Ulysses App Gains New Mojave-Ready Dark Mode, Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12, and More

by

Popular writing app Ulysses is being updated to coincide with the release of macOS Mojave and iOS 12, introducing support for new features in Apple's latest desktop and mobile operating systems.


With macOS Mojave, Apple has introduced a new system-wide Dark Mode, which means many third-party apps will need updating with a similar color scheme. Since its initial release, a Dark Mode has been part of Ulysses, but the new update introduces a reworked and fine-tuned version to fit with the new system requirements.

Ulysses users will be able to have Dark or Light Mode auto-switch according to the system preferences, or continue to switch manually between the two from within the app. In addition, a new editor theme for Ulysses is available — D14 — with colors optimized for the new Dark Mode.

Elsewhere, Ulysses for Mac is getting a redesigned sheet list (the column displaying an overview of divided texts in a group) with bigger tiles and a lighter appearance for clarity and legibility. There's also a new share extension that lets users send links, texts and images from Safari and many other apps directly to Ulysses.


Meanwhile, in other improvements:

  • Command-clicking a link in the editor now opens the link in the default browser.
  • Four spaces are no longer replaced with tabs.
  • Comment blocks no longer add to paragraph count.
  • Double-pressing arrow keys in editor no longer switches between sheets.
  • Improved reliability when editing goals.

Over on iPad and iPhone, the Ulysses update brings support for the new Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12. Users can now assign voice commands to a number of Ulysses actions, including creating new sheets and opening existing sheets and groups. Siri will also make recommendations based on most-used Ulysses actions. All of Ulysses' actions are available in Apple's new Shortcuts app, ready for integrating into complex workflows.

The release of the new Ulysses versions is expected to match the release of Apple’s new operating systems – in fact the mobile update is already rolling out for iOS 12, which Apple is launching today. The launch date for macOS Mojave is September 24, so expect Ulysses for Mac to be updated then or thereabouts.

Ulysses can be downloaded for free on the App Store and the Mac App Store. After a 14-day trial period, a subscription is required to unlock the app on all devices. A monthly subscription costs $4.99, while a yearly subscription is $39.99. Students can use Ulysses at a discounted price of $11.99 per six months. The discount is granted from within the app.

Tag: Ulysses

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
22 months ago
Ulysses will never get my business as long as it's a rental. Stop calling it a subscription! When I get a magazine subscription, and it ends, I still have my magazines.

I'd be very interested if they used the Agenda model. No new features unless you renew, but the software is yours. That's an actual subscription.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
22 months ago

Don't forget to send complain to Netflix, Spotify, Apple and many others. I don't think subscription model specifies ownership. Prove me wrong.

Also Agenda is refering to their business model as "Cash Cow" ('https://medium.com/@drewmccormack/a-cash-cow-is-on-the-agenda-138a11995595'), not Subscription.

With Spotify and Netflix you have a choice, you can buy the same music and TV shows for a bigger upfront sum and then own them forever. So everyone gets the model they prefer. Personally I'm happy to subscribe to Spotify, on one hand because it means I can always have any music I want, I don't have to worry about having to buy a song just to listen to it once or twice, but mostly because they found ways to add value on top of that with their suggestion algorithms, social stuff (see what your friends are listening to), etc. Ulysses doesn't give you a choice between buying it and owning it forever (I actually bought the iOS version for £18 back before the subscription and it was a poor experience) and a subscription and they do little to justify paying for it every month. Spotify gives me fresh songs twice a week so I have a reason to keep paying.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
22 months ago

The old version of Ulysses can't be downloaded anymore?

You can only get those if you purchased them in the past, and they will receive no further updates, otherwise buying them is no longer an option.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
22 months ago
Maybe this has some advantages for pro writers that I can't understand but it seems very overpriced seeing how it can't do anything (to my eyes at last) that other much cheaper Markdown editors can't.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
22 months ago

Ulysses will never get my business as long as it's a rental. Stop calling it a subscription! When I get a magazine subscription, and it ends, I still have my magazines.

I'd be very interested if they used the Agenda model. No new features unless you renew, but the software is yours. That's an actual subscription.

You still have everything you wrote in the app and can view it. Just like your magazines
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
22 months ago

Ulysses will never get my business as long as it's a rental. Stop calling it a subscription! When I get a magazine subscription, and it ends, I still have my magazines.

I'd be very interested if they used the Agenda model. No new features unless you renew, but the software is yours. That's an actual subscription.

True. That is actual subscription, and I like Agenda for that model. However, I have tried to get my head around it a couple times, and couldn't figure what to do with it, when I have the excellent Bear Notes app that I love.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

'This App is No Longer Shared' iOS Bug Preventing Some Apps From Opening

Friday May 22, 2020 3:58 pm PDT by
An app bug is causing some iOS users to be unable to open their apps, with affected iPhone and iPad users seeing the message "This app is no longer shared with you" when attempting to access an app. There are multiple complaints about the issue on the MacRumors forums and on Twitter from users who are running into problems. A MacRumors reader describes the issue:Is anyone else experiencing...

Apple Memorial Day Deals: Shop the Best Apple Accessory Sales From Twelve South, eBay, Anker, Mophie, and More

Friday May 22, 2020 6:39 am PDT by
We're now just a few days away from Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, and numerous retailers have opened up discounts in celebration of the holiday. This includes sales on helpful Apple-related accessories like Anker's portable batteries, Beats headphones at eBay, Incase and Incipio's protective iPad and iPhone cases, Mophie's iPhone battery cases, JBL's Bluetooth speakers, and much more. Note:...

Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Shares Intriguing Story of His Interview With Steve Jobs at NeXT

Friday May 22, 2020 4:01 am PDT by
Former Apple executive and iOS chief Scott Forstall made a rare public appearance this week at Code.org's virtual Code Break event, and in between classes, Forstall shared the intriguing story of how he was hired by Steve Jobs. Forstall revealed that he had been considering working at Microsoft when he went to interview at NexT, the company started by Jobs after he had left Apple. Forstall...

'Apple Glass' Rumored to Start at $499, Support Prescription Lenses, and More

Tuesday May 19, 2020 6:30 am PDT by
Front Page Tech host and leaker Jon Prosser today shared several alleged details about Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses, including an "Apple Glass" marketing name, $499 starting price, prescription lens option, and more. The marketing name will be "Apple Glass" The glasses will start at $499 with the option for prescription lenses at an extra cost There will be displays in both...

Apple's 'Bounce' AirPods Ad Wins 'Best of Advertising' Award

Friday May 22, 2020 10:09 am PDT by
Apple's creative "Bounce" ad designed to highlight the AirPods took top honors in the 99th annual ADC (Art Director's Club) awards for advertising, earning the "Best of Discipline" award along with two Gold Cube awards in the craft in video and branded content categories. Released in June 2019, the ad features a bored man who pulls his AirPods off of their wireless charging pad and then pops ...

Apple's 'AirPods Studio' Over-Ear Headphones Have Reportedly Kicked Off Production

Friday May 22, 2020 7:03 am PDT by
We've been hearing quite a bit recently about Apple's long-rumored over-ear headphones, said to be called "AirPods Studio," and it looks like a launch may be coming in the relatively near future. Artist mockup based on Beats Studio3 Rumors have generally suggested a summer or fall launch for AirPods Studio, with a report earlier this week claiming that suppliers in Vietnam will begin...

Top Stories: Apple Glass and iPhone 12 Rumors, iOS 13.5 Update, and More!

Saturday May 23, 2020 6:00 am PDT by
It was another big week for rumors this week, with a flurry of reports about Apple's augmented reality glasses, the iPhone 12, and Apple's "AirPods Studio" over-ear headphones. This week also saw the release of iOS 13.5, bringing a number of health-related updates to Apple's mobile devices. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Other topics of interest this week included ...

Apple Releases iPadOS and iOS 13.5 With Exposure Notification API, Face ID Mask Updates, Group FaceTime Changes and More

Wednesday May 20, 2020 10:00 am PDT by
Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 13.5, major updates that come more than a month after the launch of iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1. iOS 13.5 is a major health-related update that brings many features related to the ongoing public health crisis. The iOS and ‌‌iPadOS‌‌ 13.5 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings...

Jon Prosser Claims Apple is Working on 'Steve Jobs Heritage Edition' AR Glasses, Gurman Calls Rumor 'Complete Fiction'

Thursday May 21, 2020 4:50 pm PDT by
Apple is working on a limited-edition version of its augmented reality smart glasses that's designed to look like the round, frameless glasses that Steve Jobs was famous for wearing, according to Jon Prosser. Prosser, who runs YouTube show Front Page Tech and who has been sharing a flood of Apple rumors in recent weeks, mentioned the detail in Cult of Mac's latest Cultcast podcast....

T-Mobile and Sprint Offering Free iPhone SE With Trade-In

Thursday May 21, 2020 1:14 pm PDT by
T-Mobile is launching a Memorial Day promotion that will see the company offering a free iPhone SE to customers who trade in an eligible older smartphone in good condition. From Friday to Monday, customers who trade in an existing smartphone can get a free iPhone SE (sales tax still needs to be paid) or up to $500 off a Samsung Galaxy S20. The free iPhone SE will be provided in the form...