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, 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 3.1

Version 3.1 is a significant update that:
• restores non-English localizations,
• improves compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina,
• adds several enhancements, and
• fixes many important bugs.

Enhancements include:
• Restored interface localizations (Danish, French, German, Italian, Polish and Portuguese).
• Added the menu File > Versions to list and open previously saved versions.
• Document Merge can now compose emails in Apple Mail and export PDF files.
• Note styles can control how much horizontal space to use between notes on the same line.
• Added a built-in menu command to show all broken cross-references in a document.

The full list of changes is available inside the app via the menu Help > Release Notes.

Ratings and Reviews

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.

RonClarkRhodes ,

Very Nice

This word processor not only has all the features I like in a professional word processor, it is also aesthetically pleasing to work with. Nicely done. No bugs encountered yet.


Nisus Software, Inc.
253.7 MB

OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese

Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

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