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      CommentAuthorhanque
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2011
     
    I write fantasy and scifi stories and since getting an Ipad last summer, I find I do more and more work on the Ipad rather than my laptop. I find that my software must have an Ipad app or a reasonable way to transfer files between the Ipad and the laptop or I won't buy/use the program. To me, this is now a mandatory requirement for new software programs.
    While Ulysses won't have an Ipad app fro some time, I have devised a workaround that is satisfactory. It works better and easier than syncing with some programs that have an Ipad app.
    In case Ulysses users haven't done this before, here is a description: On the Ipad, I open a page file and write about whatever the topic is. When I'm done, I email it to myself in .doc format from the Ipad. On my laptop, I save the file to my desktop and drag it into the appropriate Ulysses project.
    In the opposite direction, I export a Ulysses document to my desktop and attach it to a email addressed to myself. On my Ipad, I open the attachment and can then work on it.
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      CommentAuthorniklas
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2011
     
    Honestly, that sounds awfully complicated... I don't think I would be able to live with that if I ever decide to actually buy that iPad I am thinking about... Have you tried Dropbox? I use it to sync files between my two computers (and to sync select files with other people). They have an iPhone/iPad version of the app but for obvious reasons I haven't tried it yet. But in general, Dropbox works amazingly well.

    If I do end up buying an iPad, I will be very interested in the Soulmen's Daedalus touch, but I am a little worried about this very issue. I know they have said that they won't provide any fancy syncing between it and Ulysses but *some* kind of syncing is required I think. I hope they will at least provide an easy way to use it with Dropbox (or similar services). Somehow.
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      CommentAuthorhanque
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2011
     
    Hi niklas
    Actually, I find it very easy to do. All it requires is touching the Ipad screen a few times and clicking & dragging on the laptop mouse. Believe me, it is much easier than many apps that claim to have "syncing" ability but really don't. I haven't tried Dropbox. I have seen forums that complain about problems with the site.
    Perhaps a clarification on how I use the hardware and software. My Ipad (which I love) is a remote for my laptop that gives a great deal of freedom of movement. My Ipad apps are remotes for the main programs on my laptop. Using the process I described works for me in that the Ipad work I do is not the main component of the project, only one aspect of it.
    Frankly, if I didn't think Ulysses could handle this "syncing" I never would have spent money on the program.
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      CommentAuthorniklas
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2011
     
    OK maybe it is easier than it sounded then! Good to know there is a way to move things back and forth between the devices, should I decide to buy one...
    By the way, how do you think the iPad works for writing? Without having actually tried it, it does seem a little awkward to type on the screen for longish texts.
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      CommentAuthorhanque
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2011
     
    longish texts is a bit subjective. I don't use the Ipad for heavy-duty writing like a first draft of a new story or novel. I use it for blog posts, emails and articles. One of the features I like about Ulysses is that I can break up an article into sections (separate documents in a project). I often use the Ipad to write the individual sections. They run to several hundred words each
    Typing on an Ipad isn't difficult. The layout of the Ipad keyboard is slightly smaller than my laptop keyboard. The size difference is so small, my fingers know where the ipad keys are without any trouble.
    The great thing about typing on the Ipad is that I usually do while sitting in a lounge chair
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      CommentAuthorCarmicheal
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2011 edited
     
    I don't think I would be able to live with that if I ever decide to actually buy that iPad I am thinking about... Have you tried Dropbox? I use it to sync files between my two computers (and to sync select files with other people). They have an iPhone/iPad version of the app but for obvious reasons I haven't tried it yet. But in general, Dropbox works amazingly well.


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