Ulysses III 1.0.2 – Creative writing text editor.

Ulysses III 1.0.2Ulysses III is a brand-new writers’ environment from the Soulmen — the fine folks that brought you Daedalus Touch for iPad.

It’s built around a revolutionary engine, dubbed “plain text enhanced”, which combines the very best parts of minimal markup (i.e., Markdown, Textile) with the power, beauty and simplicity of OS X.

As a single-library app, Ulysses holds all your texts in just one window. No “Open”, no “Save”, no Finder safari. Full iCloud integration lets you access *everything* from all your Macs.

If you own Daedalus Touch (available on the App Store as a universal app for iPad and iPhone), Ulysses III can even sync your writings across all your devices. Start on the bus, continue at home, finish mid-flight. Export to RTF, PDF, TXT, or HTML.

Ulysses III is flexible, adaptive, and built to grow. Use it as a sophisticated notepad, create your next couple of novels, or continuously feed your blog. Keep everything neatly organized, or mess around at will.


Beefed-up, minimalistic three-pane interface

  • Sources › Groups & Filters › Sheets › Editor
  • Select across sources
  • Select multiple groups & filters
  • Edit multiple sheets as one
  • Export and statistics from every part of the library
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Simply beautiful

Most advanced text editor on the planet

  • “Plain Text Enhanced”
  • Links, Lists, Quotes & Footnotes
  • Comments, Code, Keywords & Annotations
  • Drag-and-drop of images and videos
  • Preview of images and videos
  • Text structure navigation
  • Bookmarks & Favorites
  • Multiple text statistics
  • Functional markup cheat sheet
  • Dark, light, pure, and paged writing modes
  • Several hand-picked color schemes
  • Export to PDF, Word, RTF, TXT, Markdown, and HTML
  • Copy as PDF, HTML, RTF, and Plain Text
  • Paste from HTML, Markdown, and RTF
  • Inspiring typography

OS Integration

  • Full iCloud Sync
  • Versions
  • Full Screen
  • Spelling and Grammar
  • Text Substitutions
  • Dictionary
  • Speech
  • Spotlight Search
  • Enhanced for Retina
  • A true fit

External Sources

  • Import and edit text files from anywhere on disk
  • Share files via Dropbox
  • Preview in Marked.app

Inside jokes

  • Support for umlauts (ä, ü, ö)
  • Apostrophes and dashes
  • Auto-Capitalization when holding the Shift key
  • Line breaks and spaces
  • Left-to-right writing direction
  • Simple launch via double-click

What’s New

Version 1.0.2:
New features:

  • CMD-Delete moves sheets to trash
  • CMD-Alt-Delete immediately deletes a sheet
  • Context menu option to open sheets/groups in new window
  • External sources can be filtered by file name
  • Setting to create new sheets as .txt in external sources
  • Shortcuts should now work as expected on all keyboard layouts
  • Changed heading shortcut to work on all keyboard layouts (i.e. CMD- on US)
  • Double CMD-Left to exit editor now works on every line
  • Improved input of Chinese, Japanese and Korean text
  • Spell checking “Ignore” works correctly now
  • Using delete on text objects (links, annotations) with nested objects (image, footnotes) no longer destroys the nested objects
  • Links now allow arbitrary URLs
  • Strong-Emphasis is now correctly being parsed
  • Changes in sheet notes can now be undone while the popover is open
  • Keywords are now always saved when detached into panel
  • Vastly improved scrolling performance in editor, especially on Retina devices
  • Fixed search highlights with Tibetan letters
  • Show static scroll bars only when needed
  • Static scroll bars no longer overlay text in HUDs
  • Multi-paragraph footnotes are correctly imported from Markdown
  • Markdown correctly exports image links now
  • Fixed Markdown export of percentage characters, footnotes and indented enumerations
  • Exporting multiple sheets to Markdown now inserts a blank line between them
  • Exporting to HTML now works with non-default application
  • Fixed HTML export of code blocks and footnotes
  • RTF and PDF now look nicer with block quotes
  • Raw Source is no longer exported to PDF and RTF
  • Generated filenames no longer contain “-“ for backslashes (without the quotes)
External sources & Daedalus:
  • External sources do no longer get lost on restarts
  • HTML (and other) non-text text files are no longer opened by external sources
  • No longer show markup switcher when treating .txt files as Markdown in external sources
  • Clustering now works in root of external sources
  • State restoration now works for external sources
  • Create new Daedalus stacks in correct position
  • Titles spanning multiple paragraphs are now correctly imported from Daedalus
  • Improved startup performance with lots of contents (still not perfect but getting there!)
  • Fixed deleted sheets showing up in editor
  • Fixed incorrect counter results when selecting sheets with shift key
  • Global filters now also contain sheets from the inboxes
  • Fixed broken Versions support
  • Fixed ugly display of some Czech diacritic marks and Russian letters in sheet column
Crashes solved:
  • Crash when opening a popover after previously closing a popover by clicking into the editor
  • Crash when pasting a paragraph into a link
  • Various crashes during text input
  • Crash in QuickLook importer for some files
  • Many other crashes


OS X 10.7.3 or later, 64-bit processor


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