Ulysses 12

Today the team over at The Soulmen have released Ulysses 12 for iOS. Ulysses has been my text editor for around 2.5 years including my final master’s research, and I immediately subscribed when they switched their pricing model this year. I didn’t know I could love this app much more, but version 12 takes it to a whole new level.

I’ve been on the beta for a bit, and there are 2 key features that have truly delighted me: drag and drop and inline image preview.

I use Apple’s Pages a lot in my classroom to make rubrics and tests for students. Recently, I started working on an activity for students in Pages that ended up having a lot more writing in it than I originally anticipated. I regretted not starting in Ulysses using markdown then moving to Pages.

I opened Ulysses in split view, selected the text in Pages, dragged it into Ulysses, and watched with delight as Ulysses converted the rich text to markdown automatically. It felt like magic.

Ulysses 12 also features inline image previews. Prior to version 12, to add an image to a sheet, you had to type (img) and you would see a small placeholder indicating an image. In Ulysses 12 you can simply drop an image into the app from anywhere and you will see a thumbnail of the image in the sheet. This makes it much easier to remember what images you have added and why.

Ulysses will always be one of the first apps I install on a new device, and version 12 makes it that much better. It’s available on the App Store, and you can try it for free for 14 days before you subscribe.