Problems With iCloud Drive? Here Is What You Can Do

Since the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite we are seeing an increased number of problems with iCloud Drive. Synchronization among devices in general and between Ulysses and Daedalus specifically were reported to not work.

Did you upgrade to Yosemite and are affected by syncing problems? Then please check up on the following points.

  1. Are all your Macs on Yosemite and all your iPhones and iPads on iOS 8? The former is a requirement for syncing between Macs, the latter for syncing between Ulysses and Daedalus.

  2. Syncing under Yosemite will only work when iCloud Drive is enabled on all devices. For verification, go to the System Preferences of your Mac, select iCloud and make sure that iCloud Drive is enabled. Enable iCloud Drive Also, click on Options… to check if it is enabled specifically for Ulysses.
    On iOS, go to the system settings, select iCloud and ensure that iCloud Drive is On and enabled for Daedalus.

  3. Syncing still doesn’t work? Try restarting your Mac and cold-booting your iOS devices. To cold-boot an iPhone or iPad, hold the Power and the Home button pressed simultaneously until the screen goes dark.

  4. Apple gathered the most important support information regarding iCloud Drive on a dedicated website. Have a look if it provides an answer for your question.

If all of the above does not solve the problem, don’t hesitate to contact our support. We’ll do our best to help.

Improve Navigation in Sheets using Bookmarks

Today’s tip is about a tiny feature that still can be of great help for a writer’s workflow: bookmarks. The idea of bookmarks is as simple as obvious: remember a certain text passage. In our case, a bookmark always refers to a paragraph. Bookmarking is really easy. Just double-click the number of the paragraph you want to remember:

Bookmark

You don’t see paragraph numbers in your sheets? Then you need to enable them first in the menu View › Show Paragraph Numbers.

A bookmark remains attached to its paragraph even if you add or remove text in front of it. You can move it to another paragraph or erase it by dragging it out of the window.

What’s more, bookmarks will also show up in the Navigator:

Navigator

Use the Navigator to get quickly to paragraphs you want to continue writing, revise or mark for any other reason. Just press CMD-8 to open it – you’ll find your bookmarks right there.

P.S. Bookmarks will only work in the sections iCloud and On My Mac, but not in Daedalus or External Sources.

Customize Your Sheet List

The sheet list – the middle pane in Ulysses’ interface – offers a handy preview of all sheets in a group or filter. This allows you to find sheets for editing, previewing or exporting. A typical item of your sheet list looks like this:

Sheet List: Overview

If you don’t need one of these features (e.g. if you don’t want to see your writing goals in your sheet list), you can customize the look of your sheet list using settings in the “View” menu:

The View Menu

Let’s have a look at each of the settings. The first important menu item is Sheet Preview. Here you can change three things about each item of the sheet list:

  • the number of text preview lines,
  • whether keywords shown be shown,
  • whether writing goals should be shown.

If you’re a minimalist, you might want to disable keywords as well as goals and set the number of preview lines to 1. In this way, you can see a lot more sheets at once in the list. On the other hand, if you want to see as much of a sheet’s text as possible, set the number of preview lines to 6.

Next up are sorting options. By default, sheets are not sorted automatically, but are arranged by hand. If you prefer to see sheets in their alphabetical order though, use the By Title option. You can also sort them by date, showing the most recent sheet at the top. The last option, Reverse Order, should be quite obvious ;)

If you’re sorting sheets by date, you probably also want to see the modification date, right? The last entry, Show Date, does just this.