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 ++
“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 saved, 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.
### Built-In Proofreader and Editing Assistant
Write with confidence, thanks to Ulysses’ integrated grammar and style check. Available for over 20 languages, it analyzes your text and offers informed suggestions for capitalization, punctuation, semantics, redundancy, style and more.
### 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, Ghost & More
Do you blog? Ulysses’ offers best-in-class publishing to WordPress, Ghost, Medium, and Micro.blog. You can post to WordPress, Ghost and Micro.blog from right within the app – complete with images, tags, categories etc. Publishing to Medium works just as easy, and all four offer a built-in preview to proofread before submission.
Ulysses requires a subscription. We offer monthly and yearly subscription plans. They include a fully functional trial, so you can test Ulysses (including export and sync). There’s also a special discount for students.
All plans unlock the app on Mac, iPhone and iPad, and feature full synchronization.
Please visit ulysses.app for more information. You can also reach us via firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ulyssesapp – we’re happily awaiting your feedback!
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Ratings and Reviews
just not for me
I want to preface this by saying I use this app for fiction writing purposes, and this app seems more geared towards the academic. As someone using this app for casual writing, it isn’t worth paying for. I like the simplicity and the dark mode, but that’s kind of where the positivities end. I mostly write on mobile with a bluetooth keyboard, and the “keyboard shortcuts” listed on the site don’t seem to work the way they do on desktop, ex - once my keyboard is connected, it takes away the on screen features that allow me to back out of a sheet or check its stats, and the “shortcut” does nothing, forcing me to disable bluetooth to get those features back. This is a really cumbersome defect when I want to go back and forth between chapters to cross-reference details. Also, I do not understand why the sheets get placed out of order the way that they do. Even though I’m writing chronologically, the chapters are all jumbled around and I have to go hunting for the current one every time I open a project. I’ve tried moving them to be in order but they don’t stay way, and it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with which ones got looked at/edited most recently or whatever.
I don’t really want to ding on this app just because it’s not for me, just saying if you’re a casual writer who’s only needs are “something to type on with an auto-save feature”, there are free options that will suit your needs just as well.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your review! When it comes to sorting your sheets in Ulysses, you have various options. You can sort them by title, creation date, modification date, or even arrange them manually. You can find detailed instructions on how to do this on our help site at help.ulysses.app › Sheets & Groups › Sorting Options.
As for keyboard shortcuts, most of them are the same on both Mac and iOS/iPadOS. However, there are a few shortcuts that are exclusive to each platform. If you're using Ulysses on your mobile device, you can find a list of shortcuts specifically designed for it on help.ulysses.app › Keyboard Shortcuts.
If you encounter any issues with the shortcuts or have any specific shortcuts you'd like to request, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly at email@example.com. We're here to assist you! — Andrea
Needs to ditch markdown!
I love Ulysses and I’ve been a paid purchaser in the past and a paid subscriber currently. I even have their T-shirt!
That said, I am concerned about two things: 1) it’s high time Ulysses ditches Markdown. Markdown is fine for basic notes, I guess, but for real writing, especially academic writing, you need basic word-processing features like Italic and underline (sounds basic, right!?!) without those childish asterisks littering your document and messing up the spacing. That’s just the most basic complaint — there would be more about footnotes, reference management, etc. Ulysses needs to outgrow Markdown.
2) I’m concerned that the developers are spending time trying to implement syncing strategies other than iCloud (which works perfectly). This seems a waste of resources and it is going to add unnecessary clutter and complexity to the app. I am one of those who fled Scrivener because the developer L&L stubbornly sticks to Dropbox, which is notoriously a scammy app. So instead of fixing what needs to improve (dependence on markdown) the developers are trying to fix what is not broken (iCloud). Alas, if this direction continues, I cannot seem myself renewing my yearly subscription next time around.
Helpful or hindrance?
We are already a family of published writers, my mom writes everything in longhand and I fell into using MS Word as my word processor. With today's world events I decided to get a MacBook Pro laptop and dedicate it to the sole function of being my writing typewriter- no other apps installed but one, my writing page. I gave both Ulysses and Scrivener fair and equal auditions. As a writer my opinion is neither of them is necessary and both of them are too fussy and end up getting in the way more than being useful. My advice is to use a word processor like Word, Pages or similar in its least obtrusive mode for your first and subsequent drafts and when you are ready for and serious about publication have the final draft reviewed, edited and formatted by a professional service or only THEN buy a software tool to assist you. Between Scrivener and Ulysses the former has the edge of offering the writer a more comprehensive toolkit but it's learning curve is daunting. Ulysses loses by their ridiculous decision to be a subscription product. Why? How much could they possibly "improve" a word processor year over year? Plus the fact that they burned me by billing my Apple account for a full year without my knowledge or approval after I already determined I didn't want it and deleted it. It seems they are more interesting in grabbing my wallet than being of any use to me as a writing tool.
Developer Response ,
We are sorry you feel that way. What type of editor a writer prefers is a very personal choice eventually. However, there is a crucial difference between a markdown editor (like Ulysses) and a “What You See Is What You Get“ editor (like Word, Pages, or Scrivener): Ulysses distinguishes between writing the text itself and formatting it during export to enable a distraction-free writing environment. Furthermore, you get incredible organizational opportunities, fully customizable export, the ability to set writing goals and to publish blogs in an environment that allows you to fully focus thanks to a simple and intuitive interface. As to our subscription-based business model, please be assured that we did not take the decision to move to subscription lightly. Not only was it necessary so we can keep developing the best version of Ulysses possible, it was also a necessary step for us to survive as a company. You'll find more details why we switched to subscription here: ulys.app/move Regarding you being billed by Apple for a yearly subscription: We are sorry about this! We are merely utilizing the standard App Store trial provided by Apple which can be canceled anytime up to 24 hours before the trial period expires. The yearly subscription comes with a 14-day trial which should be more than enough to check out our app. We opted for a free download with in-app purchases so we can offer a fully-functional trial in the App Store and there is no other way to realize this. A list of available subscription options is also displayed in the app's description (under the heading “Subscriptions“). Should you have any questions about the subscription options or using Ulysses in general, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org. —Andrea
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