Outline Your Ulysses Novel With Aeon Timeline

Aeon Timeline helps authors oversee the events in their novels by visualizing them in a timeline. With its latest release, the app even syncs with Ulysses.

In this post, we’re recommending a tool for authors who strive to write thick books with complex stories – family sagas, murder mysteries, fantasy novels… If there’s a lot going on in a story, and, additionally, the events – directly or indirectly – depend on each other, writers face the challenge to keep an overview and to avoid plot inconsistencies. Aeon Timeline can help here. The app visualizes the succession of events in a timeline and makes chronological outlining a breeze.

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Time to Say Goodbye, Daedalus

Starting September 28, 2017, Dropbox sync in the text editor Daedalus Touch will cease from working, for the ultimative changeover to Dropbox’ API v2. As a consequence, we decided to discontinue Daedalus Touch. This post explains our reasons, and what Daedalus users should do now.

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Impressions of WWDC, the Developers’ Family Get-Together

Ulysses co-founder Max Seelemann has been a developer for Apple platforms for his entire professional life – and a participant of Apple’s World Wide Developers conference for almost as long. Here he explains why WWDC is worth a developer’s while, and shares his thoughts about Apple’s announcements and this year’s Design Award winners.

Marcus, Friedrich and Max at WWDC
Marcus, Friedrich and Max at WWDC

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Great for Brainstorming: Introducing MindNode

MindNode, made by our friends IdeasOnCanvas, is a beautiful mind mapping app for Mac, iPad and iPhone. What’s more, MindNode integrates nicely with Ulysses: You can easily turn a mind map into a written outline, or – vice versa – turn your notes into a beautiful map. So, if you’re a writer looking for new ways to boost your creativity and sort your thoughts, make sure to check it out.

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Conductor and Writer Lev Parikian: “Crowdfunding Is Hard Work”

Lev Parikian
Lev Parikian
Lev Parikian earns his living as a conductor, but is also a dedicated writer. In our interview he reports what it is like to juggle between two professions, and talks about the pros and cons of crowdfunded publishing.

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

I divide my time between conducting and writing. The conducting keeps me busy enough, working mostly with amateur orchestras in and around the London area, but I’ve increasingly made sure I find time for writing. My most recent project is Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear?, a tale of woeful ornithology, which will be published by Unbound in 2018.

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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.