Ulysses III
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Creative writing text editor.   Demo ($44.99)
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Ulysses 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
What's New
Version 1.1.2:


  • Place insertion pointer after @: when creating new external sheets
  • Remember last insertion pointer position
  • Allow "Send as Mail..." from Rich Text exporters
  • Remember last size and location of preview window
  • Create new sheets by double-clicking sheet list
  • Disable Setext headers
  • Dashes in first line of Daedalus sheet body no longer interpreted as Setext heading
  • ' should be replaced by ' to be valid HTML 4
  • Preview refresh spinner is less prominent when auto-refreshing
  • CMD-. shortcut for closing open panel
  • Added image pasting from Preview or other image apps
  • Drag'n'drop to Mail.app only exports empty folder
  • Text Statistics panel moves up a bit upon re-opening
  • When defining tags for custom markups and starting with the end tag, the start tag overwrites the end tag
  • Do not accept multiple files as one attachment
  • Dragging multiple images to editor
  • Fix File menu when Trash is selected
  • Fix alignment of icon in container editor popover
  • Pasting from MS Office applications always results in image tags
  • Use Return in search field to step through search matches
  • Problems with Smart Tags and multi-stage input
  • Slow keyboard actions in Navigation Popover
  • Change "Worte" to "Wörter" in statistics and pretty much everywhere else
  • Fix missing radio buttons in Quick Export under OS X 10.7
  • Improve editor performance with proportional fonts
  • Fix empty external sources on some case-insensitive file systems
  • PDF: Footnotes are duplicated on page break
  • Wrong character encoding on RTF style titles
  • Switching to Editor Only view should shift focus to the editor
  • Every last item of a list is embedded in a paragraph tag when exported to HTML or ePub
  • "footnote-placement: end-of-section" and "end-of-document" won't display footnotes at all in PDF export
  • Empty paragraphs in blockquotes are not roundtrip-safe
  • In-document references are not roundtrip safe
  • Crash in [ULEditableTableView hitTest:], line 18
  • Crash in [ULThemeItem _setColor:forPart:andMode:], line 221
  • Crash when determining paragraph range during Undo
  • Crash when pressing Return at end of inline code block
  • Fix NSInvalidArgumentException in [ULSheetIndex updateSheetIndexWithError:], line 500
  • Crash when dragging from "Save to…" button if disabled.
  • Saving fails on file systems not supporting Versions
  • Crash when determining next valid key view in Quick Export panel
  • Crash when rebuilding cache in background thread
  • Crash when adding External Source during startup
  • Crash when revealing sheets/groups after write error
  • Fix NSRangeException in [ULChunkString enumerateChunksInRange:options:usingBlock:], line 185
  • Crash when updating paragraph numbers
  • Crash when ending NSUserDefaults observation in print panel
  • Fix various paragraph out-of-range crashes
  • Crash when generating preview string for sheet
  • Crash when removing incomplete tags at end of text
  • Crash when updating search index during typing
  • Crash when pasteboard name is nil
  • Fix NSRangeException in [ULTreeNode removeObserver:forKeyPath:], line 192
  • Fix NSInternalInconsistencyException in [ULStringSelector resolveLevel:inString:toString:insideElement:attributeKey:atRange:], line 117
  • Fix NSRangeException in [ULTextView(PasteboardAndDragging) readSelectionFromPasteboard:type:], line 260
  • Crash when exporting nested blockquotes to PDF

Version 1.1.2:


  • Place insertion pointer after @: when creating new external sheets
  • Remember last insertion pointer position
  • Allow "Send as Mail..." from Rich Text exporters
  • Remember last size and location of preview window
  • Create new sheets by double-clicking sheet list
  • more...
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7.3 or later

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Ulysses III User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Cojacoo reviewed on 20 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 1.1.2]



Michael-Vilain reviewed on 19 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 1.1.2]


Zx81 commented on 19 Jan 2014
Another app that goes MAS only. I'll stick to U2 as long as it is possible.
[Version 1.1.2]



Shiny22 reviewed on 19 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 1.1.2]

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Mo replied on 19 Jan 2014
I agree with you. It's a great tool for creative writing and best in combination with Scrivener for research and finishing.

Psychosynthesis commented on 31 Dec 2013
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
[Version 1.1.1]


Pl_svn commented on 29 Dec 2013
... according to the Mac App Store, Ulysses III v1.1.1 was released on November 7, 2013 :-p
[Version 1.1.1]


Zo219 commented on 25 Sep 2013
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!
[Version 1.0.2]



svsmailus reviewed on 25 Jul 2013
Sadly my view reflects the pricing model. Having only purchased U2 in September 2012 and not being able to make us of the discount due to work commitments. I was massively disppointed that Soulmen wanted another £27 for U3.

My problem is developers that do not deem existing customers worth retaining. v2 was expensive enough without having to pay another £28 for the next version. Developers go on about the fact that upgrades are not available with MAS, then they shouldn't use it until Apple make this available. It's hardly a good idea to alienate your existing customer base.

I have now switched to Scrivener as they do reward existing customers and not penalise them as Soulmen do.
[Version 1.0.2]



Lawrence Goodman reviewed on 24 Apr 2013
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 programs go through major rewrites, yet still offer discounts to previous users.

The bottom line--it's about rewarding customer loyalty.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Eelco Deuling replied on 31 May 2013
Well: according to the FAQ (http://www.ulyssesapp.com/faq/) the Soulmen will continue to support Ulysses 2:

Can I still download Ulysses 2 from the Mac App Store?
Absolutely. Go to the “Purchases” tab on the App Store and hit the INSTALL button. Please also note, that we will continue to support Ulysses 2 for as long as it’s feasible. That includes an exporter to move your projects to Ulysses III, as well as critical bug fixes (e.g. after a future system update).

Fishscale replied on 06 Jun 2013
I can sympathize a little as I wanted the app as well but look at it this way. Did Ulysses II updates drop off dramatically once they made their first couple months of bug fixes? Yeah, it hasn't been really updated in years and that is what is going to happen with Ulysses III, eye-candy but no more powerful than Ulysses II. So... be happy your not going to be regretting the purchase in some months time.

Lastly, I believe they have it all wrong, like many other MAS vendors who have discounted their "new" apps during the first week of launch. Why not allow old customers to buy it at that same price whenever they choose? Or at least within a few months of it's release. Instead with all the crap out there on the store we are hesitant to spend even $20 the first week before anyone we really trust has spent time with the app or maybe even dabbled ourselves with a coworker/friend's copy. - Give us some freaking time to get real reviews, not these beta tester fanboy bloggers. Sorry, that whole model makes zero sense to me. All in all, it boils down to: "Take the gamble that the app sucks and you waste $20 right now or maybe get VERY lucky and you'll get an app you will use for $20 less." I rather go to Vegas with all this crap and no demo, no demo at time of half off sale...

Psychiatry replied on 07 Jun 2013
You should have paid attention when Ulysses III came out. It was sold for $19.99 on the Mac App Store.

You could have paid attention so that upgrading wouldn't have cost as much as now.

Unfortunately, snooze you lose.

Fishscale replied on 08 Jun 2013
Wow, psychiatry, please read before you post commentary about how I missed the fact the first week it was $20.

If you actually read, you would see that mentioned multiple times and a long winded opinion on how that pricing should be:

1) Offered to existing customers for longer than 1 week so that they can get reviews from trusted sources, which is not really possible in first week since most of those who buy it immediately will buy anything named Ulysses...

2) If your going to offer a demo, offer it during the "discounted" pricing period. Not right to give a demo once the pricing has doubled. Company should help persuade customers to buy their product not swindle or make them gamble $20 on whether an app will be good or not.

You want a good MAS based model. MultiMarkdown Pro by Fletcher Penney is how every single app should be handled if listed on MAS. Give existing customers a demo that works with the old license from v1 at first and then when time permits make an essential feature deprived version for all to test, for instance save functionality. Offer some way of testing, along with giving your old customers a reason to stay loyal. I will not buy this app simply because of the way they have handled UIII's introduction, I also don't expect updates to happen more often than once every 6 months after the first 6 months routine updates for bug fixes.

Ancro replied on 12 Jun 2013
Actually, there is no way for developers to give discounts only to existing customers.

Look at Delicious Library. They put wood around their window and suddenly it's a new app. And they charge the full price.

In this case, Ulysses III is actually a new app. The only thing the new Ulysses has in common with the old one is the text editing field. And even that doesn't look the same.

Lev replied on 21 Jun 2013
The Mac App Store has certainly changed the game here on MacUpdate.

Before: "This software sucks. I thought it was a graphics editor but it's a word processor. SUCKS. One star."

After: "This software sucks. It's $17 and I'm damned if I'll pay that so I haven't used it but it obviously SUCKS. One star."


Maclover1.1 commented on 13 Apr 2013
Purchased the previous Ulysses from the AppStore about 6 months ago.. and now I'd need to pay full price again for this new version.. furthermore I'm Swiss.. and it shows at CHF39.. which means $42.. Hello ?!!!!
[Version 1.0]

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Goetz-Fabian replied on 18 Apr 2013
Hi, this is Götz from The Soulmen. $19.99 was the introductory pricing offered during the first week of sale. Since then, we've updated the price to $39.99. We've already contacted MacUpdate to update the pricing.

Xplicit replied on 23 Apr 2013
@Goetz-Fabian: and what?

The Mac AppStore is for 5$ apps not for 40$ apps.

Goetz-Fabian replied on 23 Apr 2013
@Xplicit: actually, no. Take a look at similar software: Scrivener is $45, Mellel is $39, Notebook is $60, FoldingText is $25. I could go on.. the Mac App Store is not just for cheap apps, it's also for productivity apps that help you getting your writing done.
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nink rated on 22 Mar 2014

[Version 1.1.2]

Ronman rated on 24 Jan 2014

[Version 1.1.2]


Mo rated on 19 Jan 2014

[Version 1.1.2]


KarlH9898 rated on 10 Jan 2014

[Version 1.1.1]

Mithoo rated on 29 Dec 2013

[Version 1.1.1]


Ancro rated on 14 Jun 2013

[Version 1.0.2]


Moogan rated on 12 Oct 2012

[Version 2.1.6]


Drking rated on 13 Sep 2012

[Version 2.1.5]


Desker rated on 06 Mar 2012

[Version 2.1.3]

Malter rated on 03 Oct 2011

[Version 2.1]

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Date:18 Jan 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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Ulysses 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

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