Earlier this 12 months Ulysses debuted the most effective implementation I had seen of single-app cut up view on iPad, enabling working in two paperwork directly or modifying a doc whereas concurrently seeing its export preview. In right now’s Ulysses 18 launch, that proprietary implementation has been changed by iPadOS’ native multiwindow capabilities, bringing extra energy and suppleness than was beforehand obtainable. At the moment’s replace additionally integrates with iOS 13’s darkish mode and different new design components, makes automation simpler than ever with Shortcuts parameters, and presents a present to Dropbox customers who’ve lengthy had their Ulysses capabilities restricted.


Editor and export windows side-by-side.

I write in Ulysses day by day on my iPad, and as a lot as I beloved the app’s distinct implementation of cut up view pre-iPadOS 13, I’m more than happy to see the app shortly undertake the brand new native multiwindow system as a result of it basically supplies all of the performance that was beforehand obtainable plus new advantages.

Multiwindow in iPadOS allows an app to spawn a number of cases of itself throughout completely different Cut up View areas, in Slide Over, or as fullscreen views. Ulysses allows dragging sheets out of the sheet checklist or Fast Open and dropping them as their very own home windows in no matter orientation you select.

Some apps load further home windows as ‘auxiliary’ fairly than ‘major,’ which means they solely maintain a single doc fairly than granting entry to the app’s full interface; personally, I discover this works nicely in sure circumstances, however usually I want all extra home windows to be major. I believe Ulysses has designated these two window varieties in one of the best ways attainable.

In Ulysses, any time you open a sheet as a brand new window, it’s a major window, so you may then flick thru your complete library, change sheets, run an export, and the rest the total app usually allows. Nevertheless, there may be one case the place new Ulysses home windows are auxiliary: export home windows. Along with opening completely different sheets as separate home windows, you may load Ulysses’ export view in a separate window as nicely. By both long-pressing on the share/export icon, or with the Command-Possibility-6 keyboard shortcut, your present sheet will spawn an auxiliary export window. That method, if you’re completed exporting a sheet, you may hit the window’s Shut button to shut that separate window.

Opening the export view as a separate window might be helpful when it’s essential to export in a number of other ways, however its important profit is that the export window will replace in real-time as you make modifications within the editor window. So similtaneously you’re working in your doc, you may see precisely what the completed product will appear like.

Design & Gestures

Left to right: Dark mode, context menus, redesigned symbols, quick selection.

iOS 13 brings with it a ton of design-related updates, and Ulysses 18 adopts them to nice impact.

Ulysses now follows iOS 13’s system look settings, so in case your gadget is ready to gentle look, Ulysses will mirror that, and the identical is true in darkish look. There’s one different factor that bears noting, nevertheless: the app’s default editor theme, D14, has been up to date to sport a darker darkish mode than earlier than. For the primary time, D14’s darkish look is now true black fairly than its former darkish grey, which seems to be particularly unbelievable on OLED iPhones however I’ve grown fairly keen on it on iPad too.

Context menus are employed in each the library and sheet checklist views, so you may long-press on a bunch or sheet on each the iPhone and iPad to entry an in depth set of menu choices.

Lengthy-time Ulysses customers may even discover a delicate change to the icons which can be used all through the app, from the toolbar to the total set of icons that accompany teams. Apple’s introduction of SF Symbols impressed this recent design all through the app, and it seems to be nice.

Lastly, one different iOS 13 enchancment on this enviornment is a brand new gesture: within the sheet checklist now you can swipe up or down with two fingers to shortly choose a number of sheets directly, with no need to manually enter choice mode.


Parameters makes Ulysses' actions in Shortcuts more accessible.

Because of parameters within the new Shortcuts app, Ulysses’ shortcut actions necessitate rather a lot much less guide configuration than they did earlier than. One of many important advantages is that Ulysses’ parameters can search and browse your full library of teams and sheets with out leaving the Shortcuts app. The up to date Add to Sheet and Connect to Sheet actions now not require, for instance, first retrieving a sheet’s distinctive identifier from Ulysses so as to add into the Shortcuts motion, as a result of with a Sheet parameter you may search straight contained in the Shortcuts editor to drag within the precise sheet you need to carry out the motion on. Equally, the Create Group and Create Sheet actions provide parameters so that you just don’t want a bunch identifier enter forward of time, you may merely choose the group you’d like from proper throughout the motion’s parameter. The identical applies to different actions like Get Sheet, Get Sheet from Group, and extra.

Full Dropbox Assist

Ulysses is an iCloud-first app, and it really works extraordinarily nicely as such. Nevertheless, some customers don’t belief iCloud, and others might have restrictions from their work on precisely what cloud companies they retailer delicate knowledge in. Whereas Ulysses has lengthy supplied Dropbox sync as an possibility, the implementation wasn’t fully-featured; there have been sure options corresponding to attachments, Markdown XL, and targets that weren’t obtainable when syncing over Dropbox. Now that shortcoming has ultimately been mounted, and you will get the total Ulysses expertise whether or not you sync with Dropbox or iCloud, and even another supply in case you’re engaged on the Mac.

Ulysses 18 is a main instance of how iOS and iPadOS 13 deliver noteworthy enhancements throughout quite a lot of areas. With help for multiwindow performance, the app allows better energy and suppleness on iPad than ever earlier than; design enhancements like darkish mode and context menus make for a extra unified OS expertise throughout each first- and third-party apps; lastly, Shortcuts parameters make automation extra accessible and succesful than ever earlier than.

As Apple’s iOS and iPadOS platforms have taken massive steps ahead this fall, Ulysses is shifting ahead in lock-step with them.