Augmented Text Editing on Mobile: The New iOS 13 Gestures

As Ulysses syncs your entire text library to all of your Apple devices, you can work anytime, anywhere, on your iPhone. Do you find text editing on mobile a little cumbersome? Then try out the following gestures Apple introduced with iOS 13 and change your mind 😉

Change the Cursor Position

Tap and hold the cursor until the cursor symbol appears bigger. Then drag the cursor to its new position and let it go.

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Ulysses 18

We’ve just released Ulysses 18 to both the App Store and the Mac App Store. It is primarily a compatibility update to bring Ulysses up to speed with Apple’s recently released operating systems, namely iOS 13 and iPadOS. We’ve also added the ability to use Ulysses files in external folders, such as Dropbox. If you haven’t already, go grab the update, it’s free!

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Ulysses Is Doing Your Lists Right

Here’s a small but useful improvement in Ulysses 17. You may already be aware that there’s a feature to automatically continue lists; you can activate it via “Edit” › “Replacements” › “Smart Lists”.

Now, with the latest version, the lists have become even smarter. If you update a list — by adding a new item, removing one, or changing its hierarchical level —, the ordinal numbers of the following items will be updated automatically. Yay!

Improved in Ulysses 17: Caption Your Images

Whether it’s the Statue of Liberty in a US travel blog or a sketch of the human DNA in a term paper on genetics: Images are part and parcel of many text genres. Granted, most people will recognize both the statue and the DNA – but in many other cases, an image caption is helpful or even necessary to give context to the subject at hand. Luckily, Ulysses 17 has improved the handling of captions in the app. 😜

The purpose of an embedded image is not always obvious. Captions can help here.
The purpose of an embedded image is not always obvious. Captions can help here.
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Ulysses 18 Is Coming September 30th

After yesterday’s annual Apple event, we are happy to announce that Ulysses 18 is almost ready and will be shipping with the new OSes.

Following the announcement, we now know the dates of this year’s operating system releases: iOS 13 will be out next week, but we will have to wait until September 30th for iPadOS and even until October for macOS Catalina.

As we announced back in June, our OS support update will deeply integrate with the new system features, especially on iPad. That’s why it doesn’t make much sense to release Ulysses 18 before iPadOS ships. Delaying the release for Catalina, on the other hand, would leave an almost completed update shelved for a fairly long time. So we decided to publish Ulysses 18 together with iPadOS on September 30. Until then, the current version will run just fine on iOS 13.

By the way, iOS 13.1 will also be released on September 30. Given the pretty shaky beta phase this year, you might want to hold off updating your iPhone until then.

Writers, Get Organized! Use More Keywords!

With Ulysses version 17 we have improved working with keywords: The keyword manager is now also available on iPad and iPhone, plus you can define favorite keywords. It is the perfect timing to once again recommend the keyword feature to all Ulysses writers out there: If you’re not yet using keywords, you should probably start today!

Screenshot of the keyword manager on iPad
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Content Strategist Kelly Wade: “I Decided to Use My Skills to Help People”

Kelly Wade is an independent content strategist and copywriter from Australia. Graduated in forensics and chemistry and holder of a PhD, Kelly worked for the Australian government before she decided to switch careers. Finding the balance between the demands of her writing and strategy business and her obligation as a mother of two young children is not always easy. Still, Kelly enjoys the freedom to dispose of her time, and to work with businesses that sell products and services that really help their customers. Read more in our interview.

Portrait of Kelly Wade
Kelly Wade

If you want to know how Kelly is making use of Ulysses, and which other apps and tools are essential to her workflow, hang on: Kelly will share information about this here in a couple of days.

Please tell us something about you and what you are working on.

I would describe myself as a creator. At the moment, I spend most of my time creating things with words — copy, web content, marketing strategies, epic fantasy, children’s picture books and gardening books. But my creative pursuits aren’t restricted to the written word. For instance, I also illustrated all three of my picture books, I create images for my patrons on Patreon, I took all the photos for my upcoming gardening book and in a past life I created new chemicals.

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