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


Ulysses 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 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 device has access to everything and anything you’ll ever write. Synchronization is simple, seamless and automatic. It neither requires third-party apps, nor any kind of interaction. If you got iCloud, you got sync.

And once you’re finished, Ulysses transforms your texts into beautiful PDFs, web pages, ebooks and Word documents. You can copy as HTML, save as Markdown, and even publish to your WordPress and Medium accounts. Export is as easy as selecting a format, choosing a style, and picking a destination. Yes, 1-2-3.

### FEATURES ###

Focus & Productivity
- Clean, distraction free interface
- Markup-based text editor
- Typewriter mode
- Minimal mode
- Writing goals (characters, words, pages etc.)
- Comprehensive text statistics
- Split View support
- Full keyboard navigation
- Fully accessible using VoiceOver

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
- Keywords, notes and image attachments
- Smart Copy & Paste
- Search & Replace
- Spell check, grammar check, auto correction & dictionary
- Dictation & Speech support

File & Organize
- A single library for all your texts
- Groups, filters, favorites, bookmarks
- Glueing, Split & Merge
- Sorting by date, by title or manually
- Import of DOCX, Markdown and text files
- Editing of text files from external folders
- Global search, Spotlight integration
- Automatic versioning
- Automatic, scheduled backups

Export & Publishing
- Export as PDF, DOCX, RTF, TXT, Markdown, HTML and ePub
- Publish to WordPress and Medium

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 2.7.2

This update fixes an issue that causes Ulysses to crash when trashing/restoring sheets. We apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused.

Changes from Ulysses 2.7.1:
This update enhances the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, for example by allowing sidebars to slide in while long-pressing the respective button. And despite fixing the usual bunch of crashes and hangs, it includes also these notable changes:

- WordPress gains a new preview theme.
- Search matches can be selected again.
- Evernote import is more stable.
- Editor no longer shows thin fonts or gets slow while typing.
- Ulysses is no longer the default handler for plain text files.

If you’re happy with the app, please rate it, or even leave a review. This is the best way you can support us indie developers. Thanks a lot!


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Customer Reviews

The best

Ulysses is beyond the best in class when it comes to writing software. I’ve been using it full-time for the last three years, and I wouldn’t switch to anything else. The sync is flawless, the writing environment is clean, and the organization is simple, flexible, and powerful. If you’re serious about writing, you will NOT regret purchasing this. It’s pro software from head to toe, and exceptionally well-executed.

I Don’t Need Tech Support, I Need A New Program

I had one goal in mind getting this software: I wanted to have a marginless text document with a large size font. I work on a large flatscreen tv and that setting works best. Everything went wrong that could go wrong with my experience. Firstly, there is no convience to the program. In order to remove margins one has to go into the “code” and find them. There is no simple interface. The font was impossible. I could not understand how there is no font size interface with simple numbers like 13 or 18. Instead, they wish you to use the cmd + or -. It was so frustrating because as I did this command, the font did get bigger, but continued to travel accross my screen making a huge margin. So now, only my 12 something font might fill up my screen. Large font became pushed and shoved into the lower right hand corner. Even after multiple attempts, I am not sure if I could even make the margins go away. I went through the code and made all of it zero in the margins. This is all something I can do in other leading word processors easily and within seconds. I am not a newcomer to electronics and this program is far too difficult to use. It is bulky, complicated, and needs to slim way down. Maybe after a few days of working on it, I might find it of excellence… or not. I’m not sure whyit looks like I’m the only one writing this sort of thing, because it seems lots of people have voted positively. I don’t need tech support, I need a new program.

Not ready for academic writing - but good for note taking

I’ve come around to Ulysses as a repository for notes, now that they’ve added the abilty to link to a particular sheet in the Mac version as well as the iOS versions. The combination of folder structuring AND custom filters puts it way ahead of Bear (which I’d been looking at for several months) and the iOS integration beats out NV.

They have promised that the ability to conduct Boolean searches (i.e. find a document that does NOT have a phrase) is coming….

The trick to addressing the RTF issues I noted below is to drag the RTF into Ulysses, which triggers its built-in RTF -> Markdown conversion, which works pretty well.

A remaining nuisance is that any text in square brackets is treated as a link, so if you are working with a lot of quotations and are used to bracketing items that have changed, prepare to start escaping the first bracket.

And find and replace are still on a per-document basis. So text cleaning is not something that you can do easily all at once.

here’s my earlier review:
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.

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  • $44.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 2.7.2
  • Size: 17.9 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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