Ulysses will receive its 17th update on September 30. Although Ulysses already had its own dark mode and split view, version 18 will support the new iOS 13 Dark Mode as well as the new system Split View on iPad. But, perhaps more importantly, with version 18 you will be able to save your files outside of the app’s library. In the process, Ulysses becomes independent of iCloud for synchronisation as you can now use Dropbox.
Users will no longer need to activate Dark Mode from inside the app, but the app will instead comply with your iOS device’s settings including the new scheduled appearance switch (e.g. Light until sunset).
Ulysses will also remove its own iPad Split View feature and switch to the new system Split View instead. “It was a tough decision, because our own implementation was met with rave reviews. But being a good iOS citizen has always been very important to us. Ulysses should behave as users expect and if the system offers such a feature, we should adapt. By and large, the functionality is very similar anyway,” explains Marcus Fehn, creative head of the company behind Ulysses. iPadOS even allows apps to have multiple windows open in so-called spaces.
Ulysses fully supports that as well so you can work on several projects and easily switch between them.
Dropbox and iCloud
Ulysses users will know they have been “stuck” with iCloud as a synchronised library for their sheets — text and other data — and for some that was a major disadvantage or frustration when using Ulysses as iCloud can be flaky at times. Dropbox has a better reputation in that area, so it will be a nice surprise to know that Ulysses 18 supports Dropbox synchronisation.
With version 18, you can now decide to save Ulysses files in external folders (though on iOS only in Dropbox) with all of Ulysses’ advanced features still available: annotations, writing goals, keywords, notes, image attachments and everything else. If you want to synchronise your Mac, iPad and iPhone sheet versions, you can now choose Dropbox instead of iCloud.
Even better, if you just want to save files as a readily available backup on Box, Sync or other cloud service, you can do so as well by saving your sheets to the virtual folders of those cloud services. There are yet other improvements to Ulysses, but I don’t want to spoil the fun to discover all of them. On September 30, your patience will be rewarded.
Ulysses can be downloaded for free from the App Store and the Mac App Store. A subscription is required to unlock the app on all devices, and includes a free trial period.
A monthly subscription costs $4.99, a yearly subscription is $39.99.
Students can use Ulysses at a discounted price of $11.99 per six months. The discount is granted from within the app.