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Posted by jamesofford
Dec 2, 2014 at 01:25 PM


Good morning:

In an effort to find software with which to write that is not quite as lumbering as Microsoft Word, I downloaded and bought Nisus Writer Pro. I like it. It has a cleaner interface than Word, starts faster and I like the fact that it doesn’t have the ribbon.

However, it is also pretty powerful(At least, that’s what everyone says.)Unfortunately, I can’t find any decent references on using it. The manual is availalbe, and I have downloaded that. However, I would like to be able to use templates and some macros and the documentation for those is spread out over the whole manual and what I am looking for is something that is more compact.

Sorry to be OT, but this seems like a group that might have some Nisus info/pointers.


Posted by Franz Grieser
Dec 2, 2014 at 01:30 PM



In case, no one here can provide the info: Head over to the Scrivener forum at http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/ and ask in the “Software” section. There are a number of guys and ladies using Nissus.



Posted by Hugh
Dec 2, 2014 at 02:43 PM


As a postscript to Franz’s post above:

- one of the most knowledgeable and experienced Nisus users on the L&L forums is “xiamenese”; it’s worth seeking out his posts particularly

- the writer Joe Kissell wrote a piece in Macworld on May 21st this year entitled: “Why I prefer Nisus Writer”. The article is very far from being a how-to guide, but it is available on the Internet and may give you a few clues. (Joe is a prolific author of the “Take Control…” e-books, and in one of them, “Take Control Control of Automating Your Mac”, he devotes an entire chapter to Nisus Writer’s macros, which are probably Nisus’ most distinctive feature. He says: “Nisus Writer Pro is much more than a word processor; I like to think of it as a Programmable Everything Tool.” Apparently Take Control books are now created exclusively in Nisus Writer Pro. So don’t be deceived by the application’s slightly retro user interface!)

I’m still a novice user - but I’m in the process of giving up MS Word for Nisus.


Posted by jamesofford
Dec 2, 2014 at 07:03 PM


Thanks Hugh and Franz. I will check over at the literature and latte site. It never occurred to me to check for info on Nisus in the Scrivener forums. Also thanks for the info on Joe Kissell’s book. I knew he was a fan of Nisus Writer, but other than the post that Hugh referenced in Macworld, I couldn’t find any thing other than his out of date book on Nisus.



Posted by Paul Korm
Oct 23, 2015 at 10:36 AM


Nisus Writer Pro if on sale now at Macupdate—50% off



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