Ulysses 17 Gains Keyword Management for iOS, New iPad Fullscreen Mode, and More

Version 17 of Ulysses was released today, bringing some much-requested features to the popular Mac and iOS app for writers.

First up, the developers have brought keyword management to the iOS app, following the introduction of the feature on Mac in spring.


You can now edit or delete keywords, customize colors, and merge several keywords into one, whichever device you're working on.

You can also mark your most-used keywords as favorites for easy access within the app, with full keyword sync across Mac and iOS.

Regular Ulysses users will be familiar with the app's ability to export their texts as a formatted PDF or DOCX document. In this latest release, four new export styles are included.

Business is for laying out reports and strategy papers. Academica is for lecture notes. Review is suited for on-paper editing (the style reproduces comments and text deletions and comes with a large margin for hand-written notes).


Finally, Manuscript is geared to the U.S. layout standards used for submitting literary works to publishers.

In addition to the above, this version shows image captions in image previews, and for iPad users, there's a completely overhauled fullscreen mode that puts your text front and center.

There are no onscreen toolbars, and sidebars slide into view for quick interactions before sliding out again to keep you focused. With an external keyboard attached, the same Mac shortcut Command-Control-F opens and closes fullscreen mode, and the shortcut bar is hidden.


Elsewhere in this update, there's added support for previewing image captions in the editor and exporting them to PDF and DOCX documents, and a handful of bug fixes have been implemented.

Ulysses can be downloaded for free on the App Store and the Mac App Store, with version 17 rolling out to existing users today.

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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5 weeks ago

Agreed. Paid for premium price, then they went to subscription. Horrible company.

Moved everything over to iA Writer, Scrivener and Devonthink. Much happier.

Incidentally, a similar thing happened with 1Password. Moved everything over to Enpass and Myki, and couldn’t be happier.

Will not pay subscription prices for these apps. Happy to pay premium for a good app.


IMO, 1Password at least has a foot to stand on since security integrity is more paramount for a password manager. That’s something worth paying into.
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5 weeks ago
Another example where subscription-based app doesn’t make too much sense. Sigh. People don’t mind paying a bit more for quality software (like with Affinity) but they don’t want to be exploited through monthly payments and constant reminder that they lose access to their data if they stop paying.
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5 weeks ago

Why would you wish that? I purchased it, used it, loved it, advocated for it, put all my writing into it to the point where it became my full workflow, all on their explicit promise that they'd never go SaaS, and then they held me hostage for it. A case where it was better to never have loved at all than to have loved and lost.

Agreed. Paid for premium price, then they went to subscription. Horrible company.

Moved everything over to iA Writer, Scrivener and Devonthink. Much happier.

Incidentally, a similar thing happened with 1Password. Moved everything over to Enpass and Myki, and couldn’t be happier.

Will not pay subscription prices for these apps. Happy to pay premium for a good app.
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5 weeks ago
Subscriptions? Yeah, but no.
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5 weeks ago
Ulysses is 50% off right now.
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5 weeks ago
40 euros for this, 40 euros for that and next thing you know you’re paying 500-600 a year for apps you barely use. Makes a lot of sense.
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5 weeks ago
Agree. I’ll just never buy a subscription based app. Much happier to buy as a one-off
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5 weeks ago
Sorry, I don’t rent software. I am willing to pay upfront. I’m also will to pay for any newly released features I I feel I need them. Paying for new features keep a company focused on listening to the needs/request of their customer based. Subscriptions not so much.
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5 weeks ago
Just waiting for the anti-subscription backlash....
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5 weeks ago

I wish I had purchased this app while it was a one-time purchase... Now I try to avoid subscriptions.


Why would you wish that? I purchased it, used it, loved it, advocated for it, put all my writing into it to the point where it became my full workflow, all on their explicit promise that they'd never go SaaS, and then they held me hostage for it. A case where it was better to never have loved at all than to have loved and lost.
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