229Section III. Power Techniques
Over the years, Ive observed that a great many word processor users (whether the program is Nisus Writer or not) only learn the very basic operation of the programthat is, the kinds of things we discussed in the last section. If you think of your computer simply as a fancy typewriter, then thats more than enough. But Id 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 cant. Perhaps you are such a person. Youd 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.
Id like to reassure you from the outset that you dont have to be a computer geek to understand and make use of the things were about to discuss. (Im a geek, but thats my own problem.) Ordinary, run-of-the-mill, nonprogrammer, 230nonhacker typeslike you, perhapscan do all the sophisticated activities covered in this section, including writing complex macros. Itll be funhonest! On the other hand, if you are a geek (nice to have you here, dude), youll get lots of new ideas and advice that will elevate you to all new levels of geekdom.
In the following pages, well 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). Well also look at WorldScript and Nisus Writers multilingual features (Chapter 13). As we walk through these advanced features, youll learn not only what you need to do, but why you should do it. Then, in Section IV, well explore some real-world projects that put all these techniques together.
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