Ulysses 21 Brings Advanced Grammar and Style Check to iPhone and iPad

Popular writing app Ulysses receives its 21st major release on October 6, and will bring with it the revision mode that was introduced to Mac this summer to iPad and iPhone.

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Revision mode, as the name suggests, aims to aid focused text revision by hiding unnecessary features, dimming the editor theme, and highlighting annotations and suggestions.

Revision mode also includes an advanced grammar and style check powered by the LanguageTool Plus service, which can analyze texts and provide informed suggestions in categories such as capitalization, punctuation, semantics, redundancy, typography, and style.

On top of the grammar and style suggestions, users can review annotations, comments, deletions and marked text passages in this mode.

In addition to the new mode, Ulysses' developers have reworked the app's appearance to match the look-and-feel of iOS 14.


Ulysses can be downloaded for free on the App Store, with version 21 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 $5.99, while a yearly subscription is $49.99.

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

drumcat Avatar
50 months ago
It's still a software rental. Pass.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Matthew Gibbons Avatar
50 months ago
Ulysses was such a great app, but moving it to a subscription based model has made it useless to me. Thankfully Markdown is supported by a plethora of equally good editors.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MasterHowl Avatar
50 months ago
Ulysses is my favourite non-Apple app in the whole Apple ecosystem. It's well worth the subscription price for me.

I finished writing a 135,000-word book in Ulysses earlier this year. The app is a delight to use on both macOS and iPadOS/iOS. Seamless iCloud integration, gorgeous UI, and some really nice features. It handled all of my folders/smart folders really well and made keeping track of drafts and chapter/sub-chapters easy. It's updated regularly, too, and new features added quite often.

I'll also add that the Ulysses team are great, too. They helped me out loads when I was getting started, and were always quick to respond to questions and feature suggestions.

I'm not writing anything at the moment and so I've let my subscription expire (I can still view my documents, just not edit them), but when the time comes to write book number 2 I'll be renewing without hesitation. An all-round fantastic piece of software.

PS: I understand the whole frustration with everything moving to a subscription service lately. I have very mixed feelings about it and I'm uneasy with it in many ways. But one of the good things about a subscription service is that you can have more confidence that the dev team are financially stable, and so will be less likely to suddenly go bust and drop support for an app that you rely on every day (at least I think that's the case with small teams of devs like over at Ulysses).
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kid Red Avatar
50 months ago

It's still a software rental. Pass.
Agreed. Subscriptions are just greedy money grabs on certain products.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
artfossil Avatar
50 months ago

Ulysses is my favourite non-Apple app in the whole Apple ecosystem. It's well worth the subscription price for me.

I finished writing a 135,000-word book in Ulysses earlier this year. The app is a delight to use on both macOS and iPadOS/iOS. Seamless iCloud integration, gorgeous UI, and some really nice features. It handled all of my folders/smart folders really well and made keeping track of drafts and chapter/sub-chapters easy. It's updated regularly, too, and new features added quite often.

I'll also add that the Ulysses team are great, too. They helped me out loads when I was getting started, and were always quick to respond to questions and feature suggestions.

I'm not writing anything at the moment and so I've let my subscription expire (I can still view my documents, just not edit them), but when the time comes to write book number 2 I'll be renewing without hesitation. An all-round fantastic piece of software.

PS: I understand the whole frustration with everything moving to a subscription service lately. I have very mixed feelings about it and I'm uneasy with it in many ways. But one of the good things about a subscription service is that you can have more confidence that the dev team are financially stable, and so will be less likely to suddenly go bust and drop support for an app that you rely on every day (at least I think that's the case with small teams of devs like over at Ulysses).
My favorite app, as well. It's powerful, elegant, a pleasure to use, and has terrific support. (I migrated to the subscription plan so it's only $29.99 for me--but I'd gladly pay full price.)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mixel Avatar
50 months ago
Goddamnit, I could never use an app called Ulysses 21..

Ulysseee-iii-eee-ii-eees
No-one else can do the things you do!
Ulysseee-iii-eee-ii-eees
Like a bolt of thunder from the blue!
Ulysseee-iii-eee-ii-eees
Always fighting all the evil forces, bringing peace and
justice to all!

My brain would never stop. (I know it's 31, it's just close enough to activate decades-old earworms)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)