Nisus Writer Express is a smart word processor loaded with small, yet intelligent features that make writing a breeze. Nisus Writer Express offers a customizable interface, an advanced full screen mode, and hundreds of features that make this word processor a joy to use.

Nisus Writer Express can go from a minimalist writing tool to full word processor in an instant. Focus on your words with our full screen, focus, and typewriter modes. When you need to refine your documents, the tools you need are ready. Intuitive style sheets help you create beautiful documents quickly. Our powerful Find and Replace (with regular expressions) will help you polish and clean your text. Sharing your work is easy with numerous file formats like RTF (rich text format), PDF, and Word (.doc, .docx).

In a world where distraction abound, Nisus Writer Express lets you focus on writing your story.

• styles
• tables
• multilingual support (including right to left text)
• footnotes and endnotes
• full screen mode
• focus mode
• typewriter scrolling
• text wrap around images
• page headers and footers
• document manager
• glossaries
• sophisticated find and replace (regular expressions)
• live word and paragraph count
• widow and orphan control
• small caps support
• customizable keyboard shortcuts
• bullets and numbering (list styles)
• supported file formats:
- RTF (import and export)
- Word (import and export)
- OpenOffice (import)
- Plain Text (Unicode and legacy encodings)
• iCloud
• macOS autosave and document versioning
• and much more

What’s New

Version 4.2.1

• Dark Mode
• Support for macOS Big Sur
• Support for Apple Silicon
• Inserting a PDF asks the user how to insert: as text, an image, or sequence of images.
• New menu Extract Text From Image uses optical scans (OCR) to extract text. Requires macOS Catalina.
• New menu Show Font Previews shows the selected text using all available fonts.
• Added ability to save, load, and reset customizable colors in the Appearance preferences.

• Fixed a variety of issues on macOS Big Sur, including sluggish behavior and excessive RAM memory usage.
• Fixed crashes that can occur when changing the appearance mode, eg: entering Dark Mode.

Many more enhancements and bug fixes are included in these versions. Full release notes are available inside the app via the Help menu.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
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App Privacy

The developer, Nisus Software, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.