Text wranglers rejoice: Ulysses, the longtime much-loved text editor for Apple’s OS X desktop operating system, has just launched on the App Store.
Available for $19.99 and optimized for the iPad only, Ulysses promises users a “desktop-class writing app” for Cupertino’s mobile OS. “Whether you’re a novelist, a journalist, a student or a blogger – if you love to write and write a lot, Ulysses gives you a uniquely streamlined toolset, covering every phase of the writing process,” developer The Soulmen explains in the app’s release notes.
Offering a Markup-based text editor packed with features (including headlines, lists, comments, quotes, and much, much more), Ulysses also boasts a spell check, in-app dictionary, support for dictation, and useful statistics for your current document. Its user interface (UI) is clean, distrction-free, and utilizes a swipe navigation that fits Apple’s iPad perfectly.
Some of the app’s main features include:
- Markup-based text editor
- Simple markup for headlines, lists, comments, quotes, important passages and more
- Easy insertion of links, annotations, footnotes and images
- Multi-part button row for comfortable editing
- Swipe selection
- Option to attach keywords, notes and images
- Search & Replace
- Spell check, auto correction, dictionary, dictation
- Comprehensive text statistics
- Optimized for the use with external keyboards
You can also export files as PDF, RTF, TXT, Markdown, HTML, ePub, and documents can be shared using email or Dropbox, too.
Of course, though impressive, Ulysses is entering a fairly crowded marked when it comes to iOS text editors. Editorial, for example, launched on the App Store a couple of years ago, and many (including ourselves) have declared it to be “the best iOS text editor” out there. Besides offering support for user-created workflows (which can also feature Python scripting), Editorial is available for the iPhone as well as the iPad, and it has a far lower price tag than Ulysses.
The advantage The Soulmen’s new app has, however, is its ease of use and the popularity of its Mac counterpart. Speaking of which, the desktop Ulysses app received an update today adding a number of impressive features. Most importantly, though, the desktop software can now sync seamlessly with the iPad application using Apple’s iCloud platform.
Is Ulysses the iPad text editor for you? Well, there’s only one way to find out. As mentioned, you can pick up Ulysses for iOS on the App Store for $19.99, and as of this writing it’s optimized for the iPad only.
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