More word processors

The title url is NisusWriterExpress. I’m testing it currently and it doesn’t seem that bad. Mariner Write, from yesterday’s post, doesn’t want to import either Word or AppleWorks, despite claims by the company that it can do both. It also doesn’t seem to be interacting with MacLinkPlus at all.

What I would like to find is a grammar checker. None of the word processors I see around has one. That includes the program I currently use. Now, I have read and read and read about the fact that grammar checkers are “useless,” but it seems to me that a grammar checker that underlines potential mistakes has a purpose. Namely, the I love Paris in the the spring error.

9 out of ten times, when formatted in a certain way, I won’t see what’s wrong with that sentance. It doesn’t matter how often or long I proofread. And, trust me, I have tried everything, even text to speech, to attempt to find errors like that. The best thing is Word’s green underlines. (As Text to Speech takes longer and feels clunky.)

So why, you ask, don’t I just buy Word? To me, Word is an example of everything that is wrong with word processing apps. Yes, it has a few nice features, but for the most part it suffers from code bloat. The current version of Word takes about 40 megs just to open up. That’s half the size of my first hard drive. While computers have gone leaps and bounds since my old 16mhz Mac Performa, it strikes me that Word Processing has not changed all that much since 19. (Tons since 1983, though.) Why does a function that used to take 4 megs of ram have to take 40? Part of it is additional functions that people really don’t use or don’t use in most tasks. The other part is lazy programmers who take resources that they don’t need to be using. There are ways to create clean, smooth, simple code that doesn’t use more than it needs to. It takes a little bit of work, though.

I’m willing to give up some of my resources to additional function, but not 10 times my resources when I’m not using ten times the function. Granted, Nisus Writer is something of a hog in and of itself. One day I will find the perfect WP program.

I wonder what…

If this were LJ, I’d add a poll. Of course, I’d have to re-up my paid account first. I’d rather wait two weeks and pay for MacJournal at this moment. Nice little program. maybe I’ll write a poll.

Alex was originally the thief Iskandarah Stavros (must remember to update the user dictionary of MacJournal!). She tries to hide that fact as best she can, but as soon as she steps into the Cairo “Underworld,” it’s going to be painfully obvious. My question is, does she tell Jake? Does she just let him find out? Does she wait for the right moment or, if she does, does the “right moment” come before he finds out through one thing and another? Here’s the kicker: The guy has contacts who deal in information. Does he already know?

I seem to be playing out the No, no, no, yes, yes scenario, but I’m not sure about that last yes. Should I use it or not. There’s this scene in Chapter 8…Even so, I don’t think I’ll make it to Chapter 8 before he finds out. He’d have to be a complete nitwit, which isn’t something I built into his character.

I want a new word processor

Not necessarily this one, but a word processor. Granted, this one looks good for the price and it seems to go along with my particular…idiom. That is, it has some nice features, but it isn’t bloated and boasts that it can run in 2mb. I’m downloading the demo tonight.

The different GNU Public Aqua versions of OpenOffice.Org are not particularly thrilling to me, especially since the features seem to be low and either they don’t load (my machine doesn’t like X11 for some reason or other) or they are deadly slow. The last one I tried did not import my itallics. Can you imagine? Oh, and Kanji/hiragana/katakana, Arabic, and Greek scripts showed as a type of courier. Οχι!

I want my word processor to be non-intensive, so that I can run it in the background and render a printable image at the same time. Right now, all of the big guys out there seem to want to make huge memory hogs that have all manner of features, but do more than I actually want to do for a given task. What does a word processor need, when you come down to it?

My ideal word process lets me set the margins, have auto numbered pages/sections, set the beginning number, be able to turn off the headers/footers on the first few pages if I want, and have the headers and/or footers alternate corners like a book. It can also print to pdf with embedded fonts. It also does endnotes/footnotes and TOC/Glossary layouts are available as templates. And you can run it in 2-4 megs of ram.

Am I asking too much? Seems to me it was possible in 19. Why not in 2005? Why do Word Processors have to be hogs?