if you find yourself constantly searching for (and not finding) messages in Mail, InfoClick could make your life a lot easier.”

You can read the entire review at the Macworld site.

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Nisus Writer Pro Article on Macworld

May 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Our friend Joe Kissell has written a very nice article on Nisus Writer Pro for Macworld. Called “Tools of the trade: Why I prefer Nisus Writer” Joe goes on to explain why he prefers Nisus Writer Pro over MS Word or Apple’s Pages and how it helps both his productivity and his attitude.

Please take a look at this article and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.7 and Nisus Writer Express 3.4.6 Released

December 6th, 2013 · No Comments

Mavericks. The gift that keeps on giving. So much so that we are still finding issues. While we were at it we fixed a few other bugs and we decided to put out new versions of both Express and Pro.

Therefore, we are happy to announce the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.7 and Nisus Writer Express 3.4.6. These new versions are available now for purchase at our store and the Mac App Store.

These new versions contain the following fixes and additions:

  • Fixed: when running on OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard), could crash in certain circumstances.
  • Fixed: lang: improved automatic hyphenation for non-English languages.
  • Fixed: soft hyphens now transfer from Nisus Writer to Word properly.
  • Fixed: lang: when running on OSX 10.9 (Mavericks), could be very slow to show the list of languages.
  • Fixed: images: editing an equation externally (eg: in MathType) now refreshes image correctly.
  • Other bug fixes, stability improvements, and macro language enhancements.

This release, barring unforeseen circumstances, will be the last release to support Snow Leopard (10.6). The next release will support 10.7.5 and above.

TThe complete release notes for Nisus Writer Pro can be found on the Pro release notes page. Release notes for Nisus Writer Express are available on the Express release notes page.

If you purchased directly from our store, Nisus Writer Express and Nisus Writer Pro can be updated from within the app. Select “Check for Updates” from the “Nisus Writer Express/Pro” menu and follow the instructions. You can also download the update from the Express and Pro update pages.

If you purchased from the Mac App Store open the App Store on your Mac, then click the “Updates” view at the top of the App Store window (in Mountain Lion you should receive a notification that the app has been updated and is ready to download).

So if you have purchased Pro 2 or Express 3.x from our store or the Mac App Store, please update now. You”ll be very happy you did.

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Mavericks Compatibility Update

October 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

Apple is on the verge of releasing the next version of OS X, 10.9 Mavericks. We have tested all of our currently shipping apps in 10.9 and happily we have found all of our currently shipping applications should work with no problems. That means Express 3.4.5, Pro 2.0.6, InfoClick 1.1, and Nisus Thesaurus 1.1 are all Mavericks compatible.

Hopefully that will remain once the OS is actually available to the general public. If you do run into problems please let us know.

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Nisus Writer Express 3.4.5 and Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.6 Available on the Mac App Store

October 10th, 2013 · No Comments

We are very happy to announce that Nisus Writer Express 3.4.5 and Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.6 are now available at the Mac App Store. I have to admit we were surprised since it has taken much longer than this in the past to get approved. In this case it wasn’t even a week. Maybe things are changing at the App Store. Whatever the case, we are glad it is now available.

To update these apps open App Store on your Mac, then click the “Updates” view at the top of the App Store window (in Mountain Lion you should receive a notification that the app has been updated and is ready to download).

The cost of Pro at the App Store is $79 while Express is $45. There is no upgrade pricing available on the App Store, unfortunately.

So if you purchased Express or Pro from the App Store, the latest versions of both apps are now available.

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Express 3.4.5 and Pro 2.0.6

October 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

After the release of Express 3.4.4 and Pro 2.0.5 there were a few unpleasant bugs discovered. We decided to quickly fix those issues and release a new version. Therefore, we are happy to announce the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.6 and Nisus Writer Express 3.4.5.

These new versions contain the following fixes and additions:

• Improved stability by addressing several bugs that could cause crashes in certain situations.
• Fixed: lists: should be able to set list starting number for a single paragraph in the document text, ie: override starting list number enforced by styles.
• Fixed: deleting some text should persist the formatting of that text in the typing attributes, eg: text typed just afterwards should have the same attributes.
• Fixed: import: documents with certain configurations of floating content could fail to import.
• Added: palettes: holding down the Command key when clicking a palette stepper’s up/down arrows will restore the old behavior, where the first shown value is applied uniformly to the entire selection, instead of adjusting all selected values independently.
• Fixed: palettes: using a palette stepper’s down arrow should affect all selected values, even if the first selected value is at zero.
• Other fixes and optimizations.

There are a few Pro specific fixes that you can read about on the Pro release notes page. The complete release notes for Express can be found on the Express release notes page.

Nisus Writer Express and Nisus Writer Pro can be updated from within the app. Select “Check for Updates” from the “Nisus Writer Express/Pro” menu and follow the instructions. You can also download the update from the Express and Pro update pages.

Both Express 3.4.5 and Pro 2.0.6 are available now at our store and the Mac App Store. Nisus Writer Express is only $45 and the upgrade is $30. Nisus Writer Pro is $79 and the upgrade is $49. Academic versions and Family Packs (three licenses) are also available.

For those of you who have purchased through the Mac App Store, Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.6 and Express 3.4.5 have been submitted but we have no idea when it will be approved. Hopefully the wait won’t be long be we’ll see. Check back here for updates.

So if you have purchased Pro 2.x or Express 3.x from our store, please update now. For you Mac App Store customers, hang in there. Your wait should (in theory) not be too long.

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Nisus Writer Express 3.4.4 and Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.5 Released

September 11th, 2013 · No Comments

We are very happy to announce the release of both Nisus Writer Express 3.4.4 and Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.5.

Both Express and Pro have had a few bugs fixed, some enhancements, preliminary support for Mavericks (OS X 10.9) and other niceties that are too numerous to list here. You can read the complete release notes for Express and Pro online or under the Help menu in both apps. I hope your chair is comfy and you have some snacks ready because those notes make for a long read.

You can update from within the apps or from the Express or Pro pages. These apps can be purchased from our store. Nisus Writer Express is $45 and Nisus Writer Pro is $79. There is upgrade and academic pricing, and three license family packs are available.

Nisus Writer Express and Nisus Writer Pro require at least OS X 10.6.6.

These updates are recommended, especially if you plan on using OS X 10.9. So please update and enjoy!

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InfoClick 1.1 Released

July 18th, 2013 · No Comments

We are very happy to announce the release of InfoClick 1.1, the latest version of our email search tool for Apple Mail.

InfoClick 1.1 adds new features while addressing some important issues. Among the new features are:

  • Allows searching by Apple Mail accounts, mailboxes, and folders.
  • Negated searches allow finding items that do not contain a particular selector (eg: word, contact, etc). For example, you can negate a search term by typing an exclamation mark before you type the term (eg: “!pluto” searches for all emails that do not contain the word “pluto”).
  • Can search for emails in trash folders using a “Trashed Emails” selector.
  • Added “Email” menu to the main menu bar with some convenient commands like Reply and Forward.

There are many other changes, fixes, and improvement, including faster response while typing, expanded listing results, and more. The full list of changes and fixes can be found at the InfoClick release notes page.

InfoClick is available now from our store and from the Mac App Store for only $15 USD. A 15 day demo is also available from our InfoClick page.

This is a free update for current owners of InfoClick.

The ability to search through individual mailboxes is just awesome to me. I have been asking about it since the beginning but I was told that “it wasn’t possible” by certain individuals. Little did I know that the feature was scheduled for this version. Yeah, hilarious. Having said that, the feature works great and I couldn’t be happier.

Please feel free to let us know what you think by writing to us at comments at nisus.com. We love to hear from you.

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Apple Developer Discs From Years Back

July 17th, 2013 · No Comments

Nisus has been developing for the Mac for many, many years. Over that time we’ve accumulated quite a cache of old Apple Developer discs, upon which we recently stumbled.

Apple Developer CD


It’s efficient and economical that everything is distributed digitally now, but I can’t help but miss old gems like this. We hope you enjoy seeing these artifacts.

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Exciting news, but PLEASE DON’T SHOUT

June 14th, 2013 · No Comments

The US Navy just switched to a new message routing system that finally allows the use of lowercase letters. That’s right, up until May 7th 2013 messages could only employ ALL CAPS, ALL THE TIME.

I wonder, did they add Unicode support? Or maybe they just upgraded to the decadent luxury of full ASCII.

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SummerFest 2013

May 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Summer is (almost) here! I know this because it is getting warmer and the humidity is rising. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere we are just going to pretend it’s still summer.

To celebrate the warmth we have partnered with some great software developers for a collection of exceptional software for writers called SummerFest 2013.

SummerFest 2013 offers great writing software at huge 20-50% discounts! The following software is currently being offered during the SummerFest 2013 sale:

  • Nisus Writer Pro – 20% Discount
  • Scrivener – 20% Discount
  • Bookends – 50% Discount
  • Tinderbox – 40% Discount
  • Movie Draft – 20% Discount
  • Aeon Timeline – 20% Discount

For more information on SummerFest 2013 please visit our special SummerFest page. Remember, SummerFest savings end on June 14, 2013 so act quickly!

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InfoClick Now Available on the Mac App Store

March 1st, 2013 · No Comments

I am happy to tell all of you that InfoClick is now available in the Mac App Store. The process of getting it in the App Store was only slightly less painful than watching the Oscar telecast. Remember I said slightly less painful.

To celebrate this momentous (to us) occasion we are offering, for a limited time, InfoClick at a discount. From now until Sunday, March 3, we are selling InfoClick for only $12.00 (that’s $3.00 off the list price of $15). That pricing will be available on our store and in the Mac App Store.

To see what InfoClick can do, please visit our InfoClick page. From there you can see the features, watch a movie about InfoClick, download the demo, and buy from our store.

InfoClick requires OS X 10.6.6 and Apple Mail.

Remember, the discount ends on March 3, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST.

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InfoClick One Month Later

February 13th, 2013 · No Comments

It’s been about a month since InfoClick was released. I am happy to say it is a success, and that’s because of you. We are very appreciative. Plus, quite a few of you have given us some wonderful feedback, praise and even jeers.

As an example, Mr. Szabo writes this:

I’d like to mention that by browsing your website I came across InfoClick. It’s phenomenal. I can finally find any e-mail message I have ever sent or received since buying my MacBook Air two years ago. Thank you so much for producing this app.

J.H. writes the following:

I have to tell you what a great piece of software this is. Best $15 I ever spent. It’s way better than Mac mail, and it’s even better than gmail search. The narrowing capability is exactly what I had often contemplated building myself.

Keep those emails coming! We love to hear from you.

InfoClick has also been noticed by the press. In fact, InfoClick has been named a Mac Software Pick by Tom Nelson at About.com. Kirk Hiner at Appletell wrote a nice note about the release of InfoClick. François Cuneo wrote a fairly extensive review for the Cuh.ck (the article is in French). Finally, Will Gomez of Mac360.com wrote about InfoClick here.

If you would like to see what all of this fuss is about, you can visit our InfoClick page. There you can take a tour of the features of InfoClick, view a quick movie about InfoClick, download a demo, or purchase InfoClick. The price is $15 USD.

So if you would like to stop searching and start finding your emails in Apple Mail, buy InfoClick now!

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Introducing InfoClick

January 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Most, if not all of us here at Nisus use Mail, Apple’s built-in mail client. It’s getting better and better with each new release of OS X. However, search isn’t getting any better. Improvements there are slower, and it is frustrating. We live in email and need to be able to search through hundreds of thousands of email quickly. In its current state, Mail isn’t up to the task. So we decided to do something about it.

We are proud to introduce InfoClick, our uniquely powerful email search tool designed to guide you to the emails you’ve been trying to find.

InfoClick is designed to be used with Apple’s Mail application to navigate through your emails to see the words, contacts, and information within. InfoClick knows precisely what words you’ve used, so there’s no guessing; it offers a guided process of progressively narrowing down the matches in a series of simple choices. That means you can’t ever produce a search with zero matches. For example, when you’re searching for all emails containing a particular word, InfoClick would show the completions “connection”, “connexion”, and (the misspelled) “connecsion”, if you’d actually used those words in your emails.

As our President and CEO Jerzy Lewak says “Although Apple’s Spotlight search is better than the competition, many still find it inadequate. InfoClick is much simpler, more versatile and much more powerful. Perhaps the most important difference between other products and InfoClick, is that InfoClick guides you to the available choices only. This helps you see associations and prevents empty search results, always guaranteeing a find.”

InfoClick offers additional features to make searching your emails easier. To see all emails received from educational organizations in the US, simply type .edu in the From field. With a single click, you can narrow-down your search to only those emails that had an attachment, and/or those received in a given date range, and/or those that contain specific words. You can choose, as alternatives, all displayed word spellings used in the emails, so you don’t miss an email because of spelling errors.

InfoClick also offers a note editor, allowing you to collect and organize links to emails, files, web pages, and other URLs (notes are completely searchable).

InfoClick requires OS X 10.6.6 and Apple Mail.

The cost is $15.00 and InfoClick can be purchased from the InfoClick page. You can also download a 15 day fully working demo from the same page.

So if you use Apple Mail but are frustrated with Spotlight, InfoClick is for you. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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Word Count Tricks

December 6th, 2012 · No Comments

A customer wanted to know the following:

“Hi Nisus: How do I get a running word count without having to go through tools etc and add to the end of the text…”

Good question. I have a good answer I hope.

You can put the word count in every new document by editing the Nisus New File. The header or footer are great places for this kind of information. To do this, follow these easy steps:

  1. Launch Nisus Writer Pro preferences (Nisus Writer Pro > Preferences…).
  2. Click on New File > Advanced > Open For Editing.
  3. In the Nisus New file click on the header and choose Insert > Automatic Number > Word Count.
  4. Insert the word count into the header or the footer and save the Nisus New File.

From then on every new document will have the word count placed in the header or footer.

I should say that if you don’t want to do this another solution is to use the statistics palette as a floating palette. Just grab the palette’s title and drag it to the desktop. Either way, both solutions are good and useful.

If you have a suggestion for a tip or a trick write to us at comments@nisus.com. We would love to hear from you.

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App Store Update 9/19/2012

September 19th, 2012 · No Comments

I am very happy to announce that at long last Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.4 is now available on the Mac App Store for updating and purchase.

So if you have purchased from the MAS please go to the store and download the update.

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App Store Update

September 4th, 2012 · No Comments

The good news is that Nisus Writer Express has been approved by Apple and is now available at the Mac App Store as an update or for purchase.

As for Nisus Writer Pro, it has been rejected. We have resubmitted Pro to the App Store and are awaiting approval again. We will keep you updated here and in our newsletter when more information is available to us.

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Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.4 and Nisus Writer Express 3.4.3

August 11th, 2012 · No Comments

We know that the latest versions of Nisus Writer Pro and Nisus Writer Express have been out for a short while, but we wanted to fix some commonly reported problems quickly. So, we are happy to announce the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.4 and Nisus Writer Express 3.4.3.

Here are the highlighted changes since Pro 2.0.3 and Express 3.4.2:

  • Fixed: print: preview in print dialog can be clipped/zoomed incorrectly.
  • Fixed: Apple’s “Start Dictation” menu command should appear on the Edit menu (when using OSX 10.8).
  • Fixed: hyphenation for non-English languages wasn’t always working correctly.
  • Fixed: using the Color panel can incorrectly spread colors to other content.
  • Fixed: clicking links to files can fail to open the file. The “Show Linked File in Finder” command could also fail.
  • Fixed: Nisus Writer can fail to launch/initialize for some users when encountering incomplete font information.
  • Fixed: export: exporting an EPUB with special characters in TOC/Chapter names can fail to export all content from the document.
  • Fixed: right-clicking the style list in stylesheet view can crash/hang on OSX 10.8.
  • Fixed: toc: possible hang when copy-pasting certain multipart selections with applied TOCs.
  • Fixed: redisplay flickers ungracefully when zooming in/out Draft View.
  • Fixed: if the entire document is selected, should not autoscroll after making a formatting change.

The complete release notes can be found here for Express and here for Pro. They can also be found under the Help menu in both Express and Pro.

Both applications can be updated from within each app. Select “Check for Updates” from the “Nisus Writer Pro/Express” menu and follow the instructions. You can also download directly from our site.

Express

Pro

Nisus Writer Pro and Express require OS X 10.6.6.

For those of you who have purchased through the Mac App Store both Express and Pro have been submitted but we have no idea when they will be approved. It could be a few days or two weeks. We will update this blog and send out a newsletter when the apps are approved.

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Mountain Lion Compatible Releases of Pro, Express, and Thesaurus

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

We are very happy to announce the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.3, Nisus Writer Express 3.4.2, and Nisus Thesaurus 1.1.1.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.3 adds support for Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) and fixes some bugs. One change we should mention up front is that Pro now requires Mac OS X 10.6.6.
Here are the highlights:

• Requires Mac OSX 10.6.6.
• Nisus Writer Pro is now signed using an Apple Developer ID, so it runs under Gatekeeper (OSX 10.8).
• Improved hyphenation for many non-English languages (including Danish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and more).
• Fixed: Splash screen can incorrectly stay visible after Nisus Writer finishes launching.
• Faster subsequent launches.
• Fixed: A variety of issues when making a PDF/printout.
• Improvements to EPUB export.

The complete release notes can be found here or under the Help menu in Pro 2.0.3.

Nisus Writer Pro can be updated from within the app. Select “Check for Updates” from the “Nisus Writer Pro” menu and follow the instructions. You can also download from our site.

Nisus Writer Express 3.4.2 receives many of the same updates as Pro 2.0.3:

• Requires Mac OSX 10.6.6.
• Nisus Writer Express is now signed using an Apple Developer ID, so it runs under Gatekeeper (OSX 10.8).
• Improved hyphenation for many non-English languages (including Danish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and more).
• Fixed: Splash screen can incorrectly stay visible after Nisus Writer Express finishes launching.
• Faster subsequent launches.
• Fixed: A variety of issues when making a PDF/printout.

The complete release notes can be found here or in Express under the Help menu.

Nisus Writer Express can be updated from within the app. Select “Check for Updates” from the “Nisus Writer Express” menu and follow the instructions. You can also download from our site.

Nisus Thesaurus receives one update: It is now signed using an Apple Developer ID so it runs under Gatekeeper in Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8).

Nisus Thesaurus is free and can be updated from within the application or from our Thesaurus page.

Both Nisus Writer Pro and Nisus Writer Express can be purchased directly from our store. Nisus Writer Express is only $45. You can upgrade from Express 1.x or 2.x for only $30. Nisus Writer Pro is only $79. Upgrades from Pro 1.x are only $49.

For those of you who have purchased through the Mac App Store Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.3 and Nisus Writer Express 3.4.2 have been submitted but we have no idea when they will be approved. It could be a few days or two weeks. We will post to our blog and send out a newsletter when the apps are approved.

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