Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful word processor with an impressive set of features to help you create beautiful documents.

Nisus Writer Pro offers an intuitive interface, superior multilingual text support, unmatched compatibility, and an abundance of tools that allow you to create, edit, and polish your prose. Taking notes in class, creating your thesis, or writing your book, Nisus Writer Pro can handle it all.

Nisus Writer Pro was built from the ground-up exclusively for the Mac, so it feels like home with support for macOS autosave, document versioning, Dark Mode, and iCloud.

Our streamlined interface keeps you focused on what matters most: your writing.
• Mac native and Retina ready, ensuring crisp text and sharp tools.
• Escape to a distraction-free full screen mode.
• Straightforward style sheets make formatting using styles easy.
• Simultaneously edit different parts of a document using split view.

Our native document file format, Rich Text Format (RTF), provides excellent compatibility with most other apps.
• Collaborate using comments in threaded conversations.
• Record tracked changes while editing and formatting text.
• Open and save Microsoft Word files, among other popular formats.
• Sync your documents and app settings using iCloud Drive or Dropbox.
• PDF export that includes annotations, links, TOCs, and other advanced content.

Our tools are endlessly customizable, or stay out of the way completely. You're in control.
• Decide which palettes are seen, when, and where.
• Add any command to the toolbar.
• Add any command to your MacBook's Touch Bar.
• Keyboard shortcuts are customizable for all menu commands.

Features that run deep, honed by our decades of experience with text processing on the Mac.
• Approachable find and replace.
• Advanced search with full support for regular expressions (regex).
• Footnotes & endnotes with styles to control numbering and other aspects.
• Cross-reference and link text using bookmarks.
• Generate a document Table of Contents (TOC) and indexing.
• Drawing tools wrap text around images, text boxes, and other shapes.
• Automate your workflows using extensive macros.
• And so much more!

What’s New

Version 3.2.1

• Dark Mode
• Support for macOS Big Sur
• Support for Apple Silicon
• New menu View > Go to Content to jump to special document content
• 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.

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

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Jofte ,

worthy Word/Pages alternative

This provides a much more focused writing environment compard to the bloated Office suites, aided by features such as highlighting current line or paragraph.

Nisus offer a great number of power user features that support large scale document editing work. My current favorite is the search -> show all -> copy match with sentence / copy match with paragraph.

I had been completely ignoring Nisus for the last couple of decades, so therefore this is now the app of the year for me (2 months to go).

Do ,


I had used Nisus back in the System 7 to 8 era and I loved it. There was always something about the user interface that makes the software easy.

20 years later and lots of frustration using MS Word, I have just purchased Nisus again. It is like meeting an old friend again. The user interface is so easy to create templates, to format the text and pictures. To type. To get stuffs done.

The attention to detail is everywhere I think. The UI is great. It is truly a Mac app. I don't remember how many years it has been since I bought a software coming with a 797 page PDF user guide! The user guide is easy to ready and find what I need. It is outstanding. That's how much they care of their users.

It is a much buy I think.

KirkMcPike ,

Powerful, Mac-like word processor

Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful, flexible word processor that looks and feels like a true Mac app. It is more powerful than Pages, including features like mail merge for letters, and easier to use and more Mac-like than Word.

Also, Nisus saves its documents in RTF, making compatibility a cinch for users of other word processors!

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

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  • Family Sharing

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