Great for Editing on Small Screens: Ulysses’ Revised Button Row on iPhone

An outlook on forthcoming Ulysses for iPhone and what you can do with it, part 5

While composing these previews I have been realizing that many writing-related tasks are actually well suited for the road – if only you own the right tool. Take later stage text editing and proofreading as examples. Both activities involve a lot of reading, possibly more reading than writing. If the editing part works pain-free – why should you tie up yourself to your desk?

So, reading your Ulysses texts on iPhone will be most pleasant (that is, very pleasant) in full screen mode. Should you find something that needs revision, just tap to make the keyboard – and thus Ulysses’ button row – appear, and edit away.

The button row was first designed to equip the iPad’s virtual keyboard for long-form writing. The purpose remains the same for iPhone. Due to the space restrictions, however, some revision was required. Here is what it will look like:

Ulysses for iPhone Button Row

If you’re done revising, tap the downward pointing arrow right above the button row to hide the keyboard and go back to full screen – or should we say reading mode? – and continue.

With Ulysses for iPhone, editing and proofreading while you’re not at your desk will be a breeze. In case you need me: I’m on the beach.

Use Idle Time to Organize Your Stuff

An Outlook on Ulysses for iPhone and iPad and what you can do with it, Part 4

Organizing your writing is a necessary chore, but other than the writing itself it doesn’t necessarily require your undivided attention. This is where forthcoming Ulysses for iPhone comes into play.

Having Ulysses on your iPhone will let you comfortably do your organizing on the road – here are some impressions:

So, elaborating your thoughts on Foucault’s concept of power while waiting for the subway or your date is possibly a little heavy. Sorting out your collection of university notes, however, may be just the right thing to kill some idle time.

The New Share Extension: Do Some Research While Waiting for the Bus

An outlook on Ulysses for iPhone and iPad and what you can do with it, part 3

Many writing tasks start with some research and information gathering across the web. Scanning content and reading articles is a thing we do all the time on our iPhones anyway. Still, the Share extension we built into the new Ulysses for iPhone and iPad will improve the gathering part considerably.

It is very simple: If you have found an interesting article on the web, you can use Safari’s Share button to send it to Ulysses. You can also select text snippets on a page and share them.

Share extension

The shared content will be added as a new sheet to Ulysses’ library. Per default, the sheet will be inserted in the inbox, but you can also choose any other Ulysses group. Share works with any app that provides a Share button. As an example, if you share a photo from Apple’s Photos app with Ulysses, it will be added as an image object in a new sheet.

When using the Share extension with Ulysses for the first time, you’ll have to activate it. Just swipe to the end of the list of available apps and tap More to do this. If you share a lot with Ulysses (and as a writer you certainly will), you can also drag and move its icon to a more prominent position in the app list.

Accompany Your Texts With Photos – Instantly

An outlook on Ulysses for iPhone and iPad and what you can do with it, part 2

Let’s assume you’re a food blogger or a restaurant critic, paying a visit to the new trattoria in your neighboorhood. On your iPhone, you’re taking notes about the atmosphere, food and service quality. Or you’re on a mountain trip with your family, keeping a travel diary about your adventures. Or you’re a bestseller author researching for his next novel in, say, Venice, and you instantly realize that the victim meets his murderer for the first time in the very café you’re just sitting in. In all of these and probably many other cases you will want to take some visual impressions to accompany the notes and ideas you’re jotting down. Ulysses for iPhone will let you instantly complement your texts with the photos you take – without having to leave the app.

Add Photo

All you’ve got to do is to insert the (img) tag – will be accessible via the button row sitting above the iPhone keyboard – at the spot you desire. You’ll be prompted to take a photo, or to choose one from the library. The image is now part of your text and will, for example, get exported when you make a PDF. If your photo is intended to only illustrate or inspire your writing, you may want to place it in a sheet’s attachments. You can open attachments via the paperclip icon in the button row.

You can finish your piece right on your iPhone. Or, if you opt for a larger screen, you can leave your photo open to recall the smell and taste of that pizza while you’re writing. Hmmm :-)

Write and Take Notes – Anywhere

An Outlook on Ulysses for iPhone and iPad and what you can do with it, Part 1

It has been a couple of weeks now since we started betatesting a new version of Ulysses for iOS: Ulysses for iPhone and iPad (and iPad Pro and iPod Touch, to be exact). We’re awaiting this release with excitement, and, supposedly, some of you with us: Ulysses, finally on iPhone!

Preview: Ulysses on iPhone

Believe it or not, from time to time we’re asked what people would actually need a writing app on their phones for. Well, we do have some ideas! During the time until the release, we would like to share these ideas with you, and at the same time give you a glimpse of what you can expect.

No matter the size of your device – you’ll get a fully-fledged writing app. Ulysses will be as powerful on iPhone as it is on iPad (and on iPad it is almost as powerful as on Mac). So, in technical respects, writing a novel on your iPhone is entirely feasible, even though you may want to move to a larger screen from time to time.

Whatever you write, Ulysses on iPhone will be the perfect tool for jotting down sudden inspirations wherever you are – in the park, on the subway or even at a party. Most of us are carrying their iPhones around all the time anyway. No notepad, pencil or third party app required. If you return home and open Ulysses on your Mac, your idea will already sit in the right group of your library for further exploration – thanks to iCloud sync and without a chance of being forgotten by mistake.

Ulysses MacBook Air

The beta tests of upcoming Ulysses for iPad and iPhone are going well, we’re getting a lot of positive feedback and not too many bug reports. So, for the time being, we’re still quite positive to release in the first quarter of 2016. If everything goes well… knock on wood ;-)