Sync Your Writing With Dropbox

In Ulysses 18, we built in the option to save Ulysses files in external folders (on iOS only Dropbox). That means, you can now make use of Ulysses’ complete feature set when working with these folders: from embedded images to annotations, attachments, writing goals and features – you name it!

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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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Everything You Need to Know About Editor Split View

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.

Read the full tutorial here.

* For the time being, editor split view is available only with Ulysses for Mac.

Speed Up Your Ulysses Workflows With Apple’s Shortcuts App

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!

Forget About Copy-Paste, Make Use of the Share Extension!

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.

Achieve Your Writing Goals With Ulysses

Writing goal on Mac

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!