App Review: Ulysses for iPad, a Markdown Text Editor and Document Manager

Last year, I reviewed Ulysses III for OS X, explaining that it “is much more than just a Markdown editor […] as it includes a good number of organizational features.” Since then, The Soulmen, the app’s developer, has updated the OS X app to version 2, and introduced an iPad app. The $20 Ulysses for iPad attempts to reproduce the OS X experience–interface and features–on an iPad, and does so quite well.

I prefer using apps that have both iOS and OS X versions: I find it makes my computing experience smoother if I shift between devices. If you feel that way, you know that the iOS version of your favorite app can’t be an exact copy of the OS X version, but you want it to be as close as possible. The Soulmen previously released an iPhone app called Daedalus Touch, which offers some compatibility with Ulysses, but does so in a confusing manner. Ulysses for iPad, however, is nearly a mirror image of the OS X app, allowing you to smoothly switch from one to the other.

Read the rest of the review on Macworld.

4 thoughts on “App Review: Ulysses for iPad, a Markdown Text Editor and Document Manager

  1. Interesting… I am trying Microsoft’s Office 2016 Mac Preview and I don’t really like it. So, I am looking at markdown apps. Right now I am using the iA Writer Pro trial and the Ulysses Demo.

    Next time you review, how about including exporting and whether these companies will be around a few years from now. (I must admit I can still open my Word documents from years ago!) I don’t really have a need to publish at the moment, so I am not too concerned with that aspect at the moment. I realize that the organizational features might be something I want to look into.

    Looking at MAS, Byword, iA Writer and Ulysses are the serious contenders. I also downloaded the free Bean, which does open the other markdown files. Have you tried any besides Ulysses?

    • I’ve tried lots. Search on Macworld; I’ve reviewed at least a half-dozen of them. I don’t like iA Writer Pro at all, but very much like the older plain iA Writer. Byword is also excellent.

      As for companies being around, there’s really no worry of that with plain text / markdown files. You can always open them in any text editor.

  2. Interesting… I am trying Microsoft’s Office 2016 Mac Preview and I don’t really like it. So, I am looking at markdown apps. Right now I am using the iA Writer Pro trial and the Ulysses Demo.

    Next time you review, how about including exporting and whether these companies will be around a few years from now. (I must admit I can still open my Word documents from years ago!) I don’t really have a need to publish at the moment, so I am not too concerned with that aspect at the moment. I realize that the organizational features might be something I want to look into.

    Looking at MAS, Byword, iA Writer and Ulysses are the serious contenders. I also downloaded the free Bean, which does open the other markdown files. Have you tried any besides Ulysses?

    • I’ve tried lots. Search on Macworld; I’ve reviewed at least a half-dozen of them. I don’t like iA Writer Pro at all, but very much like the older plain iA Writer. Byword is also excellent.

      As for companies being around, there’s really no worry of that with plain text / markdown files. You can always open them in any text editor.

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