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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 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. ### 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 & Medium Do you blog? Ulysses’ offers best-in-class publishing to WordPress, Ghost, and Medium. You can post to WordPress and Ghost from right within the app – complete with images, tags, categories etc. Publishing to Medium works just as easy, and all three offer a built-in preview to proof-read before submission. ### Pricing Ulysses requires a subscription. We offer monthly and yearly subscription plans. They include a fully functional 14-day 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 iCloud synchronization. ### Questions Please visit ulysses.app for more information. You can also reach us via help@ulysses.app or on Twitter @ulyssesapp – we’re happily awaiting your feedback! Terms of Use: https://ulysses.app/app-terms-of-service Privacy Policy: https://ulysses.app/app-privacy-policy
Image goes in sideways
by loureedtunes on 2019/12/13 17:15
1. Too much for monthly subscription. There are just as good apps out there for less. 2. Image imports into document sideways and no way to turn it. Sorry, deal breaker. 3. Bye
This is one of the best writing tools I've ever used
by caspersgrin on 2019/12/12 20:13
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.
Shortcuts not working now
by Bravebellows on 2019/12/10 12:54
I have a daily shortcut on my mobiles to generate a daily journal template. It was working until this morning. I can’t tell if there’s been a change in the app or my 1000+ notes I imported from Evernote that caused this issue. I’d love a resolution to my problem.
Love it, but ...
by Jumping! on 2019/12/08 16:38
I love this app and it’s helped me put my thoughts together and document moments of my life. But there is one thing, would it be possible to be able to add GIF as an attachment or better to the main text? Right now any GIF becomes a photo and I happen to need to organize a lot GIFs.. Anyway, thanks for this great beautiful app!
This App is a Virus
by Samurai1x on 2019/12/05 21:17
So I have the Ulysses Classic App on my Mac and iPhone for a very long time now but not because I like it or have any use for it but because I can not delete it from my devices. It’s basically a like a virus attaching to a host and has no plans to leave either. Apple assured me that it was a “benign” virus but I have my doubts as sometimes it bloats up in terms of the space it takes and the size of its contents on its own and then return to the original size without being used or opened. Ever since I noticed this app on my phone I’ve had a few other apps appear on my iCloud storage that I did not download myself. I don’t know if it started because of this app but it certainly happened when I first noticed this strange app on my phone that just refuses to be deleted off of my devices iCloud storage.
Loved this app for NaNoWriMo.
by Nutthatch on 2019/12/05 14:45
I was looking for an extremely clean, distraction-free writing app that would help me keep track of my words for National Novel Writing Month. Ulysses proved to be exactly what I was looking for. Super easy to use and has just enough features to be extraordinary, but not too many so as to be distracting or hard to use.
Lukewarm after 2 years of almost daily use.
by Austinscorpio23 on 2019/11/24 16:17
I like minimalist writing environments. I’ve used IA Writer, Bear, and several others. Most have markdown support, some are subscription based, and others are free after the initial purchase. All of these apps have their pros and cons. With Ulysses, you are able to keep all of your sheets in a single place and even organize them into folders for different projects, etc. That’s a big selling point and I appreciate the fact that you don’t have to click around your file system in order to find that document you saved six months ago. IA Writer, Byword, Scrivner, and Bear all have some of this functionality, but Ulysses seems to have placed an emphasis on keeping everything in one place. I think what I don’t like about Ulysses, and what keeps me going back to programs like Word, or Pages, is that formatting is done only via markdown and printing directly from the app yields a product that doesn’t always meet specific academic criteria. For example, using one of the styles on their website called “Papers” produces the closest printable version of the double-spaced essay format, but there is no way to edit specific textual elements. So, if I decide I want my finished product to have different spacing for the first four lines and then double-spacing throughout the remainder of the document, then I have to export the file into word or Gdocs and then made editorial changes. Styles give flexibility, and you can customize the style to your preference, but you need a working knowledge of CSS to do so. I’m not a web developer, I’m a writer. I don’t want to be forced to learn a programming language just to edit a few line breaks out of a document. That’s the problem here. Minimalist writing apps should be minimal, but they should also possess the ability to format text for the proper application. Instead, you must rely on user-generated styles, build your own, or export your work into another program. This is arduous. If Ulysses has all of that functionality and also moved the functions out of the way when writing, like they do with word count, and markdown information, then then app would be ubiquitous within the writing community. I’m not asking for bloat here. I don’t need a citation tool or a way to build complex multimodal documents. I just want to change text positions and maybe adjust line spacing without having to use another program.
It needs improvements to be a real must-have
by DadaStar2 on 2019/11/23 10:56
There is something good and something bad on Ulysses from a pro standpoint. The good: advanced organizational tools for your writings; extensive personalization options; good drafting tools. The bad: an awkward icon; clunky formatting results for Word exports; no Pages export; a defective Goals widget; a (too) expensive subscription model.
Total ripoff.
by Tomcat-2011 on 2019/11/22 18:24
Paid full price for this app, the developers decided to change the license for a subscription without telling us the users, or at least keeping our previous license. I found this really unacceptable and a total ripoff, never seen tactics like this from any other developer. Other developers at least let you keep your previous license and apps, for example Scrivener, they have a better model, releasing mayor updates as new versions. So even if you don’t want to update you can keep your previous software. Apple shouldn’t allow this type of schemes from developers, a real shame.
Useless
by unkown missing on 2019/11/19 16:41
Needed write documents just popup subscriptions fees ,
Great on Mac
by AppClarity on 2019/11/12 17:40
But extremely slow to load on an iPhone SE with a good size library since iOS 11 or so ... waiting up to 20 seconds to access my library is an exercise in unreasonable patience. Therefore not at all good for jotting quick thoughts, so finally decided it was time to delete it from my phone. Unfortunate, because in earlier versions used to be one of my favorite apps for writing/note-taking. Also Ulysses has no Apple Watch app to see/create notes on the go ... On the contrary Bear notes with thousands of notes loads up in a heartbeat and offers an Apple Watch app. It has its limitations, but it is swift. If Ulysses ever addresses this and speeds up the load times **considerably** I will review it again ... but for now I must regrettably say farewell.
Basic note taking with a subscription
by FeaganMox on 2019/11/09 02:47
Besides the organizational feature there’s nothing that sets this app apart from other free note taking apps. Might be more interested if it was available for a one time fee but it’s only subscription based which isn’t really justified by its use or features. Just another cash grab app.
An Amateur or Professional Writing Companion
by colepgriffin on 2019/11/03 05:25
The Ulysses App truly helped me focus and concentrate my work with multiple levels of organization and cross device syncing. I used to write in the Notes app, but I wanted more organization and efficiency in the writing process. Ulysses delivered these features and more. I recommend this App to anyone just beginning their writing journey or other professionals looking for ease in their own process too. Thanks, Ulysses and I’ll keep you in mind for consideration in my future bestseller.
Great, use it every day
by Windpaws on 2019/10/31 19:21
My favorite writing app. Thank you!
Apples sneaky purchases
by Troy Habel on 2019/10/26 13:06
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.
3 happy years
by arsen013 on 2019/10/20 11:22
i started with CopyWright softaware. Switched to Scrivener. And 3 years ago came to Ulysses. And I am happy
Keeps skipping to next sheet as if on a timer.
by Eddieb101 on 2019/10/19 10:45
Problem with latest update. I can write for only about 2 minutes before the app abruptly jumps to the next sheet in the group as if the sheets were slides on a timer. I’ve been using this app daily for over a year with no issues, until now. Not sure if it’s the latest iOS release or Ulysses release. I just bought a new iPhone 11 pro and I wasn’t having this problem on the iPhone 10. It could be any if the above. Please fix. This app has been my workhorse. Update. Deleted and reinstalled app. That fixed the problem. Updated review from 2 to 4 stars.
A serious tool for serious writers.
by Cipher956 on 2019/10/18 04:30
I wasted money on too many apps over the years, looking for Ulysses. I’ve been using Ulysses since version 1.0.2 came out around 2013 if I remember right. I’ve used it across 3 iPhones, 2 iPads, and 2 MacBook Pros in that time across multiple operating systems and countless app updates. It would not be an exaggeration to say that I’ve spent many thousands of hours writing on Ulysses over the years. It has been a joy seeing it progress over the years. I do not remember ever having an issue with Ulysses. I’ve also never updated my OS on any device until Ulysses/my critical apps had also updated to be compatible. I've always used iCloud. Too much lag and sync errors with Dropbox. The main gripe I see is with the subscription model. This is a serious tool for serious writers. Most serious apps have the same model. Outside of Grammarly and Hemingway for editing, this is the only app I use to write with. I pay for those as well. I don’t mind supporting companies I believe in. All of my formatting is with markup in Ulysses. Going from Pages or Scrivener to Ulysses is like going from the cockpit of a 747 to a Tesla. In Ulysses all the controls disappear, and I can just write. It's clean and simple. There is nothing to distract me. That has been critical over the years. I seriously don’t know what I’d do without Ulysses. Crypt.ee is my fallback should the day ever come. It has a good free option if money is an issue for you.
App doesn’t start.
by gregorymcox on 2019/10/16 07:49
Just downloaded and it just shows a dark screen with a butterfly in the center. Waited about 5 minutes and nothing happens. Doesn’t matter how many times I kill the app and restart it. Unusable.
A stellar app from wonderful people
by seanja13 on 2019/10/11 16:32
I can’t say enough nice things about Ulysses. Not only is it one of the best looking apps you’re likely to find, it’s also one of the most powerful. And this is ALL apps I’m talking about, not just text editors. Their support is phenomenal. I don’t think I’ve ever had another company contact me directly after sending in a report. Not only did they take the time to understand my issue, but they also implemented a fix in their next update. How cool is that? If you do any sort of writing, you should give Ulysses a try. It’s pleasant to use, their Markdown support is amazing, and their support team has got you covered.
another subscription
by RefuseToPaySubs on 2019/10/07 23:20
great. another subscription based program. it doesnt matter if developers work hard to bring us apps. they did that for decades without charging a continual rate. buy program and enjoy. subs just boil down to greed. milking users for as much as they can get. so i have to pay monthly for permission to use a program on my own ipad to write for myself? no thanks.
Disappointed
by —? on 2019/10/06 00:00
Sad that you can’t write anything without paying. I really was excited to use it.
iPadOS Gesture support missing
by sadpatheticme on 2019/10/05 22:36
The latest text selection gestures (triple tap for a sentence, etc.) on iPadOS do not seem to work (at least not working when using the keyboard folio)... Otherwise it’s all good. Please fix this. Thanks!
Can’t Delete from ipad
by thedigitaldorkette on 2019/10/05 01:57
Down download the trial of this. No matter where/how you delete the app (by pressing on it + X, or in setting) this app won’t go away. It doesn’t take up much space but it concerns me that whoever made it wrote some kind of code so that it can never be removed.
Was fine until yesterday
by Tv876543678 on 2019/10/04 07:59
Had this app for almost a year and it’s been great for the most part. The update today broke it and it crashes whenever I go to publish something to my wordpress site. It was fixed within hours.
A lot of bait and switch
by rome4112 on 2019/10/03 17:39
Use this with eyes wide open. Paid in full for complete version. Company repeatedly changes after the fact, what you get. Previously promised features get taken away and your data gets trapped, when they decide to change without much warning what you’ve paid for. Features they offer aren’t that unique, and the customer treatment isn’t too great.
Brilliant writing app, use it for everything now
by vi3itork on 2019/10/03 01:01
My colleague recommended me to try this app half year ago... Now all my writings are done in this app and I can’t stress enough how much I love it. Best app!
Version 18 and *Still* No Multi-Sheet Search
by Your Standard Customer on 2019/09/30 12:18
Luckily, as a writer, I have no need for such capability. *Oh, wait! Yes, I do.* If they would just fix this, this app would be 4-5-star like it is on the Mac. Also, I’ve found that if I open the iOS version, which I don’t do too often because it’s not very useable for the reason stated above, on my Mac, I suddenly get a number of red sheets because iCloud has two versions, the current on the Mac and the older from the iOS device. I then have to tediously select *each* of the red sheets, deselect the older version, hit okay. *For each & every one.* Not exactly an elegant way to handle this. Would be nice if it can be assumed that I want to keep the latest one. For this reason, I removed the iOS version from my phone & iPad, so it will stop threatening my work.
So far, so good
by ShawnGaran on 2019/09/26 22:01
I’ve used most of what I can find on the App Store. I like this because of the cloud sync, how you can organize content, and the overall aesthetic.
Incredible App, Amazing Support
by Customer1478 on 2019/09/19 19:55
I use this app every day as a writer, and it’s been a real game changer for me in terms of its syncing abilities, versatility, and overall functionality. I will never go back to non-markup for my writing if I can help it! But in addition to that, this app deserves six stars, because I emailed their team with a minor tech issue I was having about getting a keyboard shortcut to work, and they very promptly worked with me to find a solution! (In case anyone is having issues with custom shortcuts in mac OS, make sure you use the full menu path as the location when assigning a shortcut!) Can’t recommend this enough!
Worst app I ever downloaded
by MsCarnahan on 2019/08/26 13:22
Number one when you download the app they ask for a fee of $50 for the app nor do they tell you how much it will be before you can download it but the most important thing is whenever you do delete the app because you never used it in the first place it leaves the app in your storage base 63kbs worth of space !!!!!! So another words you downloaded it and deleted it yet it will show in your storage for the rest of the life of your phone of your iCloud from Apple !!! I will make sure that this company has as many bad reviews on every website I can possible until they figure out how to fix the issue worthless company
Not worth it
by PrincesLover on 2019/08/22 00:58
Better have a look at Scrivener (serious wrighting) and Bear (note taking).
Best app for long form writing
by RoyRogers56 on 2019/08/19 16:41
Great update as always, Love that we finally got auto numbered lists and easier “outdent” in nested lists. Thank you! Also love the split view second editor, etc, etc, etc ...
Write, Crash, Write, Crash
by sarahanelly on 2019/08/17 01:03
In just 15 minutes of *attempted* writing, the app has rained on my parade 5 times...freezing up or crashing down as I’m typing away. This has been a consistent problem since I got the app; it’s unreal. And to top it off, every time I reopen it, a new random sheet is open... Why am I paying money to be taken out of my zone every 5 minutes? *So. Many.* _Ugh‘s._
Not actually free and you cannot
by taonbow567 on 2019/08/10 17:24
The app claims to be free. It actually isn’t, in order to able to actually work on it you must pay.. I am sure it is a lovely program. And I do wish the program creators much success. But, I do wish the about was a bit more clear in stating you can only read files and not actually work
Don’t need it and don’t recommend it
by Quark Gluon Plasma on 2019/08/09 19:56
I was unhappy with the the new pricing model, because the cost seemed out of line with the value I perceived. I looked at what combination of tools for writing and storing information I actually used and enjoyed using. It turned out that Ulysses was in last place in a collection of six or more editors. The hierarchical organization is not a good fit for me, as it just slows everything down. With other Markdown editors having implemented folders and hashtags, the Ulysses document model looks increasingly idiosyncratic. I’m amused by people who pretentiously differentiate between “simple Markdown editors” and Ulysses. I write professionally, mostly in LaTex. Ulysses does not handle LaTex equations well, but several “simple editors” do. Ulysses seems needlessly complicated and expensive for what it does.
Superb but not for me
by ZipTurtle on 2019/08/08 13:20
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.
Data won't delete
by coppertop.80 on 2019/08/08 08:20
I've tried to delete the data from this app in my iCloud, but it will not erase. Just contacted builders. Will change review if applicable.
No real trial, cannot edit files in Files app, slow startup
by davetron5000 on 2019/08/01 13:24
Seems like a nice app, but just for some reference, there is no real free trial - you have to agree to a subscription and then have either 3 or 14 days to remember to cancel if you don't like it. Also, the app is extremely slow to start up. I have a brand new iPad Pro that I literally just purchased yesterday and the app took about 30 seconds to get to the UI. There is a black screen with a yellow ball during this time. Not sure what's going on, but this is a lot of friction. Lastly, it does not seem to integrate with the Files app, so I was not able to edit files I have stored there. I guess maybe that's not the purpose of this app, but just FYI that's the deal.
Pay app
by Detlanta on 2019/07/21 19:55
Why not just post the price prior to people downloading it instead of deceiving them?
Self contained
by DocWild on 2019/07/21 18:22
Skinny processor wit essentials but docs are not portable.
Unusable App - Waste of Money
by bberinn on 2019/07/17 00:14
I bought the non-subscription version of this app three years ago. It is the most expensive app I have ever bought. For more than a year I am unable to use the app. When I close the app, and then open it to continue writing, it doesn’t allow me to. It does not allow me to edit my previous notes as once did. All my notes and writings appear as read-only files. I don’t know if this is a dubious tactic by the app developers to get users to the subscription version. Should that be the case, it is utterly unethical and illegal.
Greed?
by Thinandlight on 2019/07/11 00:20
I saw comments about the “greed” of developers on MacRumors when the app switched to a subscription model. I didn’t agree and would be willing to pay if I loved this app. BUT when I downloaded the “free trial” I learned I have 3 days (as opposed to 14 days just 2 months ago and three months a few years ago) AND you have to cancel your automatic subscription 24 hours before the deadline. So it’s a 2-day trial! This is basically no trial at all if you have any kind of life or job. So although I was tempted by immediate icloud cross-playform potential and beautiful dark distrctiom free mode. I wouldn’t even have time to explore its features or workflow. Yes, a three-day trial is greedy and consumer-hostile.
Good, but needs features
by AndrewColletti on 2019/07/07 18:13
I really enjoy it’s day to day usage, but it needs more feature, better appearance, and organization to be worth my money to resubscribe next time. I appreciate what it does, says, and intends to help the user with, but it just needs more writing focused features. I feel like the creators thought that not using heading, bolding, numbering, font size increases, decreases—things that are better for the eye to more easily separate ideas, are kind of wanted in this sense. I love it, but will not be resubscribing without new features focused on the user interacting with the software. [Update] Agreed with the focus on text alone, not the formatting within; however then there is one feature I would definitely re-subscribe for, and that would be grid view for folders. I tend to have a lot of extra folders, and being able to see them in larger views, such as 4-6 per screen, being larger icons, would help organizing story info, along with character information. Would definitely encourage me to keep a constant subscription. A feature other writing apps have that gives better organization. I rescind my comments about needing a better focus on formatting and offer this feature as something I believe many users would appreciate. Just a general ease of access and organization/visibility update. Things kinda feel cramped on the iPhone. I wish the extra screen space were better utilized. Thanks for the response! I have updated to increase a star for developer clarity and feedback.
The best way to write on the go.
by Yodermand on 2019/06/30 14:58
Ulysses is the best app for writing on the go and it keeps getting better. This is one tool in the writer’s tool box that is worth the price. Updates across all apple devices. Start where you left off; you can write just about anywhere you can breathe and finish off in the comfort of your writing den. Haven’t decided yet? Get the app!
Perfect for Book Writers
by Amy in Minnesota on 2019/06/30 14:15
I wrote my first book in Scrivener. It’s amazing. But this time it’s Ulysses. Annual subscription fee and all. Worth it for ALL the same functionality, across all my devices, but so much simpler. Instant access to the section I want, anywhere I go — so I’m not thinking about that part — plus easier export, and no need to worry about syncing the right version in Dropbox. If something comes to me while I’m asleep, I can grab my phone and add it on the spot, then go back to sleep, it’s that simple. The tutorial is excellent. I did buy a Kindle book by David Hewson on how to set up your novel in Ulysses. Well worth the additional $5 to free up my time and energy for writing. If you’re writing a book, you want everything else to be simple. This is.
Crashes constantly. Unreliable.
by rym21 on 2019/06/24 21:54
Despite my many crash reports and emails to the development team, Ulysses appears unable to fix the constant crashes and slowness that plague this app. Most crashes do not even trigger the crash report mechanism. Oftentimes the app will not even start because it crashes during startup. Even when it does work, there are constant slowdowns when you switch between apps, the search mechanism does not work properly, and the “external files” mechanism for Dropbox sync is a clumsy UI disaster. It’s a beautiful app and concept, but there is no excuse for their continuing failure to get the basics right. Reliability and speed are the top priorities for a text editor. Nothing else matters until Ulysses fixes those.
Amazing
by Ghassan_bsw on 2019/06/06 11:37
I downloaded the app and then I opened it and then the first thing I see is the app asking me for money. What kind of amazing experience is that? That reminds me of websites that are religious in nature and the first thing you see is a plea for money. Either charge people to download your app or get them interested after trying your app and then give them the pricing after they are hooked.
A Bug in Ulysses Classic
by ksnjxjdhbejdkdbehdid on 2019/06/06 08:34
I know you update ulysses classic to version 2.8.4 for using in ios 12,but there is really a bug,when using face id to protect private,the app will crash at start up.
Rip off
by Hawaii123211 on 2019/06/02 17:56
The app is free but to do anything you need to pay a subscription
Great Writing App
by skoo402 on 2019/05/31 12:31
I absolutely love writing in this app! I’m a huge fan of the distraction free interface and I love how organized I can get with it. I do have one request, however. Is there any chance you guys will be adding MicroPub export support at some point? I would love if you guys added this.
Importing a photo
by Magscratch on 2019/05/30 20:52
Update: I have downloaded Ulysses once again. The images now show facing the right direction, but they are still huge. My biggest problem now is that I’m trying to write a cookbook. I put one recipe on each sheet and when I had 3 recipes I exported as a PDF. The recipes do not come out on each page. They come out as part of a recipe on one page and then it continues as one sheet instead of showing each recipe on one sheet. What am I doing wrong????? Forgot to mention, I’m using on both iPad Pro and iMac both updated to latest versions. Update: I went to the App Store on my daughter’s iPad because I couldn’t see my review and question on my iPad and it’s not on my daughter’s either. Do you have to actually pay for the app before your review shows up? I gave it 5 stars because it seems perfect except for the image showing sideways. I thought maybe since it shows properly in the preview in the right pane that maybe I could export from there without dragging it to the left pane, but it does not show in the html final export. I am not paying for the app after the 14 days is up if I can’t get the image to stay upright when I add it to the recipe. Thanks for any help you can give me. I have been searching for years for a program to write a cookbook of family recipes for my children and grandchildren with no luck. I found Ulysses app the other day, watched a YouTube video and downloaded the app because it seems perfect as I want to print my cookbook myself. Tried it out just now with one recipe, but when I went to add an image, it shows the cake in the right pane and when I move it to the left pane under the recipe, it turns the image sideways. How can I fix this? I tried holding my finger on the image, but I don’t get any choices to rotate it. The image is not sideways in my library, nor is it sideways when it is imported into Ulysses in the right window pane. It only turns sideways when I move it to the left pane under the typed recipe.
90% perfect
by Chris Krycho on 2019/05/28 03:25
Ulysses is a fantastic app, and I have used it for writing for years. The new feature set is another burnishment on an already excellent tool. I have long had, and still have, only two complaints: 1. On iOS it still does not (seem to?) support accessing whole iCloud directories other than its own, as do many of the other best writing apps (including probably its most direct competitor, iA Writer). This leaves it unable to simply be a really great editor for interacting with plain text files I may want to interact with in *other* apps as well. 2. It *changes* the contents of an external file when you *do* load it, even individually (as does the Mac version, which *does* support whole external folders). This likewise means that Ulysses cannot be just one tool in the toolbox for working with a given plain-text file, because formatting choices made in another editor will be discarded—the *semantics* preserved, but the specifics thrown away wholesale—when moving back to Ulysses. This need to own the whole writing experience is the most significant ongoing problem Ulysses has. I understand the technical reasons *why* Ulysses makes these choices—it would be far more difficult to support their smart object system with all the myriad ways of presenting the same semantics that the many Markdown variants support. But at the end of the day, it means that Ulysses is often frustrating for me, as someone who is apt to start drafting in an app like Ulysses or iA Writer on macOS, make some tweaks in VS Code or Sublime Text, and then perhaps open it again on iOS in 1Writer or iA Writer or Ulysses itself again. If Ulysses fixed these two issues—gave up its demand to own your whole writing flow and supported accessing external folders and losslessly round-tripping external files—it would be a perfect editor for just getting writing done. Until then, it’s *almost* perfect… which still puts it exactly on par with the very best of its competition.
Needlessly difficult
by Moshfosh on 2019/05/27 19:33
I shouldn’t have to go so far out of my way to find tutorials in how to implement various coding languages. I shouldn’t have to use pandoc just to use laTex
2 full editors, side by side
by Ronbo13 on 2019/05/27 18:47
The latest update gives you 2 full editors side by side on an iPad. What other writing app does that? Each one is actually a full instance of the app, and you can give them equal space, or you can give one more space than the other. If you put the iPad in portrait mode, the non-active editor is hidden, and it reappears when you go back to landscape. This is an outstanding upgrade, and I think it’s a validation of their subscription pricing.
You lost me at ‘subscribe’.
by fox7rot on 2019/05/22 16:02
Purchased. Paid for updates. Lo and behold: now I must pay for a subscription to use something I already paid for.
Ok, I had enough. Canceling subscription today.
by BurningBear on 2019/05/22 10:46
Can you imagine opening an writing app that you are relying on to do important writing work on an airplane, and it’s not working because you have no internet connection? And it’s not even because it *needs* internet connection, it’s because they don’t want to have any chance that you are cheating them by turning off the wifi. I’ve been frustrated by the constant buggering of this for months now, but not being able to use it on a plane when I’ve already paid is incredibly frustrating. This app has hands down the worst subscription UX of any app that I’ve ever used. Dear app developers, congrats on building a superb writing app, enjoy the money rolling it, and also congrats on ruining what could have been an iconic brand. I’m sure someone else will make a better one.
way too limited
by SouthPoleCat on 2019/05/17 03:54
a lot was covered by other reviewers, but then there were die hards insisting that U is great. Well, I tried. First thing to note - no MathJax support. Second - Mac centric, a no-no in our time of multi platform everything and PWAs. Full stop. Uninstall.
Scam
by Mel Quad Cities on 2019/05/09 16:23
Took money from my account when I downloaded this app to see it was, Scam
No free plan
by RezaMajidi on 2019/05/04 11:10
You have just 14 days for using this app and then you should pay!!
Sync issues — like most "shoebox" apps
by bwintx on 2019/05/04 10:01
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.
Great App
by Wilsongis on 2019/05/03 18:37
I use Ulysses every day. It is worth the cost. I cannot recommend it more strongly.
Ulysses makes writing great, and makes the iPad great.
by BeautymarkStudio on 2019/04/25 07:58
This is one of those apps that makes me fall even more in love with the device and with iOS. Powerful, thoughtful, clean. A great writing experience, with lots of extra tools nestled right where I need them, and tucked away if I don’t.
The best writing app I’ve used
by Ninjoe142 on 2019/04/24 02:24
The title says it all I love this app it currently contains my manuscript, journal, and collection of short stories. I keep adding more to this app because of its beautiful yet powerful design. Needless to say I’m happy that I’ve payed what I have for it and I look forward to what the devs have planned for this app. I encourage anyone reading this to give it a try.
Bait and switch
by Poetmissing on 2019/04/19 15:12
Hi, I sent you an email yesterday via your website, trying to find out how I cancel my free trial, since I’m not interested in your app monthly or yearly. I haven’t heard from you in regards to this, I cannot find away to cancel the free trial via the app, iTunes or your website link. I would like a reply as ASAP since my free trial ends soon and I’m not interested in paying a monthly or yearly subscription to an app I have no plans on using.
Question
by mylifehustle on 2019/04/12 16:15
Am I not able to use this on my windows laptop?
Ulysses has definitely lost its way
by anneCwind on 2019/04/12 07:39
I’ve used Ulysses across multiple platforms for years. But I’m walking away and won’t look back. It went from being a reliable, well designed and cost efficient app to a buggy, clunky and over-priced (subscription-based) app.
Más funciones.
by Italo Leiva 94 on 2019/04/08 22:42
Sería una excelente idea poder organizar de mejor manera las palabras claves en los documentos. Por defecto vienen ordenadas por orden alfabético. Además de que los filtros hay que configurarlos, siendo más útil la creación de carpetas para poder arrastrarlos archivos dentro de ella.
They froze my data to get me to upgrade
by Ellivenud on 2019/04/07 06:01
After I’d already paid in full for the previous version. Some people would call that ransomware, but maybe all the spam junk email they send makes it seem more classy. I’ll never trust them again. Few months later on a different app now, backed up on a third, and I don’t miss anything about Ulysses.
Love Ulysses but the restoring from the cloud is frustrating
by Guzdial on 2019/04/06 12:21
I love Ulysses. I write daily, and Ulysses has been my writing tool of choice for years. But their storage strategy (everything goes to the cloud and gets downloaded from there) and their new frequent update schedule is driving me crazy. I open up Ulysses to write...and my iPad and iPhone are empty. Wait 10 minutes while everything I’ve ever written downloads. It’s not bad enough that I’ll go to anything else, but I wish it saved files locally and just synched. Erasing everything with every update is frustrating.
Best Writing App
by LLC49 on 2019/03/27 16:22
Hands down the best writing app I have used to get my thoughts on paper without interruptions. A big thanks to the developers of Ulysses. Keep up the good work.
Solid
by Cszzx on 2019/03/18 12:32
Rock solid performance. Support always helped me. Great product worth subscription.
Incredibly versatile
by RMReborn on 2019/03/17 16:25
Ulysses is capable of everything from research capture & archiving to aiding and enabling the fledging author in their pursuit of publication. After years of using Evernote, then Bear, Ulysses quite simply feels like the next logical step up.
Bookkeeper
by Abe0960 on 2019/02/27 10:45
I love this app and no doubt is the number one in all writing apps but one thing is not right is the price too much money for annual fee. I hope you give us a brake or discount for couple days so this way you open a chance for so many to get to know you guys, that’s just an opinion. Thank you
the app is freezing to be point of uselessness
by zone52 on 2019/02/24 15:54
Beautiful software when it works, used for several years without any problems, in the last six months it has begun to freeze up, over and over and over again bringing my workflow to a near standstill. After being handed off three times in customer service with no help whatsoever, they finally told me that it would be fixed in the next release, which was months ago. If you are a serious writer, do not trust your text to this app...
The Best
by rcope on 2019/02/23 22:05
I’ve used many text editors and word processors over the years, and Ulysses is, by far, my favorite. I do all my writing in Ulysses: blog posts, novels, papers, and general thoughts. It handles all very well. It has just the right amount of organization and features: not too much but not too minimal. Highly recommend!
Best writing app
by Calculating excellence on 2019/02/23 03:43
I’m running iOs12. It says to download, need at least iOs10, Ihave 12!, but it won't let me download this app
Incredible
by TommyJ33 on 2019/02/19 16:07
I use this app with a monthly subscription through MacPaw and the iOS version is automatic in recognizing it. I’m going to D.C. for national advocacy day. I am not sure how I’d write for it without Ulysses, and how I’d pay for it without it being with MawPaw! Truly incredible.
Used to love it, it no longer works for me
by LisaPVA on 2019/02/14 17:36
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).
Terrible bug: importing folders from iOS Spotlight
by alejoa_a on 2019/02/09 00:07
I used to like this app, but a bug that started occurring since iOS 12 has forced me to uninstall this app. Specifically, whenever you search a folder from the spotlight, and tap on the Files app result, you would expect the folder to be opened in the Files app, right? But if you have this app installed, it will import the folder and all of its files into Ulysses. This behavior is killing my workflow, now I can't search for folders in spotlight. So I've decided to uninstall the app. Also, I've reached out two times to their support with this problem, and they tell me they are aware of the bug and will be fixing it. Really? When? It's been around 6 months since I reached out and you keep pushing updates but don't of them fixes this annoying issue
iCloud refresh issues
by ReBoooot on 2019/02/07 13:35
There should be some at to force an iCloud sync and show some actual percentage of sync update. I wait and wait but my word does not sync. I restart the app the. Wait again. Stinks
Dropbox sync error
by nick3nick on 2019/01/27 12:27
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Really?!?!
by Christian Shahmardian on 2019/01/22 03:21
I purchased this app for quite a bit if I am not mistaken, just to have it switch to a subscription model?? Developer, do I get my money back for the app I purchased that is now useless? Everyone beware that the developer uses very shady business practices. Basically bated me, took my money, and then switched and told me I would need to spend more money to use an app I already paid for! Honestly it’s not even a good writing app. The markdown interface is unclear and encumbering at best. No substantial features or updates that justify paying every month for this app. If you want a real writing app (that won’t screw you over) do yourself a favor and buy Scrivener. Much better app, and no shady BS, like monthly subscriptions.
just hangs.
by XoEmilykaybXo on 2019/01/08 18:39
i’m sure this is just a bug of some sort, but i really wanted to try this app, so i got it, but it says “welcome to ulysses” and it hangs on “checking”. quite disappointing.
At the top of the heap
by Lwjpaw on 2018/12/31 22:03
I am using the trial subscription at the moment. They give full use of the app for the trial, comparing to similar apps who don’t do this, this is a very smart move. It’s like going to the dealership to buy a car and they let you take it home for the night. You get hooked. As far as I can see this app only has one competitor you can compare it to and those who have surveyed all the similar apps know which one I am talking about. But this app tops that because it keeps it simple. My writing is complex enough, so I need simple where I can find it. It is simple but powerful. You can get organized to your heart’s content; you can export in a number of formats and in those formats choose styles from a user exchange; you can write in a number of formats. Yes, I do not like the subscription cost. I am willing to pay it but will always be looking for a competitor as good as this one. I will jump ship as soon as I can when I find one. But for now I am willing to pay the subscription because this is as good as it gets, at least for now.
No thanks...delete
by [Name withheld] on 2018/12/30 14:18
This revenue model has to go the way of the dodo. I am happy to pay for good software. I am happy to pay for major feature release. However, software of this sort is a product, not a service, and should be monetized accordingly. Until there's an option to purchase a permanent license this is a waste of time.
Great for Sermons
by PastorGil on 2018/12/25 15:20
I am a Pastor, and this is the best app I have found for writing sermons. I put all my notes into the notes tab for the document I am working on and have them next my text while I am working. At the end of the year, I can combine all the sermons for that year into a beautifully formatted word document for archive and backup purposes, and it even lets me know approximately how long the sermon will be when presented. Good apps are worth paying for, and this one is worth every dollar!
Cannot remember where you left off
by WWD Subscriber on 2018/12/16 19:37
Good in most respects however does not remember on iOS where you left off in your writing. This is a major pain when working on large manuscripts as it requires you to scroll from the very beginning of the document to the place you want to resume each and every time you open the document or revisit the app. I informed the app developer about this they told me it was not a priority for them to fix it at this time. I’m thinking of switching to Scribner just because of this.
Used to be the greatest writing app
by Joshuabrian on 2018/12/15 06:40
Seriously. There was nothing better, I don’t leave one star reviews. The old version was 5 stars - the best writing app I’d ever experienced or owned. The new updates have the app broken and wanting on my iPhone 6 Plus.
Good piece of software, but subscription model is questionableq
by IllegalOperation on 2018/12/08 09:30
I’m a researcher and writer who uses Ulysses for the Mac and iOS daily. I’ve been using it for nearly two years to write essays, academic papers, policy briefs, reports, personal articles, correspondence, blog posts, and most other long-form writing I’ve done. I’d tried Scrivener in the past and found it too clunky for my needs—I like user interfaces to be unobtrusive and friendly, and Ulysses fits the bill. Sometimes I still have to tweak Word documents to send to others, but the *writing process* itself is smooth. I actually like that documents are in a centralised database that’s easy to organise within the app; I find it annoying to dig through multiple folders on my computer or iPad to find what I’m looking for. Unfortunately, I have to deduct two stars for the subscription model Ulysses adopted last year. While I understand that developers need to use sustainable payment models to ensure that they can earn a living and continue to write software, I don’t think that a subscription model really works for this kind of software. It’s not really a service in the same way that Dropbox or iCloud are; in fact, Ulysses is dependent on Apple’s infrastructure for its syncing between Macs and iOS devices. It’s a text editor. The software-as-a-service model is more appropriate for other platforms. Even Adobe’s subscription model makes more sense than this. There are a few other ways that they could have handled this without sacrificing the goodwill of long-time customers and recent purchasers of Ulysses. For example, they could have used a hybrid model in which customers made monthly payments for a year and then had permanent access to the software, offered the choice between subscription and non-subscription plans, separated features out into “basic” and “premium” plans, reduced the price to lower the barrier to entry and attract more customers, or grandfathered all pre-subscription purchasers into lifetime updates. I don’t think the Ulysses team intended to be unethical. I do, however, think that they handled the transition to subscription pricing clumsily. I also felt a little ripped off because I had purchased a licence earlier in 2017 and hoped that I would have long-term access to the software and receive updates. (In fact, I bought Ulysses instead of Bear or another program because at the time there WAS no subscription.) By the time that the change to subscription pricing was announced, however, Ulysses had become so integrated in my workflow that I was hesitant to switch away. I ended up subscribing to Setapp so that I would at the very least get more value for my money by having multiple apps from which to choose. I still like the program and continue to use it via Setapp, but wish they had either avoided the subscription plan entirely or handled it more smoothly.
Great until it lost half of my writing
by Redsleaves on 2018/12/02 13:32
I’ve loved this app for years. Last week half of my documents and folders were no longer downloading and were inaccessible. Will update if support can help get it solved. But my confidence in the app is shaken. I’m really bummed. Feels like a good friend let me down.
Asking
by Ucef 17 on 2018/12/01 02:38
Is this app support Arabic language?
Best writing app I ever had
by unbreakablegabby on 2018/11/27 01:18
The only thing that kind of bothers me is when you are writing and you insert an image, you can’t resize it or anything like that. That would be amazing if you could do italic (I couldn’t seem to find it) and to resize/ the images having color!
Looks good, but buggy and not good enough for the price
by DG 123456789 on 2018/11/22 22:11
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.
Had been a license holder but now...
by seeturner on 2018/11/20 04:09
Once upon a time, I purchased a license for Ulysses and used the app to write three books. Then they switched to a subscription model. They offered up a lifetime discount but something about this switch and the lack of updates and features to make a subscription model plausible has made me abandon Ulysses in favor of other apps made by more ethical developers. So long, Ulysses.
The Company Lacks a Moral Compass
by Zeke241 on 2018/11/12 00:48
If you update to IOS 12 the App will not work unless you buy a subscription. The mutual contract you entered when you bought the app will not be honored. Does Ulysses send an email to owners saying that this will happen? Of course not. Because that is not who they are. There is is a pattern with this outfit. Stay away! They’ll shake you down again as soon as they figure out how.
A year later...
by RogerBen on 2018/11/10 15:00
...and the subscription model is, as expected, a joke. This isn’t Photoshop, with a constantly evolving set of tools; it’s a minimalist text editor with all the low-hanging feature-fruit already picked. Over the last year, nothing substantive —with the possible exception of Siri Shortcuts support— has been added, and there is absolutely no reason to believe that situation will change in 2019. As an app —for which I happily paid twice, on both the iPad and MacOS— Ulysses is a fine piece of work. As a service with a steep subscription fee that’s about to renew, it’s ridiculous. Time for me to move on.
Thumbs up
by MrThedge on 2018/11/08 00:35
I’m a professional writer who’s been using Ulysses for all of my work for years. It’s a terrific app that syncs seamlessly and reliably across iOS and Mac.
been waiting my while long life for this app
by Memotothemasses on 2018/11/04 13:52
you all are brilliant and genius and I will use this app until my last breath. thank you for the sheer genius that went into and goes into this app. devoted.
Sync issues — like most "shoebox" apps
by bwintx on 2019/05/04 10:01
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.
Where’s my data...
by sharpening on 2018/07/20 15:32
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.
Superb but not for me
by ZipTurtle on 2019/08/08 13:20
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
by TheKemer on 2018/06/17 15:58
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.
At the top of the heap
by Lwjpaw on 2018/12/31 22:03
I am using the trial subscription at the moment. They give full use of the app for the trial, comparing to similar apps who don’t do this, this is a very smart move. It’s like going to the dealership to buy a car and they let you take it home for the night. You get hooked. As far as I can see this app only has one competitor you can compare it to and those who have surveyed all the similar apps know which one I am talking about. But this app tops that because it keeps it simple. My writing is complex enough, so I need simple where I can find it. It is simple but powerful. You can get organized to your heart’s content; you can export in a number of formats and in those formats choose styles from a user exchange; you can write in a number of formats. Yes, I do not like the subscription cost. I am willing to pay it but will always be looking for a competitor as good as this one. I will jump ship as soon as I can when I find one. But for now I am willing to pay the subscription because this is as good as it gets, at least for now.
This is one of the best writing tools I've ever used
by caspersgrin on 2019/12/12 20:13
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
by DG 123456789 on 2018/11/22 22:11
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.
Can't help but feel ripped off
by TheAmazingToby on 2018/06/05 22:32
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.
Keeps skipping to next sheet as if on a timer.
by Eddieb101 on 2019/10/19 10:45
Problem with latest update. I can write for only about 2 minutes before the app abruptly jumps to the next sheet in the group as if the sheets were slides on a timer. I’ve been using this app daily for over a year with no issues, until now. Not sure if it’s the latest iOS release or Ulysses release. I just bought a new iPhone 11 pro and I wasn’t having this problem on the iPhone 10. It could be any if the above. Please fix. This app has been my workhorse. Update. Deleted and reinstalled app. That fixed the problem. Updated review from 2 to 4 stars.
Used to love it, it no longer works for me
by LisaPVA on 2019/02/14 17:36
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).
Apples sneaky purchases
by Troy Habel on 2019/10/26 13:06
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.
A stellar app from wonderful people
by seanja13 on 2019/10/11 16:32
I can’t say enough nice things about Ulysses. Not only is it one of the best looking apps you’re likely to find, it’s also one of the most powerful. And this is ALL apps I’m talking about, not just text editors. Their support is phenomenal. I don’t think I’ve ever had another company contact me directly after sending in a report. Not only did they take the time to understand my issue, but they also implemented a fix in their next update. How cool is that? If you do any sort of writing, you should give Ulysses a try. It’s pleasant to use, their Markdown support is amazing, and their support team has got you covered.
Subscriptions are not all evil.
by oligipod on 2018/07/02 04:35
My first reaction on finding out that Ulysses was moving to a subscription model had me running to the App Store to look for alternatives. Alas, there were none which fit my workflow nearly as well as this app, so I bit the bullet and ponied up. Now, after a few updates, I’m actually very happy with the idea of an annual fee. I’d probably spend just as much on updates, and if it keeps the developers making improvements such as the changes to the goal feature (a seemingly small thing which has greatly improved my productivity), I’m fine with it. This is a great app, and getting better.
No real trial, cannot edit files in Files app, slow startup
by davetron5000 on 2019/08/01 13:24
Seems like a nice app, but just for some reference, there is no real free trial - you have to agree to a subscription and then have either 3 or 14 days to remember to cancel if you don't like it. Also, the app is extremely slow to start up. I have a brand new iPad Pro that I literally just purchased yesterday and the app took about 30 seconds to get to the UI. There is a black screen with a yellow ball during this time. Not sure what's going on, but this is a lot of friction. Lastly, it does not seem to integrate with the Files app, so I was not able to edit files I have stored there. I guess maybe that's not the purpose of this app, but just FYI that's the deal.
Ok, I had enough. Canceling subscription today.
by BurningBear on 2019/05/22 10:46
Can you imagine opening an writing app that you are relying on to do important writing work on an airplane, and it’s not working because you have no internet connection? And it’s not even because it *needs* internet connection, it’s because they don’t want to have any chance that you are cheating them by turning off the wifi. I’ve been frustrated by the constant buggering of this for months now, but not being able to use it on a plane when I’ve already paid is incredibly frustrating. This app has hands down the worst subscription UX of any app that I’ve ever used. Dear app developers, congrats on building a superb writing app, enjoy the money rolling it, and also congrats on ruining what could have been an iconic brand. I’m sure someone else will make a better one.
This App is a Virus
by Samurai1x on 2019/12/05 21:17
So I have the Ulysses Classic App on my Mac and iPhone for a very long time now but not because I like it or have any use for it but because I can not delete it from my devices. It’s basically a like a virus attaching to a host and has no plans to leave either. Apple assured me that it was a “benign” virus but I have my doubts as sometimes it bloats up in terms of the space it takes and the size of its contents on its own and then return to the original size without being used or opened. Ever since I noticed this app on my phone I’ve had a few other apps appear on my iCloud storage that I did not download myself. I don’t know if it started because of this app but it certainly happened when I first noticed this strange app on my phone that just refuses to be deleted off of my devices iCloud storage.
Love Ulysses but the restoring from the cloud is frustrating
by Guzdial on 2019/04/06 12:21
I love Ulysses. I write daily, and Ulysses has been my writing tool of choice for years. But their storage strategy (everything goes to the cloud and gets downloaded from there) and their new frequent update schedule is driving me crazy. I open up Ulysses to write...and my iPad and iPhone are empty. Wait 10 minutes while everything I’ve ever written downloads. It’s not bad enough that I’ll go to anything else, but I wish it saved files locally and just synched. Erasing everything with every update is frustrating.
Terrible bug: importing folders from iOS Spotlight
by alejoa_a on 2019/02/09 00:07
I used to like this app, but a bug that started occurring since iOS 12 has forced me to uninstall this app. Specifically, whenever you search a folder from the spotlight, and tap on the Files app result, you would expect the folder to be opened in the Files app, right? But if you have this app installed, it will import the folder and all of its files into Ulysses. This behavior is killing my workflow, now I can't search for folders in spotlight. So I've decided to uninstall the app. Also, I've reached out two times to their support with this problem, and they tell me they are aware of the bug and will be fixing it. Really? When? It's been around 6 months since I reached out and you keep pushing updates but don't of them fixes this annoying issue
It needs improvements to be a real must-have
by DadaStar2 on 2019/11/23 10:56
There is something good and something bad on Ulysses from a pro standpoint. The good: advanced organizational tools for your writings; extensive personalization options; good drafting tools. The bad: an awkward icon; clunky formatting results for Word exports; no Pages export; a defective Goals widget; a (too) expensive subscription model.
Don’t need it and don’t recommend it
by Quark Gluon Plasma on 2019/08/09 19:56
I was unhappy with the the new pricing model, because the cost seemed out of line with the value I perceived. I looked at what combination of tools for writing and storing information I actually used and enjoyed using. It turned out that Ulysses was in last place in a collection of six or more editors. The hierarchical organization is not a good fit for me, as it just slows everything down. With other Markdown editors having implemented folders and hashtags, the Ulysses document model looks increasingly idiosyncratic. I’m amused by people who pretentiously differentiate between “simple Markdown editors” and Ulysses. I write professionally, mostly in LaTex. Ulysses does not handle LaTex equations well, but several “simple editors” do. Ulysses seems needlessly complicated and expensive for what it does.
Greed?
by Thinandlight on 2019/07/11 00:20
I saw comments about the “greed” of developers on MacRumors when the app switched to a subscription model. I didn’t agree and would be willing to pay if I loved this app. BUT when I downloaded the “free trial” I learned I have 3 days (as opposed to 14 days just 2 months ago and three months a few years ago) AND you have to cancel your automatic subscription 24 hours before the deadline. So it’s a 2-day trial! This is basically no trial at all if you have any kind of life or job. So although I was tempted by immediate icloud cross-playform potential and beautiful dark distrctiom free mode. I wouldn’t even have time to explore its features or workflow. Yes, a three-day trial is greedy and consumer-hostile.
Crashes constantly. Unreliable.
by rym21 on 2019/06/24 21:54
Despite my many crash reports and emails to the development team, Ulysses appears unable to fix the constant crashes and slowness that plague this app. Most crashes do not even trigger the crash report mechanism. Oftentimes the app will not even start because it crashes during startup. Even when it does work, there are constant slowdowns when you switch between apps, the search mechanism does not work properly, and the “external files” mechanism for Dropbox sync is a clumsy UI disaster. It’s a beautiful app and concept, but there is no excuse for their continuing failure to get the basics right. Reliability and speed are the top priorities for a text editor. Nothing else matters until Ulysses fixes those.
A year later...
by RogerBen on 2018/11/10 15:00
...and the subscription model is, as expected, a joke. This isn’t Photoshop, with a constantly evolving set of tools; it’s a minimalist text editor with all the low-hanging feature-fruit already picked. Over the last year, nothing substantive —with the possible exception of Siri Shortcuts support— has been added, and there is absolutely no reason to believe that situation will change in 2019. As an app —for which I happily paid twice, on both the iPad and MacOS— Ulysses is a fine piece of work. As a service with a steep subscription fee that’s about to renew, it’s ridiculous. Time for me to move on.
Really?!?!
by Christian Shahmardian on 2019/01/22 03:21
I purchased this app for quite a bit if I am not mistaken, just to have it switch to a subscription model?? Developer, do I get my money back for the app I purchased that is now useless? Everyone beware that the developer uses very shady business practices. Basically bated me, took my money, and then switched and told me I would need to spend more money to use an app I already paid for! Honestly it’s not even a good writing app. The markdown interface is unclear and encumbering at best. No substantial features or updates that justify paying every month for this app. If you want a real writing app (that won’t screw you over) do yourself a favor and buy Scrivener. Much better app, and no shady BS, like monthly subscriptions.
2 full editors, side by side
by Ronbo13 on 2019/05/27 18:47
The latest update gives you 2 full editors side by side on an iPad. What other writing app does that? Each one is actually a full instance of the app, and you can give them equal space, or you can give one more space than the other. If you put the iPad in portrait mode, the non-active editor is hidden, and it reappears when you go back to landscape. This is an outstanding upgrade, and I think it’s a validation of their subscription pricing.
Great for Sermons
by PastorGil on 2018/12/25 15:20
I am a Pastor, and this is the best app I have found for writing sermons. I put all my notes into the notes tab for the document I am working on and have them next my text while I am working. At the end of the year, I can combine all the sermons for that year into a beautifully formatted word document for archive and backup purposes, and it even lets me know approximately how long the sermon will be when presented. Good apps are worth paying for, and this one is worth every dollar!
Clean, Flexible, Organized
by tcheang on 2018/09/17 21:30
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.
Worst app I ever downloaded
by MsCarnahan on 2019/08/26 13:22
Number one when you download the app they ask for a fee of $50 for the app nor do they tell you how much it will be before you can download it but the most important thing is whenever you do delete the app because you never used it in the first place it leaves the app in your storage base 63kbs worth of space !!!!!! So another words you downloaded it and deleted it yet it will show in your storage for the rest of the life of your phone of your iCloud from Apple !!! I will make sure that this company has as many bad reviews on every website I can possible until they figure out how to fix the issue worthless company
Amazing writing app
by Hugoraiz on 2018/09/27 17:52
Simply put this is my go to writing app. It’s clutter free but as powerful as I need it to be for my work. The ability to organize my documents in folders and projects across all my devices is amazingly handy and better executed in my opinion than other first party options like Apple Pages. Can not recommend enough to anyone who wants to focus more on writing than figure out how to work the writing software.
Perfect for Book Writers
by Amy in Minnesota on 2019/06/30 14:15
I wrote my first book in Scrivener. It’s amazing. But this time it’s Ulysses. Annual subscription fee and all. Worth it for ALL the same functionality, across all my devices, but so much simpler. Instant access to the section I want, anywhere I go — so I’m not thinking about that part — plus easier export, and no need to worry about syncing the right version in Dropbox. If something comes to me while I’m asleep, I can grab my phone and add it on the spot, then go back to sleep, it’s that simple. The tutorial is excellent. I did buy a Kindle book by David Hewson on how to set up your novel in Ulysses. Well worth the additional $5 to free up my time and energy for writing. If you’re writing a book, you want everything else to be simple. This is.
Total ripoff.
by Tomcat-2011 on 2019/11/22 18:24
Paid full price for this app, the developers decided to change the license for a subscription without telling us the users, or at least keeping our previous license. I found this really unacceptable and a total ripoff, never seen tactics like this from any other developer. Other developers at least let you keep your previous license and apps, for example Scrivener, they have a better model, releasing mayor updates as new versions. So even if you don’t want to update you can keep your previous software. Apple shouldn’t allow this type of schemes from developers, a real shame.
The best way to write on the go.
by Yodermand on 2019/06/30 14:58
Ulysses is the best app for writing on the go and it keeps getting better. This is one tool in the writer’s tool box that is worth the price. Updates across all apple devices. Start where you left off; you can write just about anywhere you can breathe and finish off in the comfort of your writing den. Haven’t decided yet? Get the app!
Unusable App - Waste of Money
by bberinn on 2019/07/17 00:14
I bought the non-subscription version of this app three years ago. It is the most expensive app I have ever bought. For more than a year I am unable to use the app. When I close the app, and then open it to continue writing, it doesn’t allow me to. It does not allow me to edit my previous notes as once did. All my notes and writings appear as read-only files. I don’t know if this is a dubious tactic by the app developers to get users to the subscription version. Should that be the case, it is utterly unethical and illegal.
The best writing app I’ve used
by Ninjoe142 on 2019/04/24 02:24
The title says it all I love this app it currently contains my manuscript, journal, and collection of short stories. I keep adding more to this app because of its beautiful yet powerful design. Needless to say I’m happy that I’ve payed what I have for it and I look forward to what the devs have planned for this app. I encourage anyone reading this to give it a try.
Worth it!
by KumaDR on 2018/09/17 23:52
This app is worth every penny (I purchased the yearly subscription). Keep in mind that the subscription covers the iPhone, iPad, AND Mac versions of the software! I use it daily for my writing and love how it syncs with ease. The developers have kept their word and continually update all versions of the app to keep them bug free and with new features. Good work!
IOS 12 kills the non-subscription version
by DeadlyDevice on 2018/09/17 23:37
After updating to iOS 12, the non-subscription AKA the former "fully functional" version will no longer have basic functionality. Files can be created, but once saved (or dismissing the keyboard really), it becomes impossible to further edit or even select text from the file. A workaround is to export the file, copy to clipboard, and then create a new file into which you can then copy the text. The other solution is to pay $40 every year for a text editor.
Incredible App, Amazing Support
by Customer1478 on 2019/09/19 19:55
I use this app every day as a writer, and it’s been a real game changer for me in terms of its syncing abilities, versatility, and overall functionality. I will never go back to non-markup for my writing if I can help it! But in addition to that, this app deserves six stars, because I emailed their team with a minor tech issue I was having about getting a keyboard shortcut to work, and they very promptly worked with me to find a solution! (In case anyone is having issues with custom shortcuts in mac OS, make sure you use the full menu path as the location when assigning a shortcut!) Can’t recommend this enough!
Love it, but ...
by Jumping! on 2019/12/08 16:38
I love this app and it’s helped me put my thoughts together and document moments of my life. But there is one thing, would it be possible to be able to add GIF as an attachment or better to the main text? Right now any GIF becomes a photo and I happen to need to organize a lot GIFs.. Anyway, thanks for this great beautiful app!
Bookkeeper
by Abe0960 on 2019/02/27 10:45
I love this app and no doubt is the number one in all writing apps but one thing is not right is the price too much money for annual fee. I hope you give us a brake or discount for couple days so this way you open a chance for so many to get to know you guys, that’s just an opinion. Thank you
Cannot remember where you left off
by WWD Subscriber on 2018/12/16 19:37
Good in most respects however does not remember on iOS where you left off in your writing. This is a major pain when working on large manuscripts as it requires you to scroll from the very beginning of the document to the place you want to resume each and every time you open the document or revisit the app. I informed the app developer about this they told me it was not a priority for them to fix it at this time. I’m thinking of switching to Scribner just because of this.
Loved this app for NaNoWriMo.
by Nutthatch on 2019/12/05 14:45
I was looking for an extremely clean, distraction-free writing app that would help me keep track of my words for National Novel Writing Month. Ulysses proved to be exactly what I was looking for. Super easy to use and has just enough features to be extraordinary, but not too many so as to be distracting or hard to use.
the app is freezing to be point of uselessness
by zone52 on 2019/02/24 15:54
Beautiful software when it works, used for several years without any problems, in the last six months it has begun to freeze up, over and over and over again bringing my workflow to a near standstill. After being handed off three times in customer service with no help whatsoever, they finally told me that it would be fixed in the next release, which was months ago. If you are a serious writer, do not trust your text to this app...
Was fine until yesterday
by Tv876543678 on 2019/10/04 07:59
Had this app for almost a year and it’s been great for the most part. The update today broke it and it crashes whenever I go to publish something to my wordpress site. It was fixed within hours.
Great on Mac
by AppClarity on 2019/11/12 17:40
But extremely slow to load on an iPhone SE with a good size library since iOS 11 or so ... waiting up to 20 seconds to access my library is an exercise in unreasonable patience. Therefore not at all good for jotting quick thoughts, so finally decided it was time to delete it from my phone. Unfortunate, because in earlier versions used to be one of my favorite apps for writing/note-taking. Also Ulysses has no Apple Watch app to see/create notes on the go ... On the contrary Bear notes with thousands of notes loads up in a heartbeat and offers an Apple Watch app. It has its limitations, but it is swift. If Ulysses ever addresses this and speeds up the load times **considerably** I will review it again ... but for now I must regrettably say farewell.
Version 18 and *Still* No Multi-Sheet Search
by Your Standard Customer on 2019/09/30 12:18
Luckily, as a writer, I have no need for such capability. *Oh, wait! Yes, I do.* If they would just fix this, this app would be 4-5-star like it is on the Mac. Also, I’ve found that if I open the iOS version, which I don’t do too often because it’s not very useable for the reason stated above, on my Mac, I suddenly get a number of red sheets because iCloud has two versions, the current on the Mac and the older from the iOS device. I then have to tediously select *each* of the red sheets, deselect the older version, hit okay. *For each & every one.* Not exactly an elegant way to handle this. Would be nice if it can be assumed that I want to keep the latest one. For this reason, I removed the iOS version from my phone & iPad, so it will stop threatening my work.
Write, Crash, Write, Crash
by sarahanelly on 2019/08/17 01:03
In just 15 minutes of *attempted* writing, the app has rained on my parade 5 times...freezing up or crashing down as I’m typing away. This has been a consistent problem since I got the app; it’s unreal. And to top it off, every time I reopen it, a new random sheet is open... Why am I paying money to be taken out of my zone every 5 minutes? *So. Many.* _Ugh‘s._
Best writing app I ever had
by unbreakablegabby on 2018/11/27 01:18
The only thing that kind of bothers me is when you are writing and you insert an image, you can’t resize it or anything like that. That would be amazing if you could do italic (I couldn’t seem to find it) and to resize/ the images having color!
Great Writing App
by skoo402 on 2019/05/31 12:31
I absolutely love writing in this app! I’m a huge fan of the distraction free interface and I love how organized I can get with it. I do have one request, however. Is there any chance you guys will be adding MicroPub export support at some point? I would love if you guys added this.
Ulysses makes writing great, and makes the iPad great.
by BeautymarkStudio on 2019/04/25 07:58
This is one of those apps that makes me fall even more in love with the device and with iOS. Powerful, thoughtful, clean. A great writing experience, with lots of extra tools nestled right where I need them, and tucked away if I don’t.
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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 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. ### 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 & Medium Do you blog? Ulysses’ offers best-in-class publishing to WordPress, Ghost, and Medium. You can post to WordPress and Ghost from right within the app – complete with images, tags, categories etc. Publishing to Medium works just as easy, and all three offer a built-in preview to proof-read before submission. ### Pricing Ulysses requires a subscription. We offer monthly and yearly subscription plans. They include a fully functional 14-day 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 iCloud synchronization. ### Questions Please visit ulysses.app for more information. You can also reach us via help@ulysses.app or on Twitter @ulyssesapp – we’re happily awaiting your feedback! Terms of Use: https://ulysses.app/app-terms-of-service Privacy Policy: https://ulysses.app/app-privacy-policy
Image goes in sideways
by loureedtunes on 2019/12/13 17:15
1. Too much for monthly subscription. There are just as good apps out there for less. 2. Image imports into document sideways and no way to turn it. Sorry, deal breaker. 3. Bye
This is one of the best writing tools I've ever used
by caspersgrin on 2019/12/12 20:13
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.
Shortcuts not working now
by Bravebellows on 2019/12/10 12:54
I have a daily shortcut on my mobiles to generate a daily journal template. It was working until this morning. I can’t tell if there’s been a change in the app or my 1000+ notes I imported from Evernote that caused this issue. I’d love a resolution to my problem.
Love it, but ...
by Jumping! on 2019/12/08 16:38
I love this app and it’s helped me put my thoughts together and document moments of my life. But there is one thing, would it be possible to be able to add GIF as an attachment or better to the main text? Right now any GIF becomes a photo and I happen to need to organize a lot GIFs.. Anyway, thanks for this great beautiful app!
This App is a Virus
by Samurai1x on 2019/12/05 21:17
So I have the Ulysses Classic App on my Mac and iPhone for a very long time now but not because I like it or have any use for it but because I can not delete it from my devices. It’s basically a like a virus attaching to a host and has no plans to leave either. Apple assured me that it was a “benign” virus but I have my doubts as sometimes it bloats up in terms of the space it takes and the size of its contents on its own and then return to the original size without being used or opened. Ever since I noticed this app on my phone I’ve had a few other apps appear on my iCloud storage that I did not download myself. I don’t know if it started because of this app but it certainly happened when I first noticed this strange app on my phone that just refuses to be deleted off of my devices iCloud storage.
Loved this app for NaNoWriMo.
by Nutthatch on 2019/12/05 14:45
I was looking for an extremely clean, distraction-free writing app that would help me keep track of my words for National Novel Writing Month. Ulysses proved to be exactly what I was looking for. Super easy to use and has just enough features to be extraordinary, but not too many so as to be distracting or hard to use.
Lukewarm after 2 years of almost daily use.
by Austinscorpio23 on 2019/11/24 16:17
I like minimalist writing environments. I’ve used IA Writer, Bear, and several others. Most have markdown support, some are subscription based, and others are free after the initial purchase. All of these apps have their pros and cons. With Ulysses, you are able to keep all of your sheets in a single place and even organize them into folders for different projects, etc. That’s a big selling point and I appreciate the fact that you don’t have to click around your file system in order to find that document you saved six months ago. IA Writer, Byword, Scrivner, and Bear all have some of this functionality, but Ulysses seems to have placed an emphasis on keeping everything in one place. I think what I don’t like about Ulysses, and what keeps me going back to programs like Word, or Pages, is that formatting is done only via markdown and printing directly from the app yields a product that doesn’t always meet specific academic criteria. For example, using one of the styles on their website called “Papers” produces the closest printable version of the double-spaced essay format, but there is no way to edit specific textual elements. So, if I decide I want my finished product to have different spacing for the first four lines and then double-spacing throughout the remainder of the document, then I have to export the file into word or Gdocs and then made editorial changes. Styles give flexibility, and you can customize the style to your preference, but you need a working knowledge of CSS to do so. I’m not a web developer, I’m a writer. I don’t want to be forced to learn a programming language just to edit a few line breaks out of a document. That’s the problem here. Minimalist writing apps should be minimal, but they should also possess the ability to format text for the proper application. Instead, you must rely on user-generated styles, build your own, or export your work into another program. This is arduous. If Ulysses has all of that functionality and also moved the functions out of the way when writing, like they do with word count, and markdown information, then then app would be ubiquitous within the writing community. I’m not asking for bloat here. I don’t need a citation tool or a way to build complex multimodal documents. I just want to change text positions and maybe adjust line spacing without having to use another program.
It needs improvements to be a real must-have
by DadaStar2 on 2019/11/23 10:56
There is something good and something bad on Ulysses from a pro standpoint. The good: advanced organizational tools for your writings; extensive personalization options; good drafting tools. The bad: an awkward icon; clunky formatting results for Word exports; no Pages export; a defective Goals widget; a (too) expensive subscription model.
Total ripoff.
by Tomcat-2011 on 2019/11/22 18:24
Paid full price for this app, the developers decided to change the license for a subscription without telling us the users, or at least keeping our previous license. I found this really unacceptable and a total ripoff, never seen tactics like this from any other developer. Other developers at least let you keep your previous license and apps, for example Scrivener, they have a better model, releasing mayor updates as new versions. So even if you don’t want to update you can keep your previous software. Apple shouldn’t allow this type of schemes from developers, a real shame.
Useless
by unkown missing on 2019/11/19 16:41
Needed write documents just popup subscriptions fees ,
Great on Mac
by AppClarity on 2019/11/12 17:40
But extremely slow to load on an iPhone SE with a good size library since iOS 11 or so ... waiting up to 20 seconds to access my library is an exercise in unreasonable patience. Therefore not at all good for jotting quick thoughts, so finally decided it was time to delete it from my phone. Unfortunate, because in earlier versions used to be one of my favorite apps for writing/note-taking. Also Ulysses has no Apple Watch app to see/create notes on the go ... On the contrary Bear notes with thousands of notes loads up in a heartbeat and offers an Apple Watch app. It has its limitations, but it is swift. If Ulysses ever addresses this and speeds up the load times **considerably** I will review it again ... but for now I must regrettably say farewell.
Basic note taking with a subscription
by FeaganMox on 2019/11/09 02:47
Besides the organizational feature there’s nothing that sets this app apart from other free note taking apps. Might be more interested if it was available for a one time fee but it’s only subscription based which isn’t really justified by its use or features. Just another cash grab app.
An Amateur or Professional Writing Companion
by colepgriffin on 2019/11/03 05:25
The Ulysses App truly helped me focus and concentrate my work with multiple levels of organization and cross device syncing. I used to write in the Notes app, but I wanted more organization and efficiency in the writing process. Ulysses delivered these features and more. I recommend this App to anyone just beginning their writing journey or other professionals looking for ease in their own process too. Thanks, Ulysses and I’ll keep you in mind for consideration in my future bestseller.
Great, use it every day
by Windpaws on 2019/10/31 19:21
My favorite writing app. Thank you!
Apples sneaky purchases
by Troy Habel on 2019/10/26 13:06
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.
3 happy years
by arsen013 on 2019/10/20 11:22
i started with CopyWright softaware. Switched to Scrivener. And 3 years ago came to Ulysses. And I am happy
Keeps skipping to next sheet as if on a timer.
by Eddieb101 on 2019/10/19 10:45
Problem with latest update. I can write for only about 2 minutes before the app abruptly jumps to the next sheet in the group as if the sheets were slides on a timer. I’ve been using this app daily for over a year with no issues, until now. Not sure if it’s the latest iOS release or Ulysses release. I just bought a new iPhone 11 pro and I wasn’t having this problem on the iPhone 10. It could be any if the above. Please fix. This app has been my workhorse. Update. Deleted and reinstalled app. That fixed the problem. Updated review from 2 to 4 stars.
A serious tool for serious writers.
by Cipher956 on 2019/10/18 04:30
I wasted money on too many apps over the years, looking for Ulysses. I’ve been using Ulysses since version 1.0.2 came out around 2013 if I remember right. I’ve used it across 3 iPhones, 2 iPads, and 2 MacBook Pros in that time across multiple operating systems and countless app updates. It would not be an exaggeration to say that I’ve spent many thousands of hours writing on Ulysses over the years. It has been a joy seeing it progress over the years. I do not remember ever having an issue with Ulysses. I’ve also never updated my OS on any device until Ulysses/my critical apps had also updated to be compatible. I've always used iCloud. Too much lag and sync errors with Dropbox. The main gripe I see is with the subscription model. This is a serious tool for serious writers. Most serious apps have the same model. Outside of Grammarly and Hemingway for editing, this is the only app I use to write with. I pay for those as well. I don’t mind supporting companies I believe in. All of my formatting is with markup in Ulysses. Going from Pages or Scrivener to Ulysses is like going from the cockpit of a 747 to a Tesla. In Ulysses all the controls disappear, and I can just write. It's clean and simple. There is nothing to distract me. That has been critical over the years. I seriously don’t know what I’d do without Ulysses. Crypt.ee is my fallback should the day ever come. It has a good free option if money is an issue for you.
App doesn’t start.
by gregorymcox on 2019/10/16 07:49
Just downloaded and it just shows a dark screen with a butterfly in the center. Waited about 5 minutes and nothing happens. Doesn’t matter how many times I kill the app and restart it. Unusable.
A stellar app from wonderful people
by seanja13 on 2019/10/11 16:32
I can’t say enough nice things about Ulysses. Not only is it one of the best looking apps you’re likely to find, it’s also one of the most powerful. And this is ALL apps I’m talking about, not just text editors. Their support is phenomenal. I don’t think I’ve ever had another company contact me directly after sending in a report. Not only did they take the time to understand my issue, but they also implemented a fix in their next update. How cool is that? If you do any sort of writing, you should give Ulysses a try. It’s pleasant to use, their Markdown support is amazing, and their support team has got you covered.
another subscription
by RefuseToPaySubs on 2019/10/07 23:20
great. another subscription based program. it doesnt matter if developers work hard to bring us apps. they did that for decades without charging a continual rate. buy program and enjoy. subs just boil down to greed. milking users for as much as they can get. so i have to pay monthly for permission to use a program on my own ipad to write for myself? no thanks.
Disappointed
by —? on 2019/10/06 00:00
Sad that you can’t write anything without paying. I really was excited to use it.
iPadOS Gesture support missing
by sadpatheticme on 2019/10/05 22:36
The latest text selection gestures (triple tap for a sentence, etc.) on iPadOS do not seem to work (at least not working when using the keyboard folio)... Otherwise it’s all good. Please fix this. Thanks!
Can’t Delete from ipad
by thedigitaldorkette on 2019/10/05 01:57
Down download the trial of this. No matter where/how you delete the app (by pressing on it + X, or in setting) this app won’t go away. It doesn’t take up much space but it concerns me that whoever made it wrote some kind of code so that it can never be removed.
Was fine until yesterday
by Tv876543678 on 2019/10/04 07:59
Had this app for almost a year and it’s been great for the most part. The update today broke it and it crashes whenever I go to publish something to my wordpress site. It was fixed within hours.
A lot of bait and switch
by rome4112 on 2019/10/03 17:39
Use this with eyes wide open. Paid in full for complete version. Company repeatedly changes after the fact, what you get. Previously promised features get taken away and your data gets trapped, when they decide to change without much warning what you’ve paid for. Features they offer aren’t that unique, and the customer treatment isn’t too great.
Brilliant writing app, use it for everything now
by vi3itork on 2019/10/03 01:01
My colleague recommended me to try this app half year ago... Now all my writings are done in this app and I can’t stress enough how much I love it. Best app!
Version 18 and *Still* No Multi-Sheet Search
by Your Standard Customer on 2019/09/30 12:18
Luckily, as a writer, I have no need for such capability. *Oh, wait! Yes, I do.* If they would just fix this, this app would be 4-5-star like it is on the Mac. Also, I’ve found that if I open the iOS version, which I don’t do too often because it’s not very useable for the reason stated above, on my Mac, I suddenly get a number of red sheets because iCloud has two versions, the current on the Mac and the older from the iOS device. I then have to tediously select *each* of the red sheets, deselect the older version, hit okay. *For each & every one.* Not exactly an elegant way to handle this. Would be nice if it can be assumed that I want to keep the latest one. For this reason, I removed the iOS version from my phone & iPad, so it will stop threatening my work.
So far, so good
by ShawnGaran on 2019/09/26 22:01
I’ve used most of what I can find on the App Store. I like this because of the cloud sync, how you can organize content, and the overall aesthetic.
Incredible App, Amazing Support
by Customer1478 on 2019/09/19 19:55
I use this app every day as a writer, and it’s been a real game changer for me in terms of its syncing abilities, versatility, and overall functionality. I will never go back to non-markup for my writing if I can help it! But in addition to that, this app deserves six stars, because I emailed their team with a minor tech issue I was having about getting a keyboard shortcut to work, and they very promptly worked with me to find a solution! (In case anyone is having issues with custom shortcuts in mac OS, make sure you use the full menu path as the location when assigning a shortcut!) Can’t recommend this enough!
Worst app I ever downloaded
by MsCarnahan on 2019/08/26 13:22
Number one when you download the app they ask for a fee of $50 for the app nor do they tell you how much it will be before you can download it but the most important thing is whenever you do delete the app because you never used it in the first place it leaves the app in your storage base 63kbs worth of space !!!!!! So another words you downloaded it and deleted it yet it will show in your storage for the rest of the life of your phone of your iCloud from Apple !!! I will make sure that this company has as many bad reviews on every website I can possible until they figure out how to fix the issue worthless company
Not worth it
by PrincesLover on 2019/08/22 00:58
Better have a look at Scrivener (serious wrighting) and Bear (note taking).
Best app for long form writing
by RoyRogers56 on 2019/08/19 16:41
Great update as always, Love that we finally got auto numbered lists and easier “outdent” in nested lists. Thank you! Also love the split view second editor, etc, etc, etc ...
Write, Crash, Write, Crash
by sarahanelly on 2019/08/17 01:03
In just 15 minutes of *attempted* writing, the app has rained on my parade 5 times...freezing up or crashing down as I’m typing away. This has been a consistent problem since I got the app; it’s unreal. And to top it off, every time I reopen it, a new random sheet is open... Why am I paying money to be taken out of my zone every 5 minutes? *So. Many.* _Ugh‘s._
Not actually free and you cannot
by taonbow567 on 2019/08/10 17:24
The app claims to be free. It actually isn’t, in order to able to actually work on it you must pay.. I am sure it is a lovely program. And I do wish the program creators much success. But, I do wish the about was a bit more clear in stating you can only read files and not actually work
Don’t need it and don’t recommend it
by Quark Gluon Plasma on 2019/08/09 19:56
I was unhappy with the the new pricing model, because the cost seemed out of line with the value I perceived. I looked at what combination of tools for writing and storing information I actually used and enjoyed using. It turned out that Ulysses was in last place in a collection of six or more editors. The hierarchical organization is not a good fit for me, as it just slows everything down. With other Markdown editors having implemented folders and hashtags, the Ulysses document model looks increasingly idiosyncratic. I’m amused by people who pretentiously differentiate between “simple Markdown editors” and Ulysses. I write professionally, mostly in LaTex. Ulysses does not handle LaTex equations well, but several “simple editors” do. Ulysses seems needlessly complicated and expensive for what it does.
Superb but not for me
by ZipTurtle on 2019/08/08 13:20
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.
Data won't delete
by coppertop.80 on 2019/08/08 08:20
I've tried to delete the data from this app in my iCloud, but it will not erase. Just contacted builders. Will change review if applicable.
No real trial, cannot edit files in Files app, slow startup
by davetron5000 on 2019/08/01 13:24
Seems like a nice app, but just for some reference, there is no real free trial - you have to agree to a subscription and then have either 3 or 14 days to remember to cancel if you don't like it. Also, the app is extremely slow to start up. I have a brand new iPad Pro that I literally just purchased yesterday and the app took about 30 seconds to get to the UI. There is a black screen with a yellow ball during this time. Not sure what's going on, but this is a lot of friction. Lastly, it does not seem to integrate with the Files app, so I was not able to edit files I have stored there. I guess maybe that's not the purpose of this app, but just FYI that's the deal.
Pay app
by Detlanta on 2019/07/21 19:55
Why not just post the price prior to people downloading it instead of deceiving them?
Self contained
by DocWild on 2019/07/21 18:22
Skinny processor wit essentials but docs are not portable.
Unusable App - Waste of Money
by bberinn on 2019/07/17 00:14
I bought the non-subscription version of this app three years ago. It is the most expensive app I have ever bought. For more than a year I am unable to use the app. When I close the app, and then open it to continue writing, it doesn’t allow me to. It does not allow me to edit my previous notes as once did. All my notes and writings appear as read-only files. I don’t know if this is a dubious tactic by the app developers to get users to the subscription version. Should that be the case, it is utterly unethical and illegal.
Greed?
by Thinandlight on 2019/07/11 00:20
I saw comments about the “greed” of developers on MacRumors when the app switched to a subscription model. I didn’t agree and would be willing to pay if I loved this app. BUT when I downloaded the “free trial” I learned I have 3 days (as opposed to 14 days just 2 months ago and three months a few years ago) AND you have to cancel your automatic subscription 24 hours before the deadline. So it’s a 2-day trial! This is basically no trial at all if you have any kind of life or job. So although I was tempted by immediate icloud cross-playform potential and beautiful dark distrctiom free mode. I wouldn’t even have time to explore its features or workflow. Yes, a three-day trial is greedy and consumer-hostile.
Good, but needs features
by AndrewColletti on 2019/07/07 18:13
I really enjoy it’s day to day usage, but it needs more feature, better appearance, and organization to be worth my money to resubscribe next time. I appreciate what it does, says, and intends to help the user with, but it just needs more writing focused features. I feel like the creators thought that not using heading, bolding, numbering, font size increases, decreases—things that are better for the eye to more easily separate ideas, are kind of wanted in this sense. I love it, but will not be resubscribing without new features focused on the user interacting with the software. [Update] Agreed with the focus on text alone, not the formatting within; however then there is one feature I would definitely re-subscribe for, and that would be grid view for folders. I tend to have a lot of extra folders, and being able to see them in larger views, such as 4-6 per screen, being larger icons, would help organizing story info, along with character information. Would definitely encourage me to keep a constant subscription. A feature other writing apps have that gives better organization. I rescind my comments about needing a better focus on formatting and offer this feature as something I believe many users would appreciate. Just a general ease of access and organization/visibility update. Things kinda feel cramped on the iPhone. I wish the extra screen space were better utilized. Thanks for the response! I have updated to increase a star for developer clarity and feedback.
The best way to write on the go.
by Yodermand on 2019/06/30 14:58
Ulysses is the best app for writing on the go and it keeps getting better. This is one tool in the writer’s tool box that is worth the price. Updates across all apple devices. Start where you left off; you can write just about anywhere you can breathe and finish off in the comfort of your writing den. Haven’t decided yet? Get the app!
Perfect for Book Writers
by Amy in Minnesota on 2019/06/30 14:15
I wrote my first book in Scrivener. It’s amazing. But this time it’s Ulysses. Annual subscription fee and all. Worth it for ALL the same functionality, across all my devices, but so much simpler. Instant access to the section I want, anywhere I go — so I’m not thinking about that part — plus easier export, and no need to worry about syncing the right version in Dropbox. If something comes to me while I’m asleep, I can grab my phone and add it on the spot, then go back to sleep, it’s that simple. The tutorial is excellent. I did buy a Kindle book by David Hewson on how to set up your novel in Ulysses. Well worth the additional $5 to free up my time and energy for writing. If you’re writing a book, you want everything else to be simple. This is.
Crashes constantly. Unreliable.
by rym21 on 2019/06/24 21:54
Despite my many crash reports and emails to the development team, Ulysses appears unable to fix the constant crashes and slowness that plague this app. Most crashes do not even trigger the crash report mechanism. Oftentimes the app will not even start because it crashes during startup. Even when it does work, there are constant slowdowns when you switch between apps, the search mechanism does not work properly, and the “external files” mechanism for Dropbox sync is a clumsy UI disaster. It’s a beautiful app and concept, but there is no excuse for their continuing failure to get the basics right. Reliability and speed are the top priorities for a text editor. Nothing else matters until Ulysses fixes those.
Amazing
by Ghassan_bsw on 2019/06/06 11:37
I downloaded the app and then I opened it and then the first thing I see is the app asking me for money. What kind of amazing experience is that? That reminds me of websites that are religious in nature and the first thing you see is a plea for money. Either charge people to download your app or get them interested after trying your app and then give them the pricing after they are hooked.
A Bug in Ulysses Classic
by ksnjxjdhbejdkdbehdid on 2019/06/06 08:34
I know you update ulysses classic to version 2.8.4 for using in ios 12,but there is really a bug,when using face id to protect private,the app will crash at start up.
Rip off
by Hawaii123211 on 2019/06/02 17:56
The app is free but to do anything you need to pay a subscription
Great Writing App
by skoo402 on 2019/05/31 12:31
I absolutely love writing in this app! I’m a huge fan of the distraction free interface and I love how organized I can get with it. I do have one request, however. Is there any chance you guys will be adding MicroPub export support at some point? I would love if you guys added this.
Importing a photo
by Magscratch on 2019/05/30 20:52
Update: I have downloaded Ulysses once again. The images now show facing the right direction, but they are still huge. My biggest problem now is that I’m trying to write a cookbook. I put one recipe on each sheet and when I had 3 recipes I exported as a PDF. The recipes do not come out on each page. They come out as part of a recipe on one page and then it continues as one sheet instead of showing each recipe on one sheet. What am I doing wrong????? Forgot to mention, I’m using on both iPad Pro and iMac both updated to latest versions. Update: I went to the App Store on my daughter’s iPad because I couldn’t see my review and question on my iPad and it’s not on my daughter’s either. Do you have to actually pay for the app before your review shows up? I gave it 5 stars because it seems perfect except for the image showing sideways. I thought maybe since it shows properly in the preview in the right pane that maybe I could export from there without dragging it to the left pane, but it does not show in the html final export. I am not paying for the app after the 14 days is up if I can’t get the image to stay upright when I add it to the recipe. Thanks for any help you can give me. I have been searching for years for a program to write a cookbook of family recipes for my children and grandchildren with no luck. I found Ulysses app the other day, watched a YouTube video and downloaded the app because it seems perfect as I want to print my cookbook myself. Tried it out just now with one recipe, but when I went to add an image, it shows the cake in the right pane and when I move it to the left pane under the recipe, it turns the image sideways. How can I fix this? I tried holding my finger on the image, but I don’t get any choices to rotate it. The image is not sideways in my library, nor is it sideways when it is imported into Ulysses in the right window pane. It only turns sideways when I move it to the left pane under the typed recipe.
90% perfect
by Chris Krycho on 2019/05/28 03:25
Ulysses is a fantastic app, and I have used it for writing for years. The new feature set is another burnishment on an already excellent tool. I have long had, and still have, only two complaints: 1. On iOS it still does not (seem to?) support accessing whole iCloud directories other than its own, as do many of the other best writing apps (including probably its most direct competitor, iA Writer). This leaves it unable to simply be a really great editor for interacting with plain text files I may want to interact with in *other* apps as well. 2. It *changes* the contents of an external file when you *do* load it, even individually (as does the Mac version, which *does* support whole external folders). This likewise means that Ulysses cannot be just one tool in the toolbox for working with a given plain-text file, because formatting choices made in another editor will be discarded—the *semantics* preserved, but the specifics thrown away wholesale—when moving back to Ulysses. This need to own the whole writing experience is the most significant ongoing problem Ulysses has. I understand the technical reasons *why* Ulysses makes these choices—it would be far more difficult to support their smart object system with all the myriad ways of presenting the same semantics that the many Markdown variants support. But at the end of the day, it means that Ulysses is often frustrating for me, as someone who is apt to start drafting in an app like Ulysses or iA Writer on macOS, make some tweaks in VS Code or Sublime Text, and then perhaps open it again on iOS in 1Writer or iA Writer or Ulysses itself again. If Ulysses fixed these two issues—gave up its demand to own your whole writing flow and supported accessing external folders and losslessly round-tripping external files—it would be a perfect editor for just getting writing done. Until then, it’s *almost* perfect… which still puts it exactly on par with the very best of its competition.
Needlessly difficult
by Moshfosh on 2019/05/27 19:33
I shouldn’t have to go so far out of my way to find tutorials in how to implement various coding languages. I shouldn’t have to use pandoc just to use laTex
2 full editors, side by side
by Ronbo13 on 2019/05/27 18:47
The latest update gives you 2 full editors side by side on an iPad. What other writing app does that? Each one is actually a full instance of the app, and you can give them equal space, or you can give one more space than the other. If you put the iPad in portrait mode, the non-active editor is hidden, and it reappears when you go back to landscape. This is an outstanding upgrade, and I think it’s a validation of their subscription pricing.
You lost me at ‘subscribe’.
by fox7rot on 2019/05/22 16:02
Purchased. Paid for updates. Lo and behold: now I must pay for a subscription to use something I already paid for.
Ok, I had enough. Canceling subscription today.
by BurningBear on 2019/05/22 10:46
Can you imagine opening an writing app that you are relying on to do important writing work on an airplane, and it’s not working because you have no internet connection? And it’s not even because it *needs* internet connection, it’s because they don’t want to have any chance that you are cheating them by turning off the wifi. I’ve been frustrated by the constant buggering of this for months now, but not being able to use it on a plane when I’ve already paid is incredibly frustrating. This app has hands down the worst subscription UX of any app that I’ve ever used. Dear app developers, congrats on building a superb writing app, enjoy the money rolling it, and also congrats on ruining what could have been an iconic brand. I’m sure someone else will make a better one.
way too limited
by SouthPoleCat on 2019/05/17 03:54
a lot was covered by other reviewers, but then there were die hards insisting that U is great. Well, I tried. First thing to note - no MathJax support. Second - Mac centric, a no-no in our time of multi platform everything and PWAs. Full stop. Uninstall.
Scam
by Mel Quad Cities on 2019/05/09 16:23
Took money from my account when I downloaded this app to see it was, Scam
No free plan
by RezaMajidi on 2019/05/04 11:10
You have just 14 days for using this app and then you should pay!!
Sync issues — like most "shoebox" apps
by bwintx on 2019/05/04 10:01
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.
Great App
by Wilsongis on 2019/05/03 18:37
I use Ulysses every day. It is worth the cost. I cannot recommend it more strongly.
Ulysses makes writing great, and makes the iPad great.
by BeautymarkStudio on 2019/04/25 07:58
This is one of those apps that makes me fall even more in love with the device and with iOS. Powerful, thoughtful, clean. A great writing experience, with lots of extra tools nestled right where I need them, and tucked away if I don’t.
The best writing app I’ve used
by Ninjoe142 on 2019/04/24 02:24
The title says it all I love this app it currently contains my manuscript, journal, and collection of short stories. I keep adding more to this app because of its beautiful yet powerful design. Needless to say I’m happy that I’ve payed what I have for it and I look forward to what the devs have planned for this app. I encourage anyone reading this to give it a try.
Bait and switch
by Poetmissing on 2019/04/19 15:12
Hi, I sent you an email yesterday via your website, trying to find out how I cancel my free trial, since I’m not interested in your app monthly or yearly. I haven’t heard from you in regards to this, I cannot find away to cancel the free trial via the app, iTunes or your website link. I would like a reply as ASAP since my free trial ends soon and I’m not interested in paying a monthly or yearly subscription to an app I have no plans on using.
Question
by mylifehustle on 2019/04/12 16:15
Am I not able to use this on my windows laptop?
Ulysses has definitely lost its way
by anneCwind on 2019/04/12 07:39
I’ve used Ulysses across multiple platforms for years. But I’m walking away and won’t look back. It went from being a reliable, well designed and cost efficient app to a buggy, clunky and over-priced (subscription-based) app.
Más funciones.
by Italo Leiva 94 on 2019/04/08 22:42
Sería una excelente idea poder organizar de mejor manera las palabras claves en los documentos. Por defecto vienen ordenadas por orden alfabético. Además de que los filtros hay que configurarlos, siendo más útil la creación de carpetas para poder arrastrarlos archivos dentro de ella.
They froze my data to get me to upgrade
by Ellivenud on 2019/04/07 06:01
After I’d already paid in full for the previous version. Some people would call that ransomware, but maybe all the spam junk email they send makes it seem more classy. I’ll never trust them again. Few months later on a different app now, backed up on a third, and I don’t miss anything about Ulysses.
Love Ulysses but the restoring from the cloud is frustrating
by Guzdial on 2019/04/06 12:21
I love Ulysses. I write daily, and Ulysses has been my writing tool of choice for years. But their storage strategy (everything goes to the cloud and gets downloaded from there) and their new frequent update schedule is driving me crazy. I open up Ulysses to write...and my iPad and iPhone are empty. Wait 10 minutes while everything I’ve ever written downloads. It’s not bad enough that I’ll go to anything else, but I wish it saved files locally and just synched. Erasing everything with every update is frustrating.
Best Writing App
by LLC49 on 2019/03/27 16:22
Hands down the best writing app I have used to get my thoughts on paper without interruptions. A big thanks to the developers of Ulysses. Keep up the good work.
Solid
by Cszzx on 2019/03/18 12:32
Rock solid performance. Support always helped me. Great product worth subscription.
Incredibly versatile
by RMReborn on 2019/03/17 16:25
Ulysses is capable of everything from research capture & archiving to aiding and enabling the fledging author in their pursuit of publication. After years of using Evernote, then Bear, Ulysses quite simply feels like the next logical step up.
Bookkeeper
by Abe0960 on 2019/02/27 10:45
I love this app and no doubt is the number one in all writing apps but one thing is not right is the price too much money for annual fee. I hope you give us a brake or discount for couple days so this way you open a chance for so many to get to know you guys, that’s just an opinion. Thank you
the app is freezing to be point of uselessness
by zone52 on 2019/02/24 15:54
Beautiful software when it works, used for several years without any problems, in the last six months it has begun to freeze up, over and over and over again bringing my workflow to a near standstill. After being handed off three times in customer service with no help whatsoever, they finally told me that it would be fixed in the next release, which was months ago. If you are a serious writer, do not trust your text to this app...
The Best
by rcope on 2019/02/23 22:05
I’ve used many text editors and word processors over the years, and Ulysses is, by far, my favorite. I do all my writing in Ulysses: blog posts, novels, papers, and general thoughts. It handles all very well. It has just the right amount of organization and features: not too much but not too minimal. Highly recommend!
Best writing app
by Calculating excellence on 2019/02/23 03:43
I’m running iOs12. It says to download, need at least iOs10, Ihave 12!, but it won't let me download this app
Incredible
by TommyJ33 on 2019/02/19 16:07
I use this app with a monthly subscription through MacPaw and the iOS version is automatic in recognizing it. I’m going to D.C. for national advocacy day. I am not sure how I’d write for it without Ulysses, and how I’d pay for it without it being with MawPaw! Truly incredible.
Used to love it, it no longer works for me
by LisaPVA on 2019/02/14 17:36
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).
Terrible bug: importing folders from iOS Spotlight
by alejoa_a on 2019/02/09 00:07
I used to like this app, but a bug that started occurring since iOS 12 has forced me to uninstall this app. Specifically, whenever you search a folder from the spotlight, and tap on the Files app result, you would expect the folder to be opened in the Files app, right? But if you have this app installed, it will import the folder and all of its files into Ulysses. This behavior is killing my workflow, now I can't search for folders in spotlight. So I've decided to uninstall the app. Also, I've reached out two times to their support with this problem, and they tell me they are aware of the bug and will be fixing it. Really? When? It's been around 6 months since I reached out and you keep pushing updates but don't of them fixes this annoying issue
iCloud refresh issues
by ReBoooot on 2019/02/07 13:35
There should be some at to force an iCloud sync and show some actual percentage of sync update. I wait and wait but my word does not sync. I restart the app the. Wait again. Stinks
Dropbox sync error
by nick3nick on 2019/01/27 12:27
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Really?!?!
by Christian Shahmardian on 2019/01/22 03:21
I purchased this app for quite a bit if I am not mistaken, just to have it switch to a subscription model?? Developer, do I get my money back for the app I purchased that is now useless? Everyone beware that the developer uses very shady business practices. Basically bated me, took my money, and then switched and told me I would need to spend more money to use an app I already paid for! Honestly it’s not even a good writing app. The markdown interface is unclear and encumbering at best. No substantial features or updates that justify paying every month for this app. If you want a real writing app (that won’t screw you over) do yourself a favor and buy Scrivener. Much better app, and no shady BS, like monthly subscriptions.
just hangs.
by XoEmilykaybXo on 2019/01/08 18:39
i’m sure this is just a bug of some sort, but i really wanted to try this app, so i got it, but it says “welcome to ulysses” and it hangs on “checking”. quite disappointing.
At the top of the heap
by Lwjpaw on 2018/12/31 22:03
I am using the trial subscription at the moment. They give full use of the app for the trial, comparing to similar apps who don’t do this, this is a very smart move. It’s like going to the dealership to buy a car and they let you take it home for the night. You get hooked. As far as I can see this app only has one competitor you can compare it to and those who have surveyed all the similar apps know which one I am talking about. But this app tops that because it keeps it simple. My writing is complex enough, so I need simple where I can find it. It is simple but powerful. You can get organized to your heart’s content; you can export in a number of formats and in those formats choose styles from a user exchange; you can write in a number of formats. Yes, I do not like the subscription cost. I am willing to pay it but will always be looking for a competitor as good as this one. I will jump ship as soon as I can when I find one. But for now I am willing to pay the subscription because this is as good as it gets, at least for now.
No thanks...delete
by [Name withheld] on 2018/12/30 14:18
This revenue model has to go the way of the dodo. I am happy to pay for good software. I am happy to pay for major feature release. However, software of this sort is a product, not a service, and should be monetized accordingly. Until there's an option to purchase a permanent license this is a waste of time.
Great for Sermons
by PastorGil on 2018/12/25 15:20
I am a Pastor, and this is the best app I have found for writing sermons. I put all my notes into the notes tab for the document I am working on and have them next my text while I am working. At the end of the year, I can combine all the sermons for that year into a beautifully formatted word document for archive and backup purposes, and it even lets me know approximately how long the sermon will be when presented. Good apps are worth paying for, and this one is worth every dollar!
Cannot remember where you left off
by WWD Subscriber on 2018/12/16 19:37
Good in most respects however does not remember on iOS where you left off in your writing. This is a major pain when working on large manuscripts as it requires you to scroll from the very beginning of the document to the place you want to resume each and every time you open the document or revisit the app. I informed the app developer about this they told me it was not a priority for them to fix it at this time. I’m thinking of switching to Scribner just because of this.
Used to be the greatest writing app
by Joshuabrian on 2018/12/15 06:40
Seriously. There was nothing better, I don’t leave one star reviews. The old version was 5 stars - the best writing app I’d ever experienced or owned. The new updates have the app broken and wanting on my iPhone 6 Plus.
Good piece of software, but subscription model is questionableq
by IllegalOperation on 2018/12/08 09:30
I’m a researcher and writer who uses Ulysses for the Mac and iOS daily. I’ve been using it for nearly two years to write essays, academic papers, policy briefs, reports, personal articles, correspondence, blog posts, and most other long-form writing I’ve done. I’d tried Scrivener in the past and found it too clunky for my needs—I like user interfaces to be unobtrusive and friendly, and Ulysses fits the bill. Sometimes I still have to tweak Word documents to send to others, but the *writing process* itself is smooth. I actually like that documents are in a centralised database that’s easy to organise within the app; I find it annoying to dig through multiple folders on my computer or iPad to find what I’m looking for. Unfortunately, I have to deduct two stars for the subscription model Ulysses adopted last year. While I understand that developers need to use sustainable payment models to ensure that they can earn a living and continue to write software, I don’t think that a subscription model really works for this kind of software. It’s not really a service in the same way that Dropbox or iCloud are; in fact, Ulysses is dependent on Apple’s infrastructure for its syncing between Macs and iOS devices. It’s a text editor. The software-as-a-service model is more appropriate for other platforms. Even Adobe’s subscription model makes more sense than this. There are a few other ways that they could have handled this without sacrificing the goodwill of long-time customers and recent purchasers of Ulysses. For example, they could have used a hybrid model in which customers made monthly payments for a year and then had permanent access to the software, offered the choice between subscription and non-subscription plans, separated features out into “basic” and “premium” plans, reduced the price to lower the barrier to entry and attract more customers, or grandfathered all pre-subscription purchasers into lifetime updates. I don’t think the Ulysses team intended to be unethical. I do, however, think that they handled the transition to subscription pricing clumsily. I also felt a little ripped off because I had purchased a licence earlier in 2017 and hoped that I would have long-term access to the software and receive updates. (In fact, I bought Ulysses instead of Bear or another program because at the time there WAS no subscription.) By the time that the change to subscription pricing was announced, however, Ulysses had become so integrated in my workflow that I was hesitant to switch away. I ended up subscribing to Setapp so that I would at the very least get more value for my money by having multiple apps from which to choose. I still like the program and continue to use it via Setapp, but wish they had either avoided the subscription plan entirely or handled it more smoothly.
Great until it lost half of my writing
by Redsleaves on 2018/12/02 13:32
I’ve loved this app for years. Last week half of my documents and folders were no longer downloading and were inaccessible. Will update if support can help get it solved. But my confidence in the app is shaken. I’m really bummed. Feels like a good friend let me down.
Asking
by Ucef 17 on 2018/12/01 02:38
Is this app support Arabic language?
Best writing app I ever had
by unbreakablegabby on 2018/11/27 01:18
The only thing that kind of bothers me is when you are writing and you insert an image, you can’t resize it or anything like that. That would be amazing if you could do italic (I couldn’t seem to find it) and to resize/ the images having color!
Looks good, but buggy and not good enough for the price
by DG 123456789 on 2018/11/22 22:11
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.
Had been a license holder but now...
by seeturner on 2018/11/20 04:09
Once upon a time, I purchased a license for Ulysses and used the app to write three books. Then they switched to a subscription model. They offered up a lifetime discount but something about this switch and the lack of updates and features to make a subscription model plausible has made me abandon Ulysses in favor of other apps made by more ethical developers. So long, Ulysses.
The Company Lacks a Moral Compass
by Zeke241 on 2018/11/12 00:48
If you update to IOS 12 the App will not work unless you buy a subscription. The mutual contract you entered when you bought the app will not be honored. Does Ulysses send an email to owners saying that this will happen? Of course not. Because that is not who they are. There is is a pattern with this outfit. Stay away! They’ll shake you down again as soon as they figure out how.
A year later...
by RogerBen on 2018/11/10 15:00
...and the subscription model is, as expected, a joke. This isn’t Photoshop, with a constantly evolving set of tools; it’s a minimalist text editor with all the low-hanging feature-fruit already picked. Over the last year, nothing substantive —with the possible exception of Siri Shortcuts support— has been added, and there is absolutely no reason to believe that situation will change in 2019. As an app —for which I happily paid twice, on both the iPad and MacOS— Ulysses is a fine piece of work. As a service with a steep subscription fee that’s about to renew, it’s ridiculous. Time for me to move on.
Thumbs up
by MrThedge on 2018/11/08 00:35
I’m a professional writer who’s been using Ulysses for all of my work for years. It’s a terrific app that syncs seamlessly and reliably across iOS and Mac.
been waiting my while long life for this app
by Memotothemasses on 2018/11/04 13:52
you all are brilliant and genius and I will use this app until my last breath. thank you for the sheer genius that went into and goes into this app. devoted.
Sync issues — like most "shoebox" apps
by bwintx on 2019/05/04 10:01
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.
Where’s my data...
by sharpening on 2018/07/20 15:32
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.
Superb but not for me
by ZipTurtle on 2019/08/08 13:20
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
by TheKemer on 2018/06/17 15:58
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.
At the top of the heap
by Lwjpaw on 2018/12/31 22:03
I am using the trial subscription at the moment. They give full use of the app for the trial, comparing to similar apps who don’t do this, this is a very smart move. It’s like going to the dealership to buy a car and they let you take it home for the night. You get hooked. As far as I can see this app only has one competitor you can compare it to and those who have surveyed all the similar apps know which one I am talking about. But this app tops that because it keeps it simple. My writing is complex enough, so I need simple where I can find it. It is simple but powerful. You can get organized to your heart’s content; you can export in a number of formats and in those formats choose styles from a user exchange; you can write in a number of formats. Yes, I do not like the subscription cost. I am willing to pay it but will always be looking for a competitor as good as this one. I will jump ship as soon as I can when I find one. But for now I am willing to pay the subscription because this is as good as it gets, at least for now.
This is one of the best writing tools I've ever used
by caspersgrin on 2019/12/12 20:13
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
by DG 123456789 on 2018/11/22 22:11
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.
Can't help but feel ripped off
by TheAmazingToby on 2018/06/05 22:32
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.
Keeps skipping to next sheet as if on a timer.
by Eddieb101 on 2019/10/19 10:45
Problem with latest update. I can write for only about 2 minutes before the app abruptly jumps to the next sheet in the group as if the sheets were slides on a timer. I’ve been using this app daily for over a year with no issues, until now. Not sure if it’s the latest iOS release or Ulysses release. I just bought a new iPhone 11 pro and I wasn’t having this problem on the iPhone 10. It could be any if the above. Please fix. This app has been my workhorse. Update. Deleted and reinstalled app. That fixed the problem. Updated review from 2 to 4 stars.
Used to love it, it no longer works for me
by LisaPVA on 2019/02/14 17:36
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).
Apples sneaky purchases
by Troy Habel on 2019/10/26 13:06
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.
A stellar app from wonderful people
by seanja13 on 2019/10/11 16:32
I can’t say enough nice things about Ulysses. Not only is it one of the best looking apps you’re likely to find, it’s also one of the most powerful. And this is ALL apps I’m talking about, not just text editors. Their support is phenomenal. I don’t think I’ve ever had another company contact me directly after sending in a report. Not only did they take the time to understand my issue, but they also implemented a fix in their next update. How cool is that? If you do any sort of writing, you should give Ulysses a try. It’s pleasant to use, their Markdown support is amazing, and their support team has got you covered.
Subscriptions are not all evil.
by oligipod on 2018/07/02 04:35
My first reaction on finding out that Ulysses was moving to a subscription model had me running to the App Store to look for alternatives. Alas, there were none which fit my workflow nearly as well as this app, so I bit the bullet and ponied up. Now, after a few updates, I’m actually very happy with the idea of an annual fee. I’d probably spend just as much on updates, and if it keeps the developers making improvements such as the changes to the goal feature (a seemingly small thing which has greatly improved my productivity), I’m fine with it. This is a great app, and getting better.
No real trial, cannot edit files in Files app, slow startup
by davetron5000 on 2019/08/01 13:24
Seems like a nice app, but just for some reference, there is no real free trial - you have to agree to a subscription and then have either 3 or 14 days to remember to cancel if you don't like it. Also, the app is extremely slow to start up. I have a brand new iPad Pro that I literally just purchased yesterday and the app took about 30 seconds to get to the UI. There is a black screen with a yellow ball during this time. Not sure what's going on, but this is a lot of friction. Lastly, it does not seem to integrate with the Files app, so I was not able to edit files I have stored there. I guess maybe that's not the purpose of this app, but just FYI that's the deal.
Ok, I had enough. Canceling subscription today.
by BurningBear on 2019/05/22 10:46
Can you imagine opening an writing app that you are relying on to do important writing work on an airplane, and it’s not working because you have no internet connection? And it’s not even because it *needs* internet connection, it’s because they don’t want to have any chance that you are cheating them by turning off the wifi. I’ve been frustrated by the constant buggering of this for months now, but not being able to use it on a plane when I’ve already paid is incredibly frustrating. This app has hands down the worst subscription UX of any app that I’ve ever used. Dear app developers, congrats on building a superb writing app, enjoy the money rolling it, and also congrats on ruining what could have been an iconic brand. I’m sure someone else will make a better one.
This App is a Virus
by Samurai1x on 2019/12/05 21:17
So I have the Ulysses Classic App on my Mac and iPhone for a very long time now but not because I like it or have any use for it but because I can not delete it from my devices. It’s basically a like a virus attaching to a host and has no plans to leave either. Apple assured me that it was a “benign” virus but I have my doubts as sometimes it bloats up in terms of the space it takes and the size of its contents on its own and then return to the original size without being used or opened. Ever since I noticed this app on my phone I’ve had a few other apps appear on my iCloud storage that I did not download myself. I don’t know if it started because of this app but it certainly happened when I first noticed this strange app on my phone that just refuses to be deleted off of my devices iCloud storage.
Love Ulysses but the restoring from the cloud is frustrating
by Guzdial on 2019/04/06 12:21
I love Ulysses. I write daily, and Ulysses has been my writing tool of choice for years. But their storage strategy (everything goes to the cloud and gets downloaded from there) and their new frequent update schedule is driving me crazy. I open up Ulysses to write...and my iPad and iPhone are empty. Wait 10 minutes while everything I’ve ever written downloads. It’s not bad enough that I’ll go to anything else, but I wish it saved files locally and just synched. Erasing everything with every update is frustrating.
Terrible bug: importing folders from iOS Spotlight
by alejoa_a on 2019/02/09 00:07
I used to like this app, but a bug that started occurring since iOS 12 has forced me to uninstall this app. Specifically, whenever you search a folder from the spotlight, and tap on the Files app result, you would expect the folder to be opened in the Files app, right? But if you have this app installed, it will import the folder and all of its files into Ulysses. This behavior is killing my workflow, now I can't search for folders in spotlight. So I've decided to uninstall the app. Also, I've reached out two times to their support with this problem, and they tell me they are aware of the bug and will be fixing it. Really? When? It's been around 6 months since I reached out and you keep pushing updates but don't of them fixes this annoying issue
It needs improvements to be a real must-have
by DadaStar2 on 2019/11/23 10:56
There is something good and something bad on Ulysses from a pro standpoint. The good: advanced organizational tools for your writings; extensive personalization options; good drafting tools. The bad: an awkward icon; clunky formatting results for Word exports; no Pages export; a defective Goals widget; a (too) expensive subscription model.
Don’t need it and don’t recommend it
by Quark Gluon Plasma on 2019/08/09 19:56
I was unhappy with the the new pricing model, because the cost seemed out of line with the value I perceived. I looked at what combination of tools for writing and storing information I actually used and enjoyed using. It turned out that Ulysses was in last place in a collection of six or more editors. The hierarchical organization is not a good fit for me, as it just slows everything down. With other Markdown editors having implemented folders and hashtags, the Ulysses document model looks increasingly idiosyncratic. I’m amused by people who pretentiously differentiate between “simple Markdown editors” and Ulysses. I write professionally, mostly in LaTex. Ulysses does not handle LaTex equations well, but several “simple editors” do. Ulysses seems needlessly complicated and expensive for what it does.
Greed?
by Thinandlight on 2019/07/11 00:20
I saw comments about the “greed” of developers on MacRumors when the app switched to a subscription model. I didn’t agree and would be willing to pay if I loved this app. BUT when I downloaded the “free trial” I learned I have 3 days (as opposed to 14 days just 2 months ago and three months a few years ago) AND you have to cancel your automatic subscription 24 hours before the deadline. So it’s a 2-day trial! This is basically no trial at all if you have any kind of life or job. So although I was tempted by immediate icloud cross-playform potential and beautiful dark distrctiom free mode. I wouldn’t even have time to explore its features or workflow. Yes, a three-day trial is greedy and consumer-hostile.
Crashes constantly. Unreliable.
by rym21 on 2019/06/24 21:54
Despite my many crash reports and emails to the development team, Ulysses appears unable to fix the constant crashes and slowness that plague this app. Most crashes do not even trigger the crash report mechanism. Oftentimes the app will not even start because it crashes during startup. Even when it does work, there are constant slowdowns when you switch between apps, the search mechanism does not work properly, and the “external files” mechanism for Dropbox sync is a clumsy UI disaster. It’s a beautiful app and concept, but there is no excuse for their continuing failure to get the basics right. Reliability and speed are the top priorities for a text editor. Nothing else matters until Ulysses fixes those.
A year later...
by RogerBen on 2018/11/10 15:00
...and the subscription model is, as expected, a joke. This isn’t Photoshop, with a constantly evolving set of tools; it’s a minimalist text editor with all the low-hanging feature-fruit already picked. Over the last year, nothing substantive —with the possible exception of Siri Shortcuts support— has been added, and there is absolutely no reason to believe that situation will change in 2019. As an app —for which I happily paid twice, on both the iPad and MacOS— Ulysses is a fine piece of work. As a service with a steep subscription fee that’s about to renew, it’s ridiculous. Time for me to move on.
Really?!?!
by Christian Shahmardian on 2019/01/22 03:21
I purchased this app for quite a bit if I am not mistaken, just to have it switch to a subscription model?? Developer, do I get my money back for the app I purchased that is now useless? Everyone beware that the developer uses very shady business practices. Basically bated me, took my money, and then switched and told me I would need to spend more money to use an app I already paid for! Honestly it’s not even a good writing app. The markdown interface is unclear and encumbering at best. No substantial features or updates that justify paying every month for this app. If you want a real writing app (that won’t screw you over) do yourself a favor and buy Scrivener. Much better app, and no shady BS, like monthly subscriptions.
2 full editors, side by side
by Ronbo13 on 2019/05/27 18:47
The latest update gives you 2 full editors side by side on an iPad. What other writing app does that? Each one is actually a full instance of the app, and you can give them equal space, or you can give one more space than the other. If you put the iPad in portrait mode, the non-active editor is hidden, and it reappears when you go back to landscape. This is an outstanding upgrade, and I think it’s a validation of their subscription pricing.
Great for Sermons
by PastorGil on 2018/12/25 15:20
I am a Pastor, and this is the best app I have found for writing sermons. I put all my notes into the notes tab for the document I am working on and have them next my text while I am working. At the end of the year, I can combine all the sermons for that year into a beautifully formatted word document for archive and backup purposes, and it even lets me know approximately how long the sermon will be when presented. Good apps are worth paying for, and this one is worth every dollar!
Clean, Flexible, Organized
by tcheang on 2018/09/17 21:30
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.
Worst app I ever downloaded
by MsCarnahan on 2019/08/26 13:22
Number one when you download the app they ask for a fee of $50 for the app nor do they tell you how much it will be before you can download it but the most important thing is whenever you do delete the app because you never used it in the first place it leaves the app in your storage base 63kbs worth of space !!!!!! So another words you downloaded it and deleted it yet it will show in your storage for the rest of the life of your phone of your iCloud from Apple !!! I will make sure that this company has as many bad reviews on every website I can possible until they figure out how to fix the issue worthless company
Amazing writing app
by Hugoraiz on 2018/09/27 17:52
Simply put this is my go to writing app. It’s clutter free but as powerful as I need it to be for my work. The ability to organize my documents in folders and projects across all my devices is amazingly handy and better executed in my opinion than other first party options like Apple Pages. Can not recommend enough to anyone who wants to focus more on writing than figure out how to work the writing software.
Perfect for Book Writers
by Amy in Minnesota on 2019/06/30 14:15
I wrote my first book in Scrivener. It’s amazing. But this time it’s Ulysses. Annual subscription fee and all. Worth it for ALL the same functionality, across all my devices, but so much simpler. Instant access to the section I want, anywhere I go — so I’m not thinking about that part — plus easier export, and no need to worry about syncing the right version in Dropbox. If something comes to me while I’m asleep, I can grab my phone and add it on the spot, then go back to sleep, it’s that simple. The tutorial is excellent. I did buy a Kindle book by David Hewson on how to set up your novel in Ulysses. Well worth the additional $5 to free up my time and energy for writing. If you’re writing a book, you want everything else to be simple. This is.
Total ripoff.
by Tomcat-2011 on 2019/11/22 18:24
Paid full price for this app, the developers decided to change the license for a subscription without telling us the users, or at least keeping our previous license. I found this really unacceptable and a total ripoff, never seen tactics like this from any other developer. Other developers at least let you keep your previous license and apps, for example Scrivener, they have a better model, releasing mayor updates as new versions. So even if you don’t want to update you can keep your previous software. Apple shouldn’t allow this type of schemes from developers, a real shame.
The best way to write on the go.
by Yodermand on 2019/06/30 14:58
Ulysses is the best app for writing on the go and it keeps getting better. This is one tool in the writer’s tool box that is worth the price. Updates across all apple devices. Start where you left off; you can write just about anywhere you can breathe and finish off in the comfort of your writing den. Haven’t decided yet? Get the app!
Unusable App - Waste of Money
by bberinn on 2019/07/17 00:14
I bought the non-subscription version of this app three years ago. It is the most expensive app I have ever bought. For more than a year I am unable to use the app. When I close the app, and then open it to continue writing, it doesn’t allow me to. It does not allow me to edit my previous notes as once did. All my notes and writings appear as read-only files. I don’t know if this is a dubious tactic by the app developers to get users to the subscription version. Should that be the case, it is utterly unethical and illegal.
The best writing app I’ve used
by Ninjoe142 on 2019/04/24 02:24
The title says it all I love this app it currently contains my manuscript, journal, and collection of short stories. I keep adding more to this app because of its beautiful yet powerful design. Needless to say I’m happy that I’ve payed what I have for it and I look forward to what the devs have planned for this app. I encourage anyone reading this to give it a try.
Worth it!
by KumaDR on 2018/09/17 23:52
This app is worth every penny (I purchased the yearly subscription). Keep in mind that the subscription covers the iPhone, iPad, AND Mac versions of the software! I use it daily for my writing and love how it syncs with ease. The developers have kept their word and continually update all versions of the app to keep them bug free and with new features. Good work!
IOS 12 kills the non-subscription version
by DeadlyDevice on 2018/09/17 23:37
After updating to iOS 12, the non-subscription AKA the former "fully functional" version will no longer have basic functionality. Files can be created, but once saved (or dismissing the keyboard really), it becomes impossible to further edit or even select text from the file. A workaround is to export the file, copy to clipboard, and then create a new file into which you can then copy the text. The other solution is to pay $40 every year for a text editor.
Incredible App, Amazing Support
by Customer1478 on 2019/09/19 19:55
I use this app every day as a writer, and it’s been a real game changer for me in terms of its syncing abilities, versatility, and overall functionality. I will never go back to non-markup for my writing if I can help it! But in addition to that, this app deserves six stars, because I emailed their team with a minor tech issue I was having about getting a keyboard shortcut to work, and they very promptly worked with me to find a solution! (In case anyone is having issues with custom shortcuts in mac OS, make sure you use the full menu path as the location when assigning a shortcut!) Can’t recommend this enough!
Love it, but ...
by Jumping! on 2019/12/08 16:38
I love this app and it’s helped me put my thoughts together and document moments of my life. But there is one thing, would it be possible to be able to add GIF as an attachment or better to the main text? Right now any GIF becomes a photo and I happen to need to organize a lot GIFs.. Anyway, thanks for this great beautiful app!
Bookkeeper
by Abe0960 on 2019/02/27 10:45
I love this app and no doubt is the number one in all writing apps but one thing is not right is the price too much money for annual fee. I hope you give us a brake or discount for couple days so this way you open a chance for so many to get to know you guys, that’s just an opinion. Thank you
Cannot remember where you left off
by WWD Subscriber on 2018/12/16 19:37
Good in most respects however does not remember on iOS where you left off in your writing. This is a major pain when working on large manuscripts as it requires you to scroll from the very beginning of the document to the place you want to resume each and every time you open the document or revisit the app. I informed the app developer about this they told me it was not a priority for them to fix it at this time. I’m thinking of switching to Scribner just because of this.
Loved this app for NaNoWriMo.
by Nutthatch on 2019/12/05 14:45
I was looking for an extremely clean, distraction-free writing app that would help me keep track of my words for National Novel Writing Month. Ulysses proved to be exactly what I was looking for. Super easy to use and has just enough features to be extraordinary, but not too many so as to be distracting or hard to use.
the app is freezing to be point of uselessness
by zone52 on 2019/02/24 15:54
Beautiful software when it works, used for several years without any problems, in the last six months it has begun to freeze up, over and over and over again bringing my workflow to a near standstill. After being handed off three times in customer service with no help whatsoever, they finally told me that it would be fixed in the next release, which was months ago. If you are a serious writer, do not trust your text to this app...
Was fine until yesterday
by Tv876543678 on 2019/10/04 07:59
Had this app for almost a year and it’s been great for the most part. The update today broke it and it crashes whenever I go to publish something to my wordpress site. It was fixed within hours.
Great on Mac
by AppClarity on 2019/11/12 17:40
But extremely slow to load on an iPhone SE with a good size library since iOS 11 or so ... waiting up to 20 seconds to access my library is an exercise in unreasonable patience. Therefore not at all good for jotting quick thoughts, so finally decided it was time to delete it from my phone. Unfortunate, because in earlier versions used to be one of my favorite apps for writing/note-taking. Also Ulysses has no Apple Watch app to see/create notes on the go ... On the contrary Bear notes with thousands of notes loads up in a heartbeat and offers an Apple Watch app. It has its limitations, but it is swift. If Ulysses ever addresses this and speeds up the load times **considerably** I will review it again ... but for now I must regrettably say farewell.
Version 18 and *Still* No Multi-Sheet Search
by Your Standard Customer on 2019/09/30 12:18
Luckily, as a writer, I have no need for such capability. *Oh, wait! Yes, I do.* If they would just fix this, this app would be 4-5-star like it is on the Mac. Also, I’ve found that if I open the iOS version, which I don’t do too often because it’s not very useable for the reason stated above, on my Mac, I suddenly get a number of red sheets because iCloud has two versions, the current on the Mac and the older from the iOS device. I then have to tediously select *each* of the red sheets, deselect the older version, hit okay. *For each & every one.* Not exactly an elegant way to handle this. Would be nice if it can be assumed that I want to keep the latest one. For this reason, I removed the iOS version from my phone & iPad, so it will stop threatening my work.
Write, Crash, Write, Crash
by sarahanelly on 2019/08/17 01:03
In just 15 minutes of *attempted* writing, the app has rained on my parade 5 times...freezing up or crashing down as I’m typing away. This has been a consistent problem since I got the app; it’s unreal. And to top it off, every time I reopen it, a new random sheet is open... Why am I paying money to be taken out of my zone every 5 minutes? *So. Many.* _Ugh‘s._
Best writing app I ever had
by unbreakablegabby on 2018/11/27 01:18
The only thing that kind of bothers me is when you are writing and you insert an image, you can’t resize it or anything like that. That would be amazing if you could do italic (I couldn’t seem to find it) and to resize/ the images having color!
Great Writing App
by skoo402 on 2019/05/31 12:31
I absolutely love writing in this app! I’m a huge fan of the distraction free interface and I love how organized I can get with it. I do have one request, however. Is there any chance you guys will be adding MicroPub export support at some point? I would love if you guys added this.
Ulysses makes writing great, and makes the iPad great.
by BeautymarkStudio on 2019/04/25 07:58
This is one of those apps that makes me fall even more in love with the device and with iOS. Powerful, thoughtful, clean. A great writing experience, with lots of extra tools nestled right where I need them, and tucked away if I don’t.
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