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Big Sur and Apple Silicon Updates Coming Soon

November 13th, 2020 · No Comments

This week Apple released macOS Big Sur. If you’re a Nisus customer you may want to hold off on updating your system, as we’re aware of some issues. Most of the problems are minor, but one potentially significant issue is that Nisus Writer Pro may be unable to import and export certain document file formats– […]

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Tags: General · Martin

Apple Silicon Macs Will Be Very Fast (Maybe)

November 7th, 2020 · No Comments

If you have been wondering how fast the upcoming Apple Silicon Macs will be, it appears that they will be quite robust, to be polite.  Appleinsider found a mysterious Geekbench entry for an “A14X.” This 8 core chip could, judging by the benchmarks, be very fast. I normally have no use for benchmarks but if […]

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Tags: Dave · General

So I Have A New MacBook Air

October 31st, 2020 · No Comments

I know I shouldn’t have purchased so close to the release of new Macs, but I did. A bit of background: I own a 2018/2019 MacBook Air (2018 and 2019 models are the same, apart from very minor upgrades) and I love it, apart from the infamous butterfly keyboard. This Air has been very reliable […]

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Tags: Dave · General

Where In The World Is Big Sur?

October 24th, 2020 · No Comments

It’s right here, apparently: However, I was referring to Big Sur the operating system. There have been two Apple events and quite a few products released over the past two months. As of this writing, there has been no official release. The beta program is still ongoing, with developer beta 10 and public beta 9 […]

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Tags: Dave · General

5G

October 16th, 2020 · No Comments

I watched the iPhone 12 event and I was struck by the number of times the phrase “5G” was mentioned. It seemed to be over the top. Then I found this video: I didn’t laugh at first but after 30 seconds or so I started to laugh at the absurdity of it. Happy 5G everyone!

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Tags: Dave · General

Big Sur Beta Testing

October 2nd, 2020 · No Comments

I have been using developer betas of macOS Big Sur and in my opinion it is less problematic at this point than macOS Catalina. That operating system filled me with rage in a way none has since Leopard. Big Sur does not make me want to chuck my computer in the bin, so I guess […]

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Tags: Dave · General

The Keyboard is Fixed!

September 18th, 2020 · No Comments

Over the past year Apple has updated their entire MacBook line. Some of the line, like the MacBook Air, received updated Intel chipsets that make the machines so hot I worry that your expensive Mac will destroy itself from the inside. Some machines like the base MacBook Pro 13″ received nothing more than a storage […]

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Tags: Dave · General

Apple Store in New York During COVID-19

September 10th, 2020 · No Comments

When my wife and I moved back to Manhattan in 2007, the Apple Store on 5th Ave became my primary store. Over the years I had been to the store in SoHo, Chelsea, on the Upper West Side, Grand Central Terminal, and the Upper East Side. But the 5th Ave store, which was open 24/7 […]

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Tags: General · Mark

12″ MacBook Again?

September 4th, 2020 · No Comments

Back when we travelled to places other than the grocery store I owned a 12” MacBook. I loved almost everything about it. The size and weight was perfect for me. It was like carrying a macOS powered iPad. It was somewhat frustrating, however. I could live with the one port, and that it was underpowered. […]

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Tags: Dave · General

App Store reviews and an odd request

June 12th, 2020 · No Comments

Submitting your app to Apple for sale on the Mac App Store is always a roll of the dice. You never know if your app will sail through the App Store review process in a matter of hours, or if you’ll be dealt a setback that takes you days to resolve. These days App Store […]

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Tags: General · Martin · Nisus Writer Pro

Nisus License Lookup Tool

June 5th, 2020 · No Comments

There are times, for whatever reason, that you need to find the license for your Nisus app. For example, you would like to upgrade to the latest version of Nisus Writer Express or Nisus Writer Pro. Perhaps you’re moving to a new computer and you need to install a fresh copy of InfoClick. How do […]

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Tags: Dave · General · InfoClick · Nisus Writer Express · Nisus Writer Pro · Tips

TidBITS at 30

May 13th, 2020 · No Comments

I guess I’m an old timer because as long as I’ve been a Mac user (almost 30 years now) I’ve known about TidBITS. However, there is plenty I did not know, and Adam Engst’s appearance on The Talk Show podcast fills in quite a few of those gaps. Congratulations to Adam and Tonya Engst for […]

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Tags: Dave · General

Ten Lorem Ipsum Generators To Make Your Placeholder Text Sizzle!

May 8th, 2020 · No Comments

Lorem ipsum is the standard text placeholder that typesetters, web designers, and other weirdos use to test text layout. It dates from the 1500s, when an unknown typesetter jumbled pieces of Cicero’s De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (“On the Extremes of Good and Evil”) to use in a type specimen book. Things didn’t work out […]

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Tags: Dave · General · Nisus Writer Pro

Trump and Two Spaces

May 4th, 2020 · 2 Comments

I recently came across a copy of the COVID-19 economic relief explanation letter being sent out by the White House here in the United States: What was interesting to me was not the contents of this letter, but rather the spacing after each period. You can see that there are two spaces after nearly every […]

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Tags: General · Martin

Line Wraps and the Zero-Width Joiner

April 30th, 2020 · No Comments

Sometimes the most exciting thing about an iOS update is all the new emojis. In recent history the new emojis in iOS 13.2 included several interesting characters: That last one is technically called the Ringed Planet emoji; but let’s get real, that’s Saturn. Even in emoji-form the cosmos is beautiful. These photos of Jupiter taken […]

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Tags: General · Martin · Tips

What Day Is It?

April 24th, 2020 · 1 Comment

Are you having trouble figuring out what day of the week it is? I know this sounds like a joke, but with the days all seemingly the same it really is hard to tell. We have a solution for that. Our helpful What Day Is It page will correctly tell you what day it is. […]

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How to Search for Menu Commands and Help Topics

April 9th, 2020 · No Comments

At some point you’ve probably forgotten where a particular menu command is located. The good news is that you can quickly use Nisus Writer’s Help menu search to find it. Just open the Help menu and type a word or two into the search field like so: The above screenshot shows a search for the […]

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Tags: General · Tips

Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily

March 17th, 2020 · No Comments

While we are settling in to the new normal, there is going to be quite a bit of advice, both good and bad. Our friends at Take Control Books are attempting to cut through the noise by releasing a new book, Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily. The book is completely free (one per […]

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Tags: General

Taika Waititi Does Not Care For the Butterfly Keyboard

February 19th, 2020 · No Comments

Apple needs to fix those keyboards. They are impossible to write on — they’ve gotten worse. It makes me want to go back to PCs. Because PC keyboards, the bounce-back for your fingers is way better. Hands up who still uses a PC? You know what I’m talking about. It’s a way better keyboard. Those […]

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Tags: General

A Few Words About Catalina

October 28th, 2019 · No Comments

A few weeks ago Catalina, or macOS 10.15 was released. Since then, it seems like mayhem has followed. Catalina breaks from the past in significant ways. Speaking of breaking, it also breaks some apps. Security has been tightened. There is quite a bit going on here that users should know. Since this is on a […]

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Tags: General · Nisus Writer Express · Nisus Writer Pro