I’ve had a nasty habit for as long as I’ve been an online writer: I often write in a non-autosaving web browser window.
I’m not quite sure why I’ve always defaulted to this wretched habit - but I have - and it’s cost me on more than several occasions. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been close to finishing an article when an accidental swipe on my Magic Mouse causes my browser window to go backwards and *POOF* my work is gone.
I usually sit there in disbelief for a few minutes, desperately trying to refresh the browser in hopes my lost work can be magically brought back from the depths of the internet.
It never comes back.
A few weeks ago this happened once again - and I decided I needed to find a solution. I’ve used Byword for years, but something was missing. I needed a more comprehensive writing tool, one that I’d actually enjoy using.
That tool is Ulysses.
In the past I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ulysses. A full-featured text editor, complete with a built-in file browser and notes function. But that’s not all. It has a beautiful user interface which you can customize with thousands of user-created themes. For longer articles, Ulysses supports breaking it into several linked parts so you can stay organized. It even has a tagging system so nothing ever becomes lost.
In fact, that may turn out to be one of my favourite parts of Ulysses. I’ve long lived in a archaic mindset of saving all my documents in the Documents folder on my Mac. Only, when I get rushed, I save it on my Desktop. And when I’m remote, I save it in Dropbox. If you write a lot of articles like I do, things get disorganized quite quickly.
With Ulysses, I can sync all my folders (both local and remote) into one interface for easy browsing and storing of all my works. On top of being incredibly easy to sort through, it’s also quite fulfilling to see all of my documents in one program. I feel accomplished every time I load up Ulysses.
There’s so much more I love about Ulysses which I haven’t mentioned. Simply put, it’s the best - and most comprehensive - text editor available for Mac. Any journalist, aspiring writer, or student shouldn’t be caught without Ulysses. It will keep you organized, make you feel more accomplished and most likely, make you a better writer.
Ulysses is available for Mac for $51.99 with an iPad app also available for $22.99. Don’t hesitate, buy it now.
It should go without saying that this article was written in Ulysses and not in an unrecoverable browser window.