Ulysses 3, the awesome next-generation text editor from the Soulmen, has just landed in the Mac App Store. It's $20 for a week, going up to $40 after that, and is worth every damn penny. And lest you think I'm some pussy-assed blogger who gets everything for free, I'm not. I just dropped my $20 like everyone else. And this is despite the fact that, so Killian tells me, I have a quote right there on the MAS page.
Ulysses, which I'm reviewing in full tomorrow, is a marriage of iOS-style elegance and Mac power. The idea is that you write in plain text, and add markup to mark things as bold, or as links, or as footnotes, comments and plenty of other formats, similar to Markdown. The trick is that the markup is kept almost invisible, so to the user things look a lot like a word-processor.
Then, when it comes time to send the text somewhere, it is converted into the destination format. Thus, your plain text file can be morphed into rich text (RTF), HTML or even Markdown (from whence it can be turned into pretty much anything else — even a DOC file).
The other iOS-like feature is that all your documents are stored in-app. There's no need to bother with the Finder at all (although you can drag in folders and have them mirrored inside the app). Files are kept in iCloud, too, and you can also sync with the Soulmen's iOS editing app Daedalus Touch (currently on sale for a buck). I tried it. Like most well-made iCloud apps, the syncing is seamless and fast, and even works when the document is open in two places.
That's it for now. Try it out, or wait for tomorrow when you can read my in-depth review. And if it's already tomorrow, then that last sentence should contain a link.
Source: Ulysses App