In our opinion, it’s the perfect combination of power and grace, giving you both the writing tools to help you be productive and a beautiful, distraction-free writing environment to keep you focused.
A pro writing app is a powerful writing tool engineered to meet the needs of people who get paid to write words.
These applications have a lot of very powerful features (like code completion and multiple cursors) that are great for coders and developers, but unnecessary for people who just want to write.
Ulysses is an extremely powerful writing tool with well-thought-out features that will provide great support for any writing project.
Ever open up a Word document you received from someone and were welcomed by a warning message saying a necessary font is not installed?
That’s a frustration of working with word processors like Microsoft Word and Pages, and an unnecessary one for our purposes.When you first launch Ulysses, you’ll see the main three-pane window with the library on the left, the list of “sheets” (what Ulysses calls documents) in the middle, and the editor pane on the right.There’s also a fourth slide-over Attachments pane, but it it stays out of your way until you actually need it.A good pro writing app should provide an environment that is aesthetically pleasing and makes it easy for you to focus and create, then allows you to export your work to its final destination as quickly (and painlessly) as possible.Since the words themselves are the end goal, it’s important that the pro writing app you choose provides you with a distraction-free user interface that inspires creativity.If you did a side-by-side comparison of Ulysses with some of the other apps we tested, you’d see a lot of similarities, but you’d also see that there are quite a few features that are available in one or more of those other apps that are missing from Ulysses.I would argue this is not only necessary in order to keep the design simple and clean, but actually helps you focus on using the tools that available which are specifically chosen to assist you in the writing process.The left pane offers a couple locations for storing your writing files, including i Cloud (if you want your writings accessible everywhere) and local storage (if you don’t).You can also set up “External Folders” that can point to a location like Dropbox or Google Drive.Word processors are very powerful applications that have a lot of unnecessary formatting and layout tools (for our purposes, anyway).These typically don’t translate well on export, so they have limited value unless their proprietary file formats are in fact your ultimate creative destination.