Apple releases macOS Mojave and iOS 12 and, in a few days, the developers of Ulysses for Mac, iPad and iPhone will publish new versions of their award-winning writing app.
It’s been a while since the developers of Ulysses, one of the best text/markdown editors for the Mac, decided to migrate their owner-based licence to a subscription model. Since then, Ulysses has seen regular updates, but no upgrades. Ulysses 13 is the first upgrade, meaning its version number before the decimal point increases by one. The question is whether it’s an update or an upgrade.
Scrivener must be the Mac’s best selling text editor for writing anything from blog posts to 800-page novels. I reviewed version 2 some seven years ago, with the app only having been point-updated in those years. Last week, however, Literature & Latte, the developers of Scrivener, decided the time had come to upgrade Scrivener to a brand new version 3. The new Scrivener has a more powerful and capable compiler, looks better than ever and has been improved in a myriad ways. The new styles functionality and more powerful and flexible compiler are perhaps the most obvious modules in terms of improvements and new capabilities. Scrivener has always made an abstraction of output formatting by separating the editing interface from the publishing interface — two entirely different worlds that run over into each other’s territory with word processors like Apple Pages or Microsoft Word. With Scrivener you can write the way you want — in Markdown, plain text, whatever — and then output to different formats by compiling the document for each specific format, be …
The golden oldie for anyone involved in text editing, HTML and CSS coding and yes, MarkDown, has been upgraded with new and improved features once again. BBEdit 12, the oldest and best all-round text editor on the market has reached its 12th generation. Twelve is a magic number and that’s a good description of this new version too.
An outliner, who needs them these days with iOS apps that let you write anything from free text to outlines with a stylus? Well, if you’re someone who likes to get some order in the chaos of his mind, there’s more to outlining than adding words with a checkbox in front of, or indenting lines of text. In fact, if you’ve tried OmniOutliner Pro you’ll realise it can help you organise even relatively complex projects.
Text expander Typinator has been once again updated for free. With Typinator 7 on the horizon, that’s newsworthy in its own right, especially as the update has more in store than bug squashing.