As much as I’ve tried in vain to find the perfect Mac word processor to replace Bean, enough is enough. I’ve just about had it with the minimalist word processors which cost real money for few features.
Sure, nobody needs to be distracted by the Mac or the writing app when churning out the next great American novel, but charging money for fewer features than one needs to edit a simple document should be a crime. If you want to write something worthwhile, you need a worthwhile tool. Here it is and it’s a delightful, ultimately usable throwback to a previous generation.
Just For Writers
When I think of word processors I think of Microsoft Word. Why? Because Word processes words, it doesn’t write them, doesn’t form them into sentences, and all too often– even on the Mac– Word just gets in the way of writing. Writers are a breed of humanity with varying yet specific needs, and one of them is compatibility, another is distraction free, but another is enough features to get the job done and that’s where the latest crazy trend of minimalist writing tools falls down on the job.
Minimalism is a euphemism for fewer features, but gets a price tag anyway.
So, without further adieu, I’m going backwards in time, back to an era when Mac word processors came with features you could use, features that didn’t trip you up while composing a masterpiece or simply editing a document, back to an age when apps cam with just what you needed to do the job and nothing less. Enter an old favorite which is still around, still delighting Mac-owning writers with a carefully crafted balance of functions just a click away.
Take a look above at what you get with Nisus Writer Pro.
Tools. A toolbar with tools. A sidebar pane with more tools. Tools are features you can use when you need them, ignore until the need arises, but all are available just a click or two away.
Tools? How about the option to open and save Word documents, versioning, watermarks, style sheets, tables, line numbering, table of contents, find and replace, and my old friends footnotes and endnotes.
Nisus Writer Pro has been around on the Mac since the last century and I’ve tried this or that replacement– from Word to free so-called ‘word processors’ but I keep coming back here because the people who develop Nisus seem to understand what writers need.
The latest versions add all the best of the latest OS X– versioning, autosave, and iCloud storage– but now you can control which tool palettes are displayed while you write, and when. Keyboard shortcuts? Got ’em. Create your own menu in the toolbar? Can do.
If you write and you’re intimidated and frustrated with Word, but you can’t handle the dearth or the death of features in all the distraction free and minimalist writing tools, try Nisus Writer Pro. It’s the tool for writers who prefer to write the old fashioned way. Formatting as you go, awash in toolbar and sidebar pane options, but gloriously equipped to do almost anything you want. Except process words. Leave that to Microsoft.