Ulysses is a popular writing application for macOS and iOS devices. Lauded by journalists and reviewers, Ulysses provides lots of useful features and nice touches for people who write professionally. The theming and export options are second to none.
Unfortunately, using Ulysses to write in Markdown is an exercise in frustration. The application supports a subset of the Markdown syntax, but support for many syntax elements is notably absent. Even worse, support for some elements is provided using non-standard notation. Ulysses might not be your first choice if you’re wanting to write exclusively in Markdown.
Ulysses provides support for the following Markdown elements.
|Headings||Yes||Alternative syntax is not supported.|
|Line Breaks||Yes||In addition to trailing whitespace, you can also press the Return key once to achieve the same result.|
|Code||Partial||Code blocks are not supported.|
|Horizontal Rules||Partial||Must use four dashes (
|Links||No||The Markdown syntax is not supported, but you can add links by using the Markup menu.|
|Images||No||The Markdown syntax is not supported, but you can add images by using the Markup menu.|
|Fenced Code Blocks||No||The Markdown syntax is not supported, but you can add code blocks by using the Markup menu.|
|Syntax Highlighting||No||The Markdown syntax is not supported, but you can specify the language by using the interface.|
|Footnotes||No||The Markdown syntax is not supported, but you can add footnotes by using the Markup menu.|
|Strikethrough||Partial||The Markdown syntax is not supported, but you can use two pipes on either end of a word or phrase (
|Task Lists||Yes||You don’t have to use dashes. Just use brackets (e.g.,
|Emoji (copy and paste)||Yes|
|Highlight||Yes||Use two colons instead of equal signs (e.g.,
|Automatic URL Linking||No|
|Disabling Automatic URL Linking||Yes||You don’t need to use this since URLs aren’t automatically linked.|