Hi! In a different discussion KillerWhale and me both talked about moving from Scrivener to Ulysses and decided to open a new thread for finding good practices on how to get certain functionalities of the first to work in the latter. Maybe there are more users here that make or made that transition or can help with their experience on Ulysses.
I identified the following Scrivener features as important for me, some can be easily recreated in Ulysses:
- Status: to track if a document is in first draft/finished etc. – can be replaced by tags
- Label: used mainly to track in which point of view a scene is written – can also be replaced by tags, but I will miss the possibility to color the whole object in the binder with the label color, so you can see at one glance which POVs are used in how many scenes
- Synopsis: for a summary or outline of the scene – can be replaced by Ulysses notes.
- Notes: for additional comments concerning that scene – can be replaced by a different note (having multiple note for one document is an advantage of Ulysses)
- Snapshots: That´s my biggest concern. Snapshots are really a great feature in Scrivener. You have versions in Ulysses and can rewind to an older version. But with Snapshots you could easily access all previous versions (if you made a snapshot) and just copy and paste some text from there or just re-read how you wrote it, without having to replace the current document. What I thought of was creating a shortcut (and keyboard maestro macro on the Mac) that just duplicates the Ulysses sheet to a dedicated “snapshots” folder. But I didn’t find a way to duplicate a sheet. Maybe you have to copy the content and paste it into a new document, that should automatically be created in that snapshots folder. But should that be a global folder or a new one for each project? In Scrivener it’s linked to the document directly, but out of sight if you don’t need it. Having a global folder in Ulysses would make it cluttered. But setting up a new one for each project could’t be automated or could it?
Besides that, I want to use Aeon Timeline more extensively now, especially because it can give you more of that visual representation that I will miss from Scrivener. It’s supposed to sync with Ulysses, but I didn’t have the time to try that yet.