Ulysses makes it to age 12 and adds great new functionality

OK, so you want to write in Markdown or you just want to write without having to think twice about where your documents are located. Perhaps you’re a technical writer and a freelance copy-editor, like me, and you need to quickly edit DOCX, RTF and TXT files from other authors. Whatever your usage scenario may be, Ulysses may be just the editor you need, and guess what? It just became even better.

Yes, I admit, I’m a Ulysses fan. There are other Markdown editors I also like. There’s even a bare-looking but powerful pure text editor I like, but none of these beat Ulysses. The reason? Ulysses lets you be your lazy self. There’s no need to think Markdown if you don’t want to, no need to organise files. Just write and get everything else out of the way.

Ulysses 12 has taken that credo another step further north. Until now, Ulysses let you add images by simply dragging them to the document window — by the way, you can also drag DOCX, RTF and TXT files to Ulysses and it will just read them — but it would only show you an IMG bubble. True, you could click that bubble and it would reveal the image name, but lets’ be honest: that’s tedious. So, with Ulysses 12, you can now drag that image to the editor and it will show up as a preview image if it lives in its own paragraph — resize it in the Preferences as you wish. It’s a preview image, so it only offers you a clue as to which image exactly you have dragged in there. To see how it formats in your end-result, you need to Preview as usual, but that thumbnail image that shows up as a B&W visual instead of a bubble, that’s a godsend.

Now, you still get those bubbles if your images are really inline with the text. That’s logical, as it would otherwise break up your text with ugly multi-line blank spaces all over the place.

iOS Ulysses

OK, so if you have an iPad that can handle iOS 11, Ulysses is now fully aware of the new features. Drag-and-drop fully work as expected. Even from apps like Safari, you can drag whatever you want to Ulysses.

The interface has been updated as well. It’s got spring-loading groups, auto-navigation when dragging over buttons on iPhone, etc. The Library stays open all the time, which is a huge improvement over the previous version and there’s more to swiping than before. For sheets, for example, swipe left for setting keywords and right for marking as a Favourite.

There’s a lot more that has changed for a better user experience on iOS 11; I have only scratched the surface yet.

So, if you’re into writing or editing, take a good and hard look at Ulysses 12. I know, it’s subscription based and many people are allergic to subscriptions. I am too, to be honest, but for Ulysses I wouldn’t hesitate to make an exception.

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