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Stepper Buttons in Nisus Writer

July 31st, 2020 · No Comments

Even if you’re not familiar with the term, you almost certainly know how to use steppers. They are those little up and down arrow buttons you see next to numeric controls on your Mac. For example, you’ll see steppers next to the paragraph spacing controls in Nisus Writer: As you probably already know (or can […]

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Tags: Martin · Nisus Writer Express · Nisus Writer Pro · Tips

How to Change the Font Size of Comments

July 24th, 2020 · No Comments

Nisus Writer Pro users often write in and ask us how they can increase the font size of comments in their document. The good news is that it’s easy to change the font size (and other formatting) of all comments in your document en-masse. Whenever you add a comment to a document, Nisus Writer Pro […]

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Tags: Martin · Nisus Writer Pro · Tips

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

Letter Case Conversions

May 28th, 2020 · No Comments

Sometimes you need to fix text with the wrong letter case. Maybe you copied text that’s all uppercase letters, but you need lowercase letters (eg: change “EXAMPLE” to “example”). Nisus Writer has two ways to help you convert such text. Character Conversions Most often you will want to do a one-shot conversion of your text […]

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Tags: Martin · Nisus Writer Express · Nisus Writer Pro · Tips

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: Martin · Misc · Tips

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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Tags: Dave · Martin · Tips

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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