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You don’t like that Ulysses is switching to subscription? Here are some alternatives

Ulysses is one of those applications focused on a very specific type of user, a full text editor with file storage and synchronization options. It had a price tag, and now its developers have decided to move to the subscription model so that they can ” create a solid foundation ” to continue working on the program.

But of course, even the developers themselves admit it: this change is not going to please everyone. Paying 4.99 euros a month in a text editor may not be a priority investment for everyone, so if you are one of those who is thinking about it you always have at hand some of the iOS and macOS compatible alternatives that we propose.

iA Writer

You don’t like that Ulysses is switching to subscription? Here are some alternatives
You don’t like that Ulysses is switching to subscription? Here are some alternatives

What it is: a text editor capable of working using markdown, with an interface prepared for you to avoid all the distractions you might have. It costs £4.49 on the App Store and £10.99 on the Mac App Store.

What you get with Ulysses: a much cleaner interface, and for a one-time fee of 15.48 euros (at least until the next version) you get a fairly capable editor for any text you want to write.

What you lose with Ulysses: options for the more professional users, possibility to attach files in each text and hierarchical organization of the files.

Scrivener

What is: a suite specialized for those who are writing texts or very long works, such as final projects or a book. It costs 21.99 euros in iOS and 42.01 euros in macOS.

What you gain from Ulysses: the organization of the material is more complete and the interface is optimized for any screen size. The bigger it is, the more options and content you have at hand.

What you lose with respect to Ulysses: editing with markdown and a modern interface. Scrivener is an application that is maintained too infrequently for its price, and is not recommended for those who write short texts.

ByWord

What it is: An editor quite similar to iA Writer so we can edit in Markdown any text we want, no matter how long it is. It uses iCloud and Dropbox to offer content synchronization between devices. It costs $6.99 on the App Store and $12.99 on the Mac App Store.

What you gain from Ulysses: a much cleaner interface, while retaining the possibilities of publishing and exporting the text to other formats. One-time payment of 19.98 euros to have this version permanently.

What you lose with Ulysses: advanced management of the material you write, plus options for more demanding Ulysses users. Smart export, automatic backup, targets… Byword is also not a frequently updated application.

Notes

What is: The note editor that Apple offers on its devices, synchronizable through iCloud. You can edit notes in rich format, with links and images attached, protect them with our fingerprint, and it’s completely free.

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Temas de interés You gain simplicity in the sense that you use an application that is already installed by default and ready to be configured and used on all devices in the block or from the iCloud website. You also gain the ability to make notes freehand. Improvements to the app at least once a year, with each new iOS release.

What you lose with respect to Ulysses: the advanced organization of the notes with filters, the possibility to write in markdown and the advanced export of the content.

Evernote

What it is: an application designed to organize ideas, but perfectly usable for writing text and organizing it from within the same application with an enriched format. It can be used for free but with many limitations.

What you gain from Ulysses: you can save anything besides text in his cloud, so you even gain flexibility in case you need to have additional material on hand.

What you lose with respect to Ulysses: you still enter an ecosystem where you have to pay 30 euros a year to enjoy decent features to get along with him. Its use is very specific, so maybe you have a learning curve.

Bear

What it is: a modern text and note manager, designed to write and organize files quickly with tags and using the same context as you write.

What you gain from Ulysses: Enriching your text with tags, a clean interface that prevents you from being distracted, and the ability to add drawings and freehand notes. You can also add checklists to your texts. There is also a good user community in the application on Reddit.

What you lose with Ulysses: The most complete organization of the archives, and the application still has a subscription although cheaper for $1.49 per month or $14.99 per year.

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