Ulysses

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4.6 out of 5 stars

Ulysses for Mac lets you focus when you need to concentrate. It keeps all your texts neatly stuffed in its intuitive library. With a few clicks, Ulysses can create beautiful documents from your manuscripts: PDFs, web pages, even iBooks-ready ePubs.

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Ulysses review by <span>Mark David G.</span>
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"A Terrific Writer's Tool"

What do you like best?

That it syncs content to all my devices. It's important to me to be able to access my writing project on whichever device is convenient without worrying about version confusion.

What do you dislike?

I have had some technical challenges when dealing the back-up feature and when migrating my account to a new laptop.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're a writer on the Mac/iOS platform looking for software that's easy to use and syncs effortlessly via iCloud to all your devices, this good be a good candidate for you. Just bear in mind that it bypasses Finder in favor of its own file structure. In some instances, that can be confusing. Having said that, customer support has generally ben very responsive and helpful in navigating any problems that I have encountered. Bear in mind, too, that Ulysses now operates on a subscription basis, which may be a deal-breaker for some.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm an author, and Ulysses allows me to move effortlessly from laptop, to iPhone to iPad on any given writing project. As well, RTF exports then import seamlessly into Indesign for the book's design and layout.

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Ulysses review by <span>Bakari C.</span>
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"Very useful lightweight text editor"

What do you like best?

I’ve used Ulysses off and on for over five years. I prefer it over applications like Word, Pages, and TextEdit. I like that Ulysses allows me to keep documents inside the application, which means I can work on longer projects and manage parts and chapters as separate "sheets" rather than one long file. I also especially like "Typewriter Mode" which keeps the text in the middle of the file so that I don't have to look or scroll down to keep typing. It's also useful that there's a iOS version Ulysses which means I can read documents on my iPad and iPhone. Moreover, I like Ulysses allows me to select which documents I want to sync to iCloud and which I want to keep on my local device.

What do you dislike?

The subscription model is pricey, and there are really not useful benefits for subscribing. I get that developers need to make money for the work they do, but now they have set it up so that you can edit documents without paying the subscription fee. Would also like the ability to hide documents that I'm not using, but don't want to delete.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make use of the various tutorials about Ulysses on YouTube.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ulysses helps with me with longer writing projects, and often like proofreading drafts on my iPad, which means I don't have to print documents to read and edit them. It's also great because I don't have keep separate files for numerous documents. I can keep them all in inside the application.

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Ulysses review by <span>Marius S.</span>
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"MarkDown enabled editor with iCloud sync"

What do you like best?

Ulysses is based around the MarkDown language, and it synchronizes with your iCloud account, to make your scripts available on every device you own. They even have a mobile app for iPads, so you can write anywhere. There is an option to export your texts directly to your Medium blog as an article.

What do you dislike?

Recently they switched from one-time license payment to a monthly subscription, which makes it more expensive in the long run.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good option for writers, especially with the distraction-free mode that hides everything else, allowing you to focus on the writing task.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It it a fast text editor, and it also renders MarkDown tags in a word processor style. There is an option of organizing multiple sections or articles into folders or chapters, for better document management.

Ulysses review by <span>Nicholas G.</span>
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"The greatest, writer-focused, writing software yet. "

What do you like best?

Ulysses transforms your relationship to your writing software. Unlike a word processor, where you pick and futz and monkey around with formatting, fonts, and grid, Ulysses enables you to focus on the content, the words on the page. Formatting is handled simply through markdown, an easy to learn and easy to type structured markup; it takes minutes to learn. Meanwhile, templates enable you to export to PDF, ePUB, or .docx formats when you're ready to "publish."

It's extremely innovative sheets concept takes minutes to get used to, but then, again, transforms your thinking away from documents and towards components.

In addition, their sync to iPad and now iPhone is extremely well executed.

What do you dislike?

Currently the export formats, if you're a front end develop and you like to code, take more CSS know how then the average person would expect. A styles editor that created the CSS would be great.

There are no logical sections, yet: so formatting documents in different grid systems — two columns, one column, etc — isn't yet supported in a single document.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Before Ulysses, I strugged with writing in word processors: I was constantly distracted with styling the text, rather than writing the message. Now, I'm on focus, and on point, and far more productive.

Ulysses review by <span>Taurean B.</span>
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"A Markdown writing app that gets out of the way"

What do you like best?

Ulysses manages to accomplish the often impossible task of allowing the kind of customization users say they want without deteriorating the beauty of the application along with its usability.

What do you dislike?

I personally wish there was a way to hide markdown formatting altogether. For example, if I write `*bold*` just show bold text, not the asterisks around it. If My cursor is within that word, then show the formatting to make editing easy for the user. I imagine that would be a very complex thing to implement but its something that I would absolutely love.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get the companion iOS apps to manage your work on the go. The custom keyboard allows for really easy formatting and navigation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ulysses serve the same business problem as any other markdown writer, the ability to focus on ideation and content instead of presentation (without feeling like you're sacrificing it altogether). The amazing thing that comes with sheets is that it allows you to _visually_ separate content with effectively page-breaks without you truly creating separate markdown files. Ulysses has the power to help you plan an organize a document like word or pages without the time consumption in basically formatting/designing while you write.

Ulysses review by <span>Brad C.</span>
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"The best writing experience, ever."

What do you like best?

Ulysses offers an easy and clean writing environment that is entirely customizable and incredibly usable. Because documents are stored as sheets instead of separate documents in some folder, you can hop around between “files” easily from the sidebar. Everything is searchable, and it’s simple to create new file “groups” for organization. Everything is synced through iCloud and available on iPad and iPhone. I really like being able to customize my work environment and create visual styles that match my mood. Because it uses markdown, it makes formatting easy and it looks really great. In particular, I like the typewriter scrolling that keeps the line that I’m typing in the dead center of my screen.

What do you dislike?

Creating export styles isn’t very easy. I would like to modify exported texts so I can better control the look, but it’s just not simple like everything else. This isn’t a big deal, however, because many users have created cool export styles.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you’re familiar with Markdown, this is the best app you can get. I’ve never worked with a better writing app, and now that it’s available on iPad and iPhone, you can create and edit your writing from wherever.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ulysses allows me to write in a clean environment from my MacBook, iPad or iPhone, and quickly move through documents by searching or using “structures/bookmarks.” Ulysses is incredibly well designed and looks great; this motivates me to write more often than I might otherwise. Currently the copywriting and editing that I do is done primarily in Ulysses — any longform content is copy/pasted in so I can work with it in a better environment than Word or its clones.

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