Split View

| By Rebekka

If you use a Mac or a (newer) iPad, you can work in Split View, that is, run two apps side by side. Even when working on a relatively small screen, you’re hence able to, say, research with Safari and jot down your findings in Ulysses at the same time. Go through a PDF document in Ulysses’ preview, and double-check the referenced links. Watch a Shakespeare play while writing an essay about it. Up to you.

A Macbook showing two fullscreen apps in split view. Ulysses takes up the left space, a Wikipedia article opened in Safari has been opened in the right space.

Split View on iPad

Let’s assume you’re writing in Ulysses and want to open Safari in addition. Just swipe from the bottom of the screen to open the Dock. Now touch and hold the Safari icon, and drag it to the left or right edge of the screen.

An iPad laying on a tablem with Ulysses on the left side of the split view and Safari on the right side. Safari is showing a Wikipedia article. 

To give Ulysses and Safari equal space, drag the app divider to the center of the screen. To close Safari again, drag the app divider over the app, towards the edge of the screen.

Full-Screen Split View on Mac

On Mac, you can not only show two different apps but also two Ulysses windows next to each other in Split View. With two editors open at the same time, you can easily compare contents, outline in one sheet and write in another, or simply copy & paste text between sheets. You can even display the export preview right next to the editor in full-screen, allowing for a live preview of your output.

To set up for Split View, it’s best to first open the windows you want to use later in full-screen. Let’s give it a try with the editor and Export Preview. To move Ulysses into full-screen Split View, you need to click-and-hold the green button in the toolbar until you see a left-and-right view. Drag the editor window to either the left or the right and let go of the mouse. You will then see all applications which can be moved to the other half of the screen:

Screenshot of a Mac desktop, after Ulysses has been put into split view mode. The left side of the screen shows Ulysses, the right side shows all other windows that support split view. Ulysses’ Export Preview is one of them.

Just click the export preview window:

Screenshot of Ulysses running in fullscreen mode, the editor taking up the right space and the export preview taking up the right space.

If you need less space for the preview, simply drag the black divider in the middle to the right.

This article was last updated on March 23, 2018.

Split View

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