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By Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG

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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

- Fully optimized for iPhone X (yes, even Face ID)
- Completely reworked look & feel of element editors (i.e. links, images, annotations and footnotes)
- Added image preview for PDF files
- Fixed a bug concerning Dropbox files with umlauts
- Improved ePub preview on 10.5” iPad
- Improved import of zip files
- Fixed a crash when dropping certain files into Ulysses
- Fixed a crash when removing a Dropbox source
- Fixed a couple of obscure crashes and minor bugs
- Improved accessibility in various parts of the app


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Customer Reviews

Interface Changes Give Me a Nervous Breakdown

Bad Ulysses! I was going to drop a star, but after continuing to dig, I found the settings that will (eventually) allow me to get back to work. The app is so good, even giving me interface poisoning, it's still better than anything I've used. <grumble>

The worst change is that, in pursuit of an interface to match the Mac, this update cluttered up limited real estate with additional menus. Some you can turn off, some you can't. (The iPhone and Mac are two different platforms and did not require "matching!")

My theme changed to underline (>>shudder<<) the top level header, instead of a highlight color. (To change: go to an individual doc, tap the 'AA' text menu, which will change the theme. Not intuitive.)

It may just be my imagination, but is the line height tighter? Or is it the font ? Or the kerning? (To tweak this, go to the lines and characters settings buried in the statistics menu that you get by tapping the word count, which now floats over text.)

And when you want to search inside the doc, that search is inside the keyboard menu.

Everything you want is there, but now you have jump through additional hoops to get to it.

Still the best, Ulysses, but you are testing my patience with this interface!!

Love this app, minus little annoyances

I use his app everyday and love it. It’s features are impressive and it’s design is beautiful. However, using it comes with some annoyances unique to this app. These include proprietary footnotes making it pretty much impossible to edit or proofread without first exporting, and weird CSS styling for export that is extremely difficult to get right, especially if you do academic writing that requires professional formatting. I get the app’s “thing” is focused writing, but the proprietary limitations forces me to customize my markdown in such a way that everything looks like a total mess. Ulysses is great because of its features, not because if it’s minimalism. So I hope to see improvements. I am happy Ulysses decided to go subscription. It speaks to their confidence in sticking it out for the long term.

Left then came back

When the subscription policy was announced, I was, like many, upset. So, I left. But a few months later I came back. I tried other writing applications (Scrivener for one) and was satisfied, for a time. However only Ulysses syncs so easily on all my devices via iCloud. Almost instantly. And, only Ulysses has a smooth, pleasing “Mac feel” for me. Scrivener was much too cluttered. Then Scrivener recently announced a new macOS version. Wow, I said. But I’d have to buy the full program again to get it. Yuck. So, I came back to Ulysses, with seven months free subscription. After that time expires, I’ll gladly subscribe. My MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone are happy working together again.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 12.1
  • Size: 103 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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