Writing tools have become very robust on the iPad, and Ulysses is one of my favorites. While many writing environments on the iPad offer synchronization with iCloud, Dropbox, or both, a feature I haven’t come across in these tools is a backup system in case you experience data loss, either on your iPad or by accidental deletion from iCloud. With its latest update, though, Ulysses brings us that essential capability.
Automatically back up all of your text library
With the latest update, Ulysses can now be configured to automatically back up your entire text library, whether you store your documents in iCloud or directly on your iPad. As you’re working, the app automatically performs hourly backups for your last six hours of work. It also maintains a daily backup of your last five days of writing. For the longer term, Ulysses keeps a weekly backup for the past two months.
When the time comes that you need to restore your work, you can bring back individual documents or entire groups from your backups. The process is easy and quick, and it’s very nice to have the peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong I can get my work back with minimal loss, if any.
In addition to the inclusion of a backup system, the developers behind Ulysses have made numerous other changes. You can split and merge documents, collapse your groups, and set goals for your writing. Additionally, you can export your documents to Microsoft Word format, either individually or in groups. A number of bugs and crashes have also been fixed.
A terrific tool is even better
Ulysses serves a very useful role in my writing, and the addition of the backup system makes me much more confident in doing extended writing on my iPad, where I don’t have the benefit of Time Machine. Now, thanks to the latest update, I have something like Time Machine specifically for my writing.
Ulysses is designed for the iPad, and requires iOS 8.0 or later. It is available on the App Store for $19.99, with no in-app purchases or ads. For your Mac, Ulysses is available on the Mac App Store for $44.99, and both versions support Handoff for working between your desktop and your tablet.