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.

Macworld

“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

MacStories

“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

AppleWorldToday

“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

lifehacker

“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

AppAdvice

“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

MacRumors

“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

TNW

“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

tc-techcrunch

“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:

Applesfera

“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

jablickar.cz

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

MacWorld-Sweden

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

MacMagazine

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

igeneration

“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。”
SSPAI

iFanr
“让人惊叹的是,它们是三个app,但用起来却像是一个app。”
iFanr

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

Export Multiple Sheets at Once

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #8

This post is aimed at the long form writers out there, and, for the time being, the last in our series of Ulysses for iPhone tips.

If you have ever compiled a large text from smaller components with a traditional word processor, for example a Master’s thesis from its sections or a novel from its chapters, you know that this can be a tiresome undertaking. We’re happy to spare you this, because with Ulysses, there is no need to compile. During export, you can chose ad hoc which parts, that is sheets, belong to your output.

Tip #8: Export Multliple Sheets at Once

Go to the group with the sheets that you want to export. Now you can assemble your book manuscript, master thesis, white paper or other long form piece with just a few steps. First, tap “Select” top right. Second, tick the sheets in question. Third, chose “Export” at the bottom, and proceed according to the desired output format. During export, the content of the included sheets will be treated as if they were one. That way, you can prepare a DOCX or PDF manuscript or even an ebook in next to no time.

By the way: It doesn’t matter if the parts of your text scatter around various subgroups (part 1, 2, 3 of a novel comes to mind) – just go to the enclosing group to perform the Select action. And you can of course also export an entire group with all its sheets at once: In the library, swipe on the group to the left screen margin, tap “More”, then “Export”.

The release of Ulysses 2.5 brought us thousands of new users. This series of tips aims to inspire writers that are new to Ulysses for iPhone or Ulysses in general to explore what the app has to offer. Also, check out the previous posts:

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #1: Tweak Your Editor Text Size
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #2: Customize Text Statistics
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #3: Switch to Dark Mode
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #4: Import a Word Document
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #5: Attach Notes
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #6: Favor Your Most-Used Sheets
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #7: Share via Email

Share via Email

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #7

At some point you’ve finished and polished your piece of text, run it through one or more revision cycles, and you’re confident – the writing part is over. With its flexible export function, Ulysses has your back even after that. As an example, you can export a text as formatted PDF and send it directly via email. Here is how it works.

Tip #7: Share via Email

In the toolbar top right in your editor, there is a square with an upward pointing arrow – this is export. Tap it, and a preview of your output will open as an overlay. Now you can specify the export format – Text, HTML, ePub, PDF, DOCX and Medium are available – and, depending on what you chose, the export settings. For PDF, these are style and paper format. The style essentially defines what your output is going to look like. Select one, for example “Color Code”, which is a brand-new, colorful, voguish Ulysses 2.5 style. Tap “Done” and check your preview to see what is happening to your text. If it is not yet to your liking, you can of course also check out the other available styles.

If you’re happy with what you see, tap the three dots top right. From the available options, select “Send to” and then Mail. This will automatically open a new email with your standard account, with your PDF file attached and your first heading as subject line. There’s not much left to do: Add the recipient’s email address, type a personal note, and hit “Send”.

The release of Ulysses 2.5 brought us thousands of new users. This series of tips aims to inspire writers that are new to Ulysses for iPhone or Ulysses in general to explore what the app has to offer. Also, check out the previous posts:

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #1: Tweak Your Editor Text Size
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #2: Customize Text Statistics
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #3: Switch to Dark Mode
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #4: Import a Word Document
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #5: Attach Notes
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #6: Favor Your Most-Used Sheets

Favor Your Most-Used Sheets

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #6

Productive writers often maintain quite a few groups and subgroups in their library. The tech writer David Chartier, for example, has individual groups for each of his own projects and his clients. To keep track of his work in progress across all of his groups, he uses Favorites. That way, the Favorites group in the library can serve as a writing to-do list of sorts.

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To mark a sheet as favorite, go to the sheet list and swipe it to left. Then select “More”. “Add to Favorites” will be the first available option. You can also mark two or more sheets at once as favorites: Tap “Select” top right, tick the sheets in question, then tap “More…” bottom right.

All your favorites will appear in the group of that name in the library. To remove a sheet from that group – and therefore mark your writing task as done –, swipe it to left and tap “Unfav”.

The release of Ulysses 2.5 brought us thousands of new users. This series of tips aims to inspire writers that are new to Ulysses for iPhone or Ulysses in general to explore what the app has to offer. Also, check out the previous posts:

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #1: Tweak Your Editor Text Size
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #2: Customize Text Statistics
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #3: Switch to Dark Mode
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #4: Import a Word Document
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #5: Attach Notest

Attach Notes

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #5

Note attachments are suited for keeping anything that belongs to but not in a text, from sudden inspirations to web links to character descriptions – up to you. Consequentially, notes will not be included when you export your text – but they’ll of course sync to all devices on which you have Ulysses installed.

iPhone Tip: Attach Notes

You can attach a note to a sheet via the paperclip icon top right in the editor toolbar. Alternatively, swipe on the sheet to left. This will open the its attachment bar. Top right you can select what to attach. The notepad icon is for, you guessed it, notes – tap it and start typing. You can attach as many notes to a sheet as you want.

Once you’re here, you may want to explore the other available attachment types as well. These include keywords you can use to categorize your sheets, images or PDF files as well as writing goals, which you can use to track your progress towards a predefined word or character limit.

The release of Ulysses 2.5 brought us thousands of new users. This series of tips aims to inspire writers that are new to Ulysses for iPhone or Ulysses in general to explore what the app has to offer. Also, check out the previous posts:

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #1: Tweak Your Editor Text Size
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #2: Customize Text Statistics
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #3: Switch to Dark Mode
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #4: Import a Word Document

Import a Word Document

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #4

Are there any unfinished Microsoft Word writing projects in your drawer? This should not prevent you from using Ulysses in the future. You can import DOCX files quite easily into Ulysses’ text library. Important text elements like headings, emphasis, footnotes etc. will get transformed into Ulysses’ Markdown XL syntax. This is a new feature of Ulysses 2.5 and works on all devices, albeit the explanations below refer to Ulysses for iPhone.

Tip #4: Import a Word Document

From within the app, you can use “Import…” bottom right in the sheet list. You’ll then be able to select your DOCX file from the cloud. Switch between available storage services, e.g. iCloud Drive and Dropbox, by tapping „Locations“ top left.

The other option is to share a DOCX file via Airdrop, iMessages or Mail. When you tap and hold the file, you’ll get prompted with a list of apps available for opening it on your iPhone. Choose Ulysses, and the file will be imported as a Ulysses sheet into your library’s inbox.

The release of Ulysses 2.5 brought us thousands of new users. This series of tips aims to inspire writers that are new to Ulysses for iPhone or Ulysses in general to explore what the app has to offer. Also, check out the previous posts:

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #1: Tweak Your Editor Text Size
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #2: Customize Text Statistics
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #3: Switch to Dark Mode

Switch to Dark Mode

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #3

Especially in a dim environment, many people find working on a bright screen a little awkward. But with Ulyssses, the darkness is a friend of writers! The app offers a dedicated dark mode displaying your text in bright letters on a dark background.

Tip #3: Switch to Dark Mode

Switching dark mode on and off is easy. First, tap the gear icon in the editor toolbar to access settings. Then, move the “Dark Mode” slider to the right, and you’re done. Happy late night writing!

The release of Ulysses 2.5 brought us thousands of new users. This series of tips aims to inspire writers that are new to Ulysses for iPhone or Ulysses in general to explore what the app has to offer. Also, check out the previous posts:

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #1: Tweak Your Editor Text Size
Ulysses for iPhone Tip #2: Customize Text Statistics

Customize Text Statistics

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #2

Did you know that Ulysses offers comprehensive text statistics?

At the bottom left of the editor, right next to the loupe icon for search, you’ll see a counter. (In portrait mode it is only displayed as long as you’re not typing, i.e. the keyboard is not visible). The displayed number not only indicates the number of characters (including spaces) of your current sheet, but also lets you access more detailed statistics.

Tip 2 Customize Text Statistics

Just tap it to display the number of words, sentences, lines and pages a sheet contains, even its average reading time. (You may want to rotate your iPhone at this point, to switch into landscape mode and see all of them.) The mentioned counters are displayed per default, but there are more available, and you’re free to choose which of them to show. Just tap the gear on the right hand side, and you’ll be able to manage your counters. When you scroll down, you can also see – and change, if necessary – the underlying norm page settings.

One final tip: If the most important measure for you is not the number of characters, but something else, say, the estimated time for reading a text aloud, you can also select it as your main counter.

The release of Ulysses 2.5 brought us thousands of new users. This series of tips aims to inspire writers that are new to Ulysses for iPhone or Ulysses in general to explore what the app has to offer. Also, check out the first post:

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #1: Tweak Your Editor Text Size

Tweak Your Editor Text Size

Ulysses for iPhone Tip #1

The release of Ulysses 2.5 last week brought us thousands of new Ulysses users. Welcome aboard, we’re very happy to have you here! We have decided to run a daily series of little tips for writers that are new to Ulysses for iPhone or even to Ulysses in general. Should you be a pro user and yet familiar with some of these features, please don’t mind – we’ll be back exploring less known territories soon.

Tip #1: Tweak Your Editor Text Size

Let’s start with some layout customization. Do you think the font size Ulysses uses for writing is too small? Then change it! With Ulysses 2.5 it is simpler to do than ever before, also on iPad. You can edit your settings via the gear icon in the editor toolbar. In the settings overlay, choose “Layout”. Now you can tweak the editor text zoom to your liking. Here you can also change the measures for line height, paragraph spacing and first line indent.

Whoomp! There It Is…

Say hello to Ulysses 2.5! This is our biggest release yet, spanning every current device and system, from iPhone 5 to iPad Pro to MacBook Air and the big guys, adding device- and system specific features such as 3D Touch and iOS 9 Multitasking.

Whatever I’d be telling you now – about our excitement, our happiness, our pride: It would be a shameless understatement. So I’ll just leave it at a simple fact: We just can’t wait for you to get your hands on it!

Of course, the iPhone version will take the spotlight during the coming days, and I want to thank our entire team for managing this crazy task with such confidence and… yes, ease. When we set out to port Ulysses from Mac to iPad and bring it over fully-intact, it already seemed like an impossible feat. Moving the whole app over to iPhone, though? Seriously, if you had told me three years ago that we’d one day put a near feature-complete version into the palm of your hands, I would’ve died laughing. And I’m the naive dude in this company.

I would also like to thank our beta testers for being such a thorough bunch, and for providing invaluable feedback as well as cheering and otherwise encouraging support. You know who you are! Thank you!!!

Ulysses 2.5 is a free update for existing users, so everybody who already got the iPad version will have a nice present when they check the App Store on their iPhones. And if you’re new to Ulysses, you can still grab it at its current price, before we’ll raise it a bit in the coming weeks.

Now please quit reading and get this thing, explore, have fun, take care, go write your fingers bloody…