Stellar writing app Ulysses gets mouse support on iPad, big improvements

Stellar writing app Ulysses gets mouse support on iPad, big improvements

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Get the update today on Mac and iOS.
Photo: Ulysses

Ulysses, the outstanding writing app for Mac and iOS, just got its big version 19 update. It brings full mouse and trackpad support on iPad, as well as a number of neat improvements to things like keywords and Files integration.

It also boasts a new feature dubbed Material sheets, which allows you to mark sheets you’ve used for brainstorming and research, and have them excluded from counters, goals, and exports.

Like millions of us around the world, the Ulysses team is stuck at home, working remotely. “Our office is deserted … video calls have replaced eye contact,” the company said in its newest blog post.

“Still, we are managing to keep it together.” Proof of that comes in Ulysses 19, a big update that ships with new features and a whole bunch of nice improvements. It’s available today on Mac and iOS.

Ulysses 19 ships with mouse support, Material sheets

This is the first version of Ulysses that fully takes advantage of the mouse and trackpad improvements Apple made in iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 last month. It means that the mouse pointer you see in Ulysses now acts as Apple intended.

Another big addition is Material sheets. It lets you mark sheets you’ve used to make notes, collect research, and brainstorm new ideas so that they can be separated from the rest of your work.

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Using Material sheets in Ulysses 19.
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Material sheets are excluded from counters and goals, and they won’t be included when you export a document. It’s also possible to add filters so that Material sheets are hidden, or so that only Material sheets are shown.

“But most importantly, of course, you can now keep your main text together with your secondary material, without that material messing up your goals or exported documents,” Ulysses explains.

Markdown keywords

Ulysses 19 also brings a nice improvement to keywords. It doesn’t change how you use them — you still add them to the dedicated keywords field — but they can now be exported in their own paragraph at the bottom of your text file.

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Keywords are now exported with your text.
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This means that when you export text you’ve written in Ulysses so that it can be used in another app, your keywords are not lost.

Ulysses 19 is a free update for existing owners of the app. Download it now for iOS and Mac. A free trial is available for those who haven’t used Ulysses in the past, while a monthly subscription is priced at $4.99.