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Ulysses III

By The Soulmen GbR

Editors' Choice

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“Welcome to the future of writing.” – Cult of Mac
“It’s the one app modern writers need.” – MacAppStorm
“An impressive text-editing powerhouse” – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

*Best of Mac App Store 2013*

Ulysses III is the premier text editor for writers, meeting even the highest standards in both design and editing comfort. Its clean, modern interface lets you focus on your work, without making any functional compromises whatsoever.

The revolutionary editor, heart and soul of the application, offers the full suite of text editing options: Headlines, markers, lists and quotations, even images, annotations and footnotes are no more than a keystroke away. Even bloggers will rejoice: Code blocks and comments, links and videos are natively embedded – no need to insert or wade through clumsy HTML.

All texts are stored in Ulysses’ library. They are automatically saved, easily found, and readily accessible. Even large projects are handled with ease, and thanks to a fully-realized iCloud integration, you can access all your texts from all connected Macs at all times.

Ulysses’ export function is similarly vast and flexible: With just a few clicks, you can turn your plain text writings into beautiful PDF documents, web pages and ebooks.

Whether you’re writing for your own enjoyment or for the world to see, whether you’re editing a blog or the Great American Novel – Ulysses III is the perfect fit for authors of all kinds.

You’ll love it.

### FEATURES ###

Focus & Concentration
- Markup-based text editor
- Light and dark full screen modes
- Typewriter Scrolling
- Clean, distraction free interface

Write & Edit
- Simple markup for headlines, lists, comments, quotes, important passages and more
- Easy insertion of links, annotations and footnotes
- Drag’n’drop placement of images and videos with live preview
- Option to attach keywords, notes and images
- Smart Copy & Paste
- Search & Replace
- Spell check, grammar check, auto correction & dictionary
- Dictation & Speech support
- Writing goals (characters, words, pages etc.)
- Comprehensive text statistics

File & Organize
- A single library for all texts
- Sorting by date, characters or manually
- Groups, intelligent filters, favorites
- Full iCloud synchronization
- Automatic versioning and version control
- Import and editing of text files from external sources
- Integration of Daedalus Touch for iOS
- Global search

Export & Processing
- Export as PDF, Word, RTF, TXT, Markdown, HTML and ePub
- Live preview, send as email
- Pre-selected styles for export
- Edit and create styles via CSS, share via Ulysses Style Exchange
- Share files via Dropbox

User Interface & Navigation
- Simple, three-paned layout (library, sheet list, editor)
- Option to hide library and sheet list
- Functional markup bar (aka cheat sheet)
- Full keyboard navigation
- Easy text navigation via structure and bookmarks
- Various writing modes: light, dark, paged
- Hand picked color palettes, easy customization

and so much more…

### SUPPORT ###

Please visit for more information. You can also reach our team via or on Twitter @ulyssesapp – we’re happily awaiting your feedback!

What's New in Version 1.2.2

Ulysses 1.2.2 – The Yellowstone Update

- Fixes all known issues with and crashes on Youknowwhat

Quick Export:
- Icons now have tool tips
- Won’t stretch images to full width in built-in HTML styles

External Sources:
- Ignores .rtf, .html and hidden files
- Remembers setting for Markdown link style

- Sheet table search: "Quoted search expressions" now match complete words only
- Now ignores "" elements when importing HTML
- Fixes an issue where sheets would not get auto-saved after a split
- Fixes several minor crashes and UI issues


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Customer Reviews

The Search is Over

I was looking at every word processing program I could find, trying to find something that would convert easily between my iPad and my iMac, and it was becoming a bit of an obsession. I’ve been using programs that I know are very good programs, but I didn’t know how to use all the features, so I wasn’t getting all I could out of them, and there was still the conversion issue.

Using Ulysses III with Daedalus for the iOS is exactly what I was looking for. There have been some rough spots while beta testing Yosemite, but The Soulmen are on it. I haven’t used it yet since this last update, but I am so impressed at how quickly they’ve come out with an update for an OS that isn’t even officially out yet—I think that’s awesome; I wrote them at one point and received a reply very quickly about some issues I was having. So, not only is it simple to use, just customizable enough to make someone happy, and no conversion/transfers are necessary between my iPad and my iMac, they have great customer service.

I am incredibly pleased with Ulysses III. It’s simple, straightforward to use, documents are easily transferred between Ulysses and Daedalus with syncing, and it’s exactly what I needed. Thank you!

Proprietary file format is a complete deal-breaker

There’s so much to like here. The interface is beautiful, the library is genius, and the export workflow is an absolute pleasure to use. But…

Ulysses keeps all your writing in a proprietary file format that cannot be accessed directly. This goes directly against the design philosophy of Markdown, and it should scare off anyone who writes professionally. Not only does this decision make your writing inaccessible to other tools (incluidng, for example, text editors for mobile devices, bibliography software, or publishing platforms like LaTeX), but more importantly it leaves you completely vulnerable to any bugs or questionable design decisions that The Soulmen might introduce in the future. There’s not even a good way to back everything up. It’s a devastating mistake.

There is an option to keep your library stored in a local directory instead of in iCloud, but if you do that nearly all of the program’s interesting features stop working. I contacted the company about all this, and they said they couldn’t figure out how to make everything work without a special container document that scatters your writing over several different files. That’s unfortunate, since other programs that work with markdown figured out how to it. They’re not as nice to use, but at least I know my writing’s safe.

Great writing app, wish I could access files when on the go

First off, if I had access to a Mac with Ulysses III on it at all times, this I’d give this app 6 out of 5 stars. However, currently files are stuck in Ulysses III and if I’m on the go I can’t access them. If they upgrade this to work with iCloud Drive so third party apps can access the files or whenever Ulysses Mobile is released this issue will go away, but for now it’s a bit issue I have to deal with. (Yes, I have Daedelus Touch. If you share files between the two you’ll lose a lot of great features available to Ulysses III.)

Other than that, Ulysses III is perfect for me. It’s so simple to use and the way it handles files is perfect for my workflow. If you’ve ever used Scrivener, file organization is pretty similar, except the UI is much less cluttered and allows you to just focus on what’s important: writing.

Ulysses III
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  • $44.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2014
  • Version: 1.2.2
  • Size: 17.8 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
  • Seller: The Soulmen GbR

Compatibility: OS X 10.7.3 or later, 64-bit processor

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