Get to Work Even Faster With 3D Touch Quick Actions

Are you an efficiency enthusiast, eager to streamline your workflows? And do you own an iPhone 6s or newer? If your answer to both questions is yes, you should definitely check out 3D Touch (if you haven’t already).

3D Touch is, according to iMore, “multitouch made multidimensional”: By increasing the pressure when tapping the display of your iPhone, you gain access to actions that usually require several intermediate steps. Many of Apple’s system apps support 3D Touch, and if you want to learn more about their abilities, iMore’s detailed guide is a great resource. Ulysses also supports 3D Touch, and in this post we would like to introduce you to the possibilities it offers.

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How Many Words Does My Novel Have? — Group Statistics on Ulysses for iPad and iPhone

The average reader would need around 2 days (with 8 hours for sleeping) to read everything I have ever written at work since I got here. How do I know? Would you like to know how many words you have published on your blog so far, or how many pages your novel has? In all of these cases, Ulysses’ group statistics can help. Since version 2.8 they’re available on iPad and iPhone as well.

Checking a group’s statistics is super easy: Go to the library, swipe left on the group in question, and select “Detail”. In the “Progress” section, you can check the combined word count of all sheets that live in this group and its subgroups. Now, tap this number to see all available statistics: from sheets to characters to words, sentences and pages to reading time.

If you need the combined statistics of a selection of sheets, you can check them, too: Switch to the sheet table, tap “Select” and mark the sheets in question. Your word count will be displayed at the top of the sheet list — again, tap it for detailed statistics.

Extra tip: If you rather want a different counter than the default word count, just tap it. It will then be displayed in the progress section and at the top of the sheet table.

For more information on how to take advantage of statistics for single sheets, or when working on the Mac, check out this knowledge base article.

Create Beautiful Presentations — With Ulysses and Deckset

At work with Ulysses I rarely hold presentations – we’re a small team, so it’s mostly easy to stay up-to-date with everyone’s projects without extensive meetings. For the rare occasions I need to prepare presentations, I happily rely on Deckset. I simply take down some bullet points in Ulysses and turn them into pretty slides with Deckset in a breeze. Deckset does the layout work for me, and I don’t have to fiddle around with Keynote or PowerPoint. It’s super fast and easy, especially if you’re familiar with Markdown (which you are, since you’re a Ulysses user).

Deckset turns Markdown files into presentations and works great with your favorite text editor – that is, of course, Ulysses! In the following tutorial, you’ll learn all you need to know to make both apps play together nicely. If you want, you can download Deckset’s trial version and a sample presentation for your first attempts.

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Vegan Blogger Patrick Bolk: “I Try to Help Make This World a Better Place”

He turned his passion into a career: The German blogger and book author Patrick Bolk successfully publishes about the vegan way of life. Read in our interview what led up to it — and have the chance to win a copy of Patrick’s book “Vegan im Job” (“Vegan at Work”).

Patrick Bolk
Patrick Bolk
Please tell us something about you and what you are working on. 

My name is Patrick Bolk, I’m 43 years old, live in Berlin and Mallorca, and I do a lot of different things. Currently I am working on a new vegan cookbook and on a ghostwriting project. I also constantly write articles for blogs. 

What is the share of writing in your working life?

I write all the time. In every project I work on, writing is my no. 1 task. Of course there are also some other things to do: research for books, taking and editing photos, or building a website. But in the end, writing is my main thing. 

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Vote for Your Favorite Group Icon

Are you familiar with Ulysses group icons? You can assign an individual icon to each of the groups in your library; Ulysses lets you choose from around 200 different icons in total. (Read our short tutorial to learn how to use them.)

The motives of the icons are diverse, but seemingly not diverse enough: Every now and then there are users who can’t find what they need to represent their writing properly. We would like to change that! Which icons would you like to see added to Ulysses in the next release? Possibly a big bad wolf (“Little Red Riding Hood”), a skull (“Hamlet”) or bow and arrow (“Robin Hood”)?

The best ideas and the most-wished icons will make it into version 2.8. Just send your proposals by March 10 to support@ulyssesapp.com, subject “Group icon wish”, or comment on the respective Facebook post or tweet.

Ulysses Moments 2016

2016

Albeit 2016 was not exactly everybody’s darling of years, it has been a very special and successful year for Ulysses and for us — maybe even the most exciting year in our company’s history. That’s why we would like to pause for a moment, look back at the most important things that happened, and share them with you.

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Contemporary Romance Author Lauren Layne: “Living in Manhattan Has Had a Huge Impact on My Writing Career”

Women in high heels, men in suits, sipping fancy cocktails — that’s the world of the protagonists of Lauren Layne’s “big city” romances. And it is also Lauren Layne’s world, since she’s left Seattle and her former job for pursuing a writing career in New York City. Albeit “real life” experience helps, it takes mostly hard work and perseverance to succeed in her business, as the author explains in our interview.

Lauren Layne
Lauren Layne

Please tell us something about you and what you are working on.

I’m a contemporary romance author — I tend to describe myself as writing “romantic comedies,” because my style of writing is more akin to a modern day rom-com you’d see in the theaters than it is an old-school Harlequin novel. Currently I’m working on the next book in my Stiletto & Oxford series, which is a bit like Sex & the City meets FRIENDS. It’s titled I Knew You Were Trouble, and will be available in June 2017.

In your previous life you have been working as a web marketing manager. How did you come up with the idea to become a writer?

Well, let’s just say I was one of those precocious bookworm kids who, whenever asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, proclaimed an author! Eventually, “real life,” or what I thought was real life kicked in, and I took a “real job,” first as a receptionist, then as a web marketing/e-commerce manager in my mid-twenties. I enjoyed it. I daresay I was even good at it. But I had this nagging feeling that there was more to life than dreading Monday mornings. I did a lot of soul-searching, asking myself, “If money were no object, what would you spend every day doing?” Writing was the answer every single time. And since money was a factor, I thought, “Well, I guess I better figure out how to make a living out of this!”

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30 Tips for Beating Writer’s Block, and a Final Giveaway

Ulysses is a sponsor of NaNoWriMo 2016, and we’re inviting all participants to write their novels with Ulysses (for free). Our offer also includes an introductory video, a free email course to get the most of Ulysses, and app giveaways during the NaNoWriMo season.

Last week we asked you to share your best tip for dealing with writer’s block in a Facebook comment — the results were amazing. Thanks to anyone who participated! The tips are so manifold that they should help any writer to lift their blockade. So, this may come a little late for this year’s NaNoWriMo, but you’re invited to keep our compilation for upcoming writing challenges.

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