Writing with Ulysses

I recently started using a new application for most my writing. Ulysses is a distraction free text editor with a wide range of additional features and an outstanding interface. It's available for Mac and iOS. I was planning on writing a long article about Ulysses, but the folks over at the Sweet Setup beat me to it. They've got a great review of the app.

Ulysses is a Markdown app. (If you aren't familiar with Markdown, it's a way of formatting documents quickly and efficiently.) I'm still uncovering all of the features in Ulysses, but I'm impressed. It's not cheap, but it's worth every penny.

Ulysses features an intuitive interface that works well on the Mac And iOS devices.

Ulysses features an intuitive interface that works well on the Mac And iOS devices.

I did have one problem with Ulysses and syncing. When I first bought the iPad app, some text it had written on my MacBook Pro wouldn't sync. I struggled with the issue for a little while, but then figured out that if I made any change to the text, it would then upload and sync. So I added a space to the beginning of each problem file and everything synced perfectly from that point on.

They also mention a few other writing apps as honorable mentions at the bottom of the article. And they are some of my favorites, too. Specifically:

Scrivner: I really love Scrivner. It's exceptional powerful, but really complicated. Lack of sync is challenging and I prefer the Ulysses interface, but for really long form work, it might be the best option in the App Store. 

Byword: Still one of my favorite distraction free writing apps. Byword works on iPhone, iPad and the Mac. Great app and I highly recommend it if you want a Markdown editor that isn't as expensive. My go-to note taking app.

A few of my favorite things

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I often get questions about what software and services I use for my Sketchbook B projects. (Especially for type design.) Below is a list that covers pretty much everything I'm currently using.

I've also added a My Gear page to the About section. My plan is to keep updating the page as I discover new tools.

Software

Creative Cloud / Adobe – I should probably put this under services, but I have a subscription primarily for InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat. Plus a whole lot of apps and type to play around with.

Glyphs / Mac – My primary type design app. Powerful and delightful to use. If the full version is too much for you, there is a Glyphs Mini that is significantly cheaper.

Byword / Mac / iOS – I've tried a few Markdown writing apps. Byword is my favorite. Works great on the Mac, iPhone and iPad.

Scrivener / Mac – I've been working on some long format writing. Scrivener is an amazingly powerful app and well worth the investment. And maybe someday, I'll finish the book...

Flare / Mac– Kind of like Instagram for the Mac. Let's you massively customize effects, filters, textures and more. I like to use it to add texture to my illustrations.

Reeder / iOS – My mobile preference for digging through all the RSS feeds that I subscribe to. Supports Feedly, which is what I use now that Google Reader is gone. I can't wait for the new Mac version.

Services

Dropbox – How did we get anything done without Dropbox? Online storage made really, really easy.

Evernote - I'm addicted to Evernote for stashing all of my ideas, notes, stories, articles and other random stuff that I want to be able to find later.

Wunderlist - I've tried lots of to-do list programs and services, but Wunderlist is my favorite. And did I mention it's free? And Wunderlist has web, Mac and iOS versions. Love it.

Feedly - I was a little panicked when Google Reader was discontinued. But Feedly is a really great service with a lot of potential.

Squarespace - Sketchbook B is hosted on Squarespace and has been for a long time. It keeps getting better. The latest version is really, really impressive.

Tumblr - I use Tumblr for Wanted in Columbia. A nice option if you want to host a simple blog for free.