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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. 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 […]

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Tags: Martin · Misc

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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New Indian Rupee Currency Symbol

July 16th, 2010 · No Comments

A competition to design a new symbol for the Indian Rupee just came to a close. The new symbol is distinct from the generic rupee symbol (“Rs” / &#x20a8, Unicode U+20A8) used by a variety of rupee currencies and is destined for inclusion in the Unicode standard. Personally I think the new symbol looks quite […]

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Another Snow Leopard Tip

September 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

This tip came from one of our engineers, Martin, who writes on this blog from time to time. In previous versions of Mac OS X a user could use “Get Info” in the Finder to control which localization(s) a particular application was launched with, eg: they could disable all but one localization to force an […]

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Max Kerning

October 7th, 2008 · 3 Comments

A silly but funny little video for typography nerds. Looks to be a bit of viral marketing, but entertaining all the same!

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Beautiful Calligraphy

August 20th, 2008 · No Comments

A neat calligraphy video filmed live and sped up. The artist’s website also has some very impressive images of “light calligraphy“.

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Mutant Gummies

June 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Whenever I pass through my local Cost Plus World Market, a place of wonderful things, I always take a walk through the candy aisle. Obviously we’re pocky fans around here, but I’ve always been more a gummy man myself. It might be my German heritage, but indeed Haribo macht mich froh. So upon a recent […]

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Forget the MacBook Air

January 18th, 2008 · No Comments

My favorite booth at MacWorld featured adorable penguin and dragon USB thumb drives. Apparently the company is looking for an American distributor, so hopefully we can all have cute USB buddies helping us move our files around soon.

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Nisus Writer Pro Macros

May 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Now that the Nisus Writer Pro public beta is out those users interested in exploring our macro enhancements can do so. However, we thought that we should let those users know that there will be additional macro commands available by the time we release. Probably the most needed of these extra commands are those that […]

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Alphabet Soup

December 15th, 2006 · No Comments

Essentially the only thing a computer knows anything about is numbers. So when it comes time to process text you have to assign each character a particular number. These matchings form a map, which is called a character set or text encoding. Back in Nisus Writer Classic many text encodings were used. You would use […]

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gobble gobble

November 22nd, 2006 · No Comments

To all those in the United States celebrating Thanksgiving this year, best wishes to you and your family!

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Ahoy Jim Lad!

September 19th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Barmy talk? Nay, today be Talk Like a Pirate Day. Get thee a watchin’ yon instructional video.

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Binary Finary

February 17th, 2006 · 5 Comments

Now we’ve got universal binaries of both Nisus Writer Express and Nisus Thesaurus ready for your hot little mice to download. So what goes into making a universal binary? For an application like Nisus Thesaurus, which was developed for Mac OSX from the start and has basically no file formats, it really is as easy […]

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Our Old Man

February 11th, 2006 · No Comments

One of the tasks before me today was to fix a problem with our Classic Nisus Writer import code. Specifically there was a problem when pasting text with graphics (or tables) from Classic into Express. To properly fix this I had to look into our old Classic code to see exactly what it did for […]

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betalicious

December 28th, 2005 · 1 Comment

For those users interested in such things, we have a new beta of Nisus Writer Express version 2.6. While we don’t recommend this software for casual users who want to get things done, this new beta is open to any more adventurous users. Happy holidays to you and a very merry unbirthday to me.

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Of Lizards, Pumpkins, and Such

October 28th, 2005 · 7 Comments

One of the nice things about working for a small company like Nisus is that you don’t get bored because you’re always doing the same old thing. For instance, yesterday I had the pleasure of preparing our Halloween sale graphics. Now, I’m definitely not a graphic artist, but I’ve used PhotoShop a few times, so […]

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Blog Comment Security Codes

October 21st, 2005 · 7 Comments

Recently we’ve had such a sharp rise in comment spam that moderating our comment queue was a real chore. So we’ve installed a “security code” plugin to help weed out all the automated spam. Before you can post a comment now you’ll have to copy the random digits from the security code image. Hopefully this […]

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Is That Your Final Answer?

September 6th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Nisus Writer Express 2.5 final candidate 3 is now available. We’re almost done with this version, so if you haven’t tried it out yet, maybe now is a good time. If you’ve been following along, then please read the release notes for this version.

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Nisus Writer Express 2.5 alpha 7

July 12th, 2005 · 5 Comments

Another alpha version of 2.5 is available on our Sneak Peek page. This new alpha is compatible with Panther, so any user running 10.3 or later should be able to try 2.5 out now.

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Defeasibility

February 1st, 2005 · 2 Comments

One of the greatest advantages digital content provides is its immediate malleability. With the right software changes can be made quickly and globally. A hallmark of this flexibility is the great big undo/redo stack that nearly every piece of software maintains. An application normally implements undo by recording inverse operations for every action the user […]

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