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“I can’t recommend it enough.” — Ben Brooks
“Lives up to its hype.” — CultOfMac
“Incredibly Impressive.” — Beautiful Pixels
Ulysses III is a brand-new writers’ environment from the Soulmen — the fine folks that brought you Daedalus Touch for iPad.
It’s built around a revolutionary engine, dubbed “plain text enhanced”, which combines the very best parts of minimal markup (i.e. Markdown, Textile) with the power, beauty and simplicity of OS X.
As a single-library app, Ulysses holds all your texts in just one window. No “Open”, no “Save”, no Finder safari. Full iCloud integration lets you access *everything* from all your Macs.
If you own Daedalus Touch (available on the App Store as a universal app for iPad and iPhone), Ulysses III lets you access your mobile content on the desktop. Start on the bus, continue at home, finish mid-flight.
Export options are vast and flexible: Whether you’re going for RTF, PDF, HTML or ePub, a little style sheet is all you need to create beautiful, customized output. Preview HTML and PDF as you write, or send rough drafts to your favorite word processor for finishing touches.
Ulysses III is an adaptive, built-to-grow application. Use it as a sophisticated notepad, create your next couple of novels, or continuously feed your blog. Keep everything neatly organized, or mess around at will.
Beefed-up, minimalistic three-pane interface
- Sources › Groups & Filters › Sheets › Editor
- Select across sources
- Select multiple groups & filters
- Edit multiple sheets as one
- Search across sources
- Single search match highlights in sidebar
- Export and statistics from every part of the library
- Full keyboard navigation
- Simply beautiful
Most advanced text editor on the planet
- “Plain Text Enhanced”
- Links, Lists, Quotes & Footnotes
- Comments, Code, Keywords & Annotations
- Drag’n’drop of images and videos
- Preview of images and videos
- Smart Paste
- Typewriter Scrolling
- Text structure navigation
- Bookmarks & Favorites
- Multiple text statistics
- Functional markup cheat sheet
- Dark, light, pure and paged writing modes
- Several hand-picked color schemes
- Export to PDF, Word, RTF, TXT, Markdown, HTML and ePub
- Copy as HTML, RTF, Markdown and Plain Text
- Paste from HTML, Markdown and RTF
- Live preview of HTML and PDF
- Inspiring typography
- Full iCloud Sync
- Full Screen
- Spelling and Grammar
- Text Substitutions
- Spotlight Search
- Enhanced for Retina
- Optimized for OS X Mavericks
- A true fit
- Import and edit text files from anywhere on disk
- Share files via Dropbox
- Preview in Marked.app
- Support for umlauts (ä, ü, ö)
- Apostrophes and dashes
- Auto-Capitalization when holding the Shift key
- Line breaks and spaces
- Left-to-right writing direction
- Simple launch via double-click
What's New in Version 1.1.2
# Ulysses 1.1.2 – the full disclosure update
According to our bug tracker, this update closes 56 issues. We seem to have added 4 new functions, made 7 changes, fixed 22 bugs and resolved 23 crashes. That’s a lot, and if you’re interested in checking out each and every entry, complete with original tracking number and title, you can do so at
What follows are two highlights from each category. Hand picked, but otherwise unaltered. Update now, it’s a good one.
 - Place insertion pointer after @: when creating new external sheets
 - Remember last insertion pointer position
 - Create new sheets by double-clicking sheet list
 - Added image pasting from Preview or other image apps
 - Improve editor performance with proportional fonts
 - “footnote-placement: end-of-section” and “end-of-document” won’t display footnotes at all in PDF export
 - Crash when pressing Return at end of inline code block
 - Crash when exporting nested blockquotes to PDF
Were it still selling for its introductory price of $19 or less, this new app for writers would not be a bad deal at all. Though it still crashes often, it seems to do so now without any loss of data, and comes right back up. It is an ingenious app in a minimalistic, iAWriter-influenced way and does a lot of what Scrivener does, except that its minimalist approach unfortunately extends to the documentation. That means that you need to be quite ingenious yourself to figure out how to make the best use of its gnomic features. You have to tinker, and that runs counter to the minimalist ethos of eliminating distractions. It’s not user-friendly so much as user-challenging: When it comes to outputting formatted documents as you would want them, you actually need to have some knowledge of coding. (Are the developers assuming that in today’s world everyone has, or should have, some basic literacy in coding? Well, perhaps they’re right.) One key Scrivener-like thing that Ulysses 3 does not do is split documents (called “sheets” in this app) or merge them back. The developers initially promised this — but two or so updates later, it’s still not there. They seem to have enormous attention deficits when it comes to certain crucial things — which explains why Scrivener, which admits to borrowing a lot from the original Ulysses, stole the march on them and remains well ahead. To sum up, I’m afraid this is a poorer version of Scrivener, for the price of Scrivener.
Long-Overdue App for a Long-Neglected Segment
This is a great app. Great. No two ways about it. I have been using it a week now and brought over a 250+ page book I am working on. I do not foresee using any other writing app for a long time to come. It does everything I need it to do and it does those things well. I write for physical publication, PDF, epub and blogs. This does everything from one source—like RAW in photo applications. Having used it a while, yes, I have identified some minor points I’d like to see added, fixed or adjusted, but for this level of polish, they are triffling concerns. Furthermore, if I ask for them, I bet they show up at some point. I had a brief panic moment where I thought Ulysses III had lost my 250+ pages of text. I emailed The Soulmen and they were back to me inside of five minutes with the fix for a problem that they didn’t create. Solid. I’m a believer. If you are looking at this for whatever it is you write, you can set aside the hesitation and go for it. If you’re still unsure, get the demo from their website. It won’t be long after that you plunk down your $45!
This update fixes several little bugs
I really enjoy working with Ulysses 2 to manage content for the web. The sidebar works a lot like Apple Mail and makes it easy to keep projects in order. It's perfect to manage content for the web. This update solves several small bugs and is highly recommended.
One little suggestion for the future:
I manage content for several large websites and regularly receive articles and documents from contributors that I place online. Ulysses is perfect for managing this, except that contributor content almost always comes to me as Word Documents. I can't change the habits of the authors. My present workflow is to use another OSX Markdown editor that has the capability to import and covert Word to Markdown, then paste this Markdown text into Ulysses 2. It would be great if Ulysses would import MC Word docs directly like some of the other Markdown editors.
Great update and keep them coming!