A Quick Look at Ulysses 2.1

October 31, 2011

I reviewed Ulysses 2 a few years ago in anticipation of NaNoWriMo. I thought it was an impressive writing tool that’s merits consideration for any longer writing project. (I’ve used it some myself, though most of my writing projects have been shorter the last few years.) It’s one of those apps that might leave you scratching your head when you first open it, but once you’ve taken the time to learn a little about it, you see the possibilities blossom.

Ulysses 2 1

The developer contacted me a few weeks ago to let me know about some of the updates that have come about with Ulysses 2.1, and with NaNoWriMo starting off this week, it’s worth a mention. For a .1 upgrade, there are some significant additions that I could find useful:

  • OS X Lion features like swipe gestures and full screen. (I don’t know about you, but I’m finding fullscreen apps far more useful than I expected I would.)
  • ePub exporter. If you want to read and review your document or share it with others in iBooks or ebook reader, you’re all set.
  • WordPress exporter. I prefer to write shorter items like blog posts in Byword, but if you want to have a single tool for all writing, Ulysses can do the job. A document can be exported as HTML without the extra header and body tags, so it’s ready to be pasted into your favorite blog editor.

The most important new feature is the price. Ulysses now sells for only $19.99 in the app store. I don’t know of another power writing app that can compare with this price. But if you’re interested enough, it might be free, because I have a promo code to give away. Leave a comment below or send me a tweet. I’ll pull a name from all the replies later this week.

(In the interest of disclosure, I did not receive a review copy. I was offered a promo code for review, but I’d already purchased Ulysses from the app store without hesitation.)

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