New in Ulysses

We are constantly seeking to add new, useful features to Ulysses, improve its functionality, adapt to the latest technical advancements, and solve occurring issues. The following version history will give you an overview of what has happened so far.

V22

Released March 2021

Ulysses 22 expands and improves the app’s publishing capabilities. Additionally, you get new options to customize the visual appearance of your writing environment.

Fixes and Improvements

Micro.blog Publishing

Ulysses does not only offer a focused and pleasant writing environment — you can also publish your texts conveniently from within the app to various blogging platforms. Say hello to a new member in the publishing family: Micro.blog.

WordPress Post Updating

The new Ulysses version also improves publishing to WordPress: You can now update previously published posts from within Ulysses — for example, to fix typos after an article has already gone live.

Color-Customizable Group Icons

Ulysses lets you determine what you want your writing environment to look like. The new version gives you even more freedom: You now have the option to choose colors for your group icons.

Larger Headings

You can now display headings in a larger size in the editor to make them easier to distinguish from the rest of the text. This is now a setting of the editor theme, where the heading size can be fine-tuned.

Other Features

  • We revamped the look & feel of several panels, e.g., you can now type to filter in the markup and the navigation panel. Mac
  • Ulysses 22 ships with a new default theme that has larger headings in place: D22.
  • The “New Sheet” button returned to the sheet list. iOS
  • Ulysses now remembers your last scroll position when switching between sheets. iOS
  • On iPad, double-tapping a sheet in the sheet list now opens the sheet instantly for editing. iOS
  • On iPad, we also added a setting to keep the editor active when switching between sheets. iOS

V21

Released October 2020

Ulysses 21 adds revision mode to iOS (including our advanced grammar and style check) and adapts the app to the new design concepts in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.

Fixes and Improvements

Revision Mode (iOS)

Revision mode was conceived for focused text review and gathers the user’s own annotations and comments as well as Ulysses’ grammar and style suggestions in one spot. It also hides unnecessary features, dims the editor theme, and highlights annotations and suggestions.

Grammar & Style Check (iOS)

Ulysses’ advanced grammar and style check is now available on iPad and iPhone. It offers informed suggestions in categories such as capitalization, punctuation, semantics, redundancy, typography, and style, and is available in over 20 languages.

Ready for iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur

The app interface has been refreshed across the board to leverage the look-and-feel of Apple’s new operating systems iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.

New Default Editor Theme: D21

D21 is a clean, simple, classic theme with a monochrome basis. Highlight, deletions etc. apply common colors for such tasks, like yellow and red, based on the operating system’s palette.

New App Icon

The Ulysses icon received a makeover to account for the new design standards under macOS Big Sur and reflect the idea of Ulysses as one unified writing tool.

V20

Released July 2020

Ulysses 20 introduces the dashboard — a sidebar that serves as a statistics panel, a navigator, a comments section, a media overview, and an advanced multilingual text-, style- and grammar checker.

Fixes and Improvements

Grammar and Style Check (Mac)

Ulysses’ comprehensive grammar- and style check is available in over 20 languages and provides informed suggestions in categories such as capitalization, punctuation, semantics, redundancy, typography, and style.

Dashboard

The new dashboard offers convenient access to all information relevant to the text. You can attach keywords, writing goals and notes, review your text’s structure, get an overview of footnotes and embedded images, and much more.

Outline Navigator

Part of the new dashboard is an improved outline navigator, which allows users to examine their text’s structure and navigate directly to elements like headings, links, annotations etc. On iPad and iPhone, outline navigation is entirely new.

Revision Mode (Mac)

There’s a dedicated revision mode within the dashboard that combines in-text annotations, the system’s spell check, and the advanced grammar and style check.

V19

Released April 2020

The Home Alone Release: Ulysses adds material sheets, mouse and trackpad support on iPad, and keywords in Markdown Files.

Fixes and Improvements

Material Sheets

You’re now able to indicate selected texts or notes as material. By default, material is excluded from export and statistics, and won’t be considered when calculating the progress of a writing goal.

Mouse Support on iPad (iOS)

Ulysses now supports using a mouse or a trackpad with the iPad.

Keywords in Markdown Files

You can now use keywords in Markdown files. They’re compatible with many third party editors, and you can sync them between Ulysses for Mac and Ulysses for iOS.

External Folders (iOS)

On iPad and iPhone, you’re now able to embed external folders from locations in the Files app, such as cloud storage providers or Git clients, and edit the contained files with Ulysses.

Other Features

  • You can now export and import your backups. iOS
  • Filters have gained new criteria such as “has goal”, “has note attachment” or “is material”.
  • The WordPress preview now uses the Twenty Twenty theme.
  • The Ghost preview now also uses the latest theme.
  • Added SF Mono to the list of editor fonts.
  • Added a toilet paper group icon for your convenience.

V18

Released September 2019

The iOS 13 update: Ulysses 18 adds full support for iOS 13 and iPadOS.

Fixes and Improvements

System Dark Mode (iOS)

Ulysses supports the new iOS 13 Dark Mode. You don’t need to activate Dark Mode from inside the app anymore – instead, Ulysses will honor your global preference and also react to the new scheduled appearance switch (e.g. Light until sunset).

iPadOS Multitasking (iOS)

You can now work with multiple instances of Ulysses in Fullscreen, Split View and Slide Over.

iOS 13 and iPadOS Finetuning (iOS)

We added context menus to the library and the sheet table as well as full integration with the new Shortcuts app. On iPad, there’s now a quick edit mode in the sheet table: hold command or shift while tapping a sheet. Last but not least, we added iOS 13 styled icons throughout the interface.

Ulysses Files in External Folders

We now let you save Ulysses files in external folders (though on iOS only in Dropbox).No more compromising in functionality: Make use of Markdown XL, attachments, writing goals etc. as you see fit. And you can sync your Ulysses sheets through Dropbox!

New Localizations

Ulysses is now available in Dutch and Traditional Chinese.

V17

Released August 2019

The summer release: Ulysses 17 adds favorite keywords, image captions in the editor, and a cool new fullscreen mode on iPad.

Fixes and Improvements

Keyword Management (iOS)

Keyword management comes to iOS! There’s now a panel that lets you display and organize all your keywords. You can edit or delete keywords, customize their colors, and merge several keywords into one.

Keyword Favorites

You can now mark your most-used keywords as favorites and enjoy easy access to them throughout Ulysses, both on Mac and iOS.

New Export Styles

We’ve added four new export styles to let you make your PDF/DOCX output look good.

Revamped iPad Fullscreen Mode (iOS)

On iPad, you can now hide all unnecessary distractions. With an external keyboard attached, you can open and close fullscreen mode with the shortcut ⌃⌘F (command-control-F).

Image Captions in the Editor and PDF/DOCX Export

Captions are now shown on image previews in the editor, and export to PDF/DOCX.

V16

Released May 2019

Bloggers and web writers are now able to publish articles to the Ghost platform. What’s more, we’re taking iPad productivity to a new level by adding a full-featured iPad split view.

Fixes and Improvements

Ghost Publishing

You can now upload your texts to the Ghost publishing platform, conveniently from within Ulysses, and include metadata such a featured image, keywords, excerpt and post URL.

Split View (iPad)

You’re now able to keep two editors open at the same time in landscape orientation. Also, use this feature to see an export preview while editing.

V15

Released March 2019

The winter release: Ulysses 15 comes with a brand-new keyword manager and a cool editor split view on Mac. On all devices, the new version lets you preview remote images, set image sizes during export, and ships with a pair of sunglasses. No joke. Hot stuff.

Fixes and Improvements

Editor Split View (Mac)

On Mac, you now have the option to split the editor vertically or horizontally to display two texts at once. Shortcuts allow for fast switching between and simultaneous scrolling of the two editors. Thanks to a highlight, the currently active editor is easy to recognize.

New Keyword Search (Mac)

In group search, you can now display all keywords in use in a group. With only a click on a keyword, you can confine the search results to the sheets that are tagged with it; and you can search for keyword colors.

Keyword Manager (Mac)

There’s a new panel that lets you display and organize all your keywords. You can rename keywords, change their colors, merge two or more of them into one, or delete them.

Resizing Images for Export

You’re now able to set the size of an image in an exported document, from within the editor! Manual resizing is finally a thing of the past.

Web Images Preview

Ulysses now displays previews of web images inside the editor, i.e., images that are referenced with a URL. Web images are now also supported when exporting to PDF, DOCX, or ePub.

Dark Export Preview

When in dark mode, you can switch to a dark preview of your exported sheets.

Support for WordPress 5.0 “Gutenberg”

Ulysses now supports WordPress 5.0 “Gutenberg”.

Other Features

  • Added dark mode to export preview. iOS
  • Show activity features for groups if a goal is set. iOS
  • Include editor selection in Statistics view. iOS
  • Added support for opening OneDrive files as external files. iOS

V14

Released September 2018

Coinciding with the release of Apple’s new operating systems iOS 12 and macOS Mojave we published new updates for Ulysses.

Fixes and Improvements

Revamped Dark Mode

Ulysses’ dark mode has been reworked and fine-tuned for macOS Mojave. On Mac, you can now opt to match light or dark mode to your system preferences, or continue to switch manually between the two. A new editor theme – D14 – specifically optimized for the new dark mode is also included.

Face-Lifted Sheet List

On Mac, the sheet list gained bigger titles and a lighter appearance, improving its clarity and legibility, and bringing its design closer to Ulysses’ iOS version.

Mac Share Extension

A share extension has long been part of Ulysses for iOS and is now available on macOS as well. Use it to send links, texts, and images from Safari and many other apps directly to Ulysses.

Siri Shortcuts

Ulysses now supports the new Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12, letting you assign voice commands to a number of Ulysses actions. You can, for example, teach Siri to create a new sheet in your Diary group. Also, Siri will make recommendations based on your most used actions.

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iPhone XS Max Support

Ulysses is now optimized for both iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.

V13

Released May 2018

The lucky number release: Ulysses now lets you set daily writing goals and deadlines, features revamped code blocks with syntax highlighting, and adds color to keywords.

Fixes and Improvements

Improved Code Blocks

Code blocks can now span as many paragraphs as needed, and they’re always set in a monospace font in the editor and during export. What’s more, they import from and export to GitHub-style fenced code blocks, and can be used in external folders as well.

Syntax Highlighting

The new code blocks can recognize over 40 different programming languages and color their syntax, both in the editor and during export. The color palette is available in two versions for light and dark editor themes.

Deadlines

Writing goals can now have deadlines. What’s more, a goal with deadline will calculate the amount of text that needs to be written every day to finish in time.

Daily Goals

It is now possible to set a daily writing goal to a Ulysses group. The goal is reset every morning.

Goal Writing History

For group goals there is a dedicated features view available, delivering a visualization of the writing performance in the last days, plus selected statistics (Today, Daily Average, Daily Best, This Week). The statistics for all days ever recorded can be export as a CSV file.

Colored Keywords

Keywords can now have a color that is applied to all occurrences of the keyword throughout the library.

Full-colored Image Previews

It is now possible to display image previews in full color in the editor.

V12

Released October 2017

iPad and iPhone users can count on major functionality enhancements, as we have brought the iOS app closer to its Mac counterpart. We’ve adopted the latest iPhone/iOS features and design concepts. Also, we added the much requested editor image previews.

Fixes and Improvements

Image Previews

Much requested, finally here: Instead of the img tag, images can now also have a preview in the editor. You can toggle image previews, and determine their size, via Preferences (Mac) or the editor settings (iOS).

iOS 11 Drag and Drop

We have incorporated Drag and Drop throughout the iOS app: You can reorder sheets, move sheets between groups, drop images and text into the editor, move text around in the editor, drag text from Ulysses to Page, drag links from Safari in Ulysses, and more.

Single Library on iOS

We merged all sources on iOS into the main Library. As an added bonus, you can now also have content “On My Device”, right next to iCloud and/or Dropbox.

iPad Multi-Pane Editing

Bringing the iOS app ever closer to Mac, you can now keep the sheet list (and Library, if you’re on the big iPad Pro) open while writing. Or the attachments.

Library Focus on iOS

Swipe a group to the right — and hide everything else. Extending “distraction-free” to the Library…

Fully Optimized for iPhone X

With a polished visual appearance and a number of reworked interactions, Ulysses now looks great on iPhone X. And it supports Face ID, the face recognition system on iPhone X. When enabled, writers can literally unlock their text libraries at a glance.

New Editor Theme

The new default editor theme features sparingly applied colors and bold black headlines, making for a simpler, cleaner and more typographic look & feel.

V11

Released August 2017

With this release we switched Ulysses to a subscription model.

Fixes and Improvements

Subscription

A single subscription unlocks Ulysses on all devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad). There are yearly, monthly and student plans available — and a 14-day free trial for all your devices, including synchronization.

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New Localizations

Ulysses is now available in Russian, Korean and Brazilian Portuguese.

V2.8

Released April 2017

The Touch ID update — hide your texts from prying eyes and unlock Ulysses with your fingerprint. Plus: New filter options, more icons, and fixes, fixes, fixes.

Fixes and Improvements

Touch ID / Password Lock

You can now protect your text library via Touch ID or with a personal password. The idle time, after which Ulysses locks itself and requires Touch ID or a password to unlock, can be determined individually.

Negative Filters

Filters can now also be used to narrow down the library content according to negative criteria, i.e. to search for texts that do not contain a certain word, phrase or keyword.

New Group/Filter Icons

A number of new icons for labelling groups and filters have been added.

Group Statistics on iOS

Combined text statistics for groups and filters, so far limited to the Mac version of Ulysses, are now available on iPad and iPhone as well.

Improved X-Callback Support, Touch Bar Accessibility

The update improves the support of x-callback-urls on both macOS and iOS, and adds a number of new x-callback-actions. Also, Ulysses 2.8 adds support for VoiceOver to its Touch Bar controls.

V2.7

Released December 2016

We spent the last couple of months fixing smaller issues and optimizing performance. We also made sure Ulysses feels at home on the latest OS releases, adding support for both Sierra tabs and the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.

Fixes and Improvements

Touch Bar Support

With Apple’s latest MacBook Pro, the Touch Bar replaces the function keys and can display app specific, contextual functions. Within Ulysses, users can now assign markup tags directly via Touch Bar while they write, assign keywords and toggle the sidebars.

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Sierra Tabs

With macOS Sierra tabs are available as a system feature, and they also made it into Ulysses 2.7. Tabs allow you to quickly switch between multiple open texts within the same window.

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Images in External Folders

Ulysses now offers full support for the TextBundle format outside its iCloud library. TextBundle combines Markdown text files and referenced images in a single file. This addition allows you to use images when working from Dropbox or other storage providers.

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Evernote Import

Ulysses 2.7 allows to import ENEX files, Evernote’s proprietary export format. Users can even import ENEX files containing multiple notes — Ulysses will then create a separate sheet for each imported note.

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Reading Time Goals

Writing goals allow Ulysses users to determine the length to achieve when writing a text: a number of characters, words, or pages. With Ulysses 2.7 the feature was extended: users can now even set a reading time goal.

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X-Callback Support on macOS

The support of x-callback-urls, so far limited to the iOS version of Ulysses, has been extended to the Mac.

V2.6

Released August 2016

With this update, we finally deliver on an old promise. Bloggers can now publish their texts with just a few clicks or taps to their WordPress blogs; no more exporting as HTML or Markdown, no cumbersome pasting to the WordPress backend.

Fixes and Improvements

WordPress Publishing

Bloggers can add tags, categories, excerpts and featured images, even schedule a publishing time, and preview their posts — all from within Ulysses. Best of all, WordPress publishing is available on both macOS and iOS, allowing writers to seamlessly publish on the go.

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Dropbox Support on iOS

iPhone and iPad users, who wish to sync their texts via Dropbox (as opposed to iCloud), can do so with Ulysses 2.6: As on the Mac, Ulysses now offers full support for adding Dropbox folders to its text library.

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Quick Open on iOS

It was one of the most requested features from Ulysses for Mac: “Quick Open”. Writers can search their entire text library within seconds, and instantly open a text for editing, without the need to navigate through their group hierarchies.

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New “Typewriter Mode”

Writers can fine tune Typewriter Mode to their personal needs, from highlighting paragraphs and sentences, to fixed scrolling and marking of the current line — for the most focused writing experience ever in Ulysses.

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Accessibility

With version 2.6, Ulysses is fully accessible on both macOS and iOS, so it can be utilized using Apple’s VoiceOver technology.

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V2.5

Released March 2016

This is it. Ulysses is now a universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPad Pro. One year in the making, free update. We love you!

Fixes and Improvements

Available for iPhone

Ulysses becomes available for iPhone. Start a text at home, finish and share it on the road — all possible with Ulysses thanks to seamless iCloud sync and next-to-perfect feature parity on all devices.

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Optimized for iPad Pro, Split View and Slide Over Support

Ulysses has been optimized for iPad Pro and now offers support for Split View and Slide Over, the new multitasking features Apple introduced with iOS 9.

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Share Extension on iOS

The new share extension allows iPhone and iPad users to send content from third party apps — like texts, photos or links — directly to Ulysses.

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3D Touch on iOS

Ulysses now supports 3D Touch. Users can, for example, create a new sheet from Ulysses’ icon on the home screen, or preview a sheet in the sheet list and mark it as favorite.

Individual Sorting of Groups

Groups can now be sorted individually — manually, by alphabet or by creation/ modification date. This used to be a global setting applied to the entire library and is now available on a per-group basis.

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New PDF/DOCX Export Styles

Ulysses lets you export your texts to beautiful PDF or DOCX documents, fully formatted. For Ulysses 2.5 we revised the built-in styles thoroughly and added a few new ones.

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DOCX Import

Now users can import text created with Word into their Ulysses library, so that important text elements such as headings, emphasis and footnotes remain intact.

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Improved Keyword Handling on iOS

Keywords can now be edited from the sheet list of Ulysses for iOS.

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Other Features

  • Spotlight search is now also supported on iOS, making Ulysses’ sheets and groups accessible from the list of results.
  • The direct publishing of story drafts to the Medium platform — to date limited to Ulysses for Mac —, is now fully available on mobile devices.
  • With Ulysses 2.5, a reading aloud metric becomes available with text statistics.
  • New x-callback actions have been added to Ulysses for iOS, e.g. for creating new sheets and opening groups and filters.