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Why I Switched to Ulysses

So up until the beginning of November I was a die hard Scrivener user (and it’s actually still part of my workflow) but with Scrivener comes a very large learning curve that quite frankly I am too impatient to learn. I downloaded the NaNoWriMo version of Ulysses this year and absolutely fell in love with it. So much so that I have been bugging my husband to buy me the iPad version as well. How I talked him into it is a whole story on its own. Now that I finally have it in my hot little hands I have to say that I am in love with it.

During the holiday season I bake A LOT and at times it’s a pain if I’m in the middle of a thought and have to get up from the laptop to go work in the kitchen. It never fails that when I am done I have completely forgotten what I was thinking. Please note that Scrivener also has a mobile app that I have purchased and it has its strengths as well but for focused writing on the go I prefer to use Ulysses.

I like the fact that Ulysses for iOS is integrated so well with the native environment as well. If I want to take a pic on the go I can. Just like I did below. I’m currently making muffins for the husband’s work lunch. I didn’t have to stop my flow of this blog post or baking to take the quick shot and insert it into this post.

Putting the new bowl and splash guard to good use.
Putting the new bowl and splash guard to good use.

The other, if not most important thing about Ulysses is that it supports markup natively. I no longer have to use a workaround that while it does work is cumbersome and time-consuming. This is a HUGE plus for me in my workflow. I’m relatively new to the markdown language but absolutely fell in love once I got the hang of it.

I use the default Markdown XL in Ulysses
I use the default Markdown XL in Ulysses

See, back in the kitchen to finish the muffins and didn’t miss a beat.

Cranberry, Banana Nut, Chocolate Chip
Cranberry, Banana Nut, Chocolate Chip

I plan to do an in-depth review at a later time but for now, I’m just going to enjoy the mobility I now have in my writing.

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