If you’re on a Mac, you’re lucky; we’ve got an amazing number of creative Mac writing apps to keep us happy. And if you’re a Markdown fan, you may use Ulysses III, as I do.
Whether you do, or whether you don’t, you have a birthday treat waiting for you. Ulysses is 11 years old — the first version launched in 2003 — and you get the present. Its companion app, Daedalus Touch iOS is FREE on the app store, until July 7.
From the Ulysses Blog:
Ulysses III doesn’t accept birthday presents – on the contrary it wants to give something to you! Daedalus Touch, the writing app for iOS is fully integrated with Ulysses. Get it now for free in the App Store (offer valid until 7 July 2014).
I never bothered with Daedalus Touch on iOS, I’ve got a mile of text editors on my phone and iPad, and rarely use any of them other than Drafts.
But I was wrong. I just tried Daedalus Touch, and it’s a pleasure to use. More to the point, as soon as you add something in iOS, it appears on Ulysses III on your desktop. (Make sure you have iCloud turned on, in the Preferences.)
Thank you to the developers, and many happy returns of the day. 🙂
We discussed Ulysses III on this blog, when the latest version launched last year:
Although I try to keep up with what’s new in apps, Ulysses 3 wasn’t on my radar. I own Ulysses 2, but I rarely use it, since I prefer Scrivener. So when version 3 came out, it didn’t hit me that it was anything I’d need, since I wasn’t using 2.
Last week I was moaning to a friend about keeping Web content organized, and she suggested that Ulysses 3 might be what I was looking for. There’s a trial version, so I downloaded it and played with it for an hour. Then I immediately got the full version.
My blogging workflow: Ulysses helps me to stay on track
Not only do I have my own blogs, I blog for several companies too. As you might imagine, tracking everything I need to do becomes a little fraught. I create an editorial calendar for each blog. Then I add the blog post titles and a few sentences with the angle to new sheets in Ulysses.
Each post in written in Ulysses, and previewed with Marked. You can do that at a click. Once the post’s done, a hotkey in Marked grabs the HTML, and I paste it into WordPress. All done. 🙂
Before Ulysses, I had bits and pieces of blog posts everywhere. Inevitably, several times a week, I’d think: “I remember writing that — but where is it?” Cue frantic Mac search, Evernote search, and iPad search.
Ulysses not only makes writing fun (yay! for Markdown), it helps me to keep my act together.
(By the way, if you’re a Windows writer, you don’t need Ulysses to use Daedalus Touch – you can happily use Daedalus Touch on its own, and sync to Dropbox.)
Remember: Daedalus Touch is free until July 7, so pop over and get it before then.
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