Ulysses App Reviews

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SnippetsLab is ten bucks to own and does almost everything that this app does.

It’s expensive now and the price may go up without warning or they may simply disable it

I bought the original version which has was good but it was suddenly replaced with a nag-ware version that keeps stopping me to persuade me to buy the new version and re-pay for it every year. I was hoping that they may have acquiesced by now but don’t seem to have. I’ve gone back to Scrivener and I forgot why I switched in the first place! Just be aware that, as a subscription model, the price may go up without new features being added - you’re not in control.

Not just the best writing app, the best app

I’ve been using “word processing” software for 35 year of academic and professional writing, and Ulysses is the without peer as the cleanest, most well thought out, and most useful software I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. It is not a hipster “minimalist” writing app, although it can look that way at first, but a powerful, multi-faceted writing tool and an effective, if basic, content management system. If most of your prior writing experience is with Word and similar programs, there is a learning curve at first, because Ulysses was designed from the ground up—or perhaps it is better to say, from the writer out. But if you care about your writing, and the tools you use to create it, I urge you to try Ulysses, learn how its customization features work, learn some basic Markdown, and see what you think. Among other strengths, it builds on Markdown with additional tools to allow for sophisticated and highly customizable commenting and formatting. You can mark-up a document extensively, using whatever custom set of commenting styles you wish, and then choose with a single drop down a variety of output options. You can modify text formatting in a variety of ways suitable for online publishing, simpler printing, or for a robust initial submission into a full-scale production tool. I was initially wary of its “library” content management function, thinking I could do better with Finder folders, but over time, I’ve migrated just about all my written work into the library, as I built it out to suit my needs. As with the rest of the app, the more you use it, the more you understand how to use it to its full potential. The iOS app is amazing—full-featured, essentialy the same but with smart tweaks—and the sync has been flawless for me. There are certainly limits to the apps feature-set, but they are not likely to be an issue for the vast majority of writers. It isn’t enterprise software, for example—it’s version management is limited, I don’t believe it has any multi-author functions. So it likely is not be suitable for a highly collaborative environment. It has basic footnoting and citation capabilities, but not full-fledged authority management. It has basic functions for collecting research and related files, but is not a file management system, or something like Scrivener. Pair it with Michael Tsai’s outstanding EagleFiler, however, and you have the best of both worlds. I will add that the feature set has expanded graudally and thoughtfully, and the developer has been responsive to my occasional emails—try that with MSFT! As far as the subscription model goes, it is plainly the future of software, considering the dynamic nature of underlying OSes, and while I thought the developer did not handle the communications aspect of the transition well (it was rather abrupt) the economics were fair. If you write for a living, if writing is important to you, isn’t it worth a few dollars a month to have the best tool for the job?

Absolutely Indispensable

Ulysses has been a part of my daily work for years, both on my Mac and iOS devices. I had also used many other writing apps along the way for the reasons: 1) I thought some features they offer would be beneficial; and 2) Going all in with Ulysses made my Library rather cluttered. So I assigned different apps for different tasks to get the optimum environment to work, and that worked well for awhile. I think that this scheme can still work, but it is still a complicated way to work. After giving some serious thought, I remembered Ulysses. I remembered that this is the one app that can handle everything I need. So I decided to experiment by using only Ulysses. And I am happier than ever. It does everything I need, and it does so better than anything I have tried. All the features it offers are useful and meaningful, while the ones that are not on offer, as far as I can think of, turned out to be non-consequential. As for Library, since I now have far more projects to work on than ever before, the ability to oversee the progress of everything at one glance is indispensable. I just gave more thought into how to manage it. I uninstalled all other writing apps. I am all in, and I am finally happy. Lastly, I would like to speak of the subscription model. I understand that many are upset about the change, but personally, I am relieved and happy about the decision taken by Soulmen. I have seen many apps abandoned on course of many years. I have been concerned about the shift in the economics of software market. Implementing subscription model means the developers’ commitment for quality and sustainable evolution of apps. While I did terminate subscriptions to some apps I no longer find that useful, for the app as indispensable as Ulysses, I am glad to be a subscriber.

At least they gave me four months to copy my work out of it.

Not down with the subscription model. Thanks for taking my money and walking away.

Worth every penny

I use this for all my writing now. Ulysses exports into any format I want. I use it for novels, short stories, blogs, class work, work work, and etc. Having everything I need synced on iCloud is perfect for those times I have an idea and all I have is my iPhone. I’m glad they went to a subscription model. It means that I get more features and more bug fixes and they won’t go out of business, and this is an app that is worth it. This isn’t a “pay us $99/year to get rid of ads” app, this is a “subscribe for a reasonable amount to get a top-notch experience."

The old bait and switch

What more is there to say? For previous users who had already paid, this is a total scam. For new users, if you want to pay $40 a year for a bare bones writing app, then that's your call. I personally do not think this app is worth $40 a year.

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.

Why is this a subsription app now?

Another greedy app developer.

Customers who bought the App are now being charged again and again

I paid 45 USD for this app less than a year ago, now I am supposed to pay 30 USD (after deducting the 25% lifetime discount) every year for it? Changing the business model like that is like a slap in the face of customers, who purchased it on false premises. This kind of behavior should be regulated by the App Store. I am very upset about this. The new (subscription) version doesn’t even come with any ground-breaking new features, let alone ANY new features. It is literally the same with the exception that Ulysses GmbH & Co KG now wants to charge you for it every year. Shame on you!

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.

Better Than Anything Else I’ve Tried

Not as cumbersome as Scrivener, much more useful than Word or Pages. Nice that I can hack out my own variations of PDFs and Word documents and ePubs and even film scripts. Wish there were a few more features: auto chapter numbering, exact text searching,…. (There’s probably more but those are the two big ones for me.) I’ve written three novels using this app and it does what it’s supposed to do without giving me the ability to get lost among fussy things (like character sheets and plot point charts and all the stuff someone can get sidetracked on rather than actually writing).

I would have paid…if it had been discussed with users (updated)

I have purchased this application since its initial offering, and although it has never been able to handle my actual writing workflow due to what appeared to be a simple oversight on the part of the developers, I had continued purchasing new releases and requesting the fix that would have allowed me to use Ulysses so much more. It was easy to forgive the lack of a basic, but necessarily required feature, since I could still use the application for other writing even if I didn’t upgrade to the latest version when it was released (since what I required has never been fixed). This measure of control also made it easy to recommend Ulysses to the thousands of people I train every year. However, since the devs couldn’t be bothered to even discuss options with its userbase before moving to a subscription system by claiming it was the “only” way to maintain a consistent flow of revenue, well, I guess I simply can’t be bothered to pay into a system that feels the need to ignore the possible input of a userbase it purports to serve. So the devs haven’t fixed a basic piece of funcationality since the very beginning that has been requested repeatedly and they now want people to “trust” they will get their money’s worth enough to keep paying according to the dev’s schedule instead of facing the broken functionality when they don’t pay up. I think I’ll just skip the whole thing and use something else that doesn’t treat its userbase like a thoughtless, brainless ATM.

Double charge! Apple cannot help

I initially purchased Ulysses a couple of months back and paid 45 dlls for the app. Literally days later, the app changes to a subscription model. But atleast I would get some “free” months and a lifetime discount. Today I tried to download the app for my iphone. Before opening it, I had to choose the type of subscription I would like to have after my current subscription ended in July 2018. I chose the annual subscription. To my surprise, I was immediatetly charged 40 dlls for a one year subscription thats starts immediately. So, this app has now cost me 85 dlls for 1 year use. Ulysses says all payments are processed through Apple. Apple says it cannot process my request for a refund. Dissapointed.

Ulysses is a smart hybrid of Scrivener, Evernote and IA Writer

What I like about Ulysses is that it’s got some of the powerful export and writer-oriented features like Scrivener, a cloud-synced organizable notebook library like Evernote, and a minimalist editor and Markdown features like IA Writer. Somehow, with these powers combined, I actually get some writing done. ## Pros: * New sheets don’t have to be individually saved—they are autosaved and added to your current notebook or inbox * Minimal interface with extended Markdown support like footnotes and comments * Highly-customizable folder groups and filters to organize sheets to your workflow * Searchable tagging support * Lots of options to help edit and review work, including special editing Markdown marks, and combining and splitting sheets * Character or word-goal tracking (great for personal goals or writing events like NanoWriMo) * Several export options: Text, PDF, HTML, Word, publish to blog, or even combining sheets into EPub books (best EPub export after Gitbook and Scrivener) * Many export styles, including Manuscripts and Academic papers, and more available from a community library * Dark mode and typwriter mode!! ## Cons: * iCloud is the only sync service that gives all of the nice notebook features like tagging, goals, and not having to treat each sheet like a named file. (Dropbox and Google Drive have been requested and vetoed by the developers due to constraints in the Apple-device ecosystem.) Not a dealbreaker, since text documents are small enough not to require me to upgrade to a paid iCloud account. * Would prefer optional versioned paid upgrades every 2-3 years (like OmniGroup software) to a subscription ## A note on the payment structure I, too, felt burned when my one-time-price Ulysses suddenly became obscelete software and replaced with a subscription. It should have been communicated much differently. Ever since I received the dreaded pop-up on my Ulyssess, I took a good hard look at other options, including Scrivener, Evernote, Gitbook, and my next-favorite Markdown editor, IA Writer, all of which I own. When I look at how much I’ve used these different pieces of software for actual creative writing and journaling, Ulysses won out. Its particular balance of non-distracting minimal interface and power-user features keeps me from getting too distracted by the software itself. Just looking at the facts, I've actually done more good writing in Ulysses than the other apps I mention. That may change when Scrivener 3 comes out, but for now, it’s worth it for me to move to the subscription. The previous-user discount is acceptable to me at $2.50/month (paid annually). I’m not saying that this will work for everyone. Each will have to make their own assessment. I don’t condone the way that the subscription was rolled out, but I understand why it was done. I do use Ulysses, and I want them to be able to support it into the foreseeable future, especially since new OS upgrades tend to break older software.

Deceptive Company - AVOID

A few months ago I purchased both the Mac and iOS versions of Ulysses. One of the key reasons I chose Ulysses is because they didn’t use the scammy “subscription” model to get users to re-pay for software every year. Now they switch to that model, after taking my money for a product I had bought forever. If the people behind Ulysses were ethical, existing users would either be offered a refund or a FREE subscription, since that was the deal under which they sold us software. What was offered was to pay them annually for software I’ve already paid them in full for. Unless this policy changes, AVOID THIS COMPANY and every product it sells. No telling how they’ll be trying to scam you next.

Subscription ripoff abuses customer enjoyment of this app

You will only think about the subscription ripoff and get angry every time you open the app. Really, it’s not worth it. This app is nothing special and apparently it’s made by some arrogant and greedy developers. Goodbye! Oh, developers you can just keep the $45 I paid a year ago. Only “nine coffees,” right? You know where you can put those.

Great app, not worth it.

I think Ulysses is an amazing app, useful, versatile, functional. It has been my go-to editor for general writing. I originally wrote a negative review about the subscription changeover, which was turbulent. However, the transition to the newer app has much improved and the credit process for current owners has been clarified and updated; the offer is fair and for the most part so is the subscription price. For me. I understand it might not be acceptable for everyone. It is important to know that keeping a large base of documents locks you into Ulysses’s database format, and batch-exporting those documents (to text files, say) is not enabled, so there’s a lock-in to the product. That’s partly why so there’s so much upset from long-time users. It’s an unfortunate choice, so less than 5 stars. Otherwise it’s the best and most thoughtful of the general-purpose writing apps.


Free in App store, subscription mode or 14 days trial.

Significant flaws for academic writers, buts still the best writing app

This is one of my favorite apps. I’m writing my entire dissertation in it. It’s the frontmost app on my Mac for most hours of a day. So, subscription? Yes, please. I don’t want this app to go away or be sold to a behometh that doesn’t take care of it. This is the baby of a app developers who clearly care about it. I’m excited to see how they imporve it and make it even better. That said, this app is a huge hassle when it comes to footnotes. - It uses a proprietary link for those that makes it almost impossible to edit quickly. You can convert markup to a custom format to create your own, more traditional inline Markdown footnotes. But then you run into a tremendous number of problems, such as exporting hassles and whatnot. Yes, you can export as Markdown and transfer to another Markdown editor with better handling of footnotes, but for some reason Ulysses insists on turning footnotes into endnotes. - Exporting to doc/pdf turns footnotes into a gigantic mess. For all of the customizability of those styles, it is nearly impossible to create anything that looks like a professional academic document without weird spacing issues. Their built-in styles make my point. (Just look at the “Papers" footnotes!). All this is to say that if you are doing nonfiction academic writing, Ulysses can be a pain. I still consider this the best app because of the superior writing environment and the little bells and whisltes (such as statistics and sheet-merging/gluing). And I am hoping that the subscription pricing will enable some improvements for those of us in the academic world.

From one-time $44.99 to annual $39.99???

I purchased this app a year ago for a one-time payment of $44.99. That’s a lot of money for a minimalist text editor, but I chose Ulysses over another app because the other app had a subscription payment model and Ulysses had a one-time, up-front payment. Now, Ulyssess has gone to a subscription model, too. They want $39.99 annually. That’s almost as much as I paid for the app to begin with, and they want me to pay it to them every year! I don’t like subscription models because they give every app on my computer a direct vacuum hose into my wallet. I bought Ulyssess specifically because it wasn’t a subscription app. But now that I’ve invested a lot of time with the app and created a lot of content in it, they switched their payment model. And I’m kind of stuck with it because it’s hard for me to switch out. It’s a little too close to extortion to be friendly. And the price is just galling. True, I get a 25% discount and a couple of free months for having purchased the app previously. But $39.99 annually? Who do they think they are, Microsoft? By comparison, Bear, another excellent text editor, is $14.99 annually. If you’re considering Ulysses, check out Bear first. It doesn’t have all of Ulysses' output options (yet) but It does do some things better than Ulysses — like outlining — and it’s a fraction of the price. Finally, I’m a little skeptical of some of the five-star reviews that have been posted for this app. I know there are people who like the app and who feel that the price is fair. But some of these reviews don’t sound genuine. They sound a little too polished, a little too eager to point out what a great value the app is, how it saves time, how other apps just don't measure up, and yada yada. Each review seems to point out how a different feature of the app makes your life easier, as though they were written by a marketing team instead of real users. Apple should look into this. It’s a problem on other platforms; I’d wouldn’t be surprised if it's a problem here, too.

If you create value by writing, this is the most valuable app of all.

I’ve been a longtime user of Ulysses. It’s integrated into my total workflow—from phone to tablet to laptop. It is thoughtful: backup systems that ‘just work,’ with incredible care and detail to ensure that happens. Its search systems are effective, and the sheets method of handling text innovative and productive. I highly recommend it.

Poor quality; deceptive

If you’re wondreing if this app is actually any good: just look how the deveoper advances the version number simply in order to cover up poor reviews of previous versions! Basically, this word processor offers similar features as IA Writer, Focused, ByWord, Scrivier (which have much better UI and feature set), except Ulysses has a more-expensive subscription model whose terms become more expensive after you sign up.

One of the best writing apps around!

I strayed away from Ulysses long before the "dreaded subscription appocalypse", but eventually I noticed that even though I liked some of the other apps I was using, I was spending much less time writing. Remembering that I had liked Ulysses previously, I looked in to see what terrible subscription horror they had invoked, and literally laughed out loud when I saw the pricing. People are upset over ~$3 a month, which covers Mac, iPhone, and iPad apps. I'm pretty sure I paid for each of those apps separately back in the day. Of course, since I had previously purchased Ulysses, the pricing was just ~$2 a month. I sincerely hope they add a "Tip Jar", since that is an absurdly low price for such a good piece of software that works across all my  devices without any fuss. NaNoWriMo is closely approaching. I'm very happy to be dusting off Ulysses, and have every expectation that it will be my daily driver not only through the month of November, but for the forseable future.

Subscriptions only added bugs!

Don’t believe me, look at how many updates they’ve had to do recently—patch after patch.. Maybe it will get better, but it has only gone down so far…

Pricing unacceptable and key features removed

New pricing model is strange and the transition was poorly handled. But that’s not what gets me the most. The new app—introduced solely to initiate the new pricing model, mind you—broke a key feature I rely on. CiteKey insertion with Papers reference manager used to work beautifully. It was a key reason I initially bought the app on both MacOS and iOS ($70). Now it does not work at all. Soulmen people blame Papers, but the truth is we wouldn’t be here without this “transition”. What's left is a substantial and perpetual price for an app that now has only occasional value to me.

Best Writing Tool by a Landslide

I’ve tried just about every text-related Mac app you can name, and Ulysses is hands-down the best: the most thoughtful, the most beautiful, and above all, the most useful. I probably spend six or seven hours a day on it, and though it’s hard to quantify how much time it saves me, I’m sure that it DOES save time, every day. It also makes my work—both professional and literary—more enjoyable. I am more than happy to pay $30 or $40 a year for the continued development of software that makes my life better.

Pay a Little for Long-Term Development - No Problem

Well, in the all-or-nothing ratings, count me in the group that recognizes that good software costs money to develop, maintain, and improve. This is a great product with room for improvement and I’m happy to chip in once a year help make that happen.


Still waiting… Right to Left Pls. I wish it could support right to left languages. I do not understand why Ulysses as a high writing tool should not support Right to Left writing. It is weird enough!!!

everything i love changes to a subscription model

(reposting again, but really though what are you even offering to us with this subscription? access to our own files on apple's iCloud servers? wow cool hostage situation.) original review: i just find it highly unreasonable for a writing app to go subscription. i don't have the money to start paying for this on a yearly basis. i already gave ya'll $55 for desktop, iOS and the old daedalus app. also my favourite part about this debaucle was i had to download this new app to even leave this review because the version i had previously purchased was removed from the store!!

A subscription?!?!?

I sat down at my desk, feeling a little creative, got nothing but spare time on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I fire up ye olde Ulysses app for a nice creative sprint, only to be greeted by a screen prompting me to subscribe!!!! O_O WHY?!?! Why would you ruin a perfectly great app in this fashion?!?! What have your loyal users (who already previously paid for the app) ever done to deserve such a slap in the face?!?! Not only that, but the previously-installed version of the application doesn’t work?!?! SERIOUSLY?!?! Not even Adobe or Microsoft sunk that low, when they flipped to subscription models. Wow, guys … wow ...

An expensive app to rent.

The subscription model works for content, e.g., Netflix, HBO, etc. It doesn't work when it comes to an "app" because you end up paying a comparable cost of a year to rent the app instead of own it and when you decide you are no longer going to rent it, you lose the functionality you've been paying for up to that point. I have a couple of huge grips about this app, starting with the obvious: all of the five star ratings begin with things like "the subscription model makes sense," "don't confuse quality because of rants," and "the reason the developers switched to the subscription model makes sense" all sound like they were written by Ulyssess employees. They are tone-deaf and are all written to sound like a press release. Take what you will from that. Second, when you sell an app as a flat-purchase, your customers expect you're not going to start charging them a monthly fee out of nowhere. That's bait-and-switch. If you decide you want to do the subscription, make a new product. But don't change it up out of nowhere. Do you really think custromers will have any trust in a company that does that? But the most frustrating complaint is that the model makes sense for the developer (constant review for doing nothing) and no sense for the consumer (pay for the same thing again and again and again and in the end you don't even own it, you're just "renting"). I know the developer's argument is "we need revenue to provide new featuresa and updates." This app has been out long enough to evaluate "new features and updates" that require a monthly fee and they are, as most suspected, bug fixes. If you buy into to this ridiulousness, you are now payig for the developer to fix bugs on an app you are rentting. This was a decent app to buy (the value for the expensive price certainly up for debate), but unquestionabily not special enough to rent. I will use Apple's Notes program before I pay to rent something like this.

Not worth the subscription.

Sorry guys. My wife and I religiously used your mobile and desktop apps, but after your recent change to a subscripotion only model, I have to say we will no longer use them or buy anything further from your company. It’s one thing to point out that development costs money and new features aren't cheap and change your business model. It’s an entirly different thing to hold customers hostage by extorting money from them in oder to use software they had already paid for under a previous license term. It would have been much smarter for you to begin your subscription model with an entirly new version of the software and "end of lifed” this version so it would have been usable for all those that had paid full price. So far there have been no meaningful improvements to this app to justify the monthly subscription.

I can accept a subscription model..

..but I feel they were a bit stingy in their allowances to former paid users, I had purchased Ulysses on all platforms last year, and I think I received about 3 weeks of “free” usage after the move to subscription. And $10 off the full annual subscription price is just not enough to motivate and make me feel better about this. yes, its a good product, but there are others that get the job done just as well. moving on..

Wonderful app.

I’m not a fan of the subscription model that seems to be taking over apps these days. BUT this is one that I don’t mind paying a subscription for. I first used the app during NaNoWriMo and it was wonderful. This is not my only writing app, but it’s one that I find myself using more and more. It’s got everything I need when writing. Less complicated than other apps, but more insights than Pages or Word. Highly recommended.

Amazing writing app — I think it’s the best one out there

There are a number of good writing apps for the Mac. We’re pretty spoiled in that regard. This app is minimalist, but very powerful. It has the benefits of markdown, coupled with some great features to customize your writing environment and formatting when you export. The syncing works really well, regardless of whether you’re on a laptop or using the iOS version. It used to be you had to pay for the iOS app and the desktop version separately, but since they’ve changed their pricing model, you get both and you always have access to the latest. Most of the recent reviews are a commentary on changing the pricing structure to subscription, and not on the quality of the software. This app is great, and if you are a previous customer you get a lifetime discount on the subscription anyway. In the end, it depends on whether you think you’re getting enough for your money. In my case, that was a very easy answer — Yes! For now, for me, it’s the best writing app / environment out there. I don’t mind supporting the company that made it.

I rely on this tool to do my work, and I want the company to survive

Am I happy about the switch to a subsciption model? Of course not. Nobody ever is. But here’s the thing. I write for a living, and Ulysses is an essential piece of my workflow. It’s not only an incredibly versatile piece of software, but it keeps tremendous amounts of information organized and accessible for me, all within a few keystrokes. Without this tool, it would be harder for me to do good work, and for that, Ulysses is more than deserving of a yearly payment.

One of the best purchases I have ever made

Great app. Easy to pick up, Replaced all of my other writing apps except Word (corporate life). This is a very simple to understand but incredibly powerful writing app that is a jack of all trades. I could not recommend enough!

Good but Could be Great

Ulysses is a very good app. However, I am still angry over how they handled the change in their pricing model. It’s never clever to assume one’s customers are morons. It only EARNS disloyalty. We had better see new features soon. Here are some great ideas: • More CSS options for greater flexibility in custom theme design • Tables (for the love of God) • The ability to actually assign a theme to a group along with a checkbox that preserves the themes of subgroups. Why mixed-theme documents? Title pages, bibliographies, sections with lots of inserts, naturally have different themes. Make it easy for us to view the whole with a single click.

Horrible decision to change to a subscription model

I bought this app a long time ago, and I was always a supporter. I think they failed miserably in many ways on how they changed to a subscription model. (1) The app is the same, and you are forced to use the subscription, even when you already invested a lot of money to use the app. (2) The way they introduced the subscription model, clearly shows that the person responsible for their marketing strategy is an amateur, what did they expected? Just push down our troat a major change in the way they charge and everybody would be happy? (3) Why not adopt the subscription from now on? Folks who already bought the app, should be entitled to keep what they bought. (4) The app is in a highly competitive market, with players like Scrivener, Mellel (a different kind of beast) and others. Come on, Ulysses is basically a word processor with cloud sync. I use Scrivener and Slugline for all my professional writing ( I’m a screenwriter), and Mellel for non-fiction work. Ulysses would go for blogging writing, so I will just stop to use the app, but I think it’s a mediocre way to treat your fan base. I wish you the best, but I’ll not recommend Ulysses to anyone. UPDATE I keep visiting this post, and I noticed the developer is posting small updates, which in my opinion is a way to make the bad and honest reviews go away .. what a shame!.. and some folks say “I love subscriptions!”, “Uau, another subscription, bring it on”… what a joke,be at least creative when paying for reviews ...

Love This App

People will complain over everything. The new pricing model for this app is not a new concept and people need to get over it. Out of all the ways people choose to spend their money, this seriously isnt expensive. I say this on a budget, as a strugging writer with three kids in a single income home. I recently switched to Mac to use this program and it has signifcantly improved my productivity. It is easy to learn and implement and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I learn new things about it every time I use it and seriously love the functionality. For once I found a program that works for my writing style and keeps me organized in one place. I have used several other writing apps (Dramatica Pro, Novel Factory, YWriter, Scrivener) and none of them worked for me long term. The simplicity, no frills, linear setup of this app is just perfect for me. I dont have to pay for the subscription righy away since I recently purchased the MacOS version but I would pay for it.

Great app worth the subscription, and yes I had paid full price previously

Ulysses is a great app for writing in a minimal environment with the power and flexibility to output to a variety of formats and platforms. There is a learning curve for markdown. It is not a wysiwyg kind of app like Pages or Mellel. So it isn’t for everyone. But it is for many. And yes, I had purchased the versions for Mac and iOS before they went subscription, and I was happy to get the discount on the subscription and keep using it. Don’t let the one-star rating undermine your objective opinion of the app itself. The developers are honest and hard working. I suppor them in their efforts and business model. Some people are unhappy that Ulysses has gone the way of the subscription model. The fact of the matter is that this is the way software is going. Adobe, Microsoft, DayOne, ToDoist, Evernote, Ulysses. It used to be that companies could survive by occasional paid upgrades and releases. That was when the home computer was still being adopted by every user in a home, and new users meants new sales. Now we are at a point where a home has two or more computers. There aren’t droves of new users constnatnly buying product. There are established users and companies have to make their money somehow. $50 every couple years from each user can’t cover it.

good software — bad upgrade implmentation

1) I purchased the desktop and mobile iterations of this software for approximately $80 (for both products). I am happy to pay for quality software. 2) When the new subscription model was released, I had such respect for the product, that I decided to proceed with subscribing 3) Although I paid, the subscription did not properly register with all installed verisons of the product associated with my apple id. 4) A box would pop up constantly on all of my machines asking me to subscribe even though I had already subscribed. 5) Eventually, I was subscribed to 2 subscriptions with separate dates (Apparantly, the publisher can’t prevent this. Given it is one subscription for all devices and attached to one applie id, their subscription model has failed, in my opinion 6) I emailed customer support and explained the problem 7) 5 days later, I received an email with a very time consuming and arcane work around to solve the above issues. It involves opening and closing the product, clicking on links to reauthorize it and must be done accross several devices. Ulysses is an excellent document creation program, but it has cost me a great deal of time and I was double charged (and still have not been refunded). There are many good alterantives to Ulysses. Unless they greatly improve their customer support and work the bugs out of the subscription model, I would recommend that you avoid it. I would upgrade my review to 4 stars if the publisher promplty solved all of the above issues with no further work from me (other than perhaps uninstalling and reinstalling the program). Based on my experience, I give it one star and recommend you avoid it and use an alternative.

Easily the Best Writing Application on the App Store

Ignore the absolute insanity of those who believe software should be free. Software developers do have bills, after all. The one-star reviews, virtually all of them, are nothing more than rants deriding the *price* and subscription model of the software, *not* the software. Ulysses is the best writing application on the App Store, only iA Writer even comes close.

Hey - Don’t trash this just because they changed to subscription

This is an excellent and solid writing platform - probably the best available. Yes, they changed to an annual subscription model. But, folks, this is the current trend and a reasonable solution for companies that want to maintain and enhance their products, but cannot support doing this for free. Get a grip. I had purchased and used Scrivener for quite a while, but came back to Ulysses because it is just smoother and easier.

The application is great, the new pricing model not so much...

My rating relates to having to pay $29 a year for something I already paid full pop for just a while back. I love working in the application and the ease of publishing to blogs, Medium, etc. I haven’t figured out yet how it will work compared to Skrivner when I start putting together my next ebook. So far I don’t think that is Ulysses sweet spot. If you don’t care about getting nickle and dimed from now on and just want to focus on writing content, this is a great choice. If you want something that has a higher upfront learning curve but is on price and you own it, you might take a hard look at Skrivner instead.


Why get this and deal an yearly subscription when I can get other writing apps for jjust one price. Look around both online and in. the App Store. There are better deals both online and in the App Store. Look around. Shame on Apple for allowing this. I have enough subscriptions such as Netflix. I don’t need anymore..

Don’t be confused about the quality of the software because people rant ...

This is a very solid writing tool. I find myself using it more and more. Will it end up staying useful enough for me to pay a consistent fee to use? I don’t know. Time will tell. Signs point to yes. I can’t say I was thrilled they went to a subscription model but they did not just invalidate my recent purchase as these reviews imply. They looked back to when I bought it and applied their new rates, granting me 13 months before I need to worry about the subscription. Not an unreasonable approach. Being pissy about policy change is one thing, bashing a product without all the details is another.

Another worthless update

Update: I’m reviewing each version from the perspective of a user who already purchased the old version, before they went to a subscription model. I’ll judge each update based on whether it’s worth the $3 they are charging per month. Version 11.4: Offers no worthwhile functionality over pre-subscription version. Collectively, September 2017 updates are not worth $3. Version 11:2: For those of us who aren’t affected by new localizations, offers no worthwhile funcitonality over pre-subscription version. Not worth $3. Previous review: This developer chose to treat their existing customers horribly when implementing subscription model. Don’t be fooled! There’s no new functionality in these new updates. The writing is on the wall: this developer is in trouble. How long until they close up shop and swallow your subscription fee? Also, they claim to be a “premium” app. Guess what—the “premium” qualifier applies to the ENTIRE customer experience, not just the app. Pulling moves like the subscription model is nowhere near a premium experience. It’s tantamount to charging people for doing no work at all.


As a recent buyer of Ulysses for Mac and iOS (when the app was just a one-time purchase and not subscription-based), I was promised 13 free months upon opening this new app. It said that as a previous customer of Ulysses, for a limited time I would be entitled to switch to this new subscription model with a lifetime discount of 50% (obviously expecting that to kick in after the free period was up), and it asked me if I wanted to take advantage of this, so I went ahead and picked this option. A few hours later I got an email from iTunes saying that my card had been charged for a yearly subscription, and that it would renew in exactly a year. Those 13 free months I was promised? It was all a scam. Stay away from any of their subscription offers, because you WILL be charged right away. This is highly unethical. What an insult to long-time, paying customers. I emailed the company and I never got a response. Finally, I called Apple to complain and they issued me a refund. Also, the so-called "special 50% off" subscription price for old customers is not really half off. The regular annual price for new customers is $39.99, so 50% of that would be $19.99. What they're offering with this so-called 50% discount is $29.99 and that is NOT half off. Talk about adding insult to injury. Stay away from this app!

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