Dark Mode or Light Mode? It’s Up to You!

Apple’s iOS 13 Dark Mode is convenient, as it lets you easily switch your entire iPad or iPhone from light to dark. If you want, you can let the system perform the appearance switch automatically: light until sunset, dark afterward. You can even set your own schedules to determine when to use light or dark mode on your device.

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Ulysses Now Speaks Dutch and Traditional Chinese

Ulysses has again learned two new languages: Dutch and Traditional Chinese! Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands and Flanders, a region of Belgium. Traditional Chinese is a writing system for the Chinese language used, most importantly, in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

If you’re already a Ulysses user and a native speaker of either one of these languages, you may wonder how to switch Ulysses to Dutch or Traditional Chinese. Let’s shed some light on this topic!

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Do More on Your iPad With Split View

The new Split View that Apple introduced with iPadOS allows users to view two app windows side by side. For Ulysses, Götz was in charge of the implementation. Read our interview to learn how to make best use of the new system feature.

Götz is a developer at Ulysses

Götz, you’ve added the new iPadOS Split View to Ulysses. Ulysses had its own split view feature before, where users could display two Ulysses editors next to each other. What’s better about the new Apple system feature?

The main advantage is that the new Split View allows creating entirely new Ulysses windows. With our custom split view, users were restricted to two windows (which were only shown in landscape orientation). With the new multitasking feature in iPadOS, users can create as many Ulysses windows as they want and not only show two Ulysses windows side-by-side, but also show these windows alongside other apps or as Slide Over windows.

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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 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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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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Images in Ulysses – The Complete Tutorial

Are you a purist who accepts words and nothing but words in your writing app? Then you can stop reading here.

But who is, really? If you’re a blogger, you’re probably a medium to heavy embedder of images. (Visualize a travel blog without photos. So sad.) When writing manuals, you may want to add illustrations; as an author of nonfiction books, you could use infographics to get your points across. If you’re a novelist, you probably won’t embed images into your manuscript, but you may want to attach photos or drawings to envision the setting and the characters of your story. Ulysses has a function for that, too.

In our new, fully-fledged image tutorial we’ve collected everything there is to know about the use of images in Ulysses. You’ll learn

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Learn Ulysses With The Sweet Setup

The Sweet Setup have published a new video course. For launch week, you can save 20%.

Until a couple of years ago, Shawn Blanc had no system for his ideas, notes, and writing. Everything scattered over various apps, pieces of paper, and notebooks – it was frustrating and inefficient.

But then he started using Ulysses and turned the app into his central spot for all of his writing. And it turned out that this was very conducive to his productivity and focus.

Shawn runs The Sweet Setup, a website dedicated to in-depth app reviews and trainings aiming to help people become more productive. This week, The Sweet Setup have launched their wholly revised and extended “Learn Ulysses” course. The course is aimed at beginners and advanced users alike and comprises more than 30 videos. It covers Ulysses’ features into great detail, introduces concrete workflows and shows how to use the app effectively in conjunction with other apps. Furthermore, Shawn shares a number of strategies to become a better writer.

“Learn Ulysses” costs $57, owners of the old, less extensive course will receive a discount. What’s more, you can save 20% with launch week pricing, which is available until March 29, 2019.

You’ll find detailed information about “Learn Ulysses” by The Sweet Setup here.