What’s New

Version 17.1

- Fixed a crash with Dropbox syncing.
- Fixed a crash when opening export in second editor.
- Fixed tapping a sheet while holding the Command or Shift key.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
834 Ratings

834 Ratings

bwintx ,

Sync issues — like most "shoebox" apps

Editing my previous review (bumping it up to four stars from three)...

A couple of weeks ago, I slammed Ulysses for recent iCloud sync issues. Then I did some more research and learned it's not alone in that regard. Indeed, many if not most so-called "shoebox" or central-library apps — like, to name two very familiar examples, Apple's own Notes and Photos apps — are prone to them, too. It seems to be the nature of the beast. If you value having all your work together in the same library at all times without having to futz around with individual files and folders, the risks that go with the "shoebox" method are part of the price of admission. So I withdraw that previous complaint.

Indeed, if it were not for that method of file storage and the occasional (but sometimes scary) glitches that accompany it, I'd give Ulysses five stars. For most of my work, I prefer the advantages of MultiMarkdown and a more transparent file structure than what Ulysses offers. That said, I still recommend it highly; it's a great app and a marvelous writing environment in which you'll spend many hours working happily and productively.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for leaving a review! We are glad you like our app. Our developers are already working on a way to embed alternative syncing services to become more independent from iCloud and have more control of your file structure. I cannot give you an ETA when this feature will make it into Ulysses, but please consider your vote counted. If you have any further suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us directly via –Alex

sharpening ,

Where’s my data...

It was nice while it worked. However it appears all of my data is gone. On my iPad pro In the non-subscription app, everything says “Downloading”. In the subscription app, everything says “Downloading”. ON my iPhone it says there’s nothing in iCloud. It does not make me feel any better to find out others have had similar issues, and that the developer basically says on their site that it is not their fault because they have limited visibility into how iCloud works or any iCloud logs. It hurts even more when I see they say that they do not store your data in iCloud - as in iCloud is not a backup service but is only for synchronizing between devices??? Really? That’s why have have 2TB just for syncing between my devices? Anyway - it appears all of my data is gone no matter what I do. All of my other apps update right away - but theirs I can wait hours and it still says “Downloading”. Nice! What a feature! To think I bought the app and less than a month later they changed to subscription - and based on confusing e-mails from them I ended up paying full price again - wonderful - and then to find out they cannot even make sure I still have my data months later. Wonderful! I did not know how good I had it before I used their service. Great markup. Easy to use. And evidently easy to lose all of your data too.

Developer Response ,

We are very sorry about the problem you're experiencing. Backups are not stored in iCloud to avoid synchronization conflicts, but locally on each device. Would you mind checking if your sheets could be restored from the automatic backup with the instructions outlined at Also, could you please contact our support team again ( We would be more than happy to look into your iCloud logs once more and find the cause for the syncing problem, so you can continue to work with Ulysses.–Lara

ZipTurtle ,

Superb but not for me

I tried to overlook the way Ulysses hides links but I just couldn't get past it. As Ryan Christoffel wrote of Ulysses on MacStories, "I know of some people who simply cannot use the app, no matter how much other parts of it appeal to them, because they hate having their writing abstracted behind text boxes." I'm one of those people.

It's a solid app. Two features that really attracted me: (1) you can manually split, merge, and rearrange your entries with very little friction and (2) you don't need to name them.

Everything's extraordinarily smooth, BUT—

The handling of Markdown is, shall we say, idiosyncratic, flouting standards. For instance:

• Three dashes for a horizontal rule? Nope, gotta be four in Ulysses.

• Square bracketed-text as a link only when a parenthesized URL follows? Nope, _anything_ in square brackets gets linkified by Ulysses unless you backslash-escape those suckers.

• You like using reference-style links? Sorry.

• Since Ulysses lets you add footnotes, you might think of using tables or other such extended Markdown, too. Nope.

• You like adding HTML markup here and there? Forget it — never mind that it's a core element of Markdown.

In the end I kept using BBEdit and 1Writer instead. But if the things I've mentioned won't bother you, GET THE APP AND PAY THE PEOPLE FOR IT. They've earned it.


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Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG
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Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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