Ulysses Update With iPhone Support

Ulysses has just released version 2.5 for Mac and iOS. Some of the many new features include:

  • Fully adapted to iPhone

  • Fully adapted to iOS 9’s Split Screen

  • Fully adapted to iPad Pro

  • Added Medium export

  • Added Share Extension

  • Added 3D Touch actions on supported devices

  • Added Spotlight indexing/opening via Springboard

  • Added DOCX import

  • Added a couple of brand new PDF/DOCX export styles

  • Added reading aloud metric

  • Added keyword editor to sheet list

  • Now always shows keywords in attachment sidebar

  • Now allows sorting on a per-group basis

The big news is the iPhone. If you think you can’t write on your phone, think again. The really good news is the iOS version is a “universal” app  meaning it will work on all your iOS devices – from an iPhone 5 to an iPad Pro. And, if you already have Ulysses on your iPad you won’t have to buy another copy for your phone. Just download.

Want to see it in action? Here’s a demo . . .

Blogging from Byword

It’s fascinating to watch how quickly tech is moving away from the desktop. It is taking me longer to incorporate the new functions and apps into my workflows that it took the developers to create them.

Right now I writing this post on my iPad using the Byword [Mac – $9.99, iOS – $4.99] text editing app. It supports Markdown which makes it a lot easier to incorporate HTML code in the article for formatting and including links. If you’re spending more time on your iThings than your desktop, Byword can be very useful.

In order to publish to a blog site, you’ll need to add the Publish option – a $4.99 in-app purchase. With it you can publish your Byword notes to WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, Evernote and Scriptogram.

Going Mobile

Going Mobile …

I’m writing this on an iPad Air using the Logitech BLOK Keyboard Case and WordPress for iPad. I find I’m spending more time on my iPads (I still have my iPad Mini) than I do on my desktop. The Mini is not only my reader of choice of choice, but also an amazing presentation tool. Writing on the Air is a joy. Because of the small screen size, most writing apps have uncluttered screens. Thanks to Ma…

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Going Mobile

I’m writing this on an iPad Air using the Logitech BLOK Keyboard Case and WordPress for iPad. I find I’m spending more time on my iPads (I still have my iPad Mini) than I do on my desktop. The Mini is not only my reader of choice, but also an amazing presentation tool. Writing on the Air is a joy. Because of the small screen size, most writing apps have uncluttered screens. Thanks to Markdown I can add inline formatting without taking my hands off the keyboard. I can focus on the words – not the app.

Mobile Family Tree with Evernote in split screen view.
It’s even an impressive research platform. In this example, I have MobileFamilyTree [$14.99] open to a person page with Evernote in the split screen displaying a clipped note. MobileFamilyTree can operate as a standalone app or as a companion to MacFamilyTree [$49.99]. The database is stored in iCloud and accessible to both apps.

The combination of MobileFamilyTree, Evernote and iCloud means I can take ALL my research with me just about anywhere. Once a database is opened on the device, I have access to the data even when there is no online connection. Changes and additions will be uploaded once a connection is available.

Pixelmator photo-editing
Photo-editing in Pixelmator
I also have access to some amazing photo-editing tools. This is Pixelmator. It’s a full-featured photo editor as well as a graphic design and painting app. All of this for only $4.99.

Pixelmator for iPad
Graphic design with Pixelmator for iPad
The latest iOS updates include significant improvements to its sharing capabilities, making it much easier to add web clippings to Evernote, save blog posts and news articles to Pocket and share just about anything by email or text. Combine that with Documents [free] app’s amazing file management capabilities and my iPad keeps me connected to everything I need wherever I go.

Am I throwing out my “big” Mac? No. It still has many uses – as our primary scanning platform, media center and management console for peripherals. I’m keeping an eye on the Mac Mini as a possible replacement, but that’s still way down the road.

Family History Writing Platforms

Consider using a writing platform for your family history …

Are you like me and writing your family history one story at a time as your research discovers it?

I’ve watched my collection of “little stories” grow significantly over the years. Now, it’s a matter of getting all of those stories collected and organized so they can be used to create family history projects to share with my family. This is where writing platforms like Scrivener [Win & Mac – $45]…

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