Developer: Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG

Current Version: 2.8.2

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 18.7 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:

We’ve taken the time to dive into some of the more complex issues and are happy to report stability improvements throughout the app. Happy writing!

- Re-added missing WordPress group icon.
- Fixed scrolling of Export Preview in Split View.
- Fixed password locking of tabbed and hidden windows.
- Fixed a number of crashes (thanks for your reports!).

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

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 2.8.2
Review by JFizz77

Hangs on opening a text file, requires https, unresponsive support - I read a lot of good reviews and the app does have some great features, but three major things inhibit the usability of Ulysses for me: 1) There is one text document I most need Ulysses to work with and it's extremely slow to work with. The iOS app version delays about 2 to 3 seconds after every key press before showing the letter! It's a bit slow to work with on the desktop as well, but nowhere near as bad. I don't have this issue with other files. 2) I purchased this largely because of the Wordpress publishing feature, but Ulysses requires your site have a signed certificate (http**s**). I didn't see this anywhere in the documentation as I was researching the app and was quite disappointed to find out. 3) This is the biggest contributor to the 3-star rating: I contacted Ulysses support team two weeks ago about both of these and have yet to hear back :/ So on the whole, the app has a lot of good features (perhaps a bit expensive for a basic text editing application with good Markdown support) but it's falling short of the mark for me. Hope this helps someone else looking into Ulysses for their needs.

Found helpful by 7 out of 9 people
Version 2.8.2
Review by Ksuela

Best writing experience ever - I use Ulysses to write papers in combination with Ulysses for iOS on my iPad, the integration is seamless and works great. What I love is the clean user interface and te possibility of having dark backgroud with lighter text. You will love that if you have for write for a full day in 1 hour chuncks (as in a PhD program). Also, not having to worry on every single paragragh about the format is one of the best parts, you just write. When you need to send the document, you can use one of the templates, or spend some time (only once!) to create your own. In my case, I spent about 2 hours tweaking my current template, in order to choose where the page numbers appear, what font to use on every section and title, etc. That’s all, once the template is donde you don’t worry about that EVER again, its a wonderful feeling. The way I use Ulysses for academic writting is to write the first draft in Ulysses, export to word, insert tables and references with my reference software in word and then send it for review. So far, that workflow works great for me.

Found helpful by 6 out of 7 people
Version 2.8.2
Review by Kate Koposova

Decided matter of life and death in my favor! - I generally do not bother with reviews, but, with this app, I feel compelled to put my admiration into writing. Ulysses, to me, is nothing short of a dream: everything I want, anything I could need is already in this app. Its design is amazing and it truly allows the app to disappear as if it was just me and the words I am writing. It’s beautiful, elegant, and powerful. The goal feature and the organization are fantastic, I love the possibility to glue and unglue sheets. The stats and the legend for the different markdown symbols are not intrusive but easy to find and, needless to say, very helpful. But what makes me love this app more than anything is that it’s trustworthy: I trust it with my writing, which is to say with some of the most precious moments and things in my life. And today it proved me right: I had forgotten to turn on the app that tracks the history of copy/paste and I cut a long, very important paragraph but forgot to paste it. Then, I remembered about this passage and realized my terrible mistake. I now know that even my app for tracking the copy/paste history would not have helped — since i had forgotten about the passage for two days! But with the Browse All Versions option in Ulysses I was able to recover my text! Thank you for the best writing app in the universe that is better than anything I could have ever imagined or wished for!

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 2.8.2
Review by OakB

Love this app! - I use Ulysses for both academic writing and blog posts. It’s perfect for use across my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. When I’m finished writing an academic paper, I export from Ulysses to MS Word for final APA formatting before submission; I could use Word on all of my devices, but it’s a terrible writing environment, always getting in the way. Ulysses is simple, uncluttered, and perfect for the job of writing, and I use other tools for formatting and publishing; write first — just write — edit and publish later. I’ve found this to be an outstanding system for productivity.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 2.8.2
Review by dstarchman

don’t buy this if you’re hoping for multi-device - The deadline is in 30 minutes. You started composing on your mac some time in the past. You spent all day yesterday in transit doing last minute tweaks and polishes to the composition. You did the tippity tappity dance hoping and praying the iCloud synch button would go away on your iPad (and it did). You woke up feeling pretty good, opened your Mac with 1 hour to spare before the deadline and spent 30 minutes updating the document. But wait! Something feels wrong. You start reading through the text and realize your edits from yesterday are not on your Mac. And now, you’ve got 30 minutes of polish gone. You know you’re going to end up with two versions of documents in conflict. You’re waiting for the iCloud synch icon to go away. It won’t. 20 minutes until the deadline. Just give me both versions and I’ll synch them manually. Nope. I bought this hoping to work on documents both on my iPad and my MacBook. The synch issues are so frustrating that I’m ready to find something else. I contacted tech support, and they were very friendly, but they said that they couldn't control the synch refresh rate. So, there’s really no way to force synch, tell which version you’re currently working on in either app, etc. I end up leaving version numbers in the docs on the various devices hoping to not face what I’m facing again today. Short version, this app is extremely frustrating to use if you’re trying for multi-device. The deadline is in 10 minutes.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people