Ulysses for Mac

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Ulysses is a powerful tool made for writers – whether you’re an author, a journalist, or a student.

Ulysses lets you focus when you need to concentrate. It keeps all your texts neatly stuffed in its intuitive library. With a few clicks, Ulysses can create beautiful documents from your manuscripts: PDFs, web pages, even iBooks-ready ePubs. With its simple, clutter-free interface, it will turn work hours into fun time. And mere thoughts into powerful stories. If you love to write, and write a lot, Ulysses is made for you.

“Incredibly Impressive!”

Beautiful Pixels

“Lives up to its hype.”

Cult of Mac

“I can’t recommend it enough.”

Brooks Review


Writing is about content, about what you want to say.

It’s not about countless menus, endless preferences and fancy formatting. That’s why Ulysses’ editor is text, and text only. A few characters will mark headlines, important passages or comments. No need to lift your fingers from the keyboard. There are almost no distractions, but if it’s still too much, Full Screen mode helps you block out everything

Ulysses uses so-called markup
to **define** text passages. To use emphasis,
you simply _type it in_. Like so.
Consider yourself a night owl?
Ulysses offers a dedicated Dark color mode.
It’s said to also save energy.
When it comes to distraction-free writing,
there’s still no better way than going full screen.
We know. We invented it.

Neatly Organized

Ulysses’ library holds everything you’ll ever write.

Be it love letters, simple notes, daily blog posts or the Next American Novel. You can search it, filter it, mark it as favorite. You can keep all of it in one large group, or split your work into smaller chunks. Full iCloud sync ensures you'll have it all at hand – wherever you are, and whenever inspiration hits.

All your texts are kept in Ulysses’ library.
No Save dialogs, no Finder searches.
It’s all just there. All the time.
The fastest way to get to work:
Just type a word. Select your text.
Narrow it down:
All drafts. All comments. All cat content.
All overdue articles.
Find everything:
A headline on dogs. A comment on cattle.
If it’s there, it’s there.

Plain Text Enhanced

Ulysses is a plain text editor.

Yet it offers all the features you’d expect from a traditional word processor. Comments, lists and block quotes are as readily available as headlines and annotations. And while most markup tools choke at images, or leave you scratching your head when it comes to footnotes, Ulysses will handle them with ease. And unprecedented style.

To add an image, simply drag it into the editor.
Add a title and a caption.
Or set an alternative URL.
To create a link, just paste it in.
Or hit CMD-L.
No fuzz, no clutter.
Annotate your text with ease.
Double click to view your comments.
Simple, really.
Create a footnote, and fill it on the spot.
Hide it, if you want to.
Or tear it off for reference.

Quick Export

Writing is only part of the story (no pun).

Getting your stuff out can be as hard and time consuming as the actual creative process. Especially if you want the results to look great everywhere – and not just on paper (again, no pun). Ulysses III can transform your text into beautiful PDFs and eBooks, properly formatted and styled. It can also create standard HTML, ready to be used anywhere on the web. It’s all just a click away, with on-the-fly switching of styles and a live preview built right in.

Create formatted, multi-page documents.
Then share via email or fine-tune in another app.
CMD-SHIFT-P shows a live preview.
Export to iBooks from right inside Ulysses.
Or fill your blog with the latest… gossip.
Or a world-changing discovery.
Never a shortage of styles:
Visit the Ulysses Style Exchange to download
new styles created by the community.

Minimal UI

No bling-bling: Ulysses offers a clean, simple and intuitive workspace.

The interface leverages modern OS X concepts, such as sidebar navigation and on-demand toolbars. This beautifully familiar environment will stay out of your way – and help you get around in no time.

A simple three-pane design:
Library to the left, texts in the middle,
editor to the right.
A hidden Library:
Great for blocking out noise
without sacrificing usability.
Just you and your text:
You can toggle sidebars via
CMD-1 through CMD-3 respectively.
The good ol’ cheat sheet:
Toggle visibility of the Markup Bar via CMD-9.
It may help – even with simple markup.

More Than
Meets the Eye

Ulysses is packed with features aimed at writers of all kinds. They are too much to list them all, but here are some off the top of our hats:

  • Attachments

    Enclose keywords, notes and images to your texts.

  • Split & Merge

    Combine multiple sheets into one, or break a long text into passages.

  • Live Statistics

    Keep up-to-date on word, characters, even reading time.

  • Writing Goals

    Keep an eye on your progress – and brag about it on Twitter.

  • Daedalus Touch

    Full integration of our iOS writing app Daedalus Touch.

  • Typewriter Scrolling

    Line highlighting is also supported. No need to go for a cursor hunt.

  • External Sources

    Directly edit text files from any folder (think Dropbox).

  • Beautiful Themes

    Change fonts and colors of the editor to your liking.

  • Full Version History

    Travel back in time and access old versions of your sheets.

  • Dictation

    Fully supported, as is text-to-speech. Dave?

  • Built-in Spell Check

    Also with grammar check. Because of corse it’s not wrong.

  • Bookmarks

    Why should books have all the fun?


Don’t Take Our Word.
Take Theirs.

Assorted feedback from the Mac App Store, where Ulysses happily sits with a world-wide average rating of 4 ½ stars.

  • It’s made writing so much simpler. I often hear writing best practices say around 25% of you time should be planning, 50% writing and 25% editing. I now actually do this – the minmal design makes planning easier, and with less distractions it encourages you to to get in the flow and write. Then I export to MS Word where I can edit and finalise any formatting tweaks.

  • I’m really most productive in three pane layouts, and Ulysses nails the balance of clean and muscle featured – enough options without choking the flow of clarity and ‘have to get this down right now’ moments when thoughts and ideas are moving at speed. Thanks for a perfect writing studio.

  • I look forward to seeing where Ulysses continues to go, but it’s already become my absolute #1 favourite environment for doing any kind of writing, from short notes to long-form articles. From the time saved thanks to the enhanced Markdown syntax and customizable export styles and the ease of managing hundreds of documents, Ulysses has proven it’s worth several times over.

    • After years and years of trying different writing software I think this is it. The search is over. Ulysses III is the best writing software I have used and the one that makes me WRITE the most.

    • What makes me like Ulysses so much is how easily it organizes and syncs my writing files. The interface is just completely gorgeous. I haven’t come across anything this nice anywhere else. It’s a beautiful environment to work in

    • Ulysses has been growing since it debuted and it has just been getting better and better. With the amazing export options, it really is a great way to get serious writing done and then be able to export it as PDF or RTF. […] Highly recommended.

    • Ulysses invites me to write. The three-pane design and full-screen focus, fast and powerful search capabilities, adjustable colors, intuitive menus and commands, approach to footnote entry, and overall simplicity enable me to write faster and longer. Ulysses is more intuitive than the capable Scrivener, with organizational tools that are not integrated into the otherwise excellent Byword.

    • I do a lot of academic writing, and this is the first Markdown editor that I feel handles footnotes well and it a way that I do not find distracting. The interface is simple and elegant, but so far I have found it capable of accomplishing everything I wanted done. […] This is by far my favorite Markdown editor.

      Hopeful girl
    • The opportunity to write my own stylesheets in the very-similar-to-CSS stylesheet format means I can truly concentrate on content, export it, and boom, I have a PDF or Word document that looks exactly like I want. […] I have spent many years and many dollars trying to get what Ulysses III gave me today.

      Max Stout

Visit doyouwrite.com to learn how authors, journalists and bloggers benefit from using Ulysses for their writing.

A Soulmen App

Passion, dedication, and a decade-long experience of creating apps for creative writers. That’s the foundation on which Ulysses for Mac is built. Our goal is to offer a great tool to write just anything, and we hope you love it.