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 ++...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ignore the Bitter Reviews
Those who hate the subscription model need to get over it: there are (apparently) plenty of simple Markdown-centric text editors that will meet your needs. Dinging Ulysses out of sheer bitterness won’t make you feel better, provide useful input to others, or change the need for a sustainable economic model for serious software developers. Ulysses is a serious writing tool for serious writers. It may take some getting used to if you are coming from the world of Word, or similar “word processors,” but if you are more interested in content rather than the formatting, Ulysses will reward you with a clean and powerful writing environment. My own personal experience mirrors that of many others: initial skepticism in the early days growing to familiarity and fondness. Ulysses’ developers are living up to their promise to deliver an increasingly powerful and refined writing environment, with regular and substantive updates. If great apps like Byword or Apple’s Notes meet your level of writing needs, great: simple tools for simple needs. But, if you write a lot, I heartily recommend Ulysses.
This is one of the best writing tools I've ever used
Just to put everything in context, I'm mostly a blogger and essayist. For large scale research projects and other tomes, a much more heavy duty tool like Scrivener is the tool of choice. For me, Ulysses allows me to freely write without a lot technological interference, yet it is feature rich and I can still do word processory things if I still want to. I can export my work as an ePub, Docx or a PDF, but what I most appreciate is that I can directly to my WordPress blog without ever leaving Ulysses. Ulysses is also very Apple centric. Thus I have versions installed on my Mac, my iPad and my iPhone. And as Ulysses stores my projects on iCloud sharing between platforms is totally transparent. Since I normally work remotely, I typically start a new blog entry or an essay using an iPad, but if some rare moment of inspiration hits me and I'm out and about somewhere, I can grab my phone, open up Ulysses and not have to loose them fleeting moment. A very valuable plus for me.
Looks good, but buggy and not good enough for the price
I took a look at Ulysses since it has gotten a lot of good press. In the end, it got deleted because there are apps that do the same thing that are more reliable and cost less. First off, getting Ulysses up and running was difficult. First, it was deleting files right after I created them. That seemed to be fixed by an update a week later, but then I couldn’t sign up for the monthly subscription through the app — I had to go through the App Store. This all made it difficult to trust this app. Once I got to really using it, while I found it pleasant and useful, it really doesn’t do anything different than a lot of other writing apps I’ve used, all of which cost less and are more reliable. I spend a lot of software every year and don’t mind the idea of a subscription, so I’m not being cheap when I say that Ulysses should cost half what it does, given the feature set. If it was rock solid and did something different, I’d be willing to pay the premium, but it’s not worth it just for the good looks.
Yes, it costs money, but if you write a lot, it’s mostly worth it
If all you do is occasionally take notes, this app isn’t worth it. But if you write professionally, this app does a lot of little things to make the writing experience more enjoyable, organized, and efficient. I was annoyed by them switching to a annual recurring model as well, but developing and maintaining software like this is a full-time job, so a low annual fee is the same as doing a yearly oil change on your car. With that said, I don’t think that the improvements to the app since the switch to annual subscription have been very substantive. Some bug fixes here, a new integration there, but it does feel like they are resting on their laurels, or perhaps don’t have great product vision(which is very typical of German companies). I wonder if they are doing any user research. But it’s still the best writing app for professionals until someone else disrupts them.
Clean, Flexible, Organized
Ulysses provides a clean writing environment with high flexibility in search and storage. The choice of plaintext and markdown was perfect for working between Windows (writemonkey on my desktop) and iOS when paired with Dropbox. In recent days, I upgraded to a MacBook, and the capability of Ulysses really shines with its tagging system. Being able to tag saved quotes (e.g. love, loss, writing, purpose, work) adds an additional layer of organization beyond folders and sub folders. You can search through single or multiple tags. I have yet to expand this organization to my own writing, but it’s nice to know it’ll be there when I decide to add it. My only gripe is that it’s a little costly when compared to similar apps like Bear, but it beats Bear in capability and (imo) in design. It’s worth the extra few bucks a year to me. PS: would love to be able to vim-modes :)
Can't help but feel ripped off
When I bought this app, I paid full price for a full license. Now that the devs have decided they need more money and have switched to a subscription model, my license was taken away. To me, that feels like a rip off, and I really think Apple needs to step in. I would be more than happy to stay with the version of the app that I had bought originally, and forego any updates, but that doesn't seem to be possible. So my $10 for the iOS version went down the drain. I haven't looked at my desktop version. Luckily, I haven't upgraded macs, so it's still installed, so here's to hoping. And to all the apologists squawking back about "the developers need to get paid" and "maybe you don't write enough to need a paid app", well, good points. But the publishers shouldn't have changed pricing models the way they did. I paid full price for an app that no longer works due to a policy change after I'd bought it. Not my fault, and yet here I am without my rightfully purchased license.
Used to love it, it no longer works for me
I used to love this program and talked about it every chance I got. When they went to subscription model I was a bit annoyed but that’s not why I no longer like the product. At the time they pestered me to upgrade but I’m a practical person and decided to hold out with the original version for as long as I could. I haven’t used it in a while, but now I am trying to use it on my iPad and it just doesn’t work. I can add new sheets but can’t edit anything with touch, I have to use the keyboard attachment with the iPad and use the arrow keys to navigate anywhere in the app. I don’t mind not having new features, but I do mind when things stop working just because I chose to wait on the subscription model. I don’t even know if I do upgrade that this will start working again. Not a fan at the moment. Maybe it’ll work better on my desktop (boo).
Almost couldn’t write without it
I love Ulysses. At this point I almost couldn’t write without it. One recent change I’m especially pleased with is the improved DropBox integration — I’ve had occasional problems with iCloud sync between iOS and Mac OS, but DropBox has worked for me. Having all of my drafts and research and snapshots from the web in one place is great. Also.... I write a lot of short reviews and they’re all right there. Projects that need to be submitted in (say) Word format can easily be exported and tinkered with there, but all the heavy lifting happens in Ulysses. And as a big Markdown fan, I find their Markdown support excellent. So.... yeah. Every time I see a flashy ad and think about switching to something else, I think.... nah.
Just what I was looking for!
Okay, I’ve only been using this for 24 hours but holy cow! It is already making my life easier. I have been using a different program to free write in but I was struggling to keep all my versions straight and my outlines and my notes and everything. It was MADDENING!!! But this is so smooth and easy to use! I can quickly move files around under different folders with the flick of a finger. #coulditbeeasier #absolutelynot #lovelovelove It syncs across platforms which is great because if I’m waiting in line and have a quick idea, I can jot it down on my phone. I tend to write on my iPad with a wireless Apple keyboard and the iPad interface is flawless. The subscription is totally worth it! I AM IN LOVE!!!
Apples sneaky purchases
Another app that uses iTunes to scam their money out after free usage to see if you want to buy. You can cancel somewhere but even Apple won’t even tell you if you forget or don’t read all the information. These apps to give you 3060 or 90 day free trial should always always ask you for your credit card after those days are done. These apps very very simple apps and the really retarded ones are making millions and billions along with Apple through this process I am going to do anything nonstop try to figure out how to fix this. My little nieceOr on my phone play a simple game clicked on an app that she would like some stupid Phone app and I have been charged twice for $49 in the last two years and didn’t even know about it 100 bucks for a app that I never even knew I had all my God I can’t think of anything stupider That my money could’ve been spent other than a stupid alarm clock phone.
I paid for this app but now they want a subscription!
I am writing on again off again, it’s how I write so I use this app infrequently. I bought it a while ago and used it fairly heavily at first then put it down for a while, I recently got some new ideas and opened it up to start writing again and now they want a monthly subscription! Absolutely ridiculous. I’ve already paid for this and I paid for it because I preferred it over any other writing apps I’ve tried but now they are getting greedy and want more money for no new services. This wouldn’t be a terribly complicated app to write either so I see zero justification for asking for a subscription. Regardless if that’s how they want to do things now the people that paid for the app originally should have been grandfathered in. Zero stars, I can’t use the app anymore and now Ive lost my creative ambition to write for the night.
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