The Easiest Way to Publish to WordPress

I have written all my posts for our Ulysses blog in Ulysses, of course. Until recently, I used to copy a post’s text as HTML code, then paste it to the WordPress backend online. This worked ok – but with Ulysses’ WordPress integration, it is now WAY easier. I write and organize my articles with Ulysses, and once I’m ready to publish, it takes me only a few clicks for a browser preview. Here is a wrap-up of how it works.

On Mac

Before you can start publishing, you’ll have to connect your WordPress account with Ulysses. On Mac, you can do so via “Preferences › Accounts”.

Now provide your WordPress username and password. Ulysses supports blogs hosted on WordPress.com as well as self-hosted installations. For the latter (“Custom WordPress”) you’ll also have to provide a URL.

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New on iOS: Sync Your Writings With Dropbox

Dropbox synchronizationWhat’s new in Ulysses 2.6? In a series of blog posts, we’ll closely look at each of its new features and examine how they can help writers to get their work done.

Besides Typewriter Scrolling and Quick Open, Dropbox synchronization was another Ulysses for Mac feature in high demand for the iOS version of the app. Users kept asking for it, and we finally delivered!

If you’ve never missed it, you may ask: Ulysses syncs seamlessly via iCloud, so why Dropbox? Here are two use cases where it makes sense:

  • You want to edit your texts with Ulysses, but occasionally need to access them from a Windows computer or an Android smartphone. Ulysses stores texts in Dropbox as Markdown or plain text files, so you can open them with any text editor of your choice.
  • You want to work together with someone else on the same text. In Dropbox, you can create a shared folder and let multiple users edit the text files it contains.

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Import Your Vesper Notes Into Ulysses

A few days ago, the creators of the notes app Vesper announced to end its development and eventually shut down the sync server. Being in this industry ourselves, we can understand that making this move isn’t easy, and we’re sorry for both the developers and the Vesper users who grew fond of the tool. If you’re a Vesper user and considering Ulysses as a future replacement, this post is for you. To ease migrating your notes from Vesper to Ulysses, we’ve created a small tool which lets you do exactly that.

Screenshot Dock Ulysses Vesper Importer

Here’s how you can import your existing notes into Ulysses:

  1. Open Vesper, go to the Sidebar and select “Export”. Tap “Export Notes and Pictures” and select a location where to export your notes to. For instance, you could export your notes to your iCloud Drive folder.
  2. Download the Ulysses Vesper Importer and launch it.
  3. Drag your exported Vesper folder into the window and click “Save Sheets…”.
  4. A Finder window will open. Simply drag the selected folder onto Ulysses dock icon or into its sidebar.

That’s it – your Vesper notes are now available in Ulysses’ text library.

Screenshot Vesper Ulysses Importer

The import should be fast and work smoothly. Should you encounter any problems, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the feedback form.

For Better Focus: Typewriter Mode, Revamped

What’s new in Ulysses 2.6? In a series of blog posts, we’ll closely look at each of its new features and examine how they can help writers to get their work done.

MacBook, Typewriter Mode enabled

An earlier implementation of the new Typewriter Mode was actually part of Ulysses for Mac since 2013. With version 2.6, Typewriter Mode was revamped and finally made it to iPad and iPhone.

Typewriter Mode – you guessed it – got its name because it mimics the behavior of mechanic typewriters in some respects. Some older users may even remember how it was to write on these! Writing on a computer instead has many advantages, but there’s one thing typewriters were actually very good at: letting writers focus on their texts. And better focus is exactly what Ulysses’ Typewriter Mode aims for.

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“The App Should Still Be Fun to Use, Just Like Without VoiceOver”

What’s new in Ulysses 2.6? In a series of blog posts, we’ll closely look at each of its new features and examine how they can help writers to get their work done. Today we talk to Lucas, development trainee at The Soulmen, who was in charge of optimizing Ulysses for VoiceOver users.

Screenshot of Ulysses on iOS with VoiceOver enabled. The accessibility rotor is visible and set to “Actions”.

With the latest version, Ulysses claims to be accessible for visually impaired writers. Could you please explain the difficulties blind and visually impaired are facing when using a computer? How can they be solved?

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Saving Life Time: Quick Open on iPad and iPhone

What’s new in Ulysses 2.6? In a series of blog posts, we’ll closely look at each of its new features and examine how they can help writers to get their work done.

Quick Open is part of Ulysses for Mac since its launch back in 2013. When Ulysses for iOS came out last year, users missed the feature sadly, and kept asking for it. Well, it is finally there! Quick Open is, in short, meant to save you time and effort. You can search your entire library within seconds, and instantly open a sheet for editing, without the need to navigate through your group hierarchies. Sounds like a small thing? Hey, if you only save only 10 seconds per sheet thanks to Quick Open, and you’re looking for 6 sheets per day for the next 30 years, this sums up to 8 days in total! Time you could spend on vacation or use to write a short story, for example. Read …

Ulysses 2.6: WordPress Publishing, Dropbox on iOS, New Typewriter Mode

Screenshot of Ulysses, showing this WordPress blog post in a preview window

Two and a half years ago, I took the plunge. I did what we were told not to do. I did what everybody who’s been in this business for more than two weeks knows not to do. I did it anyway.

I announced a new feature before it was ready for prime time.

To quote (oh, this hurts):

The next update will see us leveraging the metaWeblog XML-RPC API, to plug Ulysses III right into your favourite blogging engines.
So whether you’re running a self-hosted blog or […] WordPress.com, chances are high that 1.2 will allow you to publish your work directly from within the app. No more copy and paste, no more switching between browsers, you know the drill, you hate it as much as everybody else.

It doesn’t matter why we couldn’t do what we set out to do, or why we announced this in the first place. And today nothing of this matters anymore (it still hurts, trust me). Because today, we finally deliver on this promise I made two and a half years ago.

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Small Presents From San Francisco, Or: the ADA Giveaway

Small presents from San Francisco

It has not been long since our developer team returned from San Francisco, where they attended Apple’s World Wide Developers’ Conference. You’ve probably heard about it — that’s where independent developers for Apple platforms meet up every year. It is a great opportunity to learn everything about what’s going on with Apple’s hard- and software, and network with fellow geeks, Apple executives and press representatives. And of course to receive an award honoring “Outstanding Design and Innovation”.

Max, Götz and Friedrich travelled to San Francisco packed with Ulysses T-shirts, promo licenses for our apps, pins and stickers — just the kind of stuff developers use to bring to conferences. It was a successful and busy week, but there are still some left-overs. As we’re still very excited about having received the Apple Design Award — and we would never have gotten there without you, the world’s best users —, we would like to give them to you.

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