What do you write with Nisus (Writer Express)

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What do you write with Nisus (Writer Express)

Post by gemboy27 » 2006-10-28 06:22:38

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Hi...

I am wondering what people use their NWE for....?
<ul>
<li>I've written
<li>plays
<li>skits
<li>(a ton of) poems
<li>lesson plans>
<li>blogs
<li>html coding
<li>letters
<li>envelopes
<li>forms
<li>invoices
<li>notes for organizing thoughts
<li>speeches
<li>line-ups for a softball team using the tables
<li>articles for newsletters
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what have you done
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Post by ninjagame » 2006-10-28 13:51:23

Currently, I'm writing an SF novel. I've written official letters, too, but NWE is not yet capable of providing the, well, let's say, elaborate stationary I've been using with NW Classic. Besides that, I'm reviewing a friend's thesis which is written in ... no, I won't mention the name of the so-called software here.

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Post by cchapin » 2006-10-28 15:34:56

letters
envelopes
translations of documents heavy with tables
essays
forms
invoices
how-to manuals
directions
lists
notes for organizing thoughts
presentations
sermons
speeches
lesson plans
articles for newsletters
etc.

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Post by joehardy » 2006-10-28 16:50:01

So far I've written syllabi for several courses, the faculty minutes as part of my faculty secretary duties, and the non-fiction short story collection I'm assembling. For the latter I do import/export with Word, however, so I can periodically get a Table of Contents for printout.
If NWE adds TOC capability, I won't have to do that anymore.
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forgot those

Post by gemboy27 » 2006-10-28 17:04:59

cchapin wrote:letters
envelopes
forms
invoices
notes for organizing thoughts
speeches
articles for newsletters
etc.
I forgot those and I also made out line-ups for a softball team using the tables


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I write...

Post by scottwhitlock » 2006-10-28 20:19:22

I write:
  • The text of syllabi (which then gets exported to Pages so that I can do layout with images, etc., a step that I hate btw because Pages is so damned unintuitive).

    Academic Papers (I use Bookends for my bibliographic software, which I love and would like to see integrated more into NWE). I have to export these to Word however to take care of Widow/Orphan issues, though, another step that I hate.

    My dissertation (although eventually this too will have to be exported to Word because of TOC, cross-referencing, TOC, indexing, commenting, etc.--see previous).

    My first book (see previous).
Basically, I would like to see NWE come up to speed in the next version, in short not be Express and become a REAL writer's tool, worthy of the name Nisus Writer. I want to stay in NWE the whole time, because it really is my WP of choice, and export to RTF or PDF as needed. If this means having to abandon the default RTF (although this should always be a save option) and taking on a proprietary (or even open like docx or OpenOffice) format, then so be it (although I'm not sure that it does). Although Word has too many features, unfortunately NWE does not have quite enough, especially for long document creation and final presentation (nothing fancy is required here--I would be fine with being able to wrap text around images, indexing and TOC, cross-referencing, and intelligent widow/orpan support). Until that time, it will only be a starting place for document creation, which is a shame, especially considering the power of NWC (so we know what these guys are capable of) and the potential of NWE.
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Post by midwinter » 2006-10-28 21:21:10

I write everything I can in NWE. Currently, I'm using it to write mostly academic articles.

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Post by HeatherKay » 2006-10-29 07:37:35

Like midwinter I use NWE for all text-related input.

I generate copy for web sites, software user guides, newsletters and magazine articles. I edit incoming text from friends and colleagues - mainly PC Word users - and use NWE to clean up their appalling spelling and "double spaces after full points" and "double returns for para spacing".

I used the list features recently to create a software demo running order.

So, loadsa stuff. :D

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NWX - Invaluable Assistant

Post by dshan » 2006-10-30 02:44:54

NWX is assisting me in expanding my short story rejection letter collection. It is also helping me write a novel; but not enough...

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Post by mrennie » 2006-10-30 03:58:07

Nisus Writer Express is not my main word processor, since it cannot replace Microsoft Word for me (yet?). And while I can do almost anything I want in Word (and yes, I'm one of those few people who have actually grown to like this application), I really like NWX because of the way it "feels", and also because of its nice, clean UI. I use NWX for smaller texts, for papers and essays, but in the latter case, I have to agree with Scott: I cannot use NWX to finish a project, as there are several, absolutely crucial features that are still missing, above all widow/orphan control, "keep with next" paragraph settings and the creation of tables of contents. Whenever I have finished writing an essay in NWX, I have to open Word to use its more advanced paragraph control features for output; I could not possible hand in a paper where headings are at the bottom of one page and the subsequent paragraphs are on the following page.

In a way, my description of how I use NWX is also a complaint, a list of features that NWX needs to have so that I can use it more often than I do right now. It's got some insanely great features, such as LinkBack support, which allows me to create great-looking diagrams in OmniGraffle and use them quite conveniently in NWX itself, and its handling of styles, combined with the transparent use of languages, makes me use this word processor every time I need to write complex multilingual texts. I also use NWX quite a lot to clean up badly formatted text, since its find and replace feature simplifies things a lot. As you can see, the enthusiasm's there; it's only NWX's shortcomings that prevent me from using it all the time and force me to use other word processors. Nisus is definitely heading the right way, and I can't wait to see what Nisus Writer (Express) 3 will look like.

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Post by irev » 2006-10-31 10:04:19

Like midwinter and Heather Kay I use Nisus for all text related input. Including copy for web sites, newsletters and magazine articles/editorials. The latter gets dumped directly in to Adobe Indesign.

Unfortunately save to HTML doesn’t produce clean modern code and have switched to TextEdit for fast coding of lists and tables. Other than that, Nisus is my main writing tool and has been since Classic Nisus.

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Re: NWX - Invaluable Assistant

Post by martin » 2006-10-31 13:17:34

Always nice to hear what our tool is being used for :)
dshan wrote:NWX is assisting me in expanding my short story rejection letter collection.
LOL :lol:

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Re: NWX - Invaluable Assistant

Post by midwinter » 2006-10-31 13:19:32

dshan wrote:NWX is assisting me in expanding my short story rejection letter collection. It is also helping me write a novel; but not enough...
I should pipe up and say that NWE helped me get the weirdest rejection letter from an academic journal I've ever gotten.

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Re: NWX - Invaluable Assistant

Post by dave » 2006-11-01 00:32:11

midwinter wrote:
dshan wrote:NWX is assisting me in expanding my short story rejection letter collection. It is also helping me write a novel; but not enough...
I should pipe up and say that NWE helped me get the weirdest rejection letter from an academic journal I've ever gotten.
If you sent the manuscript with your avatar attached, I can understand why it was rejected.

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Re: NWX - Invaluable Assistant

Post by Phil82 » 2006-11-02 10:38:05

midwinter wrote:
I should pipe up and say that NWE helped me get the weirdest rejection letter from an academic journal I've ever gotten.
I would be interested to know what that weird rejection letter said? Perhaps the document produced with NWE didn't meet their guidelines?

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