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Nisus Writer Pro Tutorials

May 13th, 2016 · No Comments

A few months ago James Tummins, a long time Nisus user, convinced his friend to purchase Nisus Writer Pro. Being new to Nisus Writer Pro his friend asked if there were any video tutorials available. Not finding any, James asked if we would object to a few independently produced videos.

Two months later James has created a series of video tutorials for Nisus Writer Pro. These tutorials walk you through subjects such as styles, find and replace, table of contents, track changes, comments, and more.

If you are new to Nisus Writer Pro or need a refresher, these videos are a great resource.

Please let us know what you think by commenting below, posting in our forums (registration required) or sending us an email.

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Nisus Writer Express, Pro, and InfoClick Updated

March 4th, 2016 · No Comments

As I mentioned in a previous blog post we have updated Nisus Writer Express, Nisus Writer Pro, and InfoClick. These updates all contain the Sparkle security fix detailed here. As for the content of these updates, please read on.

Nisus Writer Pro

Along with the above mentioned Sparkle framework update, this new version fixes a bug where list items may not always update with the correct formatting, a localization issue with cross-references, and more. The complete list of changes and fixes can be found on the Nisus Writer Pro release notes page.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.4 is available now from the Mac App Store and from the Pro update page. It is a free update for our customers who already own Nisus Writer Pro 2.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.4 requires OS X 10.8.5 or higher.

Nisus Writer Express

Nisus Writer Express 3.5.4 also includes the updated Sparkle framework and includes a few fixes found since the release of Express 3.5.3. The complete list of changes and fixes can be found on the Express release notes page.

This new version is available now from the Mac App Store and from the Express update page. It is a free update for our customers who already own Nisus Writer Express 3.

Nisus Writer Express 3.5.4 requires OS X 10.8.5 or higher.

InfoClick

InfoClick 1.2.1 includes the updated Sparkle framework and a few fixes. The complete release notes for InfoClick can be found on its release notes page.

This new version is available now from our InfoClick update page. As of this writing, InfoClick is waiting to be reviewed in the Mac App Store. We will let you know when it becomes available there. This is a free update for our customers who own any version of InfoClick.

InfoClick 1.2.1 requires OS X 10.7.5 or higher.

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Nisus App Updates

March 4th, 2016 · No Comments

We have released updates to Nisus Writer Express, Nisus Writer Pro, and InfoClick. There are bug fixes and enhancements, but there is also a security update that should be explained.

We use an automatic update framework called Sparkle, which is used by many developers to keep your applications up to date. A few weeks ago a potential security risk was found in this framework. The details can be found in this iMore article, but to summarize the problem is applications using the Sparkle framework are potentially vulnerable to “man in the middle” attacks.

To eliminate this potential security problem in our apps we have updated the Sparkle framework to the latest version. We have also added https to our website to ensure communication between our apps and our website is secure.

While the risk of this vulnerability actually affecting users is low, there is still risk. Updating the framework and adding https across our site eliminates this vulnerability.

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Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.3 and Nisus Writer Express 3.5.3 Released

January 14th, 2016 · No Comments

We are very happy to announce the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.3 and Nisus Writer Express 3.5.3.

These new versions fix some bugs that were found since the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.2 and Nisus Writer Express 3.5. The complete list of changes and fixes can be found on the Nisus Writer Pro and Nisus Writer Express release notes pages.

Both Pro and Express are available now at the Nisus store and the Mac App Store. Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.3 is $79. You can upgrade from Pro 1.x for $49. A three license Family Pack is $99. An academic version is also available.

Nisus Writer Express 3.5.3 is $20.

For owners of Nisus Writer Pro 2.x and Nisus Writer Express 3.x these updates are free.

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WinterFest 2015

December 31st, 2015 · No Comments

If it’s Winter (or close enough) then it’s time for WinterFest. That’s right, it’s here, we’re happy, and you should be too. That is, if you like to save money.

Nisus Software is once again proud to team up with great developers of fantastic tools such as Aeon Timeline, BBEdit, Bookends, DEVONthink Pro, Scrivener, Take Control Books, Tinderbox, TextExpander, and of course Nisus Writer Pro.

Get the tools you need at a terrific price, for a very limited time. Use this special link to save 25% on Nisus Writer Pro. To save 25% on other excellent WinterFest software, please visit the WinterFest 2015 page.

WinterFest 2015 ends on January 6, so don’t wait. Order today and save!

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Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.2 Now Available In the Mac App Store

October 14th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Happily, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.2 is available for purchase or download once again in the Mac App Store. We apologize that it took so long to work it all out, but now that we have overcome the technical issues involved we hope this won’t happen again.

So if you purchased Pro from the Mac App Store, feel free to go to your Purchased tab in the App Store app and download.

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El Capitan Compatibility

October 8th, 2015 · 2 Comments

El Capitan, or OS X 10.11, has been released and we know many of you are already using it. So it is probably a good time to talk about compatibility with our apps.

The latest versions of Nisus Writer Express and Nisus Writer Pro are compatible, apart from one issue. Hopefully Apple will fix that bug shortly.

The current version of InfoClick (1.1) will not by default detect email in El Capitan. We currently have a workaround but a newer version of InfoClick (1.2) will fix this issue. We hope to have InfoClick 1.2 released very soon.

Nisus Thesaurus is compatible with no reported issues.

If you do find a problem please let us know by sending an email to support or through the feedback reporter (Help > Send Feedback) within our apps.

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Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.2 Released

October 8th, 2015 · No Comments

We are very happy to announce the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.2.

This new version restores the preference that controls how often autosave is triggered, offers improved import/export of DOCX and DOC documents, and introduces the ability to import documents from Apple Pages version 4 (iWork ’09). As always, this release fixes bugs and increases stability.

The complete release notes for Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.2 can be found on the Pro release notes page.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.2 is available now and is a free update for our customers who already own Nisus Writer Pro 2. You can update from within the app or you can download the update from the Pro download page.

For those of you who don’t own Pro 2, you can purchase from our store for only $79, or upgrade for only $49. We also have a three license Family Pack for $99 and an academic version.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.2 requires OS X 10.8.5 and higher.

We have submitted Pro 2.1.2 to the Mac App Store. If/when it gets approved we will let you know here and in a newsletter.

 

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Nisus Writer Express 3.5 Now Available

September 18th, 2015 · 1 Comment

We are very happy to announce the release of Nisus Writer Express 3.5.

This new version introduces a lower price: only $20! It has also been updated with iCloud support, OS X document Auto Save and Versions, and is now 64 bit and sandboxed. There are also bug fixes, improvements, and enhancements. The complete release notes for Nisus Writer Express 3.5 can be found on the Express release notes page.

Nisus Writer Express 3.5 is available now on our site and on the Mac App Store. It is a free update for our customers who already own any version of Express 3. For those of you who don’t own Nisus Writer Express, you can purchase from our store and the Mac App Store for the new lower price of $20.

Nisus Writer Express 3.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.

If you write professionally, or are a student, educator, or just someone who needs a great writing tool, Nisus Writer Express 3.5 has the features you need to do the job at an affordable price.

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Social And Tech Review of Nisus Writer Pro

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Frederico Grigolini of SocialandTech.com gave a glowing review of Nisus Writer Pro on his site. The review is in Italian, but Google Translate will help the rest of us read the review.

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SummerFest 2015

June 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

To celebrate the beginning of Summer we are happy to announce that we are once again participating in the SummerFest promo. For a limited time eight awesome artisanal apps from eight awesome developers are discounted 25 percent.

Nisus Software is proud to team up with great developers of wonderful tools like ScrivenerDEVONthink Office ProTinderboxAeon TimelineBookendsTake Control Books, and of course Nisus Writer Pro.

Get the tools you need at a terrific price, for a very limited time. To save 25% on one or all of this excellent SummerFest software use the coupon code SummerFest2015 during checkout.

You can learn more about this collection of exceptional software from the SummerFest 2015 page.

As our friend Adam Engst of TidBITS wrote “ If you take your writing seriously, do yourself a favor and invest in the tools and training that let you focus on the best way to convey your ideas to the world.”

The SummerFest promo ends on June 30, so don’t wait. Order early and often.

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A Few Thoughts On WWDC

June 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment

As I write this it’s less than an hour before the WWDC keynote. This is Apple’s Developer Conference, and it’s kind of a big deal for us. It means massive amounts of speculation on what will be announced. I know the rumor mill is churning with many predictions, some involving new hardware. Honestly, I don’t care about that.

You know what I would love? An temporary end to new featuritis with an eye on fixing many persistant bugs in OS X and iOS. Especially OS X. I don’t care what they call it, just fix the crap that’s been broken since Lion. Is that asking too much? I don’t think so, but Apple may have other ideas. Whatever… just fix it already, Apple.

I really hope this happens, but I have my doubts. I have a wonderful track record of incorrectly predicting many, many things at these Apple events. I hope to break that streak, but the chances of that are probably not good.

I can dream, though, can’t I?

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New MacBook: Upgrade From The iPad?

June 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

I finally had a chance to use a MacBook at the local Apple Store. I’ve been wanting to try it and the Apple Store gives me a good opportunity to check it out without being pushed into buying one.

I had read the comments and reviews from Jason Snell for Macworld, Ars Technica, and this review from Marco Armet (spoiler alert: Marco really hated the MacBook), but I wanted to check it out for myself to see if it was as good as I thought it might be or as bad as Marco says it is.

To my surprise it isn’t slow, in spite of its supposedly slow processor. It is quite quick, though I didn’t do anything more stressful than surfing the web and write with it. The screen is beautiful, which in itself is reason to seriously consider it. To my eyes, it’s the best of the retina screen Macs. That’s saying something.

However… that keyboard! I like the big keys, and the fact that it is full sized. There is very little travel, though, and that bugs me. I suppose I could get used to it, but it reminds me very much of typing on an iPad. I got used to it, but I can’t say I like it. I guess I was spoiled typing on those Apple Extended Keyboards. Everything else feels inferior to me.

That got me to thinking about the MacBook in a different way. Is the MacBook a the upgrade from an iPad? One thing that stuck me watching the March keynote is the way the MacBook looks very much like an iPad. The back of it certainly does, and from a distance it looks like an iPad with a keyboard. There are other little touches here and there that subtly remind me of an iPad Air. Plus… colors! It’s all very iPad like. Seeing one up close only reinforces that feeling.

Perhaps Apple has determined that the iPad isn’t the productivity machine it’s made out to be. In other words, maybe this is supposed to be the upgrade from the iPad for those iOS users who need more. I tried to love the iPad as a productivity tool, but I just couldn’t do it. Even with a bluetooth keyboard it wasn’t for me. I know some of you feel differently and have made the iPad work for you. Not me, sadly.

I suppose at some point I will own a MacBook since I am a fan of small and light computers. I’m typing this on a MacBook Air, a machine I’m quite happy to own. The single port won’t bother me, but right now the price does. Maybe in a year or two it will get cheaper. The keyboard might be a deal breaker, but I’d have to really use one for a while to figure it out.

What do you think? Is this a computer that could appeal to a writer? Or is the MacBook a tool for the fashion conscious CEO?

Please leave a comment and let me know.

 

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Nisus App Updates

May 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Now that Pro 2.1.1 is out, I’d like to talk about other things we are working on here at Nisus.

First up is InfoClick. Version 1.2 is now in beta testing. The focus of this version was adding a few highly requested features along with fixes and enhancements. InfoClick 1.2 should be released in weeks, but that’s dependent on how long the beta period will last. You just never know with these things.

Nisus Writer Express 3.5 should also be out fairly soon. This new version gains OS X Auto Save and Versions like its big brother, plus the usual bug fixes and enhancements. This also should be released soon, so stay tuned.

Lastly, I’d like to write about the Mac App Store situation. At this point, we are still working with Apple to get Pro 2.1.1 into the store. There are a few technical hurdles to overcome, and I can’t even begin to guess when Pro will be approved by Apple. Hopefully it will be soon, but we have no idea at this time.

Stay tuned to this blog or subscribe to our newsletter for more updates.

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Mac App Store Update

April 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Now that we have released Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1 (NWP) we would like to update you on our efforts to add Pro 2.1.1 to the Mac App Store (MAS).

We tried very hard to add Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 and 2.1.1 into the MAS. Unfortunately, we are having technical problems with Apple’s developer tools. Currently we are unable to even submit application updates to Apple for review. However, we are working with Apple developer technical support to resolve these issues. Unfortunately we have no idea when NWP 2.1.1 will finally be available in the Mac App Store.

In the meantime, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1 will allow MAS customers to use version 2.1.1 by following these steps:

  1. Do not delete the MAS copy of NWP from your Mac. Leave it in its existing location (most likely the Applications folder).
  2. Download NWP version 2.1.1 (download the .zip version only).
  3. Unzip Pro 2.1.1 and leave it on your desktop. Do not put it in the same folder as the Mac App Store version or it will overwrite that version.
  4. Launch NWP version 2.1.1.
  5. Choose the menu Nisus Writer Pro > Licenses…
  6. Click the button “Enter License…”
  7. NWP will try to automatically detect and import your MAS receipt from the Applications folder.

If NWP does not automatically detect your MAS receipt, you will need to hold down the Command key when clicking the “Enter License” button in step #5. That will trigger NWP to guide you through the process. Once you’ve successfully imported your MAS receipt, you no longer need the copy of NWP obtained from the MAS.

Hopefully we will work through the problems with Apple and get Pro 2.1.1 into the MAS soon. Here’s hoping!

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Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1

April 17th, 2015 · No Comments

We are very happy to announce the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1. This new version increases stability and fixes a few issues that have been found since the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.1. The complete release notes for Nisus Writer Pro can be found on the Pro release notes page.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1 is available now and is a free update for existing customers of Nisus Writer Pro 2. You can update from within the app (from the “Nisus Writer Pro” menu select “Check for Updates” and follow the instructions) or you can download the update from the Pro download page.

For those of you who don’t own Pro 2, you can purchase for $79 or upgrade for only $49 from our store. We also have a three license Family Pack for $99.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1 requires OS X 10.7.5 and higher.

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Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1 Beta

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments

After the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 we discovered a few bugs that we felt we should fix sooner rather than later. So instead of waiting we decided to release a beta version of Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1.

This version fixes a problem where licenses in certain instances were not detected, an issue with choosing a new Document Manager folder that is a subfolder of the existing Document Manager folder can incorrectly delete a whole folder, if the user chooses to migrate files. There are also fixes for various sandboxing bugs and other minor issues.

You can download this beta from our Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1 beta page.

For your own sanity please remember that this is a beta release and still in development. Bad things can happen to valuable documents, so please use copies and appropriate caution.

We hope to have the final version of Pro 2.1.1 released very soon. We’ll announce the release in our newsletter and on this blog.

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Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 Released

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments

We are very happy to announce the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.

This new version contains the following fixes and additions:

  • Added support for Mac OS X autosave, where changes to all opens documents are saved regularly.
  • Added support for Mac OS X document versioning, where a user can browse and revert to older versions of any document.
  • Added support for iCloud.
  • Nisus Writer Pro is now 64-bit.
  • Other bug fixes, improvements, and macro language enhancements.

The complete release notes for Nisus Writer Pro can be found on the Pro release notes page.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 is available now (coming soon to the Mac App Store) and is a free update for our customers who already own Pro 2. You can also update from within the app (select “Check for Updates” from the “Nisus Writer Pro” menu and follow the instructions).

For those of you who don’t own Pro 2, you can purchase from $79, or upgrade from Pro 1.x for $49 from our store. We also have a three license Family Pack for $99.

Nisus Writer Pro requires OS X 10.7.5 and higher.

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Anne Cuneo

March 4th, 2015 · No Comments

We are sad to report the death of a longtime devoted supporter of Nisus Software Inc, and an active participant in our forum, raising good questions and offering sage advice.

My colleague Mark Hurvitz and his wife had the opportunity to meet Anne in September of 2010. She graciously took them around her neighborhood in the old town of Zurich. Anne was widely knowledgeable and deeply thoughtful. She will be sorely missed.

Anne’s life and death were noted in this lengthy article (in French).

As Mark said in his forum post, “May her memory be for a blessing.”

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LLAP

February 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Today we lost Leonard Nimoy. You can read obits here and here.

I was affected by it, no question, but I’m not quite sure why. I’m not a huge Star Trek fan, nor was I particularly inspired by him. I do think he was a great actor, and a pretty stand up guy (the less I say about his music career the better). So I can’t quite figure out why news of his passing saddened me.

Maybe it’s because, despite having been typecast to a certain degree as Spock and supposedly resisting it (the man wrote a book called “I Am Not Spock“) he later embraced it (he wrote another book called “I Am Spock“) and was able to laugh at himself and enjoy his life.

In the end, I think Leonard Nimoy was a nice man and maybe why that his passing makes me sad. There aren’t too many nice guys in his chosen business, or in the world in general, and we need more of them in this day and age.

Live long and prosper, Leonard.

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