Attention Writers: Spend time creating your own literary masterpieces and less time fussing with formatting and multiple documents!
Writing is the fun part, isn’t it? Now you can focus on creating awesome content for YOUR next best seller, and let others worry about how it will look.
Ulysses is for writers who work creatively with text and want or need to realize large amounts of text.
Typically a creative work, such as a book, a play or screenplay is not written in a single document. A book that ends up being 200+ pages results from fractions, starting points, discarded ideas and many more — all neatly distributed along a total of about 800 pages, most likely with over 100 different documents, combined with notes, Post-Its, scribblings on the margins of numerous daily papers, beer covers, napkins and the back sides of photos.
What this looks like on your computer is (in the worst case) several hundred documents from a bunch of different applications that were put into different folders on your hard disk. The organization of these pieces requires the writer to be extremely disciplined (or hire someone who is) — a mind job that could better be spent on writing itself.
Why waste time organizing your documents when you could be crafting a better, more interesting, more exciting story by focusing on the text only?
Ulysses enables the writer to fully concentrate on the story he wishes to tell, without hobbling his creativity by means of unnecessary burden and distraction. Time is money and as a writer, your time is best spent writing, not worrying about formattng documents. Anyone who has at least once in his life spent hours in a document searching for the correct way to format the page, instead of using the time to tweak a title or heading, knows what it’s about.
Free to create the way YOU want
Ulysses frees the writer from the need to deliver and develop his text in predefined structures. Instead, the writer is given the ability to form his own preferred structures — both within the text and in organizing things.
Content is king – Who wants to read a boring story?
Ulysses’ concept is loosely guided by a classic type setting system: TeX. The idea to have a text structured by content and not formatting is simple yet ingenious. Unfortunately, TeX is just another system for setting type, and due to its complexity, it is in no way suitable for creative writing.
That is why Ulysses takes it one step further and solely concentrates on content. This may sound trivial, but the lack of any formatting and the ignorance of relevance of the later export format (from a design point of view) during writing is an essential part of creative writing.
Beginning your next best seller is easy with projects in Ulysses
Ulysses combines single documents or texts into so called projects. Imagine a project as a folder with your work, which contains all relevant text parts, chapters, ideas, notes, etc.
Ulysses only sports one single window, divided into project and document part. The project part features a so called Document Browser, a Document Preview and a Filter.
The document part offers an Editor, a Note Pad, a Control Panel and tabs to switch between the currently open documents.
Features of Ulysses 1.5
Coherent preview of several documents
Pick a document in the browser and it will be previewed instantly. Pick more than one document in the browser and it will be… guess what?
Innovative filtering and search system
Type in a word or a sentence into the search field. Pick a search area. The browser will show the documents and corresponding notes that contain the text you wanted as well as those that don’t hold the text you wanted. Sounds weird? You’ll be amazed.
Using the browser, you have access to all the documents in your project instantly. The tabs allow you to switch between open documents easily, and yeah, they’re rearrangeable. ‘course.
Fullscreen done right. No menu, no windows, just you and your words. All eyes on text. This is so useful that every competing product has copied it. :)
Black on white, yellow on purple, 11pt, 48pt, Monaco, Trixie, Copperplate – you decide. Save and export interface sets or use sets created by other users.
Two editing levels
Every document has a separate note pad. That way, you can keep your notes where they belong.
Get your project organized! Group your documents with the help of labels and assign a user-customizable status to each of them.
A hand full of counters
Characters, words, lines, paragraphs, pages and documents, even the current selection and the amount of text you drag’n'drop: It counts for you.
Open file format
No hassle with proprietary files. Honestly. Standard text and rtf-files build the foundation for every Ulysses project. Mac OS X packages are the low-maintenance container.
Data security and integrity
Ulysses will save your work-in-progress. So even after two weeks and several restarts, you can still “revert to saved.” As if that wasn’t enough, we also include multiple backups and time-based auto-save.
Export based on plug-ins
You can export your projects into several different formats for further editing or later output. Plain text, RTF and LaTeX exporters are included; the integrated print-function allows for PDF creation. Third party developers get the optional plug-in SDK to develop their own new export options.
While Ulysses is being improved, you are always up to date. The newest features are just a click away. No troublesome web-site downloads, no need to manually replace old versions – an update has never been easier.
Localizations include English, German, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and Dutch.
Mac OS X native; Universal Binary
100% Cocoa. In all flavors. Means spell check, auto complete, services, QuickTime files (notes only), anti-aliased fonts, etc. out-of-the-box.
Optimized for Tiger
The sole requirement to your system is Mac OS X 10.4 (later works, too).
To view additional screenshots and read about all the features of Ulysses, go to www.blue-tec.com.