I started using Ulysses back with version 2. I used it off and on, and I generally liked it, but didn’t love it. When Ulysses III came out, it was a brand new app and it only took me a day to fall in love with the app. If I am writing on my Mac, then I am writing in Ulysses III. All of my old posts are stored in an Archive folder in the app and it just handles everything I throw at it.
I really love Ulysses III, but sometimes it can be cumbersome to my workflow. If I start writing correspondence in Pages, then realize it is a longer item, and now I might want to compose in Ulysses — well I have to copy paste and copy paste. This can happen when I think I am writing a short business letter, but it becomes something more. For a while now The Soulmen have been teasing about version 1.1 of Ulysses III, and some of the features they are adding to the app.
One of the most interesting to me is the idea that there will be Ulysses style sheets for exporting. Meaning you can send text from Ulysses III to a pdf, formatted just how you want it. For writers this will be awesome, but I also think it is killer for anyone who needs to have documents with a consistent look (be it letterhead or anything else) in any part of their work or personal life.
The Soulmen were kind enough to send me a beta of 1.1 to try out, and after a bit of fiddling I love this app even more now. Allow me explain in one short sentence: Ulysses has just eliminated the need for me to create any new Pages or Word documents. Yep, instead of opening a new file in Pages (on company letterhead), I can write in Ulysses and just export to company letterhead with a click.
This is going to be great.
To be fair, I have yet to find a way to embed the logo in the ULSS style sheet, but as a work around I have the document export to PDFPen Pro as I want it, with a click. From there I grab my letterhead in the Media Library in PDFPen Pro and drag it onto the document. Boom, done.
Did I mention: no Pages or Word. NO PAGES OR WORD.
There are other things in 1.1 that people have been begging for, such as:
- Global Search.
- Export to Word (much better support)
- Typewriter scrolling — a feature I dearly missed.
- Smart lists and auto-completing tags. This is really nice to have again.
There are a ton more additions, but those are my favorites.
This is a really great writing app — the best out there and I highly recommend it.
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