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Single Time Machine Backups

Tired of Time Machine running all the time? You can turn it off in the Time Machine preference pane, but still initiate a single backup by choosing Back Up Now from Time Machine's menu bar icon. Of course, your backup is much less likely to be up to date, but Time Machine won't be taking any resources while you're trying to work.

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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Nisus Writer Pro

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When Apple made the huge leap from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X, many well-loved applications were left behind, generally because the effort of rewriting extremely old code was simply too great. The last application for which I kept Classic running was Nisus Software's Nisus Writer, in which I had written macros that were a key part of the TidBITS production process. We have an entirely different system now, but it has been great to see Nisus's persistence in bringing back the powerful Nisus Writer Pro with its attribute sensitive searching, macros, glossaries, tables of contents, indexing, bookmarks, widow and orphan control, line numbering, multi-lingual text support, character and paragraph styles, non-contiguous selection, and more. We've seen plenty of small word processors in Mac OS X so far, but nothing aside from Word that was aiming at a professional feature set, and it's great to see the choice of serious word processors in the Mac world expanding.

In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of three copies of Nisus Writer Pro 1.0, each worth $79. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on Nisus Writer Pro, so be sure to enter at the DealBITS page. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters and challenge-response systems, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize as a reward for spreading the word.

 

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