Ulysses’ Writing Support Tools

How many times have you been writing away only to realize that you need to include a photo, quote or citation? You don’t want to break your writing rhythm, but you don’t want to forget to include that needed item either. The Ulysses writing platform  (Mac – $44.99 & iOS – $24.99)  has a number of tools that can help you manage the writing process even when you want to stay focused on your actual writing.

Ulysses comment panelOne easy way is to add a comment right in the text. Comments begin with two percent (%%) characters as shown in the example above. The text following those characters is visible – and searchable – within the editor but will not be included when you export your manuscript. In the example above, I’ve used a comment to remind me that I need to insert a picture here.

The panel shown to the right is the Attachment panel and can be displayed by clicking/tapping the paperclip icon found at the far right of the editing toolbar (located at the top of the editor screen in the Mac version and just above the onscreen keyboard in the iOS version). This is where you can add keywords, notes and pictures to the current sheet. In these examples I’ve added a “pics” keyword as well as a note with more detailed information about which pictures are needed. These are also searchable.

Ulysses Attachments

Because they are searchable, I can easily set up a filter to keep track of them. In the example below you’ll notice a Needs Pictures item in the left sidebar. It is a filter that is looking for either the “pics” keyword in attachments or “%% picture” in the text.

Ulysses Sheet

At any time I can tap the Need Pictures item in the sidebar to display the sheets that still need work. Once the appropriate photo has been added to a sheet, the comment/keyword is removed and this sheet no longer appears in the filter’s sheets list.

Best of all, I can add a comment, keyword or note without disrupting my writing effort. I like that – a lot.

 

Ulysses’ Support Tools for Writers

Ulysses’ Support Tools for Writers

How many times have you been writing away only to realize that you need to include a photo, quote or citation? You don’t want to break your writing rhythm, but you don’t want to forget to include that needed item either. The Ulysses writing platform has a number of tools that can help you manage the writing process even when you want to stay focused on your actual writing. One easy way is to add…

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Ulysses’ Support Tools for Writers

How many times have you been writing away only to realize that you need to include a photo, quote or citation? You don’t want to break your writing rhythm, but you don’t want to forget to include that needed item either. The Ulysses writing platform has a number of tools that can help you manage the writing process even when you want to stay focused on your actual writing.

Ulysses comments

One easy way is to add a comment right in the text. Comments begin with two percent (%%) characters as shown in the example above. The text following those characters is visible – and searchable – within the editor but will not be included when you export your manuscript. In the example above, I’ve used a comment to remind me that I need to insert a picture here.

The panel shown to the right is the Attachment panel and can be displayed by clicking/tapping the paperclip icon found at the far right of the toolbar (located at the top of the editor screen in the Mac version and just above the onscreen keyboard in the iPad version). This is where you can add keywords, notes and pictures to the current sheet. In these examples I’ve added a “pics” keyword as well as a note with more detailed information about which pictures are needed. These are also searchable.

Ulysses Attachments

Because they are searchable, I can easily set up a filter to keep track of them. In the example below you’ll notice a Needs Pictures item in the sidebar. It is a filter that is looking for either the “pics” keyword in attachments or “%% picture” in the text.

Ulysses Sheet

At any time I can tap the Need Pictures item in the sidebar to display the sheets that still need work. Once the appropriate photo has been added to a sheet, the comment/keyword is removed and this sheet no longer appears in the filter’s sheets list.

Best of all, I can add a comment, keyword or note without disrupting the writing effort. I like that – a lot.

Dropbox Comments

Dropbox Comments – collaboration made easy … http://wp.me/pUz7q-4q5

The new comments feature in Dropbox is a delight to use. Right now it’s only accessible from Dropbox on the web and on iOS devices, but you’ll quickly discover how useful it can be when you are collaborating with others. Comments are “attached” to the file that is the topic of the discussion – in this case a photograph. To create a comment, navigate to the file you want to discuss and click the…

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Disqus for Books?

This morning I pulled out my copy of Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course to get ready to move my photo library to iCloud. When you buy a Take Control Of book, not only do you get free updates when new features are added, you also get access to a resource site for that book. There you’ll find additional tips, cheat sheets and other useful stuff. At the end of each chapter, my book includes a link to the corresponding resource page. I also noticed a link to the Disqus comments section for that page. They are using Disqus to give readers a connection to the author (and other TCO staff) so they can ask questions and share ideas.

How cool is that!

The first thing I did was open up the Disqus app on my iPad and follow the book’s author. That way I can keep up with all his coversations in one place. This is a great Disqus feature and one I have found very useful. Next I browsed the conversations for this chapter and discovered a number of great tips. People were even sharing Apple scripts they had built to help make their migration easier.

Kudos to the author and TCO staff for putting Disqus to use in such a creative way.