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Ulysses III is the premier text editor for writers, meeting the highest standards in both design and editing comfort. Its clean, modern interface allows writers to focus on their work without making any functional compromises. The innovative editor offers a wide range of text editing options. In Ulysses' library, all texts are automatically saved, easily found, and -- thanks to iCloud integration -- readily accessible from all connected Macs at all times. The vast and flexible export function turns plain-text writings into beautiful PDF documents, Web pages, and ebooks with only a few clicks. Ulysses III was first more...

What's New

Version 1.2.1:


  • Editor will now keep scroll position.
  • Footnotes, keywords, etc., are now indexed in Spotlight.
  • Group goals can now be removed using context menu.
  • Markdown Quick Export now uses inline-style links.
  • External Sources now have a setting to use inline-style links.
  • Improved handling of square brackets in External more...


  • OS X 10.7.3 or later

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Ulysses III is NOT the natural evolution of Ulysses v1 and v2, it's a new plain text paradigm. If you're a devotee of the original Ulysses workflow, expect a bumpy transition. I preferred Scrivener to the original Ulysses, but Ulysses III more...

6 people found this review helpful
Version 1.0
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from Lawrence Goodman

I don't know whether it's the App Store or Soulmen's fault, but it's ridiculous that those of us who bought Ulysses before should now have to pay full price for this.

I know it might be a complete rewrite, but many more...

5 people found this review helpful
Version 1.0.1
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shuaiquan Member IconReview+0

i like it!

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Version 1.2.1
Xenophile Member IconReview+693

Ulysses is of the more innovative markdown text editors I've tried. The GUI is clean and elegant, the themes are great, and the general layout is logical. I tweaked a theme in user preferences to create what for me produced the least eye strain of any app I've ever used on a Mac. This fantastic writing environment is unmatched by any other app I've tried on a Mac, and I've been using Macs since the 1980s.

Unfortunately, there is no way to integrate Ulysses into my document storage organization. Ulysses relies an on absurd storage scheme that buries it's document library in the user's hidden Home Library directory. A greater surprise awaits those who spelunk their Home directory to find the mystery Ulysses library (hidden at ~user/library/containers/com.soulmen.ulysses3/Data/Documents/Library/Groups-ulgroup/): the file names are meaningless alphanumeric gibberish!

Want to save a markdown document in a project folder in your Documents directory? F-you. Want to back up that novel that's consumed the last 6 months of your life? F-you. Want to open a Ulysses document in another app? F-you. You're not competent to manage your own files, so F-you!

What a disappointment. Maybe Ulysses IV will finally introduce the futuristic capability of saving files in any directory of the user's choice. Until then, there are other (free) markdown editors, and plenty of mature and refined writing apps (Scrivener).

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Version 1.2.1

Ok, Xenophile…

at the left corner at bottom of the Ulysses window you'll find the + sign for adding new folder. At the bottom of that little popup menu "add external source" is the way to go.

Create a sparse imagefile in Diskutility. The kind imagefile that can grow when you fill it up. Then point Ulysses to this sparseimagefile. You'll then get at headline in the left column of Ulsysses that says "External Source". Build a set of folders under that headline and start working adding sheets inside those folders. Use the sparseimage passwordprotected. Don't make any new documents outside the external source.

If you want to use your own projectfolders in your user Document folder, fine point at any folder as an external source. The sparseimage route is a nice thing to protect your work. Easy to back up/move the imagefile itself too. Ulysses still points at the mounted imagefile on desktop. Doesn't matter where you move the imagefile itself. When you start the Ulysses it will automatically find it from the last place it was located (if not moved) and load the image – the password pop up appear in front of you and it will mount when given the password. Then Ulysses starts.

You still need to make an export in any way to be able to read the documents outside Ulysses – that's the nature of the concept.


Edit: It saves .txt files in the external folders. Can be read as is.

Rochade Member IconComment+92

Tried the demo and have to say I am impressed. But for me the price is too high for an elegant writing app (markdown composer). I would have instantly bought it if it was about half the price.

btw: I wasn't able to add a similar app, as MU can't find it (even it is listed). The best alternative for me is Write. Still in beta but works without any problems:


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Version 1.2
Cojacoo Member IconReview+0

This app is just great - especially in combination with Deadalus. I do all my writing in there - from notes to paper drafts. Once you have it, you start wondering, why it has no built in IDE and stuff before you come back, that there can hardly be one app alone serving any task... But it goes a long way towards that. Thanks Soulmen.

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Version 1.1.2
Michael-Vilain Member IconReview+79

Ulysses and Scrivner are about the same price. I wanted to replace my aging copy of Storymill with a tool that would give me equivalent features--chapters, scenes, research, character info, etc. --it's all the same data just stuffed into different categories in backend database.

All the writers I asked said "Scrivner" without hesitation. One SF writer even called it an IDE for those that write.

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Version 1.1.2
Zx81 Member IconComment+324

Another app that goes MAS only. I'll stick to U2 as long as it is possible.

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Version 1.1.2
Shiny22 Member IconReview+74

I'll not comment on the price/version issue except to say that, after using it for a couple of months, every day. U3 is an entirely different app from the ones that went before.

U3sits in a space somewhere between a Text Editor like BBEdit and comprehensive writing management system like Scrivener. It's much closer to the Scrivener end of the space though. It allows you to create and manage complex writing projects, written in Markdown, to share and edit them with a partner app on iOS (Daedalus) and then output them to a variety the usual formats. It doesn't have every bell and whistle that Scrivener has, but it is - to my eye at least - a better looking app and one that feels loose and unstructured whereas I find Scrivener always pushes me into a structure whether I'm ready or not. Of course, that's just me, and YMMV on that one.

I've found the app to be entirely stable, easy to use. I've not yet figured out a way to use a Citation app like Bookends with it - and perhaps I can't. So, for me, in an academic setting, U3 is for drafting and developing unto Draft 3 or thereabouts, and then over to something else for finishing. That might be a Word Processor for shorter pieces or into Scrivener for longer ones.

I enjoy using U3, which is a key quality in any software.

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Version 1.1.2

I agree with you. It's a great tool for creative writing and best in combination with Scrivener for research and finishing.

misterjspencer Member IconComment+83

This site needs a more sophisticated review system.
The reviews under are not about the app so much as about the marketing, or the price
On MAS this app has 47 x 5 stars as of my comment.
Of course software rip off needs criticising, but I need to know about the app itself

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Version 1.1.1
Pl_svn Member IconComment+201

... according to the Mac App Store, Ulysses III v1.1.1 was released on November 7, 2013 :-p

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Version 1.1.1
Zo219 Member IconComment+506

Hello? This thing is not half so revolutionary as the dev thinks ... Clueless that people are going to be ticked off when they spent way too much on previous version (and struggled to learn and use) ... and he asks they spend large again. For what? If anything, I want a refund for the ditched Ulysses II!

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License Demo
Date 23 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $44.99
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