Developer: The Soulmen GbR
Current Version: 2.7.2
Last Updated: 3 months ago
Download Size: 17.9 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
### WRITE. ANYTHING. ANYWHERE. ###
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
- 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!
This update fixes an issue that causes Ulysses to crash when trashing/restoring sheets. We apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused.
Changes from Ulysses 2.7.1:
This update enhances the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, for example by allowing sidebars to slide in while long-pressing the respective button. And despite fixing the usual bunch of crashes and hangs, it includes also these notable changes:
- WordPress gains a new preview theme.
- Search matches can be selected again.
- Evernote import is more stable.
- Editor no longer shows thin fonts or gets slow while typing.
- Ulysses is no longer the default handler for plain text files.
If you’re happy with the app, please rate it, or even leave a review. This is the best way you can support us indie developers. Thanks a lot!
Most Helpful Reviews
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.
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.
More Reviews for Current Version
Not ready for academic writing - but good for note taking - I’ve come around to Ulysses as a repository for notes, now that they’ve added the abilty to link to a particular sheet in the Mac version as well as the iOS versions. The combination of folder structuring AND custom filters puts it way ahead of Bear (which I’d been looking at for several months) and the iOS integration beats out NV. They have promised that the ability to conduct Boolean searches (i.e. find a document that does NOT have a phrase) is coming…. The trick to addressing the RTF issues I noted below is to drag the RTF into Ulysses, which triggers its built-in RTF -> Markdown conversion, which works pretty well. A remaining nuisance is that any text in square brackets is treated as a link, so if you are working with a lot of quotations and are used to bracketing items that have changed, prepare to start escaping the first bracket. And find and replace are still on a per-document basis. So text cleaning is not something that you can do easily all at once. here’s my earlier review: I wanted to like Ulysses, and it seemed a natural fit since I do most of my short-form writing in Byword and longer work in Scrivener. But in practice it shows a lot of shortcomings. Markdown is great if you are wriiting a 300 word piece for a website, but in practice I found using characters for formatting rather than as characters constantly got in the way of my writing flow. Pasting from PDFs or any rich text creates extra work correcting smart quotes, ellipses, etc. that don’t transfer into a plain text format correctly. There’s no way to view footnotes inilne while writing. Comments disappear when exporting to Word. Lots of little annoyances that slow down writing in practice, especially if your writing involves drawing together quotations etc. from many other documents in mixed formats. Tried it repeatedly given all the hype & every time I end up moving the project into something else.
The best writing app I’ve every used - Syncing feature priceless. - I’ve used several of the apps available for the Mac/PC over the years. Ulysses is far and above the best solution I’ve ever used. It easily allows for breaking writing into any level of resolution you want and allows for special areas like research. My writing style usually means I like to keep lots of images with the chapters I am working on for resources and reminders of details I want to add, and this program handles them easily WITHOUT making it difficult to extract the images later on. Most important, the syncing feature instnatly updates my computer, tablet and phone, so all writing, research and images stay together. To be able to quickly input an idea into my phone and then later flesh it out on the macbook is so useful. No more napkins with scribbles or worse - ideas you promise to remember, but don’t. I love this app.
Solid, professional writing app - I decided to go all in with this Mac version as well the iOS apps. I am so pleased with how well they work together. I’ve written things on my iPad, iPhone, and Mac and it all feels the same. At first I was a little wary of having all my writing organized in sheets and groups in one single library, but after using Ulysses for more than a month, I like not having to worry about where I saved something. Syncing via iCloud has been seamless and without problem. It’s nice how quick is to launch the app and get writing when you have a good idea or note you want to jot down. The developers have done a wonderful job balancing a full featured app with keeping the interface intuitive and user friendly. I recommend this app as well as its iOS compliment. You’ll really love the integration across all devices.
5-stars when it supports GitHub-style ``` code blocks - This program will be exceptional for my purposes once it properly supports GitHub-style ``` code sections. Also, certain things like annotations do not work with external folders. I believe this could be entirely possible using the hidden plist files that you are using already. 5-stars when these are fixed :-)
Superb structured writing app - Having spent years with multiple word processing documents constantly open for reference, Ulysses comes as a relief. It allows me to keep all my references, drafts and ideas all in one application where I can access them instantly and in context. The plain-text driven interface uses Markdown, which keeps formatting simple and not tied to the neverending hot mess that comes from Redmond. I love the use of sheets to organize sections of longer documents. I use Ulysses to develop business documents for product design and marketing. It helps me to focus on the most important parts of each concept, and allows me to produce final documents for my team that really work. Ulysses is super fast and a pleasure to use!