Saving Lifetime: Quick Open

With Quick Open, you can search your entire text library within seconds, and instantly open a sheet for editing — you don’t need to navigate through your group hierarchies. Sounds like a small thing? Hey, if you only save 10 seconds per sheet thanks to Quick Open, and you’re looking for six sheets per day for the next 30 years, this sums up to 8 days in total! You could spend this time on vacation or use to write a short story, for example.

So, if you usually click or tap through groups and subgroups before you start writing, today may be the day to change your habit and embrace Quick Open!

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4 Ways to Use Ulysses’ Attachments to Organize Your Freelance Writing

Although I’ve spent most of my working life as an employee, from time to time I’ve taken freelance writing jobs. Since I work here, my favorite tool for these is… well, you guessed right. One reason for this is Ulysses’ attachments feature. So, while I believe attachments are helpful to almost any writer out there, I would like to share some special tips for freelance writers, taken from my own experience.

For starters, Ulysses attachments can be keywords, goals, notes as well as images and PDF files. They belong to a sheet, but not to the text on that sheet, i.e. they will not be included when you export. You can access attachments via the paperclip icon on the editor toolbar.

Attachments
Access attachments in Ulysses for Mac (left) and iOS (right)

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How to Open, Import, and Export Text Files on iPhone and iPad

Apple’s Files app, released with iOS 11, allows you to access and manage your files from different sources in one place. Dealing with files and documents is now easier and much more transparent than before. You can open text documents for editing in Ulysses and import Word documents into Ulysses. You can of course also export your texts from Ulysses, and store them in a folder of your choice. Here is all you need to know.

Preparations

Before you start, you may want to add your preferred sources to Files. Open Files on your iPhone or iPad, go to Locations, and tap Edit top right. To make your storage providers of choice accessible via Files, turn on the respective toggles.

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Ulysses 12: Small Refinements for More Productivity

In last week’s announcement post you already learned about the most important new features in Ulysses’ latest version. There are a few further refinements we would like to point you to. Even if they’re about small details, they may – depending on your workflow – improve your working with Ulysses every day.

Use Shortcuts to Move Paragraphs

During the process of editing, you may realize that rearranging the order of your text is necessary. So far, you needed to cut paragraphs and paste them to their new location. With the new version, you can use the following shortcuts to move a paragraph up or down in your text:

  • ⌃⌘↑ (control-command-up arrow)
  • ⌃⌘↓ (control-command-down arrow)

Note: It does not matter where in your paragraph the cursor is placed, these shortcuts will move the entire paragraph.

Even if you don’t mind reaching for the mouse — try it out, it is much more convenient than the traditional way.

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Smart, Smarter, Smartest: New Copy & Paste Options on Your iPhone/iPad

Let’s face the facts: Writers often need to use the Copy and Paste commands when working with texts. Be it for reusing text snippets, collecting research notes on the web, or transferring content from one application to another. With Ulysses’ latest release, we finally brought the beloved Smart Copy and Smart Paste features to its iOS version. They are especially helpful when working with different text formats, as basic formatting often gets messed up or lost when using the standard copy and paste functions.

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“Learn Ulysses” – A Video Course by The Sweet Setup

The Sweet Setup is a small yet classy website dedicated to apps, but with a twist. Among a number of good quality options, the authors aim to identify the best one: the best weather app, the best e-book reader, and so on. Ulysses had been honored as “The Best Pro Writing App for Mac (and iOS)” on The Sweet Setup, and Shawn Blanc, the site owner, uses Ulysses personally for all his writing and note taking. That’s why he wanted to help others learn Ulysses as well and discover everything it’s capable of doing.

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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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Customize Your iPad or iPhone Writing Environment

Details matter and details help. When implemented, these subtle pieces reflect immediately in the big picture, refining it. Adjusting details in Ulysses according to your likes and preferences allows you to create a writing environment fit for your creativity.

Below, you’ll find a 6-step-guide to customize your text editor on iPad or iPhone. If you want to know how to do this on Mac, visit this post on our knowledge base. Know that if you prefer leave Ulysses as it is, 👍 — it has been carefully designed for a clean and focused experience.

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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.

Protect Your Ulysses Text Library with Touch ID or a Password

Sometimes you might want to keep your work private from curious viewers: be it because it’s work in progress, or because it was meant for your eyes only from the beginning. Whatever the case, Ulysses’ new Touch ID and Password Lock helps you keep your texts exclusive.

Starting with version 2.8, Ulysses lets you protect your text library: once locked, a personal password or Touch ID (available only on supported devices) will be required to access the app. The idle time, after which Ulysses locks itself, can be determined individually.

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