And just like that, VersionTracker is gone. It was purchased by CNET a few years ago, and seemed to get less attention as time went on. Now it has been rolled into CNET Downloads.
It’s not that I was a huge fan of VersionTracker, but in its day it was a valuable tool. In its heyday it was the place to find out about updates to your favorite Mac software. You could also read the sometimes hilarious comments and angry rants. It was both fun and infuriating for developers.
If you are not a fan of CNET Downlads, MacUpdate is around to fulfill your Mac updating needs.
But I for one will miss VersionTracker just a bit.
There are many reasons to purchase Pro, but one of the best in this case is cost. The academic version of Nisus Writer Pro is only $39. This is the same version of Nisus Writer Pro that us non-academics purchase for $79. The only difference is price.
So, if you are an academic, and you want a word processor for your Mac that won’t break the bank, Nisus Writer Pro is a great choice.
Personally I think the new symbol looks quite nice and is the best of the five finalists, though I prefer the fluid handwriting appearance shown in the finalist graphic. But then, that’s why fonts exist.
As of 30 June, we have decided to end support for all products that we are not currently selling. This means we will offer support for Nisus Writer Express, Nisus Writer Pro, Nisus Thesaurus, and Nisus Writer 6.5. We will no longer offer support for any other product.
This coming weekend is the Memorial Day weekend for us in the U.S. It is the time when we remember our military veterans. It also means a three day weekend for us working slobs. Not to mention plenty of sales. This reminds me to tell you about our weekend sale.
To celebrate the long weekend, we are discounting Nisus Writer Pro. The full version, normally $79, is $69. The upgrade is $40 (normally $45). The three license Family Pack is $89 (regular price $99). CD versions are an extra $10 plus shipping.
Both Nisus Writer Express 3.3.2 and Nisus Writer Pro 1.4.1 are bug fix releases. Pro 1.4.1 also gains an updated file importer. For those of you who want to read the release notes for Express, you can find them on the Express release notes page. The Pro release notes are can be found on the Pro release notes page.
These updates can be downloaded from our Express and Pro pages. They can also be downloaded from within the applications, using the “Check for Updates…” menu located under the Nisus Writer Express or Nisus Writer Pro menus.
We have decided to produce an Intel-only version of Pro 1.4.1 that can be downloaded from our Pro download page. The Intel version should show a significant speed improvement in file translations (.doc import is faster, for example). This version will only run on Macs with Intel processors (this means Macs produced from early 2006 through now. You can check this by checking “About this Mac” which is located under the Apple menu on your Mac.). You can only download this version from the above link. Using the updater within Pro will download the universal binary version.
Unless you have been under a rock for the past week, the ash cloud hanging over Iceland is really making a mess of air travel all over the world. Air Freight as well. I was reminded of this today when a customer from Europe was wondering when their package was going to arrive.
The latest update from the company we use for shipping (USPS) is advising their customers that “As a result of these airport closures, several postal administrations have reported they cannot receive and dispatch mail. Consequently, USPS outbound flows have been impacted beginning April 14, 2010. Although restrictions on flights are beginning to lift, outbound and inbound flows will continue to be affected.”
So if you are in Europe, and are thinking about order a Pro CD, be aware that while you will eventually receive the package, we cannot give a precise date as to when the package will arrive.
We are hoping this won’t last long and shipping will resume to normal levels soon.
I know a bunch of you are looking forward to drinking green beer and generally enjoy your day of being Irish. However, before you spend on that beer, I should tell you that we are having a sale to celebrate the day.
Enter the coupon code “green” and save 10 percent on the purchase price of Nisus Writer Pro.
The sale ends on 18 March, so buy quickly if you want to save some … well, green.
I hope that all of you had a safe, sane, and healthy holidays. I have a feeling this will be a better year for all of us.
Now to clean up some old business from last year. Macworld magazine here in the US finally got around to reviewing Nisus Writer Pro. The review was worth the wait, as Macworld awarded Pro 4 and 1/2 mice out of 5.
To quote from the article: “For an awful lot of users, including users with advanced document-production needs, Nisus Writer Pro is a solid and very satisfactory alternative to Word, offering more than two-thirds of Word’s features in an easier-to-use user interface, for about one-third the price. In particular, for SOHO business users, and for graduate students and scholars using Bookends, Nisus Writer Pro 1.4 is an unbeatable bargain.”
Long ago, in the days of the Classic Mac OS, when Nisus Software Inc. first developed its tools for multilingual software, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, we learned some interesting facts about Arabic poetry. Not only, unlike English and most other European languages, does Arabic not hyphenate words, in its poetic expressions in particular, Arabic “likes” to have its lines spread out to fill the entire space of the column. In most European languages this is accomplished by adding tiny amounts of space between words. However, in Arabic it is done by adding “kashidas” . Beginning in Nisus 3.4x we developed what we called the Full Justify Tab.
The Full Justify Tab of Nisus Writer Classic
As is clear from the illustration above, the Arabic text above the little note “Full Justify Tab” is the same text as appears below. However the text below is controlled by the tab indicator. As you dragged the tab indicator on the ruler (inside the red ring) horizontally to the right or left, the text governed by it squeezed or stretched correspondingly.
Welcome to Mac OS X
The text engine provided by Mac OS X, which Nisus Writer Pro and Express use, does not support justified tabs. Our Arabic users have repeatedly requested that we do something to alleviate their pain.
Teamwork Leads to a Solution
With the helpful testing of Nisus Writer Pro user Kamran, our lead engineer Martin prepared a set of macros that solve the problem of justifying Arabic text.
The first step is to install the “fully justify” macros. You’ll only need to do this once. Here’s what to do:
1. Download the justification macros.
2. They come in a compressed archive, which you may need to double click in the Finder to expand.
3. Switch to Nisus Writer Pro (NWP).
4. Use the menu Macros > Load Macro.
5. In the open file dialog, choose the files you downloaded/expanded earlier (eg: “Justify Fully Arabic”). You can select all the macros at once. Click the “Open” button.
From now on these macros will always be available on your Macros menu and you can safely trash the files you download.
Once you’ve typed up some poetry:
An Arabic poem (before)
1. Select the paragraphs of text you want to fully justify.
2. Use the menu Macros > Justify Fully Arabic.
When the macro is done running, your text should appear fully justified.
An Arabic poem (after)
One final note: these macros work by inserting kashida characters into your writing. It may be that you later want to go back and edit what you’ve written- having these kashidas may make that awkward. To remove them select the relevant text and use the menu Macros > Justify Fully Arabic (remove kashidas).
A Gift for English Writers As Well
While he was working on the Arabic task, Martin was able to accomplish a similar task for English poetry. The zipped collection of macros contains two additional macros: Justify Fully English and Justify Fully English (remove spaces). William Shakespeare might have used them if he had been able to write using Nisus Writer Pro.
Sonnet 18 (before)
Sonnet 18 (after)
We hope that all your writing “nisus” will be a pleasure with Nisus Writer Pro.
But, as always, we try to make it less scary by throwing a Halloween Sale. This year, we are offering Nisus Writer Pro for only $65, a $14 savings! The upgrade is $39, and the family pack is $85. CD versions are an extra $10 plus shipping.
Simply click this link to our store and save, save, and save again!
Quoting from the press release “I know there are moments when everyone faces major decisions in life and need advice from an expert,”said Hasselhoff, “so as the proud owner of not one but two iPhones (I like to be able to make two phone calls at once!), I’m very pleased to announce the launch of my very own iPhone app.”
This, my friends, is the reason to own an iPhone. I know my life will be richer just knowing The Hoff is available to me for all of those important decisions in my life.
Mark (my co-worker and well known chocolate lover) just spotted a nice, short review of Nisus Writer Pro by Tom Nelson of About.com.
“One of my favorite features is the style sheet editor. Nisus Writer Pro includes enough style sheets to satisfy most individuals, but the way it lets you easily and visually customize a style sheet sets it apart from many other word processors.”
This version introduces several built-in menus that replace the macros that ship with Bookends. This means that you can scan your documents, find references, insert citations, and switch to Bookends by using the new menu items (Insert > Bibliography). To see all of the changes, go to our Pro release notes page.
You will need to use the latest version of Bookends (10.6.1) and Nisus Writer Pro 1.4 to take advantage of these new features.
You can download this new version from our Nisus Writer Pro download page, or just launch your current version of Nisus Writer Pro and use the menu Nisus Writer Pro > Check for Updates.
Nisus Writer Pro is a Universal Binary and requires Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or above.
Nisus Thesaurus 1.0.6 brought back Services functionality for users on Snow Leopard. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work for everyone. So, if you are one of those that doesn’t have Services functionality, Nisus Thesaurus 1.0.7 is for you. This release should work anywhere it is supposed to.