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Insert new page

Posted: 2019-01-17 14:05:58
by LearningGuy
One of my projects in Nisus Writer Pro 3.0 is to write extensive notes on different topics. Often, I would like to go back to a topic and add a new page at the bottom of that topics content to add additional information. I have all topics bookmarked.

Instead of going back to a topic and scrolling down to the existing notes on it and then manually doing a insert page break is there a way to just tell Nisus to add a page after a given page number?


Re: Insert new page

Posted: 2019-01-17 16:09:12
by martin
Hi John: I'm having a little trouble imagining your exact workflow, but the literal answer to your question is "no". There's no built-in command that inserts a break at the end of some arbitrary page that's not in view.

However, here are a few tips that might help you out:

1. You can use the menu View > Go to Page to scroll to any arbitrary page in the document. You can also access this feature by clicking the page number at the bottom of the document window; just overtype the page number and you'll jump to the desired page.

2. After moving to a new document location you can quickly return to your prior editing location using the "back" button. You should see it in the standard toolbar, but it's also available via the menu Edit > Select > Previous Selection. You may notice it has the same keyboard shortcut as Safari.

3. As your topics are bookmarked, you can use the Navigator sidebar to list all your bookmarks and quickly jump around your document.

4. You might consider using Split View to aid in your note taking. You can split the document so one area shows your main content, while another area shows just your notes– perhaps entered as footnotes or comments. Synchronized scrolling can keep related notes in view at all times.

I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any follow-up questions.

Re: Insert new page

Posted: 2019-01-18 17:08:39
by LearningGuy
Does Nisus Writer Pro 3 have any feature similar to the "Tags" ability in databases?

If it does then there would be no need to exactly add additional info to topics, right at the end of wherever their content is in the whole file and no page would need to be added. Instead, each topic would have a custom tag name. Whenever more info had to be added to a topic later on, the User would just add the additional info right at the end of the file, where they are working, and attach another topic tag nearby. Then a chronological search for a topic using it's tag would pick up all the "pieces" of a topic and put them in order they are supposed to be in and show all that individual topics info.

Additionally, so the User would be able to see what topic tags have been assigned already, if there was an option to show them in the Navigator would be very useful.

In summary, this concept would allow a User to have all kinds of topics in a file, that they can dynamically add additional info too at any time, without having to physically go back to that topics original info in the Nisus file to add more at that location all the time.


Re: Insert new page

Posted: 2019-01-18 18:24:33
by adryan
G’day, John et al

An approach similar to the one you described would be to assign a named Style (probably a Paragraph one) to each note. A list of all Styles (topics) would be available in the Styles Palette, the Style Sheet and the Format menu.

Another approach would be to prefix each note with a string consisting of the topic and the date. Date insertion can be achieved with:–

Insert > Date and Time > Fixed Current Date

If the date is in ISO 8601 format (ie, YYYY-MM-DD), everything can be collated and sorted nicely:–

Edit > Transform Paragraphs > Sort Ascending (A-Z)


Re: Insert new page

Posted: 2019-01-23 09:28:32
by martin
Nisus Writer does support tags, but only at the document-wide level. That is, you can set tags for any Nisus Writer file in the Finder or Save dialog. This is really a system (macOS) feature you can use with any file.

Those file tags don't really satisfy your workflow, where you want to assign tags to multiple separate topics within a single file. To do that you'd have to come up with your own way of storing tags for each topic. Adrian's idea to use styles could work, depending on your workflow, though comments might be better suited for this task. As comments allow arbitrary content you could just type whatever "tags" you want inside each comment as text, applied to topics in your file. Nisus Writer lets you easily search just comments, so it would be straightforward to search just your tags.

I'll attach a macro that could help in this task. The macro assumes you are using comments just for tag storage. When you run the macro it will show a list of all such comment "tags" in the document, allowing you to click on the results to jump to the corresponding document text.