How to use Ulysses with Deckset
One of the cool things about Deckset is that you can use any text editor you like as your presentation is nothing but a Markdown formatted document.
In this tutorial we want to shed some light on Ulysses. Ulysses is much more than “just a text editor”—it combines a really great, focused writing experience with a document library, iCloud synchronization, a plethora of export options and cool statistical features that help you become a better writer.
It’s powerful enough to handle anything from simple notes to complex works such as long form writing (books!), screenplays, technical documentation or what have you! You can then export your documents as HTML, ePub, PDF, DOCX — properly formatted and styled.
Ulysses is a really great choice for people that write a lot and are a looking for a complete writing suite that works on iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Of course, you can also use Ulysses to create Deckset presentations. Here are a few tips for how to setup Ulysses so that you can get started writing slide decks.
Setting up Ulysses
Ulysses is unique in many ways—it uses an internal document library and enhances “pure” Markdown for a smoother writing experience. But setting up a Ulysses ↔ Deckset workflow only takes a few seconds.
Step 1: Go to Ulysses’ preferences and make sure that the “External Folders” section of your library is enabled.
Step 2: In your Ulysses library, go to the respective section and add an external folder. You can either point Ulysses to an existing folder anywhere on your disk, on your Dropbox or another storage provider, or create a new one.
Step 3: Set the proper link formatting for this folder. In the world of Markdown tools, there are two different standards for link formatting. Right-click on the folder, select “Edit…” from the context menu, and select “Save links as inline links”:
Step 4: Now open the folder, and create a new sheet for the text of your presentation. Name it by replacing the title tag. This will become your document’s file name.
Step 5: To open the sheet you just created in Deckset you can either right click the sheet in Ulysses and select “Open with > Deckset” or open it via Deckset’s “Open an existing file” option.
Now you’re all set. Write your presentation as per usual. To see changes in Deckset instantly, hit the shortcut CMD+S in Ulysses—otherwise it’ll take a couple of seconds before the changes show up.
Ulysses in full screen + Deckset’s preview window = bliss! :-)
Especially when working on a small screen, we like putting Ulysses into fullscreen and enabling Deckset’s preview window for real time feedback. To do so, click on the “Show Preview” button in Deckset’s toolbar.
Navigating your document
Another cool feature is the Navigation panel in Ulysses. Use it to quickly jump to any section in your presentation. This is particularly handy for really long presentations.
To use images in Ulysses, just use the built-in “Image” insertion tool (it can be accessed from the “Markup” button in the toolbar.) Again, as mentioned in the beginning, make sure “Save links as inline links” is selected in your external folder preferences. Then, paste any local path or URL to your image image in the URL field.
To add any of Deckset’s image controls, simply double-click the “IMG” tag and include controls like “left”, “right” or “fit” in the Desc. field.
Good to know
Dividers: Deckset usually expects three dashes as dividers between slides but it is also okay with Ulysses’ four dashes standard.
Using Commands: A lof ot Deckset’s more advanced configuration commands are invoked by square brackets. Now, Ulysses treats square brackets for links so we need to preface our square brackets with a backslash. So for example:
\[.autoscale: true]. This also applies to scaling headlines to fit, which then looks like this:
Ulysses is available for Mac and iOS, get it here.