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.

Read …

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.

Read …

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.

Read …

Be More Productive When Working on iPad or iPhone – Thanks to Automation

A Brief Introduction to Ulysses X-Callback-Support

Ulysses Ideas

Do you often find yourself doing the same things on your iPad or iPhone over and over again? Automation apps let you run such routines automatically, with the help of so-called x-callback-urls. Ulysses now also supports x-callback, allowing you to speed up your iOS workflows.

An x-callback-url triggers a particular action within an app and follows a certain app specific scheme. Here is a simple example for a Ulysses x-callback-url:

ulysses://x-callback-url/open-favorites

Read …

Academic Writing on the Mac: Papers and Ulysses

Just like Ulysses, Papers is a popular app with academic writers. Scholars from all over the world use this tool to find and organize their research material and create references in their own publications faster and easier. We have teamed up with the nice folks at Papers for the following tutorial on how you can combine the powers of Ulysses and Papers to improve your productivity.

papers_ulysses

Read …

Self-Publishing for Absolute Beginners

A Really Short Introduction to Ebook Creation and Distribution with Ulysses and iBooks

Cover Image

Have you ever thought about publishing your texts, but never put that thought into action? Well, you could probably tackle that job right now – it is easier than you think! Let me walk you through the process step by step.

Note: You can use either Ulysses for Mac or Ulysses for iPad to create your ebook. For publishing it with iBooks, however, you’ll need a Mac running OS X 10.9 or later. And – this should go without saying – you have to hold the copyright for the content you publish.

Read …

5 Easy Tweaks for Your DOCX or PDF Output

You are probably aware that Ulysses lets you export your writings to a host of standard formats with just a few clicks. Thereby, the so-called styles are used to define the look of the final document. Ulysses ships with a couple of pre-selected styles, and you can download many more on the Ulysses Style Exchange. If you own Ulysses for Mac, you can even adjust these styles according to your own taste and needs. Here is a selection of small tweaks with huge effects for instant use. They neither require a technical introduction nor previous knowledge on your part.

DOCX PDF Style Tweaks Read …

How to Customize Your Writing Environment in Ulysses for iPad

Are you a first-line-indenter? Would you choose an unpretentious font like Menlo, or something fancier? Do you prefer writing on a bright white background over light grey or midnight black? Neither one of these options will fit all writer’s preferences. That’s why Ulysses for iPad allows to customize your writing environment. You’ll find the following settings when tapping the gear icon in the upper right corner. Here is an overview.

Ulysses for iPad, fresh from the App Store
Fresh from the App Store: Ulysses for iPad. You can customize it to your liking.

Read …