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, which is both free and Open Source. 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 Typora (Free), Zettlr (Free, Open Source), Scrivener (Paid) and Manuskript (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 30, 2021

    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. 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 almost 4 years ago

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    3. 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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    4. 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.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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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.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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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.
      Negative comment 6 months ago

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

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    5. 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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    6. 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 over 2 years ago

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      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 about 1 year ago

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    7. Bear is a beautiful and flexible writing app for note-taking and prose, both on the go for iOS devices and for the Mac OS desktop. KEY FEATURES - Stay organized by linking notes to each other. - Use hashtags to organize and add context to notes.
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      Almost everyone thinks Bear is a great alternative to Ulysses.
    8. 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.
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    9. Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. The Hemingway Editor for Mac and PC highlights common errors. Use it to catch wordy sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and dull, complicated words.
      Hemingway Editor vs Ulysses opinions
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      Hemingway Editor is software that helps you edit and is not similar in function to Ulysses.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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      Ulysses is a markdown editor, Hemingway Editor is a rich text editor that makes suggestions about style, wording, etc. They're completely different.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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    10. Use Notes to capture a quick thought, create checklists, sketch ideas, and more. And with iCloud, you can keep your notes up to date across all your devices.
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