Ulysses App Reviews

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Best writing app there is!

Although I'm not a professional writer, I write constantly to get ideas out of my head. I refer to these writings later and to show my thoughts to others. I've heard others complain about the price but if you developed software of this quality for living, you'd get it. This is as good as it gets. Totally worth it for my vastly increased productivity. The iCloud integration is amazing. This app is just effortless. A must-buy in my opinion if you do any sort of regular writing.

Vs. Schrivener

I have tried both Ulysses and Scrivener - If you are looking for a simple well done writing tool that is I cloud compatable this is! Schrivener is cheaper and good for more elaborate projects, you can do more with it. The catch is that you spend a great deal of time with innumerable features of Schrenver’s and the hassle of Dropbox storage and it is a hassle. Ulysses allows you to simply write WITHOUT being distracted. It is a pure writing tool. People will balk at the price of Ulysses, but if you are a true writer then $40 a year is not much - the icloud storage is flawless.

Another developer rip off

Paid full price for this app and the ipad and iphone version. Now this idiot developer wants me to pay a yearly fee. If people support this kind of rip off then every developer will start to do this. Come on people put your foot down and show these folks that this is not the way we want to do business.Everyone wants to make money I guess, but other companies have upgraded people who have purchased their product, not this developer. And updating the app to bury these reviews is just unprofessional. Do the math on what this program will cost you. I will switch over to Scrivener I guess.

This pricing is bad

This trend in software needs to stop. I get that you need money to keep the project going, so perhaps you could update it majorly and charge for those who want new features, I don’t even know what changes much with an app like this to require $30 a year for me to use it. EDIT: In response to the silly developer, I read the medium article and its mostly justifying this with the constant improvement over major releases. To quote: "Think what you will, but this is huge [in reference to the subscriptions]. As outlined above, our mission to make Ulysses as powerful as possible while still keeping that minimalistic approach is quite demanding.” It’s a f**king writing app. Your arrogance is almost humurous and you think what you have created is some irreplaceable god piece. There are plenty of alternatives out there where I don’t have to pay what I pay for my OVH VPS website hosting each year. $30 a year is just unjustifiable no matter what you say. You might want to consider creating more apps if you think a writing app can sustain your business.

Poor quality; deceptive

I paid a fortune for the MacOS, iPad AND iPhone apps. I do not see any special offers for a discounted anything when I install and “restore purchases”. For the record, I do not believe that financial necessity is a sufficient reason to breach trust, but I am willing to give Ulysses a try again because I have poured so much money into it. But all it wants is a ton more money after I’ve put in $100+ so far (under this, my same, Apple ID).

Not worth the price - many better options out there

There are many options out there and I see no benefit in using this app. It is single platform (unlike Libre Office, Scrivener, MS Office, Nisus Writer, ...). Other tools to the same as well or better and do not cost a tenth of this app. This app proves that enough people have more money than sense.

Red Flags

I purchased Ulysses about three years ago at its full premium price. I used the it weekly ever since—this has been my justification for purchasing such an expensive and simple program. I think that I got what I wanted out of Ulysses, even with its series of minor/major issues. Ulysses will not change your writing habit, it is just a good looking software. What dissapoints me is finding this updated Ulysses seperate and distinct from the one that I bought three years ago. What is concerning is that this updated Ulysses is in no real way different from the old one aside from its subscription fees. I assume that the Ulysses that I had purchases originally will no longer be updated since it doesn’t exist in the Apple store. For this reason I will no longer use Ulysses, it is no different than any other writing program available and with its minimal features, it can hardly keep up. Ulysses is really not as great as it markets itself to be. It is not worth paying a subscription for.

Very expensive for what it is

Gave Ulysses a shot after hearing positive things. Turns out all the positive reviews were before the pricing change. I figured I would give it a shot anyway, so I downloaded the trial and tried editing some markdown files in it. I’m currently using iA Writer for writing blog posts, but I’m struggling with the last phases of editing articles where I place images inline, embed code snippets, and general polish/editing before publishing. I tried doing some tasks like adding images and code samples and Ulysses seemed to handle the tasks either the same or worse than a $15 markdown editor. So why the hell would I pay $40/year for this? Who is this app made for? Because if this app is focused on medium length writing like blog posts and articles, then it’s failing in ease of use to many apps half the price. If it’s targeting long form writing, then it’s years behind Scrivener. Hopefully the developers figure out the pricing, because as is, it’s way too expensive for what it does now.

Absolutely worth the sub!!

I’ve had Ulysses since about 2015. I’m an author and I was looking for something a bit more simplistic than Scrivener. I don’t necessarily need “help” organizing all of my chapters, like Scrivener seems to do, and with Ulysses, I have complete control over where all of my chapters lay and I don’t feel cluttered. In 2016, my hard drive on my MacBook Pro crashed in a single day (huge bummer!) and I lost everything on my computer. Four years of life, down the drain with no hope of recovery. (Never will I go without backing up important things like photographs again!) I was sick with worry while they repaired my computer with a new hard drive, wondering if my writing was safe — I knew I had had the iCloud feature of Ulysses turned on, but I had never put it to the test. Sure enough, when I got my Mac back, I redownloaded Ulysses and every one of my chapters came trickling back in from iCloud one by one. I definitely burst into tears on the spot. haha! I just recently started blogging, and ADORE the feature that allows you to publish straight from Ulysses to Wordpress. It’s made my life ten times more convenient. I also just upgraded to the new subscribtion version of Ulysses. I have to say I REALLY appreciate the fact that Ulysses didn’t send out mass emails for “upgrade or die” but let those of us that were content with our original versions keep them as long as we wanted. I didn’t feel pushed into the upgrade, in fact, I leapt towards it when I realized that I could finally have Ulysses on my phone. I am so impressed and thrilled with the mobile version, and I use it every single day. I’m definitely an author who writes on the go and it’s changed my life to have all of my drafts and chapters at my fingertips no matter where I am. I also really appreciate that I was given a lifetime discount on the yearly subscription because I was one of the original customers — way to really cater to us longtime users! All in all, Ulysses is amazing and even though I’ve been using it for years, I’m still discovering new little features as I go and I love that. I feel like Ulysses really knows what writers and authors want and need, and they do everything to make that happen for us. Thank you guys for everything! Keep up the great work! — AnnMarie Pavese, author of So Sang The Dawn

Clean, Lovely, Nearly Perfect

I’m a professional writer. Everything I write these days — tens of thousands of words — is done in this app. It is rock-steady, useful, and stays out of my way. Well worth the small amout they charge for it.

A great writing experience.

I just finished my 14 day trial and decided to go in for the annual subscription. This is an awesome, full-featured application for anyone that spends a lot of their time writing. Markdown XL is a joy to work with, the UI/UX is has superb functionality & aesthetic, and editing in Ulysses actually makes the task marginally more enjoyable. I write frequently for a few blogs, and author short eBooks. I had previously done the majority of my writing in Evernote, which is a great application, but ill-suited for my particular use case. Ulysses was the answer for everything that I had hoped to find in a powerful writing app. To be frank, I’m happy to shell out a subscription to support continued development. That said, it’s a bummer that folks who purchased the app at a time when it was offered at a one-time cost effectively had their wallets double-dipped. Maybe the team behind Ulysses could have thought this through a tad better–it seems to have come off as rather poor care for their earliest supporters. For everyone else who is complaining about a subscription: <$4/month is a pretty small price to pay for an awesome feature set if you do a lot of writing. It’s worth considering what the writing experience means to you, what your workflow is like, and the features that matter to you. For me, it works great. I’m looking forward to diving in further and tackling this year’s projects with it.

A fantastic app for serious writers

Nearly everything I’ve written for the past two years across web freelancing, client work, a monthly magazine column, a personal blog, and a newsletter has started in Ulysses. It’s a brilliantly powerful yet sleek app. Just when I thought I needed more of one feature or another, I usually discovered that Ulysses actually has it. My main complaint is that I wish Ulysses had an archive option. With so much writing stored in it now, my folders and search results are getting pretty cluttered. I really wish there was a way to archive things like old blog posts and newsletters from both sight and primary search results. Then, there could possibly be an option to expand search results to archived items, or maybe just a separate search area for those items. Re: the switch to subscription pricing, I still think Ulysses is an incredible value and a steal even at twice the price. But now that it’s subscription, I feel much better about the company’s future and ability to be sustainable. Software development is much more complex and harder than most of us know, and I’m happy to support a great company with a fantastic product.

Subscription model is a poor substitute for functionality

I’ve been using Ulysses for several years and it’s currently my go-to word processor, although this will probably change soon. Ulysses is a great idea — allow writers to write plain text with markdown (which is all writers mostly need) and then produce beautiful documents by rendering HTML from the markdown and use CSS to make beautiful end-results. Wrap this all up in solid document management, search, and tools to facilitate export to ePub, PDF, etc. The problem is that this feature set has pretty much been in place for five years, and extra stuff has been slow to materialize. E.g. a large minority of writers need tables all the time and a majority need them some of the time. Good luck working with tables in Ulysses. Images are an obvious workaround, at least for small tables. The new version of Ulysses offers the ability to preview inline images but that’s it. E.g. you can’t search or browse images or manage them in any useful way. It’s worth noting that if you just want to word-process in markdown you can use MacDown which is free and open source, or Mou (in the App Store) which is cheap. Ulysses’s document management features are nice, and the ability to drag-and-drop images into a document is nice, but iCloud gives you the document management stuff anyway and the lack of decent image management features in Ulysses undercuts its convenience. Ulysses is a fine app. It was never especially cheap for what it was, and even at the discount ($30/year for people who bought it before) it’s pretty hard to justify using it over, say, Pages. Additional Note: The developers responded to criticism of the subscription model by saying that you’re never a “prisoner” because you can export your stuff. I wrote a 400 page book in Ulysses and when I export it I get ONE giant markdown file. Still, it’s better than nothing and lets me switch over to a free program like Macdown.

Decent App, Bad Pricing Model with new Subscription Gouge

I bought Ulysses as a cross-platform app before Scrivener was able to deliver that. It worked, and works, fine. No-nonsense, plain, and easy to navigate. I paid a decent amount of money for it. When I updated yesterday, I discovered that the company has decided that the money I’ve already paid them is not enough, and that they have decided on moving to a subscription model. I immediately de-installed and reverted back to the version of the app that I had already paid for and which I own in full. This is bad faith, and bad customer relations. No longer a fan of Ulysses GmbH and won’t do further business with this German company.

My usage stopped with the pricing change

I like the app pretty well, for the most part. I am one of those who purchased the full app a while back, only to have it go to a subscription model at a later time. I can still use the version I purchased, so that’s a plus, but of course there are no updates for it. I understand a developer’s desire for a constant revenue stream from an app, and with so much software moving to subscription-only, it must seem like a no-brainer to follow suit. What developers don’t appear to think about is the effect on the end-user when everything is going to subscription. $5 a month isn’t bad, but when you have multiple applications that one uses on a daily basis going to subscription, the cumulative effect is much greater. Some apps don’t make the cut, and this is one that hasn’t made it for me thus far. Maybe I’ll re-visit that decision in the future, but given that $9.99/month get you the entire Office suite, I think $5 is too high. Also, once you get into the developer’s ecosystem, you’re at their mercy. This is true of all subscription-based software, not just Ulysses. These developers have already shown a willingness to require a subscription for past purchasers of the full software. There’s no reason the subscription price couldn’t be raised just as easily. It’s a question of how many of these models you want to become dependent on, and how much you want to shell out each month. At $5, Ulysses doesn’t bring a commensurate level of value. Maybe that wil change in the future, but these are important considerations when evaluating a subscription-based app. Edited to Add: Turns out you can get this on SetApp. If there are other applications on SetApp that you want, then a subscription with that service could well be worth it as a way to get Ulysses. Of course, the devs could pull out of SetApp and hurt the users who go that route, so be warned. I should point out, also, is that one aspect of the pricing change seems particularly galling—if you paid full price for the prior version of the app, you don’t even get bug fixes anymore. At least, I haven’t been getting any. I can see not pushing feature updates to those people (and to justify a subscription, I think you need regular, noticeable feature updates), but everyone who paid full price for the software at any point should be getting bug fixes. That’s just fixing something that was wrong with the product at the time they purchased it.

I love it.

I am writing my entire thesis capstone in Ulysses. It is versatile, powerful, and therefore occupies a permanent spot on my dock. Thank you, Ulysses, for helping me complete this project!

Elegant and expensive

Ulysses is a thoughtfully-designed writing app with a built-in file structure, similar to Scrivener. For non-research writers like myself, Ulysses has enough features without having too much bloat. The app is priced much too high, however. This is coming from someone who is not against app subscriptions. At $25/year, Ulysses would be a fairly-priced app for what it does. At $40/year, it’s not. I’ve purchased a subscription for a project I’m working on (that will benefit from an internal file structure and keyword support), but I intend to cancel Ulysses after my year is up. I hope the developer can revisit, not the app subsctiption model necessarily, but the price that it’s charging. There’s really no precedent for a text editor to be so expensive. It feels like the developer is seeing what will happen at this price. Get some of your fans back, and keep the interest of new customers like me. Lower the price and this review goes up one star, at least.

Aweful company to work with

DO NOT BUY this software. While the software is easy to use the company behind that product has opted for an utterly stupid purchase model that locks consumer into paying and paying and paying again. There are so many other options available that you do not need the hassel of this anti-consumer business model. I have been locked out of my purchase after a month of use and I purchased and entire year. Total waste of my effprt to resolve this matter with an utterly stupid company. Do NOT waste your hard earned money on this. Completely piss poor customer experience.

Max! Marcus! Please....

Will the EDITOR ever be able to display headers bigger than the body? (just a little bit...) Pleeeeeeeease. Pretty Pleeeeeease! The Headers are bigger than the body AFTER export. Why is it not the same way in the EDITOR? I don't understand. All of the text: it's the same size! How can anyone see anything? Headlines are supposed to be bigger than everything else. Right? I'd just get so excited if either of you responded to this.

Great app, minor issues with markdown - subscription pricing that locks your data

When I started using this app a year ago, it was fantastic. There are two features in Ulysses that I have yet to see any other app match: 1) support for nested categories for notes, e.g. Work > Meetings, and Work > Docs 2) excellent export / theme support. I downloaded an HTML theme called Day One 2 that looks great and renders any markdown into a professional-looking doc The main downside is that it auto-formats Markdown on-the-fly. It seems to really struggle with underscores and links. Minor annoyances when writing more technical docs, but workable. When Ulysses announced it was switching to a subscription model, I was disappointed but accepted it. Here’s where things go terribly, terribly wrong and why I’m writing a 1-star review. When I opened Ulysses today, it notified me that it was in read-only mode. Fair, since it announced subscription pricing. Then, I discovered Ulysses **disabled copying from notes in read-only mode**. Really? Are you so strapped for cash that you need to hold my data hostage so you can pry a month’s subscription from my hands just to unlock my data? Luckily, I found a workaround. Click the button to export your note (to markdown, or plain text) and preview it. Now you can copy from the preview. I highly recommend avoiding any Ulysses update in case they patch this loophole. I now use Quiver, which supports categories (though not nested, you can simulate it by typing names with > in them) and has far better markdown support. Most importantly, it promises to store your data in a compatible way that can interact with tools you use.

This is completely subscription-based. Not free at all.

Instead of telling you up-front that this app requires a monthly/yearly subscription, they tell you it’s a free app completely based on the 14-day free trial. That’s not free. That’s just a dark marketing tactic.

Disspointed by move to subscription model

Although I had used Ulysses for a few years, and honestly enjoyed the experience, the move to a subscription model is a disappointing one. I fully support a developer with a product as strong as Ulysses buy buying their product outright. This model may work for others… but here is where I bow out.

I’d love my money back

I bought this app. I spent a lot of money on it and then they decided to switch to a subscription model. That seems fine moving forward but those of that spent a lot of money on it, expecting a resaonable amount of upkeep get screwed. i hope these developers go out of business because i cant afford to pay a subscription every month to keep using an app i already spent 40 dollars on to begin with.

Killer app for large documents and big projects

Ulysses is a killer app that I strongly recommend for specific users. In particular, I recommend this app for people who write complex document or for people who work on long projects. I am using Ulysses to write textbooks and to document projects that require months or years of time to complete. I have tried many programs for writing large documents and for organizing projects (indesign, frame maker, LaTeX, scrivener, evernote, word, pages, ….) and this is the best because it allows me to continuously organize my work and then to modify my organization scheme as needed. It is this feature of flexible organization that makes Ulysses such an outstanding program.

Fantastic App… but...

I have been personally using Ulysses since they first came out, and have found it nearly indispensable! However, the switch to the Subscription model hurts. I understand their reasoning, but as more and more apps roll out subscription based models, people like me, who have limited finances, will begin looking elsewhere or even settling for second best and eventually companies like this will begin to lose money. Keep up the good work on the app guys, but please rethink the subscription model.


Wait, you not only switched to a new SKU solely to implement a subscription model —but the non-subscription SKU is completely removed from the App Store? So I paid $49.99 for the original Ulysses, only to be completely abandoned?

Ruined my Writing Experience

I bought Ulysses a little over a year ago. In that time I wrote three screenplays, 2 stage plays and three fourths of a novel, as well as an untold nuumber of blog posts. It was, in short, the best writing experience I’ve ever had. And then… this… happened. As it stands right now, I’m actually terrified to use this app anymore. Nothing happens to me when I open it, where I used to jiust fly off and words would happen. Now I only think of what’s going to happen when my “free use” expires and I can’t afford to keep paying these people to use an app I payed $45 dollars for in the first place. I get. paranoid thinking of what’s going to happen when I don’t have the cash to renew my subscription, or when Apple updates macOS and the old version of the app no longer works. What then? A frantic search for an alternative? Borrowing money to work on projects? Writing everything somewhere else and spending more time moving to the app? Or just not working; let the ideas rot on the vine because I can’t pay to play? This is where I’m at, Ulysses. I’ve barely written a word in six months, and I largely blame you’re decision to place profits over users. Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, there really hasn’t been much in the way of signifigant improvement in the app to justify the continued expense.

disappointed at best, loved the app before not so much nowadays

After a trying different writing apps I finally decided to buy Ulysses (original version, one big payment for a complete program that was updated by the developers fixing small bugs). Exactly what I needed it. A simple friendly markdown editor app, free of distractions, that would help me to organize my work and complete my novels. I didn’t mind paying so much money, plus I liked it so much that I was going to buy the mobile app for my tablet. Then, that’s when the developers had the brilliant idea of making it a monthly subscripton (note the sarcasm). Promising previous users a lifetime discount for their previous purchase. So, depite my initial irritation I decided to give it a try and see if the lifetime discount was even worth my pain for an app, I like to use when I write. Still, I hardly use for a long periods of months during the year. As writing is not my full-time job. It seems like an idiocracy to have pay for a year subscription when 4 to 6 months of the year, the app isn’t used. Or to do a month to month subscription, and having to renew everytime I feel like writing. Indeed, $4.99 a month doesn’t seem like a lot of money, but it adds into $59.88 a year. Or I could just pay $40 for a year subscription. And within 3 years, I would end paying more than I did for the original version. I wouldn’t had mind paying for app updates, which it reasonable since the developers are working on improving the app. But month to month subscriptions is just a but too much. Another great program where making money is more important than their clients. Just like Adobe, went from buying an expensive software to month of month subscriptions. As if we didn’t have other bills to pay or student loans. But I guess, if you don’t mind paying on a monthly basis for a product you already own or you are a first time user, it won’t make a diferernce. The app itself is a great writing/editing application. But I’m not sure it’s worth the hazzle of having to renew a subscription every time inspiration knocks on my door.

There is nothing better

Ignore the cheapskates. Pricing is reasonable, the app is fantastic. There is nothing better for organizing your thoughts, outlining, organizing workspaces and groups, and creating your document all in one place. If you want a free writing app, go check out Google Docs. If you want a professional grade writing app for organizing and working through complex ideas, this is the one.

Once Again, Two Stars Forward, One Star Back. And Back Again.

UPDATE: Find still broke on iOS. Why am I reviewing it here? Because by asking us to pay a subscription for the whole, the whole should work. This is not yet the case. Still, this is a higher-rated review than I left on the iOS page. Minus another star for STILL wasting my time. PREVIOUSLY, ON Ulysses Review… I was coming here to update my review to 4-star because while they were messing around with the broken search in this app, I decided I best start looking for something to replace it. Well, after trying EVERYTHING else that there is in the world, I have to give these guys credit and say that Ulysses is the best at what it does — editing, multi-file, exporting. The only thing close is Scrivner, but I really don’t like how that app keeps getting in the way. I want capability & invisibility. So, to be fair, I decided to come back (after getting the subscription stuff dealt with) and bump my review up to 4 stars. Then I saw how the latest update of the iOS version broke…you guessed it…search. This would be laughable if only it wasn't a waste of my time and money. Is this what’s meant be frequent updates? Y’all are going to frequently break something and then come back to fix it? All those other apps? They’re not as good, but I can figure a way to get them to work. You’re trying my patience here.

Update 1/16/18: Happy New Year But Still Remains BUYER BEWARE: an unfair pricing scheme!

I purchased for full price Ulysses for both Mac (OS X) and iOS. Spent over $70. Now I am told I need to continue to pay $30 a year in order to use an app I already paid full price for. NOT FAIR! The developer keeps posting trivial updates in order to quash reviewers who are upset that they paid a lot of money and now are being asked to subscribe. Very unfair! Update: Soon after my review appeared another review appeared making the claim that we shouldn't expect to get quality apps for little or no money. What a joke. It's this sort of "review" that makes one suspect that there are shills writing some of the positive ones (so I guess it's possible that these are real customers that are just woefully uninformed or easily duped). I don't say the above this lightly. However, the whole bait and switch pricing scheme-model was really unfair and disturbing. I did NOT pay little or no money for both the Mac and the iOS versions of Ulysses. In fact, I shelled out about $70 for both apps! For that amount of money upfront, I expected to get a fairly long life of updates and the continued ability to use the app and all of my writing that is contained within it. Instead, I'm offered the joke of a 50% off lifetime subscription, which turns out to be really only a 25% reduction (corrected recently by the developer). What would've been closer to fair? Being grandfathered in for putting up so much money upfront. Or being offered one or two years of "free" use of the new Ulysses, and then a real life time reduction on subscription fees of 50% or 75%. It really should, for original purchasers, cost nothing more than $.99 a month or at most $1.99 a month. Update 10/14/17: looks like they’ve added some updates, but the above considerations all hold as far as I can tell. Disappointing. Moved to another platform. Update 10/17/17: trivial updates. All of the above applies. Update 12/22/17: Happy Holidays but still effectively abandonware for those like me who already shelled out about $70 for the total package just to be asked to pay an ongoing, lifetime monthly subscription! No thanks! Update 1/16/18: Happy New Year but no better. Total waste of about $70. Please perform your due diligence before “subscribing."

Love the App, Happy to Support the Subscription Model

Ulysses declutters the writing process by removing all the formatting distractions that you don’t even realize are distractions until they’re taken away. For me, this eases the process of writing and allows me to really get at the core of what I’m writing about, and craft how I want to express it. I wasn’t thrilled about the shift to the subscription model. After reading co-founder Max Seelemann’s very open explanation for why they’re making the switch, however, I’m convinced that the decision is not only the right move for the developers, but the right move for me as a devoted user of this exceptionally well realized and continually improving writing tool. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and PROUDLY SUPPORTED

Nice editor, but app doesn’t recognize subscription renewals [FIXED]

Things I like about Ulysses: document management, markdown editing, iCloud sync. Things I don’t mind: paying $4.99/month. Devs gotta eat, too. One thing that’s really starting to annoy me: every month, the App Store reports that my subscription has auto-renewed; the credit card reports that I have paid $4.99; and the apps - all of them, across all my devices - report that my subscription has expired. It happened last month, it happened again this month. (No, the “restore purchases” link did not help. Thanks for asking!) Update: the January 2018 subscription renewal went off without a hitch. I don’t know who did what to make that happen, but thanks. Wish list: 1. Some kind of history mechanism, so I can get back that page I shouldn’t have tried to rewrite. 2. Some way to identify pages as “draft”, “needs editing”, “final”, etc.

Great app ruined by greed.

Perfect example of an awesome suite of apps/programs ruined by the allure of getting monthly paychecks. When we first used Ulysses and paid a huge premium for a “basic” markdown editor, our bond with the developer was that it was to be updated regularly and would work flawlessly moving forward. For a time, things were great. The moment the team realized they could adpot a monthly subscription method, older users were basically screwed out of their money (which at the time, was pretty substantial as we were banking on a simple program but were willing to pay the premium for the simplicity). Ulysses is great but not annual subscription great. We’re talking hundreds of dollars over a few years and the updates aren’t worth the added cost over a more traditional “buy it, own it” impementation. We were treated with a blog post excuse (sob story) as to why they felt entitled to it, but frankly, the math doesn’t add up. So sad to see this handled the way it was. Sales are down, reviews are down, and the program isn’t even being promoted as it was. 4.5 stars for funcitonality, zero for being greedy and taking advantage of your early adopters.

Tried it for two weeks but back again to iA Writer

The app is not bad, but I like the feel of iA Writer better, which is not subscription based. I played with it for two weeks but find $40 per year for just a markdown text editor way too much. The app was buggy when exporting my text to PDF.


I’m a professional writer and I love this simple interface. I’m happy to support this great program.


Subscription-based apps are an instant delete. We’re customers, not cattle. If your product is good, then people will throw money at you for it, but they expect some ownership.

My Favorite Writing App

Excellent doc organisation and sync with iCloud and DropBox between Mac, iPhone and iPad Love that we can easily and seamlessly export to WordPress or PDF when I need a printout. The WordPress export is absolutely stunning (also from iOS), but hope they will add functionality to update WordPress articles that are already published directly from Ulysses. PDF and Docx stylesheets are quite advanced (CSS like) but it still leaves somethings to be desired … (Hint, hint;) Ulysses doesn’t have TOC or Markdown tables yet, still waiting for that … Love the editor, even though it’s not purely Markdown, I find it much simpler to use. The auto-backup is on by default and you might not even notice it until you need it. Restoring single sheets or whole projects (groups) is even simpler than from Time Machine. The quick open function is incredible easy to use and searches and finds text throughout the whole library or just your current project in a second. Don't think I've seen an easier and better search function in any other app. Ulysses also has an extensive set of x-callback-url commands both on iOS and Mac. I would say that Ulysses has the best user support I have exeperienced from any company. The library might look like a cryptic vault, but it's actually a regular filesystem with UUID as file and folder names.. Documnts are not saved in Markdown, but in in a very simple xml format not too difficult to parse if you are a geek. So, if you are concerned about future safe, it’s easy to copy projects to an external files folder and they get converted to vanilla Markdown on the fly. Or you may use a python script that converts the whole library or both iCloud and On My Mac libraries: (Look for it at github under "rovest/ulysses_snapshot") Bottom line: I switched from Scrivener to Ulysses about three years ago and never looked back. But if you don’t need the library for splitting and organizing documents (sheets), and you don’t need the advanced export withn stylesheets, Ulysses might be overkill. Then you can find a couple of other fine apps that would better fit the bill.

A Scivener convert!

I wrote my last book and many peices in Scrviner and it is a great program however I found syncing was weird. Ulyusses has the iPhone/iPad/Mac story down perfect. No app theyt make is a second class app. Each one works perfectly in sync just like the others. As I travel I find writing on my ipad or even scramming down lines of text on my phone to be almost too easy. My ability to write everywhere and anywhere has my word count up and that’s what really matters. Learning to lay out all your texts in Ulysses does feel weird at first coming from using other editors but after finding my own system it works very well. I also really like the approximation settings in the goals section. I’m not bothered by software by subscription, that seems to be most people’s sticking points in the reviews.

It took me years to find this perfect writing app

I have been a professional writer for 20 years. I created and wrote the animated show "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist" for comedy central on a laptop in a bar, as I did with all the other animated shows I created. These days, writing comedy and musicals, I work at the same bar but now with an iPad. I can safely say that I have tried every single writing app available and have given to each one a really thorough try. Now, with Ulysses, I can stop looking and spend all of my time writing. Any serious writer who has lived with writing programs will find out very quickly that the Ulysses team is thoroughly committed to a powerful but simple work environment that gracefully renders anything from short documents to novels, scripts, everything. When I first read about it I was hesitant because there were several references to markup language and that sort of thing which has never interested me or been necessary for me. You can safely ignore your similar concerns, should you have them, because "Markup" simply refers to their way of formatting text. I look forward to writing every day (I never order a glass of wine till 5 PM) and those writing with me feel the same way. The synchronization is blazingly fast and reliable. I look at the Microsoft word app now with a shudder, and if I want to send a word document to someone, that is trivially easy to do within this App. I just love it.

Not really worth the cost of the subscription

I purchased Ulysses almost two years ago, before the subscription model was put in place. It was a pretty good app — a bit barebones — but I enjoyed using it. The problem, however, is that they are now forcing a subscription model on all users (and apparently they have removed existing users’ ability to redownload the older versions that we paid for), and quite frankly, it’s not worth paying a subscription for this particular app. There are better options for writing out there that are, in my opinion, more reasonably licensed and priced. I would accept having to pay again whenever noteworthy upgrades were released offering substantive improvements in features, usability, and bug fixes, but for an app that is pretty simple and doesn’t see a lot in the way of sweeping or major change, it’s pretty hard to justify paying any recurring fee in order to use it. Scrivener and Write (writeapp.co) are two preferable options that come to mind. To be clear, Ulysses is not a _bad_ word processor. It’s decent, but it has a poor monetization model. SaaS works and makes sense for some software, although this software is not one of those cases in my opinion. It’s worth trying out if you’re not opposed to paying a recurring fee to use a word processor as long as you try it alongside some of the various other options that are out there. It disappoints me to say it, but I’m not subscribing and I have found a replacement for Ulysses.

Works Excellently For Blog Posts and Longer Form

Acknowledgement — The transition to the subscription model was clumsy. Today, I paid to upgrade MindNode to version 5 because it is excellent. I subscribed to Ulysses because I appreciate markdown and the ability to send my completed posts directly to my website. And yes I used it before the subscription model. I probably will not pay to upgrade Scrivener because Ulysses works better for my current use. (Scrivener is excellent,) Ulysses’s library provides organization without getting in the way. A just right level to keep hundreds of files sorted. Typewriter and distraction free modes eliminate visual busyness. Like Scrivener, I can write in small chunks then arrange them in order. Or I can combine them into one document. No I don’t always upgrade to the new. Fantastical wanted a stiff upgrade price I declined. But Ulysses fits with how I work. I chose to subscribe.

Simply Amazing!

After much research, I found myself downloading this app for my Mac and my iPhone. The quality and features are amazing. I hadn’t had an issue with it until this morning. I was informed that my subscription had expired, while I had paid the day before. After an email to support, and a ridiculously fast turn around I had a solution and am back in working order. As a customer service manager, the quality of their service is through the roof. I expected a 24 hr turn around time, it was probably around an hour or less with a very detailed solution. This app is everything I ever wanted and more for my writing needs!!!

Great writing app for my purposes

I just started doing long-form writing, and in particular writing a novel. Although my file structure is not complex yet, having gone through the tutorials it seems like the app will grow with me and provide me with the structure I need going forward. I was actually weighing Ulysses against a few other writing apps and I simply could not get myself to spend $50 or more on some of these apps, sight unseen and without knowing if it works for my workflow. It was a coincidence that only a week later Ulysses switched to a subscription model - which I very much appreciate actually! It provides for perpetual updates and support, to a well-designed and thought out product. I’m a product designer as my day job and there are simply no other writing apps with this level of functionality and thought put into it. The competitors are either hyper-focused on doing only one thing, or if they’re in the same space as Ulysses they look like they were designed and engineered in 2001. To the company, it seems they could have avoided a lot of the unnecessary backlash by grandfathering the existing purchasers and using them to evangelize the product. There’s no way to get around how stupid of a product business decision this is. That their leadership would even sign off on it says a lot about the kind of people running this place. That greed has turned a great product into a 2.5 star app and has turned away God knows how many potential subscribers. All that aside, I do like the app, I appreciate the modern design aesthetic and the work that’s gone into it. I’m happy to pay the subscription as long as I’m using the app, and I really like the syncing across all my iOS devices. To any new writers considering this app, for $5 you really can’t go wrong. If you absolutely hate the app, the cost of switching to a competitor is low and you’re not stuck with some $60 app that makes Word look like it’s from the future.

Good Job

I paid 50 dollars for this app about two years ago, now I have to pay for it again every year. Good job.

Well, so much for that.

I was an early adopter of Ulysses. I wrote three books with it, plus scores of notes and project work. It was my go-to app for writing. I had a job change, along with some major life events, and I stopped using Ulysses for a short while. Fast forward to today, when I got a new laptop and decided one of the first apps to install was Ulysses. I was greeted with the App Store's numerous 1-star reviews and thought, “What is going on?” After reading the reviews, I downloaded the app anyway. I wanted to see this travesty for myself. Subscription-based revenue model. I paid $70 for the app when it premiered; it’s a great app but there are many other apps out there that are either cheaper for what Ulysses offers or apps that are comparable to the $70 price tag but offer way more features. Ulysses is definitely not worth any kind of subscription model. Which is why I promptly deleted the app. I would urge any writer who might be considering this app to look elsewhere. It is not worth the subscription price. No way, no how. Shame on you, Ulysses.

The subscription mode is robbing the old users

They forces all the previsou users to convert to the subscription mode. I’ve already paid $40+ dollars before and now why do I have to pay it month by month. BAD!

Feel like I’ve been robbed.

I purchased this at the end of April based on the reviews and awards that it has won. Because I’m so busy over the summer, I had little opportunity to play around with it. I do have a number of small projects that I wanted to work on this winter. Now my $25 has been flushed down the toilet. Alll of the sudden I need to pay a monthly fee to use an application that I purchased, really! If I was an author and made my living with writing it might be worth it. But a monthly fee for me is a waste of my money. Just another company trying to pull money out of my pocket every month, no thanks.

Dishonesty, dysfunction, and appalling tech support

I paid the full price for Ulysses a little over a year ago. I made the investment on the understanding that the product was durable and would last me a few years. The transition to a subscription model was annoying and I felt cheated at the time, especially since the app website gave conflicting information about how much the subscription would cost if you had previously paid full price. Two different figures were quoted for the discount on a subscription, and as it turned out, neither figure was correct, because there is no discount if you subscribe monthly. This was lazy at best, dishonest at worst. Without intending to, I subscribed at the full rate, which I have now been paying for three months. Except that last month, Ulysses charged me as usual, then informed me in a popup window that my subscription had expired and that I needed to re-subscribe to continue using the product. Since then, I have been in the most frustrating email dialogue with their customer support (there is no telephone number) which has not resolved the problem. Today customer support emailed me back, after I let them know that their attempted fix did not work, and in the email they suggested I try out Ulysses "for free for one month." Um..... What? First of all, I am already paying for the product, so I cannot use it for free without a refund. Second, that is not a technical solution to the problem. It is a transparent attempt to fob me off. Look, guys, I realise that you must be inundated with complaints by email, but this is really shabby. Please get your act together.

The best for longform writing

I am writing my entire dissertation in this app. It’s customizability and writing environment remains the best, in my view. That said, those who are writing nonfiction/academic stuff should know that this app will introduce a number of huge hassles to your workflow. For example, this is not the best environment to create and edit footnotes because the app basically hides them from view in a bubble that is far more suited for reading rather than writing/editing. It leaves a huge margin for error since you have to click on each footnote just to read it (and forget about search/replace in footnotes, thus making quick citation formatting an impossibility). Creating your own Markdown style to mitigate the issue only introduces new issues when it comes to exporting. And speaking of exporting, it is virtually impossible to create a professional-looking document from any of their built-in templates, since they have so many little spacing oddities. And the style exchange really isn’t much better since it’s highly customized for specific purposes. You’ll have to spend a lot of time with their CSS, learn pandoc, or simply export your stuff to Markdown and take it to a different Markdown app/script/service that handles exports better (pretty much most of them).

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