Ulysses for iPad

After months of teasing, buildup, and developer updates, the Soulmen have shipped one of their more massive revisions to Ulysses in Ulysses 2.0. The app completely overhauls the Mac app aesthetically and for the first time brings the app to the iPad as well.

Ulysses was the very first text editor that I used when I switched to the Mac about 2 years ago, and while I've switched to using Byword primarily on my Mac since then, this new update and the parity with the iPad are both pretty appealing reasons to give the app another try.

In my time with the iPad version this morning I was most impressed with the huge font selection and the vast array of options for displaying/formatting the text before then exporting it through the native iOS 8 share sheet. That's the kind of functionality I can only wish that Editorial had for exporting text, rather than exporting as plain text and having to format it in the app you send it to.

The app doesn't currently have Dropbox support which is unfortunately a dealbreaker for me as I keep all of my writing and documents in Dropbox. I reached out to the devs on Twitter however, and they've said that they're already working on adding Dropbox support for the next update and that it hopefully shouldn't be long before that update gets pushed out. It can't get here soon enough for me, as I think Ulysses has a real shot at being my text editor of choice on iOS. We'll have to wait and see of course until after I've spent plenty of time working with and in the app, but I have a good feeling about this one.