Nisus Writer Pro: What is Old Is New

Christopher Heard at Higgaion has written about trying out the new Nisus Writer Pro. For those who are unfamiliar with NW, it was an amazing and powerful word processor in the 90’s for the MacOS (I cannot remember how early, but through OS 9). One of the things that made it so powerful was its ability to do right-to-left languages (e.g., Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac). I wrote my doctoral thesis and my book with it.

Chris has written about how easy the new NWP has been to use and indeed, so far it is looking great. BUT what is particularly impressive is that I was able to open my old NW documents with it AND almost everything (but not all) was just as it should be! Most importantly, the Hebrew and Aramaic were right there, looking as they should and editable! (The header and footer were messed up and I need to reload my Greek and Syriac fonts.) But here is the amazing thing: it even maintained the Styles from the original! (See the image below.) This means that I can simply go in and edit, say, the font size, and it will adjust all footnotes to the new font size, etc.

Now that is great! So, NWP may not be my full time WP just yet, but it will again become my WP of choice when using Hebrew and Aramaic. Way to go Jerzy and Gang!

(Reminder – When you see a squished image just right-click and select “View Image.” The WordPress template automatically squishes it to ensure that the image doesn’t run into the sidebar.)

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