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Nisus Writer and Custom Keyboard Layouts

April 30th, 2021 · No Comments

A topic that recently arose on the Nisus user forums is whether or not Nisus Writer comes with any custom keyboard layouts. While we don’t provide any keyboard layouts, Nisus Writer does support all layouts that are available system-wide on macOS. That includes all the default layouts provided by Apple as well as any customized […]

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

Multi-Key Keyboard Shortcuts

April 9th, 2021 · No Comments

I’m a big fan of learning keyboard shortcuts. It’s nice to save time and avoid reaching for the mouse. Apple provides some basic macOS system preferences to customize keyboard shortcuts across apps, but Nisus Writer’s enhancements go much further. Nisus Writer of course lets you customize the keyboard shortcut for any menu command. But an […]

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Big Sur and Sandbox Folder Names

March 12th, 2021 · No Comments

Apple made some changes to the file system for macOS Big Sur. The big underlying change is the new cryptographically signed system volume that prevents tampering with system data (for better and worse). There is also another little change to what you see in the Finder when you browse sandbox folders. As you may know, […]

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Tags: InfoClick · Martin · Tips

Extract Text from Images

January 22nd, 2021 · 5 Comments

Nisus Writer recently added a feature that allows you to extract editable text from your photos, scans, PDFs, and other images. This process is often called optical character recognition (aka OCR). Let’s see how text extraction works using a COVID relief notice I recently received from the United States government: Once the image is in […]

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Jump Around Quickly While Writing

January 15th, 2021 · No Comments

One of my favorite new features in Nisus Writer Pro 3 is the Go To Content command. Whenever I’m writing a reasonably complex document I often want to jump around it, to consult material from other sections or simply work on different parts of the text. Nisus Writer has a Navigator sidebar that can aid […]

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Nisus Writer’s Improved Document Versioning

September 25th, 2020 · No Comments

Nisus Writer adopts macOS autosave, which means copies of your document are automatically and periodically saved while you’re editing. The system preserves earlier autosaved copies so you can restore prior document versions. These prior versions aren’t kept forever (only Apple might say how long), but they’re incredibly useful if you realize you made a mistake […]

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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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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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How to Batch Rename Files

July 16th, 2020 · No Comments

Have you ever wanted to rename more than one file at a time? Me too. So how do you accomplish this? Switch to the Finder. Locate the files you want to rename. Select all the files you want to rename. Use the menu File > Rename X Items, where X is the number of files you’ve […]

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Quick Tip: Hide the Menu Bar

July 8th, 2020 · No Comments

Did you know you could hide the menu bar on your Mac? You can! Open System Preferences > General and checkmark “Automatically hide and show the menu bar”. Bonus tip: you can customize the order of icons on the right side of the menu bar. Hold down the command key as you click an icon […]

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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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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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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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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

Launch InfoClick At Startup

April 2nd, 2020 · No Comments

InfoClick is a great tool for searching and finding email in Apple Mail. However, to get the most out of InfoClick you need to have it analyze and index your email constantly. Also, I’m impatient and I want things when I want them. The best way to do that is to have InfoClick launch at startup […]

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Quick Tip: Using Spotlight As A Launcher

February 24th, 2020 · No Comments

Did you know you can use the Spotlight search box as a launcher? It’s true. Here’s how: Click in the upper-right corner of the menu bar. Alternatively, you can use the Command + Space Bar shortcut. Type in an application (Nisus Writer Pro, for example). You should see a list of results: Double-click on the […]

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Tips and Tricks: How To Change the Default Window Size and Position

October 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

A question that comes up in support quite a bit is how do you change the default window size? First, a bit of an explanation. Whenever you create a new document in Nisus Writer a template file is loaded. The settings in the template file are used for the new document. This template is called […]

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Tip: How To Use Tabbed Windows in Nisus Writer

November 4th, 2016 · No Comments

If you’re like me you have more than one document open at a time. Controlling that gets messy, and I’ve often wished that I could have a tabbed interface like my browser of choice. Thankfully you can. That’s because macOS Sierra introduced a tabbed interface that almost any application can use. Tabs work almost exactly […]

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Image Resizing Tip

May 28th, 2016 · No Comments

A Nisus Writer Pro user wrote to us asking if there was a way to resize an image and keep its proportions. I reached out to our support team for an answer. Sometimes you want to resize an image to adapt to the space available. You can do that in Nisus Writer Pro by holding […]

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Nisus Writer Pro Tutorials

May 13th, 2016 · 1 Comment

A few months ago James Tummins, a long time Nisus user, convinced his friend to purchase Nisus Writer Pro. Being new to Nisus Writer Pro his friend asked if there were any video tutorials available. Not finding any, James asked if we would object to a few independently produced videos. Two months later James has […]

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