229Section III. Power Techniques

Over the years, I’ve observed that a great many word processor users (whether the program is Nisus Writer or not) only learn the very basic operation of the program—that is, the kinds of things we discussed in the last section. If you think of your computer simply as a fancy typewriter, then that’s more than enough. But I’d like to think that most people who buy Nisus Writer (rather than sticking with, say, SimpleText) would like to do things that ordinary word processors can’t. Perhaps you are such a person. You’d like to move from the “secretary” stage to the “power user” stage. You want your computer to work for you (rather than you working for your computer). This section is for you.

I’d like to reassure you from the outset that you don’t have to be a computer geek to understand and make use of the things we’re about to discuss. (I’m a geek, but that’s my own problem.) Ordinary, run-of-the-mill, nonprogrammer, 230nonhacker types—like you, perhaps—can do all the sophisticated activities covered in this section, including writing complex macros. It’ll be fun—honest! On the other hand, if you are a geek (nice to have you here, dude), you’ll get lots of new ideas and advice that will elevate you to all new levels of geekdom.

In the following pages, we’ll discuss things like working with user-defined rulers and styles (Chapter 10), linking documents with Publish & Subscribe (Chapter 10), unlocking the power of PowerFind (Chapter 11), and automating your work with glossaries and macros (Chapter 12). We’ll also look at WorldScript and Nisus Writer’s multilingual features (Chapter 13). As we walk through these advanced features, you’ll learn not only what you need to do, but why you should do it. Then, in Section IV, we’ll explore some real-world projects that put all these techniques together.

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