Welcome to Ulysses.

Ulysses was developed mainly for writers who work creatively with text and want or need to realize large amounts of text.

No extensive text is written at once, in a single document. A story consisting of 200 pages results from fractions, starting points, discarded ideas and many more – all neatly distributed along a total of 800 pages, most likely with over 100 different documents, combined with notes, Post-Its, scribblings on the margins of numerous daily papers, beer covers, napkins and the back sides of photos.

Transferred to digital standards this means (in the worst case) several hundred documents from a bunch of different applications that were put into different folders on the hard disk. The organisation of these pieces requires the writer to be extremely disciplined – a mind job that could have better been spent on writing itself.

Ulysses wants to enable the writer to fully concentrate on the story he wishes to tell, without hobbling his creativity by means of unnecessary burden and distraction. Someone who at least once in his life spent hours in a document searching for the correct way of formatting instead of using the time to tweak a title or heading, knows what it's about.

Ulysses wants to free the writer from the need to deliver and develop his text in predefined structures. Instead, the writer should be given the ability to form his own preferred structures – both within the text and in organising things.

Ulysses' concept is loosely guided by a classic type setting system: TeX. The idea to have a text structured by content and not formatting is simple yet ingenious. Unfortunately, TeX is just another system for setting type, and due to its complexity in no way suitable for creative writing.

That is why Ulysses takes it one step further and solely concentrates on content. This may sound trivial, but the lack of any formatting and the ignorance of relevance of the later export format (from a design point of view) during writing is an essential part of creative writing.

Welcome to Ulysses.
Enjoy the ride.