Ulysses App Now Lets Writers Organize Their Work into Projects

Popular writing app and markdown editor Ulysses has gained a new Projects feature that's aimed at users who tend to work on larger projects, such as books, a thesis, or a blog.

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New to the app in version 29, the Projects feature only shows what's relevant to the current project and hides everything else in the app's sidebar to improve focus.

The writing goal and deadline for the project is shown in prominently in the sidebar, where there are dedicated sections for content as well as additional silos for research material, while keywords for each project are managed separately.

The interface for projects has been designed to make content easily exportable, and each project can have separate settings, such as export style and file format.

In addition, Ulysses 29 overhauls the dashboard and Revision mode toolbars on Mac and the menus on iOS, and fixes a bug where italics would fail to show in the editor. The whole process of moving groups and sheets has also been reworked, so that Ulysses drag-and-drop interactions finally work as they should.

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Ulysses can be downloaded for free on the App Store. 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 $39.99.

Students can use Ulysses at a discounted price of $10.99 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

msackey Avatar
18 months ago

Scrivener is cheaper and more widely respected and multi platform.
Plus, Scrivener is not tied to a subscription fee! I'm happy to pay for perpetual license, and happy to pay to upgrade when major versions come out. There was a time when I used Ulysses before the subscription model. As soon as they turned to subscription, I ditched them and never looked back.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
enterthemerdaverse Avatar
18 months ago
Scrivener is cheaper and more widely respected and multi platform.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
enterthemerdaverse Avatar
18 months ago

Plus, Scrivener is not tied to a subscription fee! I'm happy to pay for perpetual license, and happy to pay to upgrade when major versions come out. There was a time when I used Ulysses before the subscription model. As soon as they turned to subscription, I ditched them and never looked back.
I can only understand the concept of subscription if there is a very complex app that costs a lot of money to maintain, has regular ‘Big Feature updates’ and suffers badly from piracy. Things like Autodesk, Foundry and Adobe had to go the sub route.

But a text processor isn’t sub worthy. Scrivener is very feature rich and have maintained compatibility with each macOS and Windows update for free. That means I spent only about $170 on version 1, 2 and 3 since 2007.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SirAnthonyHopkins Avatar
18 months ago

No matter how much money I make, I can never justify the cost of that app. But I admit from my trial, I like it. I really like the app. I hope whoever is behind it, is swimming Scrooge-McDuck style in a vault of money for the amount being charged for a text editor.
It's not just "a text editor" though, it's a whole project binder and management system for lengthy and complex pieces of work. If it was easy to do this kind of thing in TextEdit, then no one would be paying for Ulysses or Scrivener.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ignatius345 Avatar
18 months ago

Should be as simple as linked your Dropbox, etc.
What throws me off is that there's somehow no iCloud syncing. So you're apparently left to install third-party software like Dropbox or Google Drive, which I'm really not into. And even then, there are dire warnings ('https://scrivener.tenderapp.com/help/kb/cloud-syncing/using-scrivener-with-cloud-sync-services') about manually closing projects or risking sync conflicts or corruption. As much as I dislike Ulysses' subscription model, it's absolutely seamless when it comes to syncing and frankly I think that's table stakes in 2022. Ulysses' UI is also still incredibly smooth and nice to work with. So, I take the hit once a year and keep my eyes open for good alternatives. I keep an eye on Scrivener, though, and if they ever get syncing sorted properly I'd be happy to pay up and give it a whirl.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gnik Nus Avatar
18 months ago

Every time I’ve checked out Scrivener, the sync process seems so fraught and weird that I immediately turn away.
It's a shame that there is no iCloud sync on Scrivener. I admit that. The only option is Dropbox. But if you set it up right, it does work as a charm. I've been using it for years on huge projects, moving back and forth between Mac and iPad without a single issue.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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