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“The app is amazing. An absolute delight to use. Well done.” – David Hewson, Bestselling Author

++ Best of App Store 2015 ++ Best of App Store 2013 ++

Ulysses for Mac is your one-stop writing environment on OS X. Whether you’re a novelist, a journalist, a student or a blogger – if you love to write and write a lot, Ulysses gives you a uniquely streamlined toolset, covering every phase of the writing process:

- A powerful, yet simple text editor.
- A familiar, no-nonsense text library.
- A version for iPad and iPhone with near feature parity.
- A comprehensive and truly flexible multi-format export.

Of course, the heart and soul of a writing app is its editor. And Ulysses is said to have the best text editor in the world. It offers everything you need – from markup to images and footnotes, from links to comments and code –, and it still manages to stay completely out of the way. It’s a beautiful and focused experience, which turns the every-day chore of writing into *actual fun*.

But since Ulysses takes writing seriously, it does not stop at the editor. Its unified library offers unprecedented access to everything you’ll ever write, be it snippets and ideas, be it blog posts or manuscripts. Every text is at your fingertips, and Ulysses perfectly scales from scratchpad to diary to Great American Novels – and to everything in-between.

Best of all, Ulysses offers fully-fledged, no-holds-barred, all-out iCloud sync. Ulysses is available for all your devices, be it Mac, iPad or iPhone, and every connected device has access to everything and anything you’ll ever write. Synchronization is simple, seamless and neither requires third-party apps, nor any kind of interaction. If you got iCloud, you got sync.

And once you’re finished, export is only a click away. Ulysses can transform your text into beautiful PDFs, web pages, ebooks and Word documents. You can copy as HTML, save to the cloud as Markdown, and even publish a draft to your Medium account. Export is as easy as selecting a format, selecting a style, and selecting a destination. Yes, 1-2-3.


“It’s hard to imagine a better experience on any platform.” – Macworld
“Welcome to the future of writing.” – Cult of Mac
“An excellent value for anyone who wants to become a better, more efficient writer.” – The Sweet Setup

### FEATURES ###

Focus & Productivity
- Designed for OS X 10.11 El Capitan
- Clean, distraction free interface
- Markup-based text editor
- Typewriter Scrolling
- Light and dark fullscreen modes, minimal mode
- Hand picked color palettes, easy customization
- Split View support
- Writing Goals (characters, words, pages etc.)
- Comprehensive text statistics
- Full keyboard navigation

Write & Edit
- Simple markup for headlines, lists, comments, quotes, important passages and more
- Easy insertion of links, annotations and footnotes
- Functional markup bar (aka cheat sheet)
- Drag’n’drop placement of images with live preview
- Option to attach keywords, notes and images
- Smart Copy & Paste
- Search & Replace
- Glueing, Split & Merge
- Spell check, grammar check, auto correction & dictionary
- Dictation & Speech support
- Smart Lists

File & Organize
- A single library for all texts
- Groups, intelligent filters, favorites, bookmarks
- Sorting by date, by title or manually
- Automatic versioning and version control
- Automatic, scheduled backup of you text library
- Import of DOCX, Markdown and text files
- Editing of text files from external folders
- Global search, Spotlight integration

Export & Processing
- Export as PDF, DOCX, TXT, Markdown, HTML and ePub
- Publish Story Drafts to Medium
- Share styles via Ulysses Style Exchange

OS X & iOS
- Available for Mac, iPad and iPhone
- Full iCloud synchronization

and so much more…

### SUPPORT ###

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

What's New in Version 2.5.2

This release further polishes our most polished release and fixes a couple of old and new crashes in the progress. And from now on, we'll never claim a superlative again. Never ever…

For example, working with multiple windows no longer kills the app. Multiple windows, duh.

Also: No sudden termination when closing an inline `code` tag under specific circumstances. Inline code, come on!

Oh, and double-favoriting a sheet no longer makes Ulysses go down as well. Why would you favorite a sheet twice to begin with? Anyway, enjoy!

As always, feel free to leave a review or a rating – it helps a lot! Thank you all for your incredible support! Now go and write…


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Customer Reviews

Not ready for academic writing

I wanted to like Ulysses, and it seemed a natural fit since I do most of my short-form writing in Byword and longer work in Scrivener. But in practice it shows a lot of shortcomings. Markdown is great if you are wriiting a 300 word piece for a website, but in practice I found using characters for formatting rather than as characters constantly got in the way of my writing flow. Pasting from PDFs or any rich text creates extra work correcting smart quotes, ellipses, etc. that don’t transfer into a plain text format correctly. There’s no way to view footnotes inilne while writing. Comments disappear when exporting to Word. Lots of little annoyances that slow down writing in practice, especially if your writing involves drawing together quotations etc. from many other documents in mixed formats. Tried it repeatedly given all the hype & every time I end up moving the project into something else.

Great for recording family moments from the past

I purchased Ulysses for my Mac, iPhone, and iPad. I’m in my mid 70’s and wanting to share with my children and grandchildren moments from our families past. How often do you hear people comment that they wish they had talked more with a parent or other relative about their life and what it was like to live through…
Ulysses is super for writing at odd moments when a memory surfaces that I’d like to record. Whatever relative or location it pertains to I can add it to the existing file and not have any hassles about combining files or losing an entry. Very pleased to have the tools to implement this “nostalgia machine."

Distraction-free, beautiful writing environment

Ulysses does two things very well: its simplicity gets out of your way and allows you to create, and its elegance and beauty provide a pleasing environment in which to create. Everything about this app feels polished and loved, and it doesn’t clutter things up with unnecessary or extraneous functionality.

I use this app in conjunction with the iOS app, as I often write on my iPad with an external keyboard. The iCloud syncing has been a breeze, and I use the backup function to ensure my work is kept safe.

The minimalist markdown functionality allows a simple and easy-to-remember way to mark up your text with simple concepts like emphasis and headers, and doesn’t distract you from the writing flow by launching you into an alternate universe of formatting options.

I’ve never had issues with crashing or bugs, and I’ve put hundreds of hours of use into Ulysses.

I can’t recommend Ulysses enough. Try it out for yourself and see what you think.

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  • $44.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.5.2
  • Size: 14.7 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10.0 or later, 64-bit processor

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