Nisus Writer Express 1.0 Released -- Nisus Software has thrown its hat into the Mac OS X ring with the release of Nisus Writer Express 1.0, a new Mac OS X word processor. Although this version isn't as full-featured as the company's long-standing Nisus Writer Classic 6.5, it's no slouch. It reads and writes documents in plain text, Microsoft Word, Unicode, RTF, and RTFD formats, and it features non-contiguous text selection and a customizable interface. Fans of the Classic version will appreciate the inclusion of the three-level Find and Replace feature, including regular expressions (grep), and multiple editable clipboards. Nisus Writer Express also provides scripting support using menu scripting, AppleScript, and Perl. Most important, however, is that this version provides a Mac OS X foundation to build upon as future releases come closer to the full power of Nisus Writer Classic. Nisus Writer Express costs $60; licensed users of Nisus Writer 6.0 and later can upgrade for $35 for a limited time. A 3.9 MB demo version is also available for download. [JLC]
Access OpenType Font Features
OpenType fonts (.otf) often have special features, such as swashes and alternate characters, that are accessible in any app that uses the OS X font panel, including Pages and TextEdit. To access them, type and select your text, press Command-T to open the font panel, and then choose Typography from the Actions pop-up menu. That shows the Typography panel, where you can toggle available options for the font and characters you've selected.
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