Ulysses Moves to a Subscription Service

Ulysses Moves to a Subscription Service

The Ulysses writing platform for Mac and iOS has moved to subscription service. Yes, I would rather buy it once and be done with it, but unfortunately it takes time and money to maintain a good app. Over the years, a number of my favorite apps were bought out by bigger services who only wanted access to a particular feature, leaving me with nothing. So, because Ulysses offers a broad range of…

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Ulysses Moves to a Subscription Service

The Ulysses writing platform for Mac and iOS has moved to subscription service. Yes, I would rather buy it once and be done with it, but unfortunately it takes time and money to maintain a good app. Over the years, a number of my favorite apps were bought out by bigger services who only wanted access to a particular feature, leaving me with nothing. So, because Ulysses offers a broad range of features and services that I use regularly, it’s worth the cost to me. I hope it means that no “big” company will come along and buy out one of my most useful apps just to have control of one of its best features.

Fortunately, I’m grand-fathered in as a long-time user and have a lower subscription than new users will, but I find Ulysses so useful that it’s worth paying the price to insure it will continue to grow and provide even more options to make my writing efforts easier.

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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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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.