I normally do not go in for all of the various World (name your favorite subject) days, but in this case I feel that this subject is very important to those of us who are using computers.
Today, 31 March, is World Backup Day. As someone who has had a hard drive fail and has lost data, this is something worthy to promote.
Let’s face it: there is no excuse for not backing up. Drives are relatively cheap, and the major operating systems have backup apps built in. Backing up is easy and cheap, and a life saver when (not if) your hard drive fails.
So please, do yourself a favor and backup in honor of World Backup Day.
Recently we received an email from a user who asked “Is Nisus going to support Mountain Lion? If so, are you going to support older machines?”
Yes, we are going to support Mountain Lion when it is released. The other question is more complicated. We have, for the most part, ended support for the PowerPC architecture. From here on we will support Intel-based Macs running Snow Leopard and up. Our web stats show that the vast majority (well over 90 percent) of our users are on Snow Leopard or Lion. Plus, there are API’s that we would like to use and we can’t do that if we are supporting older operating systems.
Apple sort of forces our hand in this area. They are a forward moving company and rarely if ever look backwards. As a developer you have to look forward or get left behind. So, we choose to look forward and enjoy the view.
Being under NDA there isn’t much I can say about Mountain Lion but I can state that we are in the preliminary stages of testing for compatibility with OS X 10.8. Hopefully there won’t be too much work to do on this front.
The last two years, thanks to you guys, we finished first in the About.com Readers Choice award in the Best Mac Word Processor category against some very good competition. We were lucky enough to be nominated again for the award this year. The voting has started, and the competition is just as tough.
I had been thinking it was about time we updated the FAQ section on our site. Before any of us could act, however, Martin beat us to the punch by adding a couple of entries and while he was at it, updated four topics.
Seth Godin, on The Domino Project blog, wrote up his experiences writing and producing a (free) book using, among other tools, Nisus Writer Pro.
“I wrote the manifesto in Nisus, a fabulous word processor for the Mac. Using styles, I was easily able to create a numbered header for each section, and to see what the manifesto would look like when it was read. When it was finished, I sent it by email to my trusted copyeditor Catherine, who sent it back redlined in Word. I conformed her changes and took it back into Nisus.
To create the printable PDF, all I had to do was change the styles, add a footer and “save as PDF”. Nisus lets you put live links within the file as you’re writing it, and those links come through in the PDF, which is essential for a manifesto–the riff is a launching point, so I wanted to be sure readers could easily click to find out more about the sources I used.”
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday we have released Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.2. This release addresses a few Lion issues, stability issues, a fix for Word Perfect import, and a few select bug fixes. The complete list of changes and fixes can be read on the Pro release notes page.
Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.2 is available now for download through our web site or through the app itself. The Mac App Store version should be available soon, once it gets through the Apple approval process. We will announce its release here as soon as we know.
We are also announcing the release of Nisus Writer Express 3.4.1. This release addresses most of the same issues as Pro 2.0.2. The Express 3.4.1 release notes can be found on this page. Express 3.4.1 is available now for download on both our site and the Mac App Store.
Nisus Writer Pro and Nisus Writer Express are available for purchase through our store. Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.2 is $79, or $49 for the upgrade from Pro 1.x. Express 3.4.1 is $45, or $30 for the upgrade from Express 1 or 2. There are also family packs available (three licenses) and for Pro, CDs are available for an extra $10 plus shipping.
Both of these updates are free for users of Pro 2.x and Express 3.x. They both require at least Mac OS X 10.4.11. Additionally Pro 2 requires an Intel Mac.
This is a big deal for us since it potentially exposes us to a wider audience. Plus, we can tell people that we are in the app store, which is nice.
Nisus Writer Express is $45, Nisus Writer Pro is $79, and Nisus Thesaurus is a free download.
There are some things you should know, however, if you are thinking of purchasing from the app store. You cannot purchase upgrades, family packs, or any other versions other than full versions. Those items can be purchased from our store, which we will continue to operate for the foreseeable future.
Second, if you have already purchased Pro or Express you cannot use the app store to update your products. They can only be updated through the app store if you purchased through the app store. You can still update through us if you purchased previously from our store.
No matter which option you choose we thank you for choosing us.
We are very happy to announce that Lion compatible versions of Nisus Writer Pro and Nisus Writer Express are now available for download.
Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.1 has received a handful of fixes for issues that appeared after its release. These fixes include a page number display bug, a Bookends scanning issue, and various fixes for .doc/docx importing. Pro 2.0.1 has received fixes for Lion compatibility and adds the new Lion full screen feature. Those of you who are using other supported versions of OS X will have full screen as before.
Nisus Writer Express 3.4 adds Lion compatibility, Lion full screen, and receives a (large) number of bug fixes. This update also includes a different file importer that is compatible with both Intel and PowerPC Macs. Unfortunately making this change eliminates WordPerfect read only capability.
We are also releasing Nisus Writer Pro 1.4.2 for those of you still using Pro 1.x. This release contains basic Lion compatibility, fixes for .doc/.docx importing and other smaller fixes.
These new versions are available now and are free updates to all users of Nisus Writer Pro 1.x and 2.0 and Nisus Writer Express 3. You can update either through the applications themselves or by downloading at the Express and Pro download pages. Nisus Writer Pro 1.4.2 gets its own download page.
Nisus Writer Pro 1.4.2, 2.0.1 and Nisus Writer Express 3.4 require Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher.
According to various news reports, OS X Lion will be released on the 20th of July. To address the few issues we have found with Lion we have released beta versions of Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.1 and Nisus Writer Express 3.4.
Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.1 addresses Lion compatibility issues and receives a handful of fixes for issues that appeared after its release (including fixes for the page number display bug and the Bookends issue). The beta release of Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.1 is available now (this is a direct download link).
Disclaimer: Please remember that this is beta software, and is still in development. Please take appropriate caution. Use copies of important documents, for example. Please read the release notes located under the Help menu in both Express and Pro.
If the rumors are correct, Mac OS X 10.7 (otherwise known as Lion) will be released very soon.
Currently, Express 3.3.2 and Nisus Writer Pro 2.0 are compatible with Lion, apart from a few issues that we have identified so far. These issues will be fixed in Express and Pro 2 in upcoming releases. These updates should be released within a week. Pro 2 will receive a handful of fixes for issues that appeared after its release (including fixes for the page number display bug and the Bookends issue).
The other big issue that will come up, if the reports are true, is that Rosetta will no longer be included in OS X.
(A quick primer: Rosetta is software that enables PowerPC applications to run on the newer Intel Macs.)
Rosetta was introduced with Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) and was also included with Leopard (10.5). It then became an optional installation with Snow Leopard (10.6). That is apparently where it will end.
How does this relate to Express and Pro? While both of these applications are universal binaries (which can run on both PowerPC and Intel Macs) the file importers were PowerPC until recently. Since that means using Rosetta, this presents a problem.
In the case of Pro, we have already switched the file importer to Intel, so there is no problem for owners of Intel Macs. We still offer a version with a PowerPC importer, but moving forward we will phase out PowerPC support.
Express uses a different file importer that is only PowerPC. With Rosetta (allegedly) being phased out we will switch Express to use the file importer built into OS X, which is compatible with both Intel and PowerPC Macs.
So that is the update. More information will follow once we get close to release.
After a lengthy development and private beta testing period, we are very happy to announce the release of Nisus Writer Pro 2. As I stated in the previous blog post, this is a huge release for us. And believe me when I tell you we are very happy to have this out. We can all sleep now! Well, maybe tomorrow.
This new version has taken us pretty close to two years to realize, and we have added many features that have been requested by our users (that means you guys). We also added things that we like, just to be fair.
Anyway, this new version of Nisus Writer Pro adds the following features:
drawing tools (shapes, lines, floating text boxes)
paragraph-level borders and shading
a customizable “special characters” menu and palette
saved PDF files create clickable links for cross references, page numbers in generated TOCs/Indexes, and hyperlinks
spelling panel has “Correct All” button
preference to control color of page in Page View; color of text in Draft View
zoom style to “Show Text Width”, which excludes the margins in Page view
help reducing clutter in files with many comments (they are automatically repositioned and faded out based on current edit/scroll location)
preference to control navigator pane font
added a whole slew of PowerFind bubbles
user can control exact size of an image (numerically), and its padding
menu to lock page guides so mouse drags can’t accidentally alter margins
menus to select the next instance of an applied style
saving a PDF can include comments (as PDF annotation icons)
text analysis window now also shows results for just the selected text
In addition, there are literally hundreds (around 500!) of fixes, additions, optimizations, and other changes in Pro 2. A full list of changes is available at the Pro release notes page. As I stated earlier, this is a huge release for us.
Nisus Writer Pro 2 is available now at our store for only $79. You can upgrade from previous versions of Pro for $49. A three license Family Pack is also available for $99. You can order a CD version for an additional $10 plus shipping. Those of you who have purchased Nisus Writer Pro 1.x in the last 90 days will be upgraded to Pro 2 for free. An email containing a license number and a link to download should be arriving shortly.
Nisus Writer Pro 2 requires at least Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11. As a side note, the main download is now an Intel only version. A version that also works on Power PC machines will also be available. All versions can be downloaded from the Pro download page.
For more information and to download the 15 day fully working demo please visit our Nisus Writer Pro page.
We have been pretty quiet over the last few months or so. Our last update to Pro was a little over a year ago. However, that doesn’t mean we haven’t been working. On the contrary, we have been working very hard. We just don’t like to talk about features we are working on before they are ready. We know this upsets some people but we would rather not say anything until we can back up what we promise.
So having said all of that, I can say a few things about what we have been working on. We have worked hard to add a couple of huge features to Nisus Writer Pro: track changes and a suite of drawing tools (shapes, lines, floating text boxes). Those features alone took a great deal of time. There are other features, but those two are the ones I can talk about for the moment. We will announce the other features when we release, which should be in the next few weeks. Hopefully sooner.
The other issue I would like to mention is that the next release of Nisus Writer Pro will be a paid upgrade. The price will be $49 to download the upgrade, and a CD version will be available for an extra $10 plus shipping. The full version is $79. There will also be a family pack and academic pricing.
So that’s the update for now. More after we finalize everything and are ready to release.
In an astonishing turn of events, it seems that Mac news sites and blogs are realizing that the Mac still exists.
I kid, but it really does seem like the Mac gets short changed these days. And word processors are even less talked about than the Mac. But, there is hope. Over the last few weeks, we have spotted three articles that mention our products. Hooray for us!
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.