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    Ulysses Alternatives

    Ulysses is described as 'text editor for creative writers. Used by bloggers, poets, students and published novelists all over the world, it offers an integrated environment to brainstorm, draft, revise and even submit text on a professional level' and is a popular app in the News & Books category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Ulysses for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based and iPhone. The best alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try CherryTree or Zettlr. Other great apps like Ulysses are Obsidian (Free Personal), Typora (Paid), Scrivener (Paid) and Manuskript (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 6, 2022

    1. Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor.
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      Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Ulysses.
    2. A second brain, for you, forever. The human brain is non-linear: we jump from idea to idea, all the time. Your second brain should work the same.
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    3. Typora will give you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions.
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      Typora vs Ulysses opinions
      Most users think Typora is a great alternative to Ulysses.
      wonderwarthog Also features a handy files panel to the left. Display and editing is distraction free and very clean (cleaner than Ulysses).
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    4. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.
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    5. Zettlr is a supercharged markdown editor that combines many writing editor features and collect them in one application. It aims at speeding up your workflow and help you write without any interruptions.
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    6. Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.
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      Scrivener vs Ulysses opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Scrivener is a great alternative to Ulysses.
      walker3jacq Scrivener is all about the metadata, while Ulysses is about writing.
      Top negative comment  about 1 year ago

      Not convenient about keyboard shortcuts on formatting on windows platform
      Negative comment 5 months ago

      Scrivener is a terrible alternative to Ulysses. It's not a markdown editor, the interface is cluttered, and there are so many features that are cumbersome and unintuitive that it takes forever to figure them out. With Ulysses, it's more what you see is what you get. You can focus more on writing. You don't have to try to learn the app as much, and it's markdown, so you can focus on content, not formatting.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

      Ulysses is WYSIWYM, while Scrivener is WYSIWYG. It can be extremely time-consuming to set the font styling right in every dialog box that controls the fonts. Ulysses, on the other hand, has one font setting, then the styles dictate how the editor is displayed. It's much more focused on content than appearance.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      wonderwarthog Doesn't use Markdown format. Focus on tons of features instead of distraction-free writing.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

    7. Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc. Outliner Organize your thoughts and snippets in a hierarchical manner. Organize them as you wish, reorganize them on the go.
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    8. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.
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      Most users think FocusWriter is a great alternative to Ulysses.
    9. As easy to use as a word document or bulleted list, and as powerful for finding, collecting, and connecting related ideas as a graph database. Collaborate with others in real time, or store all your data locally.
    10. The key to good writing is not that magical glass of Bordeaux, the right kind of tobacco or that groovy background music. The key is focus. What you need to write well is a spartan setting that allows you to fully concentrate on your text and nothing but your text.
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      iA Writer vs Ulysses opinions
      Almost everyone thinks iA Writer is a great alternative to Ulysses.
      hildissent Solid application. I like the file browser in Ulysses better (tags are cool but can get messy), but iA Writer has some solid features like referencing files (write frequently used text once, update it at the source and be sure it is up to date anywhere it is used in the larger work) and using .csv files for tables. Also, they've avoided the subscription model. As long as there are alternatives, I'm *not* letting companies ding me for monthly fees.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      I use iA Writer on Mac and mobiles and it is a first-class tool for handling notes and actual writing. In some ways I prefer it to Ulysses -- it's a proper Markdown editor and I can write jumps and anchors on long documents. I have a iA licence for Windows for when I use that platform.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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