Ulysses 19 Brings Material Sheets, Mouse Support on iPad, Keywords in Markdown Files, and More

Popular writing app Ulysses received its eighteenth major update today, adding some notable new features and bringing full mouse and trackpad support on iPadOS.

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As mentioned, version 19 of Ulysses adds native support for Apple's new iPad mouse and trackpad features, which were announced on March 24 as part of iPadOS 13.4.

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What that means in practice is that the round cursor changes shape or shifts out the way as it moves across different interactive elements in the Ulysses interface. The cursor will also turn into an "I-beam" over text for the purpose of editing.

Meanwhile, Ulysses users now have the ability to indicate selected texts or notes as "material," or things they've written or collected in the app that aren't meant to be part of a final text.

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Thanks to a visual marker, material "sheets," as they’re called in the Ulysses terminology, are easy to recognize. By default, content marked as material is excluded from export and statistics.

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In Ulysses 19, the developers have also improved the compatibility of Ulysses keywords in Markdown files. They can now be written out at the end of a text and marked with a hash. This allows Markdown editors such as Bear Notes or iA Writer to interpret them as keywords as well. Conversely, Ulysses will now recognize keywords in Markdown files and make them usable in the app.

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Elsewhere on ‌iPad‌ and iPhone, Ulysses 19 adds the ability to embed external folders from locations in the Files app, such as cloud storage providers or Git clients, and edit the contained files with Ulysses. Users also now have the option to export single backups of their text libraries and import them back into Ulysses.

Other additions and improvements in this version include new search filter criteria such as "has goal," "has note attachment" or "is material," a new editor font called SF Mono, improved initial download performance when syncing with Dropbox, and a new toilet paper group icon.

Coinciding with the release of Ulysses 19, the developers are set to open a beta program for Ulysses 20. “We're working on a few awesome new features that need thorough testing, at best with a large number of participants," said Marcus Fehn, Ulysses' creative head of development.

Ulysses can be downloaded for free on the App Store and the Mac App Store, with version 19 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. Ulysses is also included in Setapp, the subscription-based service for Mac applications created by MacPaw.

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Top Rated Comments

MasterHowl Avatar
10 months ago


Now you have to name its title as well and tell us where to get it. ?

Here it is :-D ('https://www.waterstones.com/book/meteorite/tim-gregory/9781529327649')
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The Cappy Avatar
10 months ago


You had me until I read subscription. This isn't f Office or Photoshop. Won't pay $5 every month. Sorry.

Why exactly is Office or Photoshop magically worth a subscription but Ulysses isn't? Office has competitors that are pretty decent and do mostly the same, Photoshop has absolutely outstanding competitors. Ulysses is a terrific app if you want to write. If you're actually using it, it's worth it. And $40 a year is a lot cheaper than Microsoft's $69 or $99 a year.


Agreed. It's an awfully shameless price too. Good for the developers that some people have zero sense of when they are being ripped off. This is a clear case of that.

Because...? Because for a 1-time payment, the developers are supposed to keep working for free, forever? This nonsense is the reason why we can't get pro-level apps on the App Store. It's not like Ulysses has stagnated. They're continuing to develop it. You have absolutely no idea what the user base is, and probably don't have a grown-up's knowledge of paying overhead of an office, then going home and paying rent for a home and trying to support a family. I seriously doubt that the devs are living in opulence over my paltry subscription fee.
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MasterHowl Avatar
10 months ago
Ulysses is perhaps my favourite non-Apple app. Both their macOS version and iOS/iPadOS versions are fantastic and seamlessly integrate. It feels like an "Apple app" if that makes sense?
Back in January I finished writing a 135k word manuscript in Ulysses (my first book). It's due to be published and available to buy in August. So exciting. Ulysses made the writing process a total joy. Their app is a delight to use.
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anakin44011 Avatar
10 months ago


The people who pay the subscription will be delighted!

I, on the other side, I'm still happy with my one-time purchase of the 2.8.2. version. I don't have to continue to spend money and yet I still can read and edit my old files in Ulysses, and create new ones too! Go figure ;-)

The people who pay for subscriptions are delighted to know that this software is not only still being developed, but will likely still exist five or 10 years from now rather than becoming another one of the many promising applications that got abandoned when compatibility with various operating system updates broke their code.

$40/year for a piece of software that I use and rely upon every day? Hell yes!

YMWV
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JediStarWars Avatar
10 months ago
Long time Ulysses user. It's a great app.

I've got to say though, subscription models suck. I would happily pay $49 or $99 for a lifetime, one-time license (even if it's the same version and does not include future updates as long as the version I have continues to work...) because people cannot progress financially in life if everything becomes a subscription model.

Because of this, I have since migrated back to Apple Notes. It's surprisingly good and accomplishes everything I need a writing and document repository app to do. The fact that it's reliable, consistent, and cross-platform across the Mac OS/iOS platforms makes it a no-brainer when switching. You can even export everything from Ulysses to Notes. It's a slow, manual process, but worth sucking up as a one time hit if you're committed to switching.

I've used Ulysses, Bear, and everything in-between. The Apple Notes app is severely under appreciated.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ian Howlett Avatar
10 months ago
Personally I like Scrivener for writing long documents.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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