Nisus Writer Pro is the powerful word processor for macOS. An intuitive interface, powerful writing tools, and unmatched compatibility make Nisus Writer Pro the choice of serious writers everywhere.

Nisus Writer Pro starts with an intuitive, customizable interface that allows you to write how you want to write. Create great looking documents quickly using our exclusive style sheet view. Polish your documents with our sophisticated, yet easy to use tools including our powerful find (including regular expressions), or add shapes and callouts using the drawing tools. Collaborate with others using track changes and comments that are compatible with Microsoft Word. You can write in just about any language supported in macOS (including right to left languages) thanks to the multilingual support built into Nisus Writer Pro.

No matter what you write, from a simple letter to a sophisticated thesis, Nisus Writer Pro will allow you to create stunning documents with ease.


• iCloud
• macOS autosave and document versioning
• styles
• tables
• multilingual support
• track changes
• comments
• drawing tools
• footnotes and endnotes
• bookmarks
• table of contents
• indexing
• cross references
• macros
• watermarks
• mail merge
• supported file formats:
- RTF (import and export)
- Word (import and export)
- OpenOffice (import and export)
- PDF (export only)
- WordPerfect (import only)
- Plain Text
- ePub (export only)
• and much more

What's New

Version 2.1.8

• Fixed: crashes on macOS High Sierra when saving or loading files using certain fonts.
• Fixed: visiting the Language preference pane could trigger crashes, especially after multiple visits.
• Fixed: Japanese text imported from outside Nisus Writer can sometimes be garbled by incorrect text encoding.
• Fixed: the Malayalam language should use left-to-right writing mode.

Ratings and Reviews

Keeps moving figures around!


I have spent hours trying to position graphics in this program. it doesn't work. You get the document arranged just as you want it, then when you scroll through it, Nisus has for some completely inexplicable reason moved your graphics. When you drag a graphic to move it, it suddenly shifts to another page. Sometimes you lose it completely. Totally broken! Search on the web for this problem - I am not alone in this. So despite having great search facilities and lots of other nice features you don't get with Pages, it fails on this most basic of tasks. A waste of time and money.

Best in Store


This is the best word processor in store at the moment. It does almost everything, including advanced typography options for ligatures. The only disappointment for me was that it still does not have a drop caps feature.

Superb Word Processor with Many Capabilities

Fitz Blitz

Nisus Writer Pro really is a superb word processor with many capabilities.

I first started using Nisus Writer in the early 90s on the classic OS. The version for OS X is different in many ways but shares many of the abilities of the classic version.

This program has search and replace and automation abilities which are far superior to any other word processor. In these respects it is hugely better than Microsoft Word.

Search and Replace has three modes. “Normal”, “PowerFind” and “PowerFind Pro”. Normal is pretty much what you are used to in other word processors. PowerFind allows you to add in symbols which represent various forms of wild card, special characters, positioning. PowerFind also includes matching. There is a neat browser for the PowerFind symbols. PowerFind Pro is for using GREP. Of the three search/replace modes I think PowerFind will be the one that will deliver huge power to most people. With PowerFind you don’t need to learn GREP, so without having to do a lot of reading enormous search/replace power is available to you. Search/Replace expressions can be attribute sensitive. This means that they will search in specified styles, for example. You just apply the style to the expression.

Nisus Writer Pro can be customised using macros. The power of these macros is truly amazing, there is no other word processor with this kind of power available so easily.

Macros can be created very simply by creating a list of menu commands. Find/Replace expressions can be included in this macro system which means that will very little learning required by the user a great deal of automation can be achieved. Much more power is available using the PERL scripting language.

Nisus Writer Pro has the cleaverist keyboard shortcuts system of any application I have used. The keyboard shortcuts are entered by the user into a preferences panel, but most cleverly letters or numbers can be used in sequence while a modifier key is held down. To create a keyboard shortcut to apply the “Display as Uppercase” for example you might chose to have the letters UPP typed while holding down the command key. These shortcuts are very easy to remember. Obviously for “Display as Lowercase” you could have command-LOW. For Highlight in Yellow you could have command-YELL.

Nisus Writer Pro saves files as RTF and these can be opened in nearly every word processor (except for the new Pages of course).

Above I have touched on the things which make Nisus Writer really stand out from other word processors. It has of course the usual things that people expect in word processors today such as table creation, multicolumn views and graphics support.

At the Nisus website you can download a trial version and I thoroughly recommend that people check it out. You won’t regret it!


Nisus Software, Inc.
234.3 MB
English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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