I’ve long been a fan of plain text for everything from notes to general writing, but it wasn’t until recently that I found my holy grail: An app that could sync with multiple devices and handle multiple output types. Ulysses. It’s the plain text version of Evernote I’ve always wanted.
There are a couple of catches with Ulysses I want to mention up front: First, it’s only available for Apple devices (Mac/iOS). Second, it’s pricey: $44.99 for the Mac app (though you can check out a trial version for free) and $24.99 for the iPhone/iPad app. Both the iOS and Mac apps have the same feature set, so you can switch between the two easily.
Considering apps like Evernote are free, the price tag is definitely asking a lot, but it’s also the only app of its kind that clicked for me. Scrivener was close, but its ugly design and lack of mobile options prevented it from being my only tool. Ulysses doesn’t have that problem, which makes it worth the price. Now that Ulysses has cemented itself in my workflow, I figured I’d share a few tips for how I use it.
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