Friday 5: Ulysses – my favorite iOS writing app!

Ulysses is, in my opinion, the best text editor on iOS. ( ) Also available on macOS: ( ) Subscribe ► | Read full article ►

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32 Comments on Friday 5: Ulysses – my favorite iOS writing app!

  1. 9to5Mac I have a question: goodnotes4 or notability? (Take school notes with Apple Pencil)

    • José David S.V notability if you have a mac. I have both apps in my iPhone and iPad as well as my Mac. My favorite feature about notability is the ability to write notes and record audio simultaneously so you can follow along with your notes. Notability also syncs via iCloud, google drive, Dropbox, and WebDAV. It can export notes in several formats. Definitely worth the cost.

    • José David S.V Notability!!! (you can record your lectures and have the recordings synchronize with your handwriting. Now i’m pretty notability bias because of this feature but if anyone wants to correct me I will check it out only if it has that feature!!)

    • I far prefer Notability over Goodnotes. Much simpler to use and the audio recording sync with your note taking is something Goodnotes cannot do.

  2. I’ve tried Ulysses and think that it’s a waste of money. For one thing, not revealed in this video, it costs $45 for Mac plus another $25 for iOS for a total of $70. Plus it has its own learning curve, and in the end does nothing that you can’t do with Pages or Text Edit or a good web text editor. For writing for the web, I’ll take an html/css text editor over Ulysses, including free ones such as Atom and Brackets, anytime.

    • Rory on a Bike I disagree. For a writer, Ulysses offers a lot more and is probably targeted at this market. Here’s a few things I prefer:

      Being able to structure with doc, pages and editor is far more useful than just Stand alone documents. And being able to easily send various pages of the document to others, or combine them, saves time.(as shown in the video)

      Being able to tag within the document rather than just the document, is also useful.

      Being able to search text within all documents is also incredibly useful.

      The side bar to attach notes, or docs,
      either to individual sheets or the document as a whole, is better for researchers and means you might not need a separate app.

      Being able to set writing targets and goals within app easily is nice too.

      Being able to easily select dark mode, solaris etc makes a big difference for me, and a more enjoyable writing experience.

      I don’t need markdown, but to have all that within the same app so is pretty convenient.

      I agree it’s expensive, but if you are going to use it often, and you value those features and interface over Pages, than it’s worth it.

      A far better question would be whether it is better than Scrivener, but again, it depends on what features and interface you value more.

    • Rory on a Bike you mention osx only editors as alternatives, but IMO Ulysses is mainly for iOS focused people. What html editing app is there on the iOS side of the same caliber ? Pages doesn’t cut it for me.

    • makasete30 agree with everything you stated. I switch from Scrivener because lighter weight than the Mac App which has a learning curve, and I just want to get words on paper, with simple organization.

  3. Ulysses rules! My author partner and I write whole novels on it and publish them on Amazon (eBook and paperback).
    BTW: You can upload directly to WordPress and Medium – just fill in your account data in Ulysses’ preferences. No html-copy&paste necessary!

  4. Jeff – Can you export into Rich Text format into the default iOS Mail app in the body of the email and keep such formatting bullets items, dashes etc

  5. Instead of showing paid apps ! Pls show us some very goood free apps that can do this same task

  6. Just out of curiosity… what is so much better about Ulysses compared to much cheaper, but still very capable apps, such as iA Writer, for instance?

  7. I prefer Scrivner over Ulysses, but Pages can do a lot more than either of them for free. So the only time I use a dedicated text editor app is when I’m looking for some specific outline tools.

  8. Can i get the link for the backcover you use in this video? I was not able to find one for the iPad Pro with enough space for the smart keyboard. Thanks a lot!

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