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.