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Ulysses Mac Review

Ulysses is simple creative writing software for Mac OS X users. It can help you proofread and edit your documents easily, although it lacks many developmental features that other writing applications have.

Our Verdict

Ulysses is great if you simply want a way to organize and sync your notes, but it lacks most tools for overall story development that you’d find in better applications.

For

  • It allows you to upload and save attachments in the program so you’ll have access to them anywhere.

Against

  • doesn’t offer many story development tools.
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With Ulysses, you can easily insert an image or view your current word count.

With Ulysses, you can easily insert an image or view your current word count.
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Ulysses’ split-screen view allows you to view both your current document and the folder tree at the same time.

Ulysses’ split-screen view allows you to view both your current document and the folder tree at the same time.
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Ulysses’ built-in word processor allows you to format text, and can even help you insert headers or footers.

Ulysses’ built-in word processor allows you to format text, and can even help you insert headers or footers.
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Advanced Ulysses users can use Markdown XL and customize accompanying color themes as needed.

Advanced Ulysses users can use Markdown XL and customize accompanying color themes as needed.
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Ulysses also has a dark theme available if you want to write at night or if it fits your aesthetic.

Ulysses also has a dark theme available if you want to write at night or if it fits your aesthetic.

Ulysses is simple creative writing software for Mac OS X users. It can help you proofread and edit your documents easily, although it lacks many developmental features that other writing applications have. However, what it lacks in ability to help you outline or develop in your story, it more than makes up for in its extensive productivity, organization, synchronization and export capabilities. It’s a great option for writers who need assistance with document management and access over plot or character creation.

Unlike some of the best creative writing software we reviewed, Ulysses lacks the ability to help you develop your plots, conflicts and characters. It also fails to offer any sort of story outline or corkboard system, which are important tools that can help you keep your story straight, or easily reorganize it when it isn’t. It also won’t help you brainstorm or generate character names. The only organizational tools Ulysses offers is for back-end usage, so if you only really care about keeping all of your notes and attachments synced and easy to access, this is actually a great program.

Despite its failure to help you develop and create your story, the writing software is a powerhouse for keeping your documents organized, synced and ready to use. It saves anything and everything you write or create – including attachment uploads like PDFs, notes and images – and lets you organize everything with project-specific or subject-based hierarchical groups. You can easily apply filters to search through all of your documents by keywords or creation dates. Ulysses is a great program for Type-A writers or those who are always on the go.

The creative writing program goes above and beyond to create a clean, distraction-free interface for its users. You can opt for a split-screen view, wherein you can see your text, notes and folders in one view, or just your text. It even offers a typewriter mode so that whatever you’re currently typing is vertically fixed to the top, center or bottom, depending on your preferences. Beyond that, Ulysses also lets you customize the theme, and you can navigate it using only keyboard shortcuts.

Before you finalize and send off your story, Ulysses can help you edit your document’s grammar and appearance. You can customize the font type, size, emphasis and spacing. Headers, footers, page numbers and other attributes are also easy to insert and customize.

Ulysses is only available for Mac OS X 10.6.6+ users or those with iOS devices. You can contact the company’s support team via email, or peruse the knowledgebase and tutorials if you want to troubleshoot something on your own.

Although Ulysses is a sleek, easy-to-navigate program, and has extensive options for synchronization, document management, productivity, and even importing and exporting, it falls incredibly short in terms of its story outline and development tools.