I have been a Ulysses subscriber. Earlier this morning I wrote this about where I am in settling on a writing application (Ulysses, Scrivener, or Obsidian).
I’m canceling my Ulysses subscription, which leaves me with a dilemma because this feature is also not available on the mobile version of Scrivener. Obsidian also lacks this feature on all platforms. I see no reason to pay for a subscription for an app that lacks the same feature as the one time pay Scrivener or free version of Obsidian.
For context it is important to note that I do most of my focused writing on the iPad. I love writing on the iPad and find I get more words on the page faster with better concentration than when using my MBP.
With that in mind, earlier this month I wrote Ulysses support and noted that it was not possible to use the Ulysses glue feature on the iPad. The glue feature enables one to temporarily “glue” multiple sheets together to create a longer sheet so that one can bet a better feel for the overall flow of the text and transitions.
I thought this was a bug in the mobile version of Ulysses so I wrote to support. I received this reply:
Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry it took us longer to reply.
Currently, it is not possible to show all glued sheets in the editor on iPhone/iPad. I’ve +1’d the feature request in your name, so please consider your vote counted. Changing this requires major rework of the editor engine both on Mac and iOS/iPadOS. Therefore, I can’t make any promises when or whether we will implement this feature, but your feedback is highly appreciated.
I’m sorry I couldn’t be of a help for now. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reply.
All the best,
In other words, “we are not making the change.”
I’m not willing to pay $50/year for a program that does not have greater feature parity between the desktop and mobile versions. So, I’m cancelling my Ulysses subscription.
Disappointed but I’m moving on …
This leaves me with a decision between Scrivener and Obsidian. With Scrivener I at least have the option of using the scrivenings (glue) feature on the MBP. Obsidian lacks this feature on all platforms. But, I prefer the backlinking in Obsidian and using local plain text files.
Bottom line, I’ll have to choose where I’m going to compromise. At the moment, I’m leaning toward Scrivener for writing but keeping my research notes in Obsidian. I may well end up where I started:
- Craft for work notes.
- Obsidian for research and PKM
- Scrivener for long form writing.
I’m beginning to think that having so many choices is not always helpful.