Fancy an Attachment?

A prominent improvement of the new Ulysses for Mac will be the revamped attachment bar – let’s take a look at it.

Attachments, to refresh your memory, are for meta-information you want to access effortless while writing. Those can be keywords, writing goals, notes and images. You can easily get a glance of a sheet’s attachments via the paper-clip button in the menu bar or the shortcut ⌘4 (command-4).

Attachment Bar

By the way: An image attachment does not necessarily have to be a picture. The feature deals nicely with PDF documents, too, so a text briefing will probably feel quite at home here. You can even leaf through a multi-paged PDF. Notes accept all kinds of markup, so if you want to put a link in a note, go ahead. Of course you can still detach every single attachment and place it on the screen for quick reference – just click the icon in the top-right corner. Then, you can also resize images according to your whim.

Free-floating Attachment

The observant user might wonder where the markup bar (aka markup cheat sheet) is hiding. It had to make room for the new attachment bar, but is still within easy reach. Just use the A-button in the toolbar, or the established shortcut ⌘9 (command-9). Those who are close friends with the markup bar and use it a lot can also tear it off for quick access.

Markup Bar

Attachments on iPad

Of course mobile writers will be able to make use of attachments, too. The bar in the picture below looks familiar, doesn’t it? You can access it via the paperclip button in Ulysses’ button row. Writing goals are not (yet) available on iPad. They will be conserved and sync across devices, though – they’re just not accessible on iPad.

Attachments on iPad

A Postcard in Our Mailbox, Some Stickers in Yours

In December we asked you to send us picture postcards to get some stickers in exchange. Secret stickers, so to speak, because they show the new icons which are going to represent Ulysses in public beginning with the next release. This is what we got:


One of my favorite motives is the road cruiser squeezed by an enormous Arizona saguaro. This gallery resides in our hall and is fun to examine during a coffee break. Thanks to you all!

The good news is: Our offer still stands. So hurry up and bring some color to your favorite delevoper’s office. Just send a picture postcard to:

The Soulmen GbR
Münzgasse 1
04107 Leipzig

Don’t forget to include your own address. We will instantly dispatch a carrier pigeon, delivering a handful of stickers straight to your home!

Helping to Make Clean Up Fun

Can cleaning up actually be fun? That’s what little children may ask themselves in the face of a messy playroom. The same applies to writers who may think of a growing text library. Especially on iPad. For the latter the answer clearly is: Yes, it can! Because it is so simple.

To sort texts in your Ulysses library on iPad, you just have to switch focus on the sheet list. Then tap Edit, and you’ll be able to rearrange your sheets with your fingertip.

Sort Sheets

If you want to move a couple of sheets from one group to another, you’ll only need a couple more taps. Select these sheets, then tap Move. This will show the sidebar, where you can choose a new parent group for your sheets.

Move Sheets

Sorting groups is just as straightforward: switch focus to the sidebar and tap Edit there.

So, organizing can be quite simple and even be fun. We’ll bet children of all ages would agree, if they could just put a toy into the rack with a fingertip…

Building a Home in Yosemite

During the last couple of weeks we talked a lot about Ulysses for iPad. For a change, today we’d like to whet your appetite for the new Ulysses for Mac.

We spent a great deal of time dressing it up for the conjoint release with its mobile sibling, implementing Apple’s latest guidelines and design concepts. And… we believe the fresh new look of Ulysses the Elder perfectly suits its life experience.

Ulysses New Look 1

The vibrant sidebar pops out, of course, and we’ve also completely revamped the design of the window title bar. Ulysses’ detachable popovers got a modern appearance, perfect for showing off in national parks, in the office or at the writing desk at home.

Ulysses New Look 2

By the way, Ulysses for Mac will wave goodbye to paged mode – you know, the editor view reminiscent of a real sheet of paper. It is gone now. If you were a fan, cheer up, you’ll get over it in no time. What you’ll get is a balanced writing environment, feeling so native as if it was originally created for Yosemite.

Which it actually was.

Love Your Sheets

Is there a handful of sheets meaning a lot to you, and you really don’t want to spend your time searching for them in your group hierarchy? Well, mark them as favorites. On Ulysses for iPad, they’re going to appear in a group of that name in your topmost library section. Just tap for direct access.


Marking a sheet as favorite is done in the sheet list. Tap the sheet, gently swipe to left, select “More › Add to Favorites”.

Add to Favorites

By the way: In the next release of Ulysses for Mac, favorites will move to the new spot, too. On both Mac and iPad the head section of the library offers fast access: to your most recently edited sheets, and soon also to your most important ones. Show them your love.

Coming Soon: Ulysses for Mac 2.0

There is something besides Ulysses for iPad that we haven’t spoken about yet: Ulysses for Mac, version 2.0. Yes, not only will it have a new icon, we’re also saying goodbye to the III. From now on, it’s just Ulysses. For Mac. For iPad. For iPhone (there, we said it).

Expect a complete visual overhaul. Most parts of the interface have been re-arranged and redesigned, especially Quick Export, Attachments and Favorites – for a more intuitive handling and greater convenience. But don’t worry, it’s still the Ulysses you know and love. Just better and more beautiful.

Ulysses for Mac 2.0

Designwise, Ulysses for Mac will fully embrace Apple’s latest concepts and guidelines. It will require OS X 10.10 Yosemite and blend in organically, feeling right at home.

Last but not least, the update takes one of our core ideas – the library’s comprehensive accessibility - to the next level. Ulysses for Mac 2.0 will offer full synchronization with Ulysses for iPad, and both apps are going to be released simultaneously.

Oh: And yes, it will be a free update!

Navigate With Ease

It’s time to have a closer look at Ulysses for iPad’s capabilities regarding organization and management. Our start: the three-pane layout, the different views and the navigation between them.

The three-pane layout was adapted from the Mac: Sidebar for groups and filters, sheet list for sheets, and, of course: the editor. When the sidebar and/or the sheet list are displayed, only a part of the editor is visible.

Three Pane View
Three pane view: Your library at a glance, with all your groups and filters.
Two pane view: All sheets in a certain group. You can sort them, move them around, export, and more.
Two pane view: All sheets in a certain group. You can sort them, move them around, export, and more.
Editor Only View
Editor only view: The text you’re currently working on, spanning your entire display.

Writing, and this is different from the Mac version, only works when the other panes are hidden. Tap into your text to start – this will open the virtual keyboard with Ulysses’ button row and automatically hide the navigation bar.

Writing with Ulysses for iPad

Navigation between the different views is easy: Just swipe left to right to change from editor only to two pane view, swipe another time for three pane view, and vice versa to get back. You can also tap in the panes to switch focus, or use the navigation bar.

This One’s for Academic Writers: Footnotes

Scholars may look forward to travel light, because Ulysses for iPad will support footnotes! Technically speaking, a footnote is a text object and will therefore be easy to add and edit. You can even insert links into footnotes without tearing your hair out.

A Footnote in Its Natural Habitat
Editing a Footnote
Editing a Footnote

Yes, footnotes do export! So you can even print your essay after arriving at the conference, if you dare…

Export with footnotes

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# 3 Yummy: Text Objects

Yummy: Text Objects

Text objects are a major ingredient to Ulysses' plain text writing recipe. Adding links, images, annotations to your texts is effortless on the Mac. Ulysses on iPad will be on par.

Let’s first have a quick look at links. Given you want add background information to your text, for example link to the Wikipedia entry about eucalyptus. Select the word, mark it up as link and enter the URL. Easy.

Annotate text with link

What if you want to add an image to your text? Position the cursor and select the markup for image. Choose one from the library, link it or take a photo. Add a title and a description if you want.

No matter if you add links, images, annotations or footnotes – it works effortlessly. And they’re always easily accessible – tap twice to display or edit.

Embedded Image

Once added, text objects blend in elegantly with your text. They’ll get a colorful emphasis but will not affect the flow of reading.

Annotated Text
They Do Not Disturb: Links, Annotations, Images

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Writing on iPad, Ulysses’ Recipe

When writers express what they like about Ulysses – which they fortunately do from time to time – they frequently say that Ulysses helps them to focus, to let the words flow, and that it is simply fun to write with the app. There is of course not just one single feature accounting for this – but undoubtedly Ulysses’ specific fashion of writing plays a major role.

Plain Text Editing With Ulysses

Ulysses works with Plain Text. You define text passages by marking them up with a couple of memorable signs, e.g. _ for emphasis. On the Mac, this allows for fluent writing, because these characters are easily accessible. But on iPad?

Button Row

We have created a multipart button row hosting Ulysses’ markup, plus frequently used special characters and functions. It sits directly above the iPad’s virtual keyboard and aims to qualify it for long-form writing (i.e. beyond instant messages).

With Ulysses’ button row, using markup on iPad is convenient. Well, of course it is not exactly the same as using a physical keyboard, but it comes darn close. And in parts, it is even superior, because the buttons are smart: They will automatically display the corresponding closing tag for the chosen markup.

Smart Button, Displaying Markup Closing Tag
Smart Button, Displaying
Markup Closing Tag

Yes, we believe that writing on iPad can be a pleasant affair, and we hope you’re going to concur. Now if we only could give these buttons this comforting clicking sound…