Ulysses – The Ultimate Writing App

Developer: Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG

Current Version: 2.8.3

Last Updated: 7 months ago

Download Size: 13.6 MB - Download


++ Apple Design Award Winner 2016 ++ Best of App Store 2015 ++ Best of App Store 2013 ++

“The app is amazing. An absolute delight to use. Well done.” – David Hewson, Bestselling Author
“It’s hard to imagine a better experience on any platform.” – Macworld
“An excellent value for anyone who wants to become a better, more efficient writer.” – The Sweet Setup


Ulysses is your one-stop writing environment on OS X. Whether you’re a novelist, a journalist, a student or a blogger – if you love to write and write a lot, Ulysses gives you a uniquely streamlined toolset, covering every phase of the writing process:

- A powerful, yet simple text editor.
- A familiar, no-nonsense text library.
- A comprehensive and truly flexible multi-format export.

Of course, the heart and soul of a writing app is its editor. And Ulysses is said to have the best text editor in the world. It offers everything you need – from markup to images and footnotes, from links to comments and code –, and it still manages to stay completely out of the way. It’s a beautiful and focused experience, which turns the every-day chore of writing into *actual fun*.

But since Ulysses takes writing seriously, it does not stop at the editor. Its unified library offers unprecedented access to everything you’ll ever write, be it snippets and ideas, be it blog posts or manuscripts. Every text is at your fingertips, and Ulysses perfectly scales from scratchpad to diary to Great American Novels – and to everything in-between.

Best of all, Ulysses offers fully-fledged, no-holds-barred, all-out iCloud sync. Ulysses is available for all your devices, be it Mac, iPad or iPhone, and every device has access to everything and anything you’ll ever write. Synchronization is simple, seamless and automatic. It neither requires third-party apps, nor any kind of interaction. If you got iCloud, you got sync.

And once you’re finished, Ulysses transforms your texts into beautiful PDFs, web pages, ebooks and Word documents. You can copy as HTML, save as Markdown, and even publish to your WordPress and Medium accounts. Export is as easy as selecting a format, choosing a style, and picking a destination. Yes, 1-2-3.

### FEATURES ###

Focus & Productivity
- Clean, distraction free interface
- Markup-based text editor
- Typewriter mode
- Minimal mode
- Writing goals (characters, words, pages etc.)
- Comprehensive text statistics
- Split View support
- Full keyboard navigation
- Fully accessible using VoiceOver

Write & Edit
- Simple markup for headlines, lists, comments, quotes, important passages and more
- Easy insertion of links, annotations and footnotes
- Drag’n’drop placement of images
- Keywords, notes and image attachments
- Smart Copy & Paste
- Search & Replace
- Spell check, grammar check, auto correction & dictionary
- Dictation & Speech support

File & Organize
- A single library for all your texts
- Touch ID / password protection
- Groups, filters, favorites, bookmarks
- Glueing, Split & Merge
- Sorting by date, by title or manually
- Import of DOCX, Markdown and text files
- Editing of text files from external folders
- Global search, Spotlight integration
- Automatic versioning
- Automatic, scheduled backups

Export & Publishing
- Export as PDF, DOCX, RTF, TXT, Markdown, HTML and ePub
- Publish to WordPress and Medium

OS X & iOS
- Available for Mac, iPad and iPhone
- Full iCloud synchronization

and so much more…

### SUPPORT ###

Please visit ulyssesapp.com for more information. You can also reach us via [email protected] or on Twitter @ulyssesapp – we’re happily awaiting your feedback!


Release Notes:

This update fixes a few annoying bugs and prepares Ulysses for upcoming macOS releases. Happy writing!

- Fixed crash when closing popover
- Fixed crash when trying to unlock the app
- Fixed crash when creating link using Japanese input method
- Fixed crash when changing sheet using Chinese input method
- Fixed crash when changing sheet content via X-Callback-URLs
- Improved handling of WordPress blogs on HTTP domains


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.2.1
Review by Old Red Eyes

Long-Overdue App for a Long-Neglected Segment - This is a great app. Great. No two ways about it. I have been using it a week now and brought over a 250+ page book I am working on. I do not foresee using any other writing app for a long time to come. It does everything I need it to do and it does those things well. I write for physical publication, PDF, epub and blogs. This does everything from one source—like RAW in photo applications. Having used it a while, yes, I have identified some minor points I’d like to see added, fixed or adjusted, but for this level of polish, they are triffling concerns. Furthermore, if I ask for them, I bet they show up at some point. I had a brief panic moment where I thought Ulysses III had lost my 250+ pages of text. I emailed The Soulmen and they were back to me inside of five minutes with the fix for a problem that they didn’t create. Solid. I’m a believer. If you are looking at this for whatever it is you write, you can set aside the hesitation and go for it. If you’re still unsure, get the demo from their website. It won’t be long after that you plunk down your $45! UPDATE June 2014: One MAJOR frustration is that U3 will not allow user-handling of in-app created files. I need to know where my files are located (show file path), and to be able to move them, for reasons too obvious to enumerate. Please change this. Allowing users to determine destination folder for U3 files is important.

Found helpful by 34 out of 37 people
Version 2.1.1
Review by Gavagai911

Proprietary file format dangerous for serious work... - There’s so much to like here. The interface is beautiful, the library is genius, and the export workflow is an absolute pleasure to use. But… Ulysses keeps all your writing locked in a proprietary file format that cannot be accessed directly. This goes flat against the design philosophy of Markdown, and it should scare off anyone who writes professionally. There’s not even a consistent way to get your writing out of the software. The “Export to Markdown” function looks like it should work, but because of the way The Soulmen have designed the Ulysses backend you can’t actually access your writing as plain text without losing substantial content and markup. Not only does this decision make your writing inaccessible to other tools (incluidng, for example, text editors for mobile devices, bibliography software, or publishing platforms like LaTeX), but more importantly it leaves you completely vulnerable to any bugs or questionable design decisions that The Soulmen might introduce in the future. There’s not even a good way to back everything up outside of their closed system. It’s a devastating mistake. There is an option to import local files instead of using iCloud, but if you do that nearly all of the program’s interesting features stop working. I contacted the company about all this, and they said they couldn’t figure out how to make everything work without a special container document that scatters your writing over several different files. That’s unfortunate, since other programs that work with markdown figured out how to it. They’re not as nice to use, but at least I know my writing’s safe.

Found helpful by 33 out of 43 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.8.3
Review by Ignatius_J_Reilly

my home base for nearly all writing - Been using Ulysses for several years now, and it’s gradually become the home base for almost* everything I write. Artfully concealed just beneath the beautiful interface, there are lots of powerful features for writing, styling text, organizing, and exporting to other file formats like .docx, .pdf, .rtf, and so on — even some powerful web export tools. And the design of the editor and output formats is very customizable, unlike some apps (*cough* iA Writer) which have decided they know better than the end user which font and size they should be forced to use. There’s even a large gallery of user-submitted display and output styles that can be loaded into Ulysses. And any interface personlization you do is synced wtih any other Macs you have. Sync is generally fast and reliable, and uses iCloud and/or Dropbox accounts you already have. I work regularly on two Macs and an iPhone, and always find my entire library of text completely up to date wherever I go. Ulysses is so well organized and great to use that it makes me *want* to write, and that’s not something I’ve been able to say about very many writing apps, ever. * the big exception is still .fountain screenplay formatting, which Ulysses still has no native way of handling

Found helpful by 8 out of 11 people
Version 2.8.3
Review by ahana95

Perfect for anyone who works with words! - I’ve gone through more writing software and apps than I can count, including Scrivener, iA Writer, Evernote, MS Word and so, so many more. This is the only one that truly resonated with me. No bells, no whistles. Plain, pure writing—but enough tweaks that I can customize it to fit me perfectly. I bought the Mac version first and then got it for iOS. I feel like I cheated the developers; this thing should cost more! I’d happily pay more, even if it *is* slightly more expensive than the average Mac or iOS app. It’s truly underpriced and worth so, so much more. Two apps well-bought and I’m extremely satisfied with features, updated, support and overall usage. In fact, I’m using Ulysses to write this review right now! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 2.8.3
Review by FrankDude72

I want a refund - I just paid 45 bucks for something that I can’t port my previously written work into to edit. I only bought it because MS Word has a serious bug making it impossible for me to use. This UI and everything else means I have to relearn an entirely new system and manner of crafting a document. NO THANK YOU! I’m glad other people are enjoying using it, but it’s not what I need or how I work and write documents.

Found helpful by 4 out of 37 people
Version 2.8.3
Review by Douglas Quade

The absolute best - Hands down the best writing tool on MacOS or IOS.

Found helpful by 3 out of 7 people
Version 2.8.3
Review by myturntobebrave

Crash - With the latest update Ulysses crashes when trying to access help, copy, or paste, making it nearly unusable

Found helpful by 3 out of 16 people