Be it 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 put the motif into context. Luckily, Ulysses 17 improved the handling of captions in the app. 😜Read …
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!Read …
With the recently released version 16, Ulysses’ publishing feature saw an upgrade: Besides WordPress and Medium, you can now also publish blog posts to Ghost from within the app!Read …
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 learnRead …
If you write a lot, Ulysses keywords are an excellent tool to organize your texts.Read …
Split view editing – a new feature that was recently released with Ulysses 15 – is helpful if you want to refer to one text while writing another.* Do you want to see your outline while drafting a chapter? Or display a text in its original language while translating it? We’ve assembled everything you need to know about it in a tutorial. Find out how to
- enter editor split view on your Mac,
- switch your vertical split view for a horizontal one,
- toggle the active editor highlight,
- scroll through two texts simultaneously,
- and switch between the two editors with simple shortcuts.
* For the time being, editor split view is available only with Ulysses for Mac.
Are you eager to reduce the time you lose with routine tasks? Then you should have a look at Apple’s Shortcuts app for iOS. You can use it to combine actions from many different apps into a single shortcut, accessible via a home screen icon, the shortcuts widget or a Siri voice command.
Let’s assume you keep a journal in Ulysses; every day you answer a number of predetermined questions. Your journal is represented by a Ulysses group, and every day you create a new sheet in that group. At the top of each entry, you’d like to include the current date and location. In our brand-new tutorial, we introduce the Shortcuts app and walk you through the creation of a sample shortcut that does all of the above for you!
You read about a subject and collect information about its essential aspects — that’s how many writing tasks begin. If the research is taking place on the web, the share extension is a helpful little tool to make it easier. It has been part of Ulysses for iPad and iPhone for some time; with Ulysses 14 we integrated it in the Mac app as well.
You can use the share extension to send text, links, and images from Safari and many different apps directly to Ulysses. It is easy as pie: Select the content you want to share, execute the Share command (via a toolbar button or a context menu), then choose Ulysses from the list of apps. This will open a share sheet where you can add notes or a description, or edit the text directly. Moreover, you can select the Ulysses group to which the content should be sent. Finally, click Send, and the content will be added to Ulysses as a new sheet. For a closer look at how to use the share extension precisely on your different devices, check out our new tutorial.
The ability to set writing goals to your texts has been part of Ulysses for a long time. Here is a little overview of what you can do with writing goals:
- Set a desired text length for any sheet and any group. You can specify the type of goal: at least, at most, or about.
- Select from a variety of measuring units. You can define your goal in terms of characters with or without spaces, words, lines, paragraphs and pages, or, for reading time and reading aloud time, in hours and minutes.
- Track your progress, visualized by the circled goal icon. It appears as a tiny symbol in your sheet list and on your sheets. If you want, you can share your progress on social media.
With the latest version, the feature got even more versatile:
- Set a deadline (in addition to the desired text length). And let Ulysses help you organize your workload by calculating the amount of text you need to write every day in order to finish in time.
- Set yourself a daily writing goal. This option is available for groups only. The status of the goal will be reset every morning, waiting for you to fill it with words during the course of the day.
- Review your writing history. This option is available on Mac for group goals. You can find out how much you have written in the last days, learn about your daily average and your daily best.
For detailed information about how to use the goal feature, please refer to the respective tutorial in our knowledge base. Good luck with achieving your writing goals!
Writers of technical documentation, this one is for you! Are you aware that Ulysses now is not only capable of highlighting the syntax of your code blocks during editing, but also during export? Namely, the HTML, ePub, PDF and DOCX files you output may contain syntax highlighting. That way your readers will benefit from better legibility as well!
All built-in formatting styles now include a syntax highlighting that matches the style design. The color scheme used in Ulysses is derived from GitHub’s. If you’re a Mac user, you can also create your own Ulysses style and change the colors according to your taste and needs. If you’re using a custom export style already and want to beef it up with syntax highlighting, you can of course do that, too! For details, please consult the code blocks tutorial, we have just extended it to explain how it works.