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Highland -- finally a replacement for Ulysses?

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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
May 10, 2018 at 06:44 PM


I just came across a writing app called Highland. If I’m getting it right, Highland is a revision of a scriptwriting app called Fountain, but has been modified to work with any kind of writing project.


Highland seems to have a lot of great features, including a whole host of markdown.

They say it is free to download, but once you do they offer you an introductory price of $30 to buy the pro version.

Steve Z.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
May 10, 2018 at 06:47 PM


Sorry, I guess Fountain is a type of markdown that Highland used to use before expanding to markdown. Most of you probably knew that already!


Posted by satis
May 10, 2018 at 08:04 PM


Highland has a fraction of the features of Ulysses, but the new version (which I bought) isn’t bad. It handles extremely large documents too - this test (by the dev) shows it handling a 700,000 (?) word document faster and with less scrolling jitters compared to Word, Pages and IA Writer. (They seemed to deliberately choose not to compare to Ulysses.)


Ulysses has more and better themes, a themeable editor that Highland lacks, and a more sophisticated organizational setup, with hierarchical groups. Highland also isn’t designed to handle attachments that aren’t related notes, whereas Ulysses handles images and PDFs, and the upcoming version previewed the other day showed colored keywords.


Highland is a good, future-proof option as an affordable app for writing screenplays (what it was originally designed for), but given Ulysses’s feature set it’s premature to call it a replacement, unless your use of Ulysses was pretty bare bones to begin with.


Posted by Luhmann
May 11, 2018 at 07:36 AM


I see iOS isn’t even mentioned on their roadmap.


Posted by tightbeam
May 11, 2018 at 11:38 AM


Nor is Windows. You’d think a “replacement for Ulysses” would gain more traction in the Windows world, which lacks anything like a Ulysses, versus the Mac world, which already has a Ulysses, with lots of happy users unlikely to switch, but hey…

Luhmann wrote:
I see iOS isn’t even mentioned on their roadmap.


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