Writing App 'Ulysses' Gets iPhone X Redesign and Face ID Text Library Lock Support

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Popular writing program Ulysses received an update to its iOS app today, bringing a revised interface and full compatibility with iPhone X.

    Various interactions in the Ulysses UI have been reworked, and the app now fully complies with the all-screen design of the iPhone X's OLED display.


    Beyond the changes induced by the iPhone X screen, the update brings redesigned editors for objects like images, annotations, notes, and footnotes. The text counter has also been tweaked based on user feedback, as has the automatic fullscreen mode.

    In addition, Ulysses now also supports Face ID, Apple's new facial authentication system, to complement its privacy options, which previously only offered passcode protection. With Face ID enabled, writers can unlock their text libraries with a simple glance.

    Lastly, the app ships with a new default editor theme, featuring sparsely applied colors and bold black headlines, which the developers say is simpler, cleaner, and more typographic.

    Ulysses can be downloaded for free on the App Store and the Mac App Store. After a 14-day trial period, a subscription is required to unlock the app on all devices. A monthly subscription costs $4.99, while a yearly subscription is $39.99. Students can use Ulysses at a discounted price of $11.99 per six months. The discount is granted from within the app.

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  2. T-Bob macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2013
  3. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Now that it’s a subscription service, it could Still be using iPhone 3G resolution for all I care
  4. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    What's the use, iPhone X is not available.
  5. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    So now we're going to get endless thread starts about wood that are specific to x.

    New watch band colors.

    New developer build updates.

    Good times.
  6. PickUrPoison macrumors 68030

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    All that subscription money and they’re just now getting around to releasing a version optimized for the X?

    Oh well, I guess it’s worth it; the headlines are “more typographic” now.
  7. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    well, good luck with that
  8. justint1989 macrumors member


    Sep 25, 2017
    Is it not?
    I walked into my local store two weeks ago and bought one.
  9. jimthing macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2011
    London, UK (Europe, Earth, Space)
    I strongly recommend just subscribing to the great Setapp service.

    Ulysses is in it, so for a really quite reasonable $10/mo, you get this app and a hell of a load of others that are useful.

    Sure they'll be stuff in there that is rubbish or you personally simply won't need. But the great thing about it is there is something for pretty much everyone, so it offers a way forward instead of having to buy apps that don't do what they say they do, only to have the money gone forever, and having to buy another to get the job done.

    Subs have pros and cons, but with entertainment streaming services being massive, surely it doesn't take a leap of the imagination to guess app subscription services are the next way forward in this realm.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 23, 2017 ---
    Another thing to add, is that subscription services also mean the app can offer things like website access, so you can access and use your 'stuff' on the web, along with the apps themselves.

    And what's good for the big boys (Office365, et al.) is therefore good for the more moderate boys too, lol!
  10. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Nice advertisement lol
  11. jimthing, Nov 24, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2017

    jimthing macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2011
    London, UK (Europe, Earth, Space)
    Yeah, sorry about that! I just thought it was strange MR missed this pretty crucial point; as many are more likely to use it as part of Setapp IMO, than those wanting to subscribe to it separately, as it's more of a deal in the Setapp service.

    The versions are exactly the same as buying/subscribing direct with the apps themselves, BTW, so you're not getting a watered down version of the app but the latest full release.
    Additionally, as apps like Ulysses are essentially SAAS (software as a service), that means you can also login and use their free-to-download iOS version (or if they have versions on any other platform) as well.

    The only thing I wonder about with Setapp, is its business model. Everybody needs to get paid (them and app devs), so as they try and add more and more apps (there's already a lot on there), surely the margin split is going to depreciate per entity. The only thing I think they must be banking on, is getting economies of scale, so that if they can get and maintain a decent subscriber volume, then the total revenue amount will be large enough, so that each entity's income is decent.

    I'm no MBA, so someone correct me if I'm wrong.

    Even those times you need an app as a one-off, you can simply download it, use it, then remove it.
    ...even the great Forklift app is on there, I just found! (FYI, it's a much more useful alternative to using the plain Finder.) So they do have some stuff that makes $10/mo a reasonable amount I'd say to most users. Searchable app list, here: https://setapp.com/apps
  12. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    I tried Setapp for a month or two but couldn't quite justify the $120/year, especially considering I'd already bought the standalone Mac and iOS versions of Ulysses and there wasn't a lot more on there I needed that much.

    For what it's worth, the previous versions of Ulysses still seem to be working fine under High Sierra and iOS 11. When they start breaking, that's when I export everything and move on, probably to Scrivener, maybe something else. Still livid Ulysses pulled the "cup of coffee a month" bull**** when really all the app is quite full-featured and could easily be in maintenance mode at this point.
  13. Amy Pond and me, Nov 25, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2017

    Amy Pond and me macrumors newbie

    Amy Pond and me

    Feb 27, 2015
    Everywhere, everywhen
    Ulysses? What's Ulysses? The little app I once bought and used, to abandon it later when the authors decided in the future they wanted me to pay them forever?

    Couldn't care less...
  14. Aniruddh Contributor


    Feb 3, 2017
    This is one of the reason I don't use it anymore.

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