Developer: Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG

Current Version: 12.3

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 20.9 MB - Download


Ulysses is your one-stop writing environment for Mac, iPhone and iPad. Its pleasant, focused writing experience, combined with effective document management, seamless sync, and flexible export, make Ulysses the first choice for writers of all kinds.

++ 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 (The Killing)

### A Text Production Powerhouse
Ulysses’ markup-based, distraction-free editor lets you focus on your most important task: Write, edit, and write some more. Formatting is kept for later, so you can completely immerse yourself in the text. Ulysses’ uniquely streamlined toolset covers the entire writing process, and its clean and simple interface will boost your productivity. From first to final draft, from prologue to closing chapter – Ulysses keeps you in the flow, so you can get stuff done.

### All Your Texts, All the Time
Everything you’ll ever write is stored in Ulysses’ unified library. You can manage projects of all kinds and sizes, be it novels, diaries or study notes – they are always save, and automatically in sync. And since Ulysses offers feature parity across macOS and iOS, it doesn’t matter where you are or when inspiration hits: All its tools, and all your texts, are always at your fingertips.

### Create eBooks, DOCX, PDFs and HTML
Ulysses’ export is flexible enough to cover any writer’s needs: Transform your text into beautiful PDFs, Word documents or eBooks. Or export HTML code, ready to be used anywhere on the web. You can even choose between a variety of pre-made formatting styles for all kinds of purposes, or create your own and share it with other users.

### Publish to WordPress & Medium
Do you blog? Ulysses’ offers best-in-class WordPress & Medium publishing. You can post to WordPress from right within the app – complete with images, tags, categories etc. Publishing to Medium works just as easy, and both offer a built-in preview to proof-read before submission.

### Pricing
Ulysses requires a subscription. We offer monthly and yearly subscription plans, as well as a special discount for students. There’s also a fully functional 14-day trial, so you can test Ulysses (including export and sync) before you commit.

All plans unlock the app on Mac, iPhone and iPad, and feature full iCloud synchronization.

### Questions
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!

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Duration and price of each subscription are displayed in Ulysses’ storefront, updated at the time of purchase. Payment will be charged to iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off no later than 24 hours before the end of the current period. Subscriptions and auto-renewal can be managed/turned off in the iTunes account settings. Any unused portion of a free trial period is forfeited as soon as a subscription is purchased. Student subscriptions automatically terminate after their duration, as shown in Ulysses’ storefront at the time of purchase.

Terms of Use: https://ulyssesapp.com/kb/terms-and-conditions
Privacy Policy: https://ulyssesapp.com/kb/privacy-policy


Release Notes:

- Re-added “Services” submenu to the editor context menu
- Improved PDF export performance when using underlines
- Fixed a crash when exporting to DOCX with fonts that had only bold styles
- Less steamy color variable names in Troy export style


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 12.1
Review by Tom Snyder

It took me years to find this perfect writing app - I have been a professional writer for 20 years. I created and wrote the animated show "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist" for comedy central on a laptop in a bar, as I did with all the other animated shows I created. These days, writing comedy and musicals, I work at the same bar but now with an iPad. I can safely say that I have tried every single writing app available and have given to each one a really thorough try. Now, with Ulysses, I can stop looking and spend all of my time writing. Any serious writer who has lived with writing programs will find out very quickly that the Ulysses team is thoroughly committed to a powerful but simple work environment that gracefully renders anything from short documents to novels, scripts, everything. When I first read about it I was hesitant because there were several references to markup language and that sort of thing which has never interested me or been necessary for me. You can safely ignore your similar concerns, should you have them, because "Markup" simply refers to their way of formatting text. I look forward to writing every day (I never order a glass of wine till 5 PM) and those writing with me feel the same way. The synchronization is blazingly fast and reliable. I look at the Microsoft word app now with a shudder, and if I want to send a word document to someone, that is trivially easy to do within this App. I just love it.

Found helpful by 27 out of 51 people
Version 12.1
Review by BurningTin

Might be for you if... - … you love markdown and don’t mind continually paying for the same feature set. There are lot’s of Ulysses fanboys clamoring to give it five stars, but honestly, this app isn’t that special. I don’t see it. I do understand why it has gotten so many one stars--just read the blogs about what happened to their existing customers when they switched over to subscription. But my low review isn’t because of that. The app has a basic minimal feature set for a premium price: a you pay forever for it like it were a service. That’s silly. Plus the transition to subscription has resulted in nothing but instability and bugs. What was a basic but solid little app is now an expensive irritation. There are better apps out there that you can simply buy--I’ve bought most of them. The one I ended up using is far more powerful for long writing, and I use another now for markdown blogging. Problem solved, no ongoing payments required so that I can keep access to my writing life.

Found helpful by 109 out of 124 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 12.3
Review by Kaia567

disappointed at best, loved the app before not so much nowadays - After a trying different writing apps I finally decided to buy Ulysses (original version, one big payment for a complete program that was updated by the developers fixing small bugs). Exactly what I needed it. A simple friendly markdown editor app, free of distractions, that would help me to organize my work and complete my novels. I didn’t mind paying so much money, plus I liked it so much that I was going to buy the mobile app for my tablet. Then, that’s when the developers had the brilliant idea of making it a monthly subscripton (note the sarcasm). Promising previous users a lifetime discount for their previous purchase. So, depite my initial irritation I decided to give it a try and see if the lifetime discount was even worth my pain for an app, I like to use when I write. Still, I hardly use for a long periods of months during the year. As writing is not my full-time job. It seems like an idiocracy to have pay for a year subscription when 4 to 6 months of the year, the app isn’t used. Or to do a month to month subscription, and having to renew everytime I feel like writing. Indeed, $4.99 a month doesn’t seem like a lot of money, but it adds into $59.88 a year. Or I could just pay $40 for a year subscription. And within 3 years, I would end paying more than I did for the original version. I wouldn’t had mind paying for app updates, which it reasonable since the developers are working on improving the app. But month to month subscriptions is just a but too much. Another great program where making money is more important than their clients. Just like Adobe, went from buying an expensive software to month of month subscriptions. As if we didn’t have other bills to pay or student loans. But I guess, if you don’t mind paying on a monthly basis for a product you already own or you are a first time user, it won’t make a diferernce. The app itself is a great writing/editing application. But I’m not sure it’s worth the hazzle of having to renew a subscription every time inspiration knocks on my door.

Found helpful by 8 out of 10 people
Version 12.3
Review by manspaugh

This is completely subscription-based. Not free at all. - Instead of telling you up-front that this app requires a monthly/yearly subscription, they tell you it’s a free app completely based on the 14-day free trial. That’s not free. That’s just a dark marketing tactic.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 12.3
Review by Drachen Andariel

Great app ruined by greed. - Perfect example of an awesome suite of apps/programs ruined by the allure of getting monthly paychecks. When we first used Ulysses and paid a huge premium for a “basic” markdown editor, our bond with the developer was that it was to be updated regularly and would work flawlessly moving forward. For a time, things were great. The moment the team realized they could adpot a monthly subscription method, older users were basically screwed out of their money (which at the time, was pretty substantial as we were banking on a simple program but were willing to pay the premium for the simplicity). Ulysses is great but not annual subscription great. We’re talking hundreds of dollars over a few years and the updates aren’t worth the added cost over a more traditional “buy it, own it” impementation. We were treated with a blog post excuse (sob story) as to why they felt entitled to it, but frankly, the math doesn’t add up. So sad to see this handled the way it was. Sales are down, reviews are down, and the program isn’t even being promoted as it was. 4.5 stars for funcitonality, zero for being greedy and taking advantage of your early adopters.

Found helpful by 48 out of 53 people
Version 12.3
Review by nickgnyc

Disspointed by move to subscription model - Although I had used Ulysses for a few years, and honestly enjoyed the experience, the move to a subscription model is a disappointing one. I fully support a developer with a product as strong as Ulysses buy buying their product outright. This model may work for others… but here is where I bow out.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 12.3
Review by Dana Cameron

Love the App, Happy to Support the Subscription Model - Ulysses declutters the writing process by removing all the formatting distractions that you don’t even realize are distractions until they’re taken away. For me, this eases the process of writing and allows me to really get at the core of what I’m writing about, and craft how I want to express it. I wasn’t thrilled about the shift to the subscription model. After reading co-founder Max Seelemann’s very open explanation for why they’re making the switch, however, I’m convinced that the decision is not only the right move for the developers, but the right move for me as a devoted user of this exceptionally well realized and continually improving writing tool. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and PROUDLY SUPPORTED

Found helpful by 4 out of 18 people