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Posted by Paul Korm
Mar 7, 2015 at 12:28 PM

 

The Soulmen have announced that Ulysses for iPad (19,99E) and the companion upgrade for OS X (free) will both be release on March 12.

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Mar 7, 2015 at 05:27 PM

 

“Hooray, hooray, it’s CRIMPing time toda… on Thursday!”

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Mar 12, 2015 at 01:19 PM

 

Yes, it’s landed. And at first prod, looks really rather good, preserving all(?) the functionality of the desktop version.

Now Ulysses (especially cross-platform - sorry, Alexander, cross-Apple) offers a useful solution for Ken’s task management dilemma. The three-pane approach is very powerful: an outline in the left-hand pane, a switchable list in the middle (which can either show all the aggregated notes from the node and subnodes selected in the outliner, or a single node at a time - a very powerful task management tool), plus a powerful editor supporting four different kinds of Markdown. No compromises there!

Plus tags, of course.

The only thing I’m missing at the moment: there’s no font resizing option, although you can change line lengths and line heights (also very desirable). And for me, the default font is just slightly too large…

I’m looking forward to playing with it intensively. Just a bit too busy at the moment, unfortunately!

 


Posted by Franz Grieser
Mar 12, 2015 at 04:25 PM

 

This review (http://t3n.de/news/ulysses-ios-markdown-editor-598758/ - German only) says the things missing from release 1 are:

* versioning (automatic backup of various versions of the document)
* import of RTF/HTML files
* global search/replace
* bookmarks

These features will be added soon, the Soulmen said.

 


Posted by Paul Korm
Mar 12, 2015 at 06:32 PM

 

I’m sure I’ll have more positive reactions, but my first impressions of the desktop and iPad version is “ho hum”.  I don’t understand the obsession with making every Yosemite app look like every other app, but the Soulmen have sipped deeply from that KoolAid.  It’s just an opion, but the UI for the pre-v2 desktop version was plesant and stood out.  Now it’s bland.

On the iPad, the initial settings are odd, but it’s a simple matter to change them.  The usual glitches with iCloud syncing—which is an Apple issue not the Soulmen.  Otherwise the interface is pedestrian just like Apple prefers.

No table support in either version.  I happen to use a lot of tables but maybe that’s just me.  Would sure be nice to have the feature. 

It’s curious why the Soulmen decided to eliminate their stylish app icon in favor of an icon that looks like FreeMind’s.

I’m sure someday I’ll be pleased ;-)

 


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