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Ulysses Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Ulysses for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Zettlr or CherryTree. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Ulysses and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Ulysses are Obsidian, Typora, Microsoft Word and Scrivener.

Ulysses alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Todo List Managers or Novel Authoring Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Ulysses.
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Ulysses is a text editor for creative writers. Used by bloggers, poets, students and published novelists all over the...

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    Joplin

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    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
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    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Termux
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    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.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownJoplin supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionJoplin has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedJoplin is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Joplin.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineJoplin can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeJoplin doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Joplin.
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    Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Ulysses.
  2. Powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownObsidian supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineObsidian can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Obsidian without registration.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsObsidian can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeObsidian supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingObsidian will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Calendar ViewObsidian has a built-in calendar view to have a clear overview of your content over time.
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  3. Typora gives 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.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownTypora supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    ⚫︎ Distraction-freeTypora has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXTypora supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    ⚫︎ LightweightTypora consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingTypora can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    ⚫︎ AutocompletionTypora can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Typora without registration.
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    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).

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  4. 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.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownZettlr supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ File TaggingZettlr can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    ⚫︎ Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeZettlr supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Pomodoro TimerPractice the Pomodoro Technique in Zettlr to stay focused and productive.
    ⚫︎ LightweightZettlr consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    The Berlin Theme (dark mode)
  5. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.

    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with CherryTree.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableCherryTree is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingCherryTree supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownCherryTree supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Code FormattingCherryTree supports code formatting for multiple languages and code styles.
    ⚫︎ PortableCherryTree can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Microsoft Word

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    • Windows Phone
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    Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModeMicrosoft Word supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingMicrosoft Word can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Microsoft Word simultaneously.
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    New document view
  7. Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingScrivener supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXScrivener supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    Almost everyone thinks Scrivener is a great alternative to Ulysses.

    Not convenient about keyboard shortcuts on formatting on windows platform

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    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.

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    walker3jacq

    Scrivener is all about the metadata, while Ulysses is about writing.

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    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.

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    wonderwarthog

    Doesn't use Markdown format. Focus on tons of features instead of distraction-free writing.

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  8. Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownManuskript supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningManuskript has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
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  9. Dendron icon

    Dendron is an open-source, local-first, markdown-based, note-taking tool built on top of VSCode. It supports all the usual features you would expect like tagging, backlinks, a graph view, split panes, and so forth.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownDendron supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Dendron.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDendron can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedDendron is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    iA Writer

    • Mac
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    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.

    ⚫︎ Distraction-freeiA Writer has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDowniA Writer supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXiA Writer supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingiA Writer supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineiA Writer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeiA Writer supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Almost everyone thinks iA Writer is a great alternative to Ulysses.

    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.

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    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.

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