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by cstross
2006-12-03 13:47:33
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: Feature request poll...
Replies: 39
Views: 39693

Let me just wave my hand around frantically and say, the reason I'm not using NWE 2.7 as my workhorse word processor is the lack of multiple windows (or panes within a window) on a single document. I really need this feature because I typically work on long files (okay, novels) and need to refer bac...
by cstross
2006-08-03 20:24:45
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: Apparent Limit on Number of Words in Single Project
Replies: 11
Views: 10859

I've worked on documents as long as 150,000 words in NWE without freezes or excessive slowdowns (saving takes longer, of course, but NWE does its stuff much as on a 60,000 word document).
by cstross
2006-07-07 12:17:49
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: Nisus .doc won't open in Palm DocsToGo
Replies: 4
Views: 4495

Hint: you can convert your NWE files into Word Doc files that Documents to Go will eat, using the command line program textutil. To convert a file called foo.rtf to a file called foo.doc that Docs to Go will read, open terminal, cd to the directory foo.rtf lives in, and type: textutil -convert doc f...
by cstross
2006-06-05 12:28:35
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: Where is the Flesch Reading ease and Reading grade index?
Replies: 3
Views: 4747

If you don't fancy paying money, the free diction command (originally part of the AT&T Documenter's Workbench which was part of UNIX way back in the 1970s then sort of drifted off into a limbo of its own) wil calculate these statistics for any text file. Alas, Apple don't seem to have bundled the di...
by cstross
2006-04-20 09:56:19
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: Many windows, one document?
Replies: 4
Views: 4639

Many windows, one document?

Am I being really stupid again, or is there no way in NWE (I'm currently running 2.6.1, thanks) to open two or more windows onto the same document? (I'm working on a long one, and like to keep a window open on some earlier text for reference while I'm working on new text. Virtually every WP I've use...
by cstross
2006-04-04 11:00:49
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: NWE 2.6.1 horrors
Replies: 16
Views: 12432

10.4.6 showed up on Software Update today, so I upgraded OS/X, rebooted ... and, of course, had to check to see if my problem was still there. Cut and paste is working again, and I can save files again without losing data. I'm now officially weirded out. It seems like I was bitten by a bug that was ...
by cstross
2006-03-31 04:55:59
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: NWE 2.6.1 horrors
Replies: 16
Views: 12432

More testing: the problem isn't caused by APE or any of the above Haxies, unless APE is lying when it claims to be temporarily disabled. Nor is the cause one or more of Quicksilver, CamelBones, iScroll2, SharePoints, or ExtFSManager (and I've now run out of system extensions to rip out and test with...
by cstross
2006-03-31 04:34:58
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: NWE 2.6.1 horrors
Replies: 16
Views: 12432

Haxies? I've got Application Enhancer 1.5.1, with WindowShade X 4.0.1 enabled (installed but disabled: Metallifizer 1.2, IconSizeEnabler 1.0). Quick test 1: adding Nisus Writer Express to WindowShade X's "exclude" list doesn't fix the problem. (About to log out/log in with APE disabled and try that ...
by cstross
2006-03-30 14:19:59
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: NWE 2.6.1 horrors
Replies: 16
Views: 12432

Done some more dinking. It doesn't appear to be a corrupt Preferences or Application Support file. (Removed: ~/Library/Application Support/Nisus Writer and ~/Library/Preferences/com.nisus.NisusWriter.plist ... repeated tests: same problem.) Does NWE share any code/use libraries from other applicatio...
by cstross
2006-03-30 12:10:36
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: NWE 2.6.1 horrors
Replies: 16
Views: 12432

Third and final observation for today: the same behaviour occurs with NWE 2.7 beta 2 as with NWE 2.6.1.
by cstross
2006-03-30 12:04:55
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: NWE 2.6.1 horrors
Replies: 16
Views: 12432

Addendum ...

I've now just conducted the following experiment: Create test file using MS Word 2004. Save test file as RTF. (Make a spare copy.) Start NWE 2.6.1. Open test file. Save test file. Quit NWE. Comparing the test file to the spare backup copy -- all the text has gone, replaced by empty paragraphs! This ...
by cstross
2006-03-30 12:04:09
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: NWE 2.6.1 horrors
Replies: 16
Views: 12432

Addendum ...

I've now just conducted the following experiment: Create test file using MS Word 2004. Save test file as RTF. (Make a spare copy.) Start NWE 2.6.1. Open test file. Save test file. Quit NWE. Comparing the test file to the spare backup copy -- all the text has gone, replaced by empty paragraphs! This ...
by cstross
2006-03-30 11:40:09
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: NWE 2.6.1 horrors
Replies: 16
Views: 12432

NWE 2.6.1 horrors

I'm having big problems with 2.6.1. I've been working in Word 2004 for a while and decided to switch to 2.6.1 for a new project (I'm about to acquire a MacBook Pro, and it'd be nice to have an Intel-native word processor). Problem 1: on importing and editing a 2500 word long, very vanilla Word docum...
by cstross
2005-10-31 13:20:33
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: 3.0 Feature Request List
Replies: 129
Views: 127614

Features in 3.0 ...?

This is just my what-I-need dump ... 1. The document manager may be useful to some folks, but I'm deeply suspicious of it. It's the sort of task that can be left perfectly well to the Finder plus Spotlight; if people <i>really</i> need sophisticated document management tools, wouldn't it make more s...
by cstross
2005-04-01 08:09:33
Forum: Nisus Writer Express
Topic: Plans regarding OpenDocument format?
Replies: 8
Views: 5973

Do you mean OASIS (as in, the XML-based open file format used by OpenOffice and accessible by other WPs such as AbiWord, WordPerfect, and so on)? If so, I'd think that (a) supporting it would be a plus, and (b) not too difficult (as OASIS/RTF import/export is already available in various open source...