Dropping Ulysses

I’ve been using Ulysses for writing for years now, and it’s great software. I didn’t generally use its export features, but it was a nice flexible writing environment. It’s folder structure made it simple, but powerful, and meant it could be used in all sorts of ways. It was well worth the money I paid for it.

Unfortunately, they’ve now changed to a subscription model for payments, so while the versions I have will keep working, and will be updated to the coming (or current, unless you’re reading this quite soon after publishing) macOS and iOS versions, it only has a longer term future if you’re ok with paying a subscription on top of what you’ve already paid. I’m not. I just don’t use it enough for that, and other apps can do what I do use it for.

I’ve moved all the partial articles I had in there into some simple folders in Apple Notes, and I’m writing in there again. It’s not ideal, but it does the job, and it’s what I use for many other things, which is convenient. I’ve finished quite a few posts since, and written some new ones (like this one!), so it seems to be working out ok for me. It’s not that I think it’s better, but switching to something new always makes a good time to review where you’re up to with things, and put the finishing touches to a few posts.

I still think if you write for a living, or just do a lot of writing, Ulysses is well worth it, it’s just not for me any more.

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