The Awesome Round-Up – Ulysses 2.5 in the Press

Ulysses 2.5 has been our greatest release so far, a really big thing for all of us. And even if we have never ever felt so confident with what we did, we were still incredibly excited about feedback. Would others feel the same way about this release?

Well, the response was awesome to say the least. Thanks for your enthusiastic emails, tweets, comments and App Store reviews – reading them is heart-warming and keeps us going.

News items and reviews were literally too many to count, published in more languages than Ulysses is localized in, even Czech, Swedish and Brazilian Portuguese. But even more important than the sheer mass: Most reviewers found little to criticize – and a lot to praise. Here is a small selection of some of the greatest Ulysses 2.5 reviews and news.


“Everything that makes Ulysses great on the Mac is concentrated in the exquisite iPhone version, so much so that you might actually prefer writing on a five-inch screen.”
Michael Simon on Macworld


“If you haven't pieced it together yet, I'm a very big fan of Ulysses. The combination of post-Finder organization, rich text editing, and flexible export options means I can start nearly all of my professional and personal writing in Ulysses, yet send it along to its final destination, no matter where that may be.”
David Chartier on MacStories


“I have been using Ulysses as my writing tool of choice for several years, and with the release today of Ulysses 2.5, the best writing tool just got better.”
Steven Sande on AppleWorld.Today


“If you haven’t used it before, Ulysses is something like a plain text editor, supercharged.”
Thorin Klosowski on lifehacker

“You’re wasting your time writing in any app which isn’t Ulysses.” Ben Brooks on The Brooks Review


“Ulysses Mobile is an excellent writing tool for any writer, and having it available on all of your devices makes it a winner.”
Christine Chan on AppAdvice


“Ulysses saw its first universal app for iOS hit the App Store today, bringing the popular distraction-free Mac writing software to the iPhone for the first time.”
Tim Hardwick on MacRumors


“Its suite of organizational tools make writing on the go – whether it’s an essay or a one liner – seamless.”
Amanda Connolly on The Next Web


“It works quite well for anything between a blog post and a novel. And Ulysses is also the kind of apps we need on iOS.”
Romain Dillet on TechCrunch

“Ulysses makes me want to write. That’s probably the best thing I can say about a text editor these days.”
Federico Viticci on Club MacStories

And here is a selection of international feedback:


“Ulysses, para quien no la conozca aún, es una aplicación pensada para escritores. Pero no sólo para los que tienen intención de escribir su primera novela, es completamente válida para cualquier tipo de escritor.”
Pedro Santamaría on Applesfera

“Pokud fungujete zejména na iPhonu a/nebo iPadu a psaní je vaším denním chlebem, Ulysses je jasná volba.”
Ondřej Holzman on Jablíčkář.cz


Som vi ser det är Ulysses Mobile det allra bästa textredigeringsverktyget för Ipad och Iphone i dagsläget. […] Faktum är att vi har mycket svårt att komma på något som vi saknar.
Mikael Markander on MacWorld Sverige


O aplicativo Ulysses serve tanto para textos simples quanto para publicações bem elaboradas. […] acredito que o investimento vale muito a pena se você trabalha com textos e precisa produzir muito em pouco tempo.
Priscila Klopper on MacMagazine


“Pas seulement un éditeur de texte, mais aussi un gestionnaire de documents suffisamment complet pour écrire un roman ou préparer une thèse en l’utilisant.”
Nicolas Furno on igeneration

SSPAI“Ulysses for iOS 的这次大更新,可谓是打通了 Ulysses 的任督二脉,写作者的 写作体验在 iPhone、iPad、Mac 三者间从此不再割裂,文档的无缝同步,编辑界 面、Markdown 符号与导出模版均保持一致。”


Se la recomendaré a todo aquél cuya afición sea la escritura. A mi me ha ayudado mucho a expandir mi tiempo de escritura.”
Pablo Asekas on MacSfera

The Best Users of 2015

If you have been using and liking (or even loving) Ulysses for some time, it may be no surprise for you that others do the same. But since we’re so pleased of Ulysses being part of these app top lists (in addition to the list of the lists), we’ll share our joy anyway:

SSPAI – Best Apps of 2015


“在 Markdown 写作软件井喷式发展的当今,Ulysses 集合了目前市面上大多数 Markdown 编辑器的优点,以其优雅多变的写作界面,层次灵活的文档库,高度自定的输出排版,卓绝群伦。”

“There are many Markdown editor apps nowadays, but Ulysses has many advantages that other writing apps don’t have. With an elegant interface, a well-organized library and highly-customizable typesetting, Ulysses is the best choice on Mac.”

hipertextual: Las mejores aplicaciones des 2015


“Un procesador de textos sobrio y extremadamente vitaminado que se ha ganado el reconocimiento de la App Store en este 2015. Ha dado en el clavo: mantiene la misma experiencia tanto para iPad como para OS X, algo que no pueden decir muchas aplicaciones similares.”

“Simple and extremely powerful text processor that has gained recognition of the App Store in 2015. Nails it with keeping the same experience for iPad and OS X – there aren’t many similar apps to claim that.”

Beautiful Pixels: The Highlight 2015 – Editor’s Choice


“Ulysses by The Soulmen is the definitive writing app on iPad. It impressed us at launch and over the year […]” “The Ulysses suite of apps has been the highlight of the year for us when it comes to apps.”

Because we’re humans, we enjoy praise a lot, no matter if it comes in form of a top list, a tweet or a raving review. We’re basically fueled by praise, thank you so much! And here’s one for you, too: You’re the best users of 2015! You’re fun to develop for and fun to communicate with, you’re even patient and friendly during support – congratulations!

Teammates Wanted!

A couple of weeks ago we’ve moved to a brand new office here in Leipzig. And you know what? There are some desks still to be taken!

Leipzig Office

The last months were amazing for us as a company, with a couple of great releases and bringing Ulysses – finally! – to iPad. (We’ve also received a great amount of wonderful, very motivating feedback – thanks again.)

But we’ve still got so many plans for Ulysses! That’s why, as an exception, this blogpost is not mainly directed to writers, but to developers and designers, who are keen to help us make Ulysses an even better writing app. So, do you happen to be either one and live in Leipzig or Hamburg (or can imagine to do so)? Are you up to becoming part of The Soulmen’s friendly, funny, mixed-age, mixed-gender, multi-national team? If your answers are both times yes, you should check out our job offers:

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Rich Text Beauty Queen

A couple of weeks ago we asked you to join our small competition and share a Rich Text style on the Ulysses Style exchange. Thanks for your good-looking submissions — it was a tough choice! We proudly present the hottest new styles, crowned by The Soulmen jury.

The Winner Is… Fake Fountain

No nifty makeup, but fake Fountain markup is what makes the winner style so charming, according to the jury. Working in the glamorous film industry, Fake Fountain acts as a mimic of standard screenplays and scripts. To enjoy its benefits, authors will have to adapt Ulysses’ markup flavor to screenwriting needs. In her blog, creator Jennifer Mack describes in detail how to do it. We’ve tried it, and we think the result is quiet impressive. Bravo!

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Share a Style and Win Ulysses for iPad

Whenever you want to dress up your Ulysses writings for their readers, you rely on styles. On the Style Exchange you can find a wide choice of user-created styles for various purposes and tastes… And still, we’re suspecting that there is considerable untapped style potential out there.

Share a style – and have the chance to welcome a new guest to your dock
Share a style – and have the chance to welcome a new guest to your dock

So, if you ever played with the idea to create your own style, you should probably begin today. If you already have a customized style up your sleeve, now is a good time to share it with the world. We would love if you did – and that’s why we’re running a small competition and raffle three licenses for Ulysses for iPad. Here is how it works:

  1. Build your own style for Rich Text, i.e. for PDF or RTF export.
  2. Upload it until April 30 to the Ulysses Style Exchange.
  3. Tweet us the link to your style, or post it on Facebook. Include some words about it: What is special? What is it meant for? Who will enjoy it?
  4. A jury – not exactly independent, but at least interdisciplinary, with team members from development, support and communication – will then nominate the three most stylish, uhm, styles. Their creators will each receive one free license for Ulysses for iPad.

Are you up to tinkering with a style but feel like an absolute beginner? Read this post to get started. For details, consult the complete Ulysses Style Sheet Reference. Please note: For the time being, creating styles is only possible with Ulysses for Mac. If you don’t own it, you can make use of our free demo.

Have fun tinkering! We can hardly wait to see the results.

Push the Button

Earlier today, at around 7:00 AM Central European Time, Max logged into iTunes Connect and decided it was time to finally release Ulysses 2.0. He had a sip from his WWDC-themed coffee mug, blinked a few times, took a deep breath and hit that on-screen button, which would push the app onto the various App Stores across the world.

Max then closed the lid of his MacBook Pro, kissed his wife good-bye for the day and went to see his kids to Kindergarten. But not before he shared a small screenshot with the rest of the team, accompanied by his favorite four letter word: “BOOM!”

So as you read this, Ulysses should already be available for download – on both Mac and iPad. iTunes usually needs a while, before its multi-trillion-apps database updates its gazillion-trillion-entries search index, but it’s there, we’ve seen it, people are already getting it, writing rave reviews in it, and generally having a great time with it. At least we hope they do. Heck, yes, they do!

And while reviews are starting to trip in, and our Twitter stream is picking up pace (and our devices have all been silenced in the process), I’ll take the opportunity to thank a couple of people, whithout whom this thing would never have come around.

First off, naturally, our team, the whole team, and nothing but the team. So here’s to Lina, Frank and Lucas, who kept their cool during the last twelve months of support and beta requests. To Friedrich and Götz, who coded the hard parts, from sync to iPad UI and almost everything in-between. To Rebekka, who kept posting and newslettering and pushing us to consider and approve every word and release note, even when we didn’t want to read or write or know no more. And of course to Max, who held it together when I could not.

I’d also like to thank Jono Hunt for his six month calm, during which we created, tweaked, remodelled, tweaked, reshaped and further tweaked the new app icon. We believe it’s a damn fine icon, and I’ll do a post-mortem soon, where I’ll go through the whole process (and how long this has been coming).

Last not least here’s to our friends and families for all your ongoing support!

I’m awfully proud of what we have accomplished here. Some of this stuff is crazy shit, seriously. Stuff you won’t notice, because it took us months to get right, so you wouldn’t notice. And though this was hard work, folks, all you should probably care about is: Does it work?

I hope it does work. Work for you. Work for us.

So now this one’s finished and out in the wild, it’s time to start the next one. The small one. The one that completes the lineup. Yep, that one. After the break.

Happy writing, everybody!

Helping to Make Clean Up Fun

Can cleaning up actually be fun? That’s what little children may ask themselves in the face of a messy playroom. The same applies to writers who may think of a growing text library. Especially on iPad. For the latter the answer clearly is: Yes, it can! Because it is so simple.

To sort texts in your Ulysses library on iPad, you just have to switch focus on the sheet list. Then tap Edit, and you’ll be able to rearrange your sheets with your fingertip.

Sort Sheets

If you want to move a couple of sheets from one group to another, you’ll only need a couple more taps. Select these sheets, then tap Move. This will show the sidebar, where you can choose a new parent group for your sheets.

Move Sheets

Sorting groups is just as straightforward: switch focus to the sidebar and tap Edit there.

So, organizing can be quite simple and even be fun. We’ll bet children of all ages would agree, if they could just put a toy into the rack with a fingertip…

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.

Attention: Upgrading to iCloud Drive in iOS 8 Will Prevent Syncing

Update: If you upgraded to OS X 10.10 Yosemite and are having problems with iCloud Drive, please read our recent post “Problems With iCloud Drive? Here Is What You Can Do”.

Ulysses users relying on iCloud sync of various machines or with the iOS app Daedalus Touch: Please do not upgrade to iCloud Drive on your iPhone or iPad. In case you upgrade to iCloud Drive after installing iOS 8, you will no longer be able to sync your texts stored in Ulysses running on OS X Mavericks! iCloud Drive is a new storage system that syncs with the yet to be released OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system only.

In order to prevent syncing problems, please make sure to select “Not now”, when asked if you want to upgrade to iCloud Drive during the iOS 8 installation process.
iCloud Drive

There is no workaround and no way to undo this change: Once you upgraded to iCloud Drive on any of your mobile devices, syncing will only work with devices that run iOS 8 or OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Please also note that this applies to all apps relying on iCloud syncing. For more details, please refer to this article by Realmac’s Nik Fletcher.

PS: This post was updated on September 24, 2014 to take into account that not only users of the iOS app Daedalus Touch but all Ulysses users relying on iCloud sync are affected by this problem.

Introducing TextBundle

Plus give-away: Get a free license for the Markdown previewing app Marked 2!

When working with different Markdown applications, sometimes things can get a little awkward. For a better future we collaborated with Brett Terpstra, maker of Marked, to develop TextBundle. This new file format facilitates the exchange of Markdown text files between sandboxed apps.

Sandboxing is required for all apps available on the Mac and the iOS App Store, i.e. they’re only permitted to access files users explicitly provide. This procedure aims to grant a high level of data security, but can cause inconveniences. An example: Markdown files may contain references to external images. When sending such a file from a Markdown editor to a previewer, users will have to explicitly permit access to every single image file.

TextBundle is a new data exchange format for sandboxed Markdown applications. It bundles the Markdown text and all referenced image into a single file. Currently, TextBundle is supported by the latest versions of Ulysses (1.2.2) and Marked (2.3.4). But we think, users of any Markdown application would benefit from a comprehensive portability – that’s why we hope other developers will follow and make their apps support TextBundle! The specifications and all the details can be found on the dedicated page

Win a License for Marked

Marked Logo

Give TextBundle a whirl – with Ulysses and Marked! Marked is a previewer for Markdown files, offering great features for previewing, reviewing and exporting beautiful documents, developed by Brett Terpstra. We’re giving away 10 free licenses of Marked 2 – just fill out our form. The winners will be selected on Monday, September 1st at 12pm CEST.

And the winners of our raffle are:

  • Adithya Sudarsan
  • Mac Simonson
  • Ben Whiting
  • Antonio Storino
  • Yoshihiko Ikegami
  • Tom Mueller
  • Jim Schwartz
  • Keith Bage
  • Pyoungwon Park
  • Andrea Di Marco