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Ulysses is your one-stop writing environment for Mac, iPhone and iPad. Its pleasant, focused writing experience, combined with effective document management, seamless sync, and flexible export, make Ulysses the first choice for writers of all kinds.

++ Apple Design Award Winner 2016 ++ Best of App Store 2015 ++ Best of App Store 2013 ++

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

### A Text Production Powerhouse
Ulysses’ markup-based, distraction-free editor lets you focus on your most important task: Write, edit, and write some more. Formatting is kept for later, so you can completely immerse yourself in the text. Ulysses’ uniquely streamlined toolset covers the entire writing process, and its clean and simple interface will boost your productivity. From first to final draft, from prologue to closing chapter – Ulysses keeps you in the flow, so you can get stuff done.

### All Your Texts, All the Time
Everything you’ll ever write is stored in Ulysses’ unified library. You can manage projects of all kinds and sizes, be it novels, diaries or study notes – they are always save, and automatically in sync. And since Ulysses offers feature parity across macOS and iOS, it doesn’t matter where you are or when inspiration hits: All its tools, and all your texts, are always at your fingertips.

### Create eBooks, DOCX, PDFs and HTML
Ulysses’ export is flexible enough to cover any writer’s needs: Transform your text into beautiful PDFs, Word documents or eBooks. Or export HTML code, ready to be used anywhere on the web. You can even choose between a variety of pre-made formatting styles for all kinds of purposes, or create your own and share it with other users.

### Publish to WordPress & Medium
Do you blog? Ulysses’ offers best-in-class WordPress & Medium publishing. You can post to WordPress from right within the app – complete with images, tags, categories etc. Publishing to Medium works just as easy, and both offer a built-in preview to proof-read before submission.

### Pricing
Ulysses requires a subscription. We offer monthly and yearly subscription plans, as well as a special discount for students. There’s also a fully functional 14-day trial, so you can test Ulysses (including export and sync) before you commit.

All plans unlock the app on Mac, iPhone and iPad, and feature full iCloud synchronization.

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

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Duration and price of each subscription are displayed in Ulysses’ storefront, updated at the time of purchase. Payment will be charged to iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off no later than 24 hours before the end of the current period. Subscriptions and auto-renewal can be managed/turned off in the iTunes account settings. Any unused portion of a free trial period is forfeited as soon as a subscription is purchased. Student subscriptions automatically terminate after their duration, as shown in Ulysses’ storefront at the time of purchase.

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What's New in Version 12.1

This update fixes a few stability issues that snuck into the previous version.

Ulysses 12:

User Requests
- Added support for inline image previews in editor
- Added shortcuts to move lines up or down
- Added ability to filter sheets for “any keyword” or “no keyword”
- Added ability to search and replace newlines and tabs
- Now supports/honors system preferences for “sidebar icon size” in the library

- Major improvements to scrolling editor and resizing sidebars
- Marked tags are now correctly exported to HTML or ePub
- Improved integration with Timing App
- VoiceOver: Added custom accessibility rotor to navigate between headings and misspelled words
- VoiceOver: Style preferences are now fully accessible
- Fixed bugs and improved overall stability of the app


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Customer Reviews

The best for longform writing

I am writing my entire dissertation in this app. It’s customizability and writing environment remains the best, in my view. That said, those who are writing nonfiction/academic stuff should know that this app will introduce a number of huge hassles to your workflow. For example, this is not the best environment to create and edit footnotes because the app basically hides them from view in a bubble that is far more suited for reading rather than writing/editing. It leaves a huge margin for error since you have to click on each footnote just to read it (and forget about search/replace in footnotes, thus making quick citation formatting an impossibility). Creating your own Markdown style to mitigate the issue only introduces new issues when it comes to exporting. And speaking of exporting, it is virtually impossible to create a professional-looking document from any of their built-in templates, since they have so many little spacing oddities. And the style exchange really isn’t much better since it’s highly customized for specific purposes. You’ll have to spend a lot of time with their CSS, learn pandoc, or simply export your stuff to Markdown and take it to a different Markdown app/script/service that handles exports better (pretty much most of them).

Might be for you if...

… you love markdown and don’t mind continually paying for the same feature set. There are lot’s of Ulysses fanboys clamoring to give it five stars, but honestly, this app isn’t that special. I don’t see it. I do understand why it has gotten so many one stars--just read the blogs about what happened to their existing customers when they switched over to subscription. But my low review isn’t because of that. The app has a basic minimal feature set for a premium price: a you pay forever for it like it were a service. That’s silly. Plus the transition to subscription has resulted in nothing but instability and bugs. What was a basic but solid little app is now an expensive irritation. There are better apps out there that you can simply buy--I’ve bought most of them. The one I ended up using is far more powerful for long writing, and I use another now for markdown blogging. Problem solved, no ongoing payments required so that I can keep access to my writing life.

Simply Amazing!

After much research, I found myself downloading this app for my Mac and my iPhone. The quality and features are amazing. I hadn’t had an issue with it until this morning. I was informed that my subscription had expired, while I had paid the day before. After an email to support, and a ridiculously fast turn around I had a solution and am back in working order. As a customer service manager, the quality of their service is through the roof. I expected a 24 hr turn around time, it was probably around an hour or less with a very detailed solution. This app is everything I ever wanted and more for my writing needs!!!

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  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 12.1
  • Size: 20.4 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.11.0 or later, 64-bit processor

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