A week ago Ulysses III turned into just Ulysses (44,99€) and simultaneously its sibling Ulysses for iPad (19,99€) was born. The similarity between both is impressive. An area with margin to improve in the iOS application is a better handling of files and folders in Dropbox or similar services. On the iPad, we can even use a customised RTF style (or epub, or PDF) created on the Mac.
The Ulysses case and the level of integration between operating systems as of today makes me think this is the track to follow in the development of applications – at least it’s what I’d like to witness. Of course I know Textastic and Byword already have full integration between desktop and mobile versions. I meant text processors and Scrivener. It may not be a matter of being able to write seamlessly in the two environments, but rather that some preferences match and don’t need to be manually replicated.
Obviously, Ulysses can afford to integrate both applications because it’s based on plain text. Other programmes like Nisus Writer and Pages include such a number of format parameters that we can’t ask them to do the same. It wouldn’t be fair. However, Apple has set the process in motion with Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The results aren’t yet satisfactory enough, but, if it’s any consolation, they’re working on it.