Ulysses Gains Native iPad Editor Split View and Ghost Publishing Support

Ulysses is due to receive an update today that brings two key features to the popular universal app for writers – Ghost publishing support and a native split view on iPad.


The ability to display two texts next to each other is handy when comparing two versions of a document or keeping an eye on your reference notes while writing, and Ulysses recently improved the experience on Mac by introducing its own native split view function with the ability to view two sheets in the writing window.

With this version, split view editing comes to ‌iPad‌, enabling Ulysses users to not just display and edit two texts at a time, scroll both texts simultaneously, and apportion the available screen space between the two editors. With a split view containing two app windows, they can also navigate and show an export preview next to an editor, to see what the finished article is going to look like when they write.


Today's other big addition to Ulysses is in its publishing function. To date, Ulysses has offered users direct uploading of texts – including images, links, tags, and so on – to WordPress and Medium. With this new release, writers can also upload their work straight to the Ghost platform, which specializes in blogs and online publications.

Elsewhere in this release, the developers have added syntax highlighting for more programming languages, including Mathematica, Vimscript, Smalltalk, GraphQL, and Handlebars. Shared sheets are also now exported in a compressed format, which fixes a multitude of sharing issues, while the first launch experience has been updated to make it easier for new users to get to know the app. Lastly, this version brings a number of performance improvements and bug fixes for both iOS and Mac apps.

Ulysses can be downloaded for free on the App Store and the Mac App Store, with version 16 rolling out to users on Monday. 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.

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24 weeks ago
Not a big fan of subscription models... Hard Pass
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24 weeks ago

Ulysses is the App of a german Company which most disgustingly adopted apples rip off scheme.
I even dumped my bought version of it!

Yeah same here... I’m not going to continue supporting these greedy <insert_here> , using iA Writer now. Works like a charm, does all what I need.
Rating: 6 Votes
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24 weeks ago
It's too cheap. My coffees cost at least $5 now, so I expect my subscriptions to keep pace.
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24 weeks ago
I've grown very fond of Ulysses over the years. Simple UI, fast sync via iCloud (so I don't have to manage folders on Dropbox), and most importantly: extensive Shortcut support. I have various shortcuts such as a journaling one that in one tap creates a new sheet in the whatever group the current month is (May, June, etc.) with a pre-created title and a small text at the bottom that has a summary of that day's weather. With one tap of a button in the widget I have an entry ready to go.

I'm not a fan of subscriptions, but mine is only $30 a year and given the hundreds of entries I've made I don't mind paying that. Heck, I pay $15 a month for Netflix and haven't opened Netflix in like 3 months.
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24 weeks ago
Ulysses is the App of a german Company which most disgustingly adopted apples rip off scheme.
I even dumped my bought version of it!
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24 weeks ago
Used to love this app. Dumped them when they went subscription. To hell with that. I am not some company's perpetual revenue stream. I buy apps, and if I can't buy them, I don't use them. Period.
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24 weeks ago

A monthly subscription costs $4.99


...for a notes taking app? Wow
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24 weeks ago

I hate the subscription method like everyone else and I hate the commitment, but in the constant update world, the developers got to eat they can't make a product and sell it once. One suggested method was for the user to keep the latest version he paid for on subscription and not receive further updates once the subscription is turned off.

Or maybe offer 1 low subscription and 1 higher priced pay once option, 1password does this. Choose whatever pleases you. I am not sure how many license app developers sell so I don't know if the pay-once method is enough for them.


Agenda does this. You pay *once*, and you get the software, and updates a year. You keep those features permanently. If you want new features later, you pay again, but only if you want to. THAT is a subscription. This per month or lose it is RENTING.

I don't rent software.

I fired this off, and didn't even see [USER=855282]@T-Bob[/USER]. Exactly.
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24 weeks ago
Super excited. Split view on my iPad was one of the main features I was waiting for. It will get a lot of use.
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