Ulysses, iA Writer, and Subscription Pricing

Ulysses has moved to subscription pricing. This is an interesting move, especially after a high entry cost for macOS and iOS platforms. Maybe they should have waited for a substantial feature upgrade? I’m a huge Ulysses fan, but I might give iA Writer a try. It supports folders and files with iCloud (which is different than Ulysses’ groups and sheets metaphor). They also employ content blocks to separate writing that could ease long form writing in markdown. And who knows, maybe iA will switch to subscription pricing as well. I want to support developers but I’m on a travel budget these days and all I want is a writing environment that is minimal and allows me to be productive. NaNoWriMo looms in the background.

Whimsical Automation with Workflow and iOS

I’ve had Workflow for iOS installed on my iPhone for about a year with just an inkling at how powerful it is. There is plenty written about this app from people more qualified than me, but I’d like to share some silly workflows that might not make your real work easier but are nevertheless useful or fun.

  • Check Altitude — Nouakchott is right at sea level, but use this when traveling for curiosity’s sake.
  • Landed Safe! — After landing and turning off airplane mode, launch this from the today widget and let your loved ones know you’ve made it to your destination
  • Coin Flip — Need a quick way to make a decision but don’t have a coin?
  • Dream Recorder — Use your voice to record a dream right when you wake up. It will save the file to a Dreams folder in Dropbox
  • SOS Flash Flight — Use the built-in flashlight to signal SOS for an emergency