Author Thomas Meyer: “I Think Most Couples Are Unhappy”

Thomas Meyer, Photo: Foto: 2teNaturManufaktur
Thomas Meyer, Photo: 2teNaturManufaktur

The Swiss writer Thomas Meyer used to earn his living with advertising copy before he started publishing books and essays. His debut novel, published in 2012, was a bestseller in his home country; it was also turned into a movie and will hit the theaters in October 2018. Meyer’s latest book is entitled Trennt euch! (“Break up!”); it is a treatise for unhappy couples aiming to help them break up. We asked Meyer a couple of questions about the book and the writing life.

Do you believe in the one great love?

I don’t believe in the singularity of great love. But I also don’t believe that a great love equals a great relationship.

Your book aims to encourage couples to end their relationships. Why did you write it?

It encourages only unhappy couples to break up. I wrote it because I think most couples are unhappy and because I wanted to show them a way to end their suffering. And to understand the reasons why they entered an unhappy relationship. Read …

Preview Images in Color

You may have missed this one, as it is a minor change introduced with the latest Ulysses version: We now let you preview your images in full-color!

Editor with colored image preview

While before, you could – when working on Mac – select a preview to see it in color, you now have the option to show all previews in color, at all times and on all devices. The default, however, is still set to black and white, as too many colorful images can easily turn into a distraction.

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Highlight Code Examples During Export

Writers of technical documentation, this one is for you! Are you aware that Ulysses now is not only capable of highlighting the syntax of your code blocks during editing, but also during export? Namely, the HTML, ePub, PDF and DOCX files you output may contain syntax highlighting. That way your readers will benefit from better legibility as well!

All built-in formatting styles now include a syntax highlighting that matches the style design. The color scheme used in Ulysses is derived from GitHub’s. If you’re a Mac user, you can also create your own Ulysses style and change the colors according to your taste and needs. If you’re using a custom export style already and want to beef it up with syntax highlighting, you can of course do that, too! For details, please consult the code blocks tutorial, we have just extended it to explain how it works.

Use Colored Keywords for a Better Overview

Categorizing your Ulysses sheets with keywords can help you keep track of your writing. With the latest Ulysses version, things got even better! You can now also assign colors to these keywords, which will be applied to all its occurrence in your library. With a colored keyword, a tagged sheet is much easier to spot.

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Code Rocks With Code Blocks

If you write technical documentation for a living, you have to deal with code examples on a daily basis. With the latest Ulysses version, we vastly improved code blocks support. Adding code snippets is now a piece of cake, and they’re clear and easy to recognize in the editor.

What’s more, Ulysses can now apply proper syntax highlighting to 48 different programming and markup languages, and supports GitHub-flavored Markdown (GFM) code blocks. Read all about code blocks in our detailed tutorial.

Preview: Monitor Your Writing Performance

We’re going full steam ahead with Ulysses 13. So, what can you expect? Until release, we’re revealing more and more details of the forthcoming features.

Exercising regularly, eating vegetarian, writing daily: Building a healthy habit requires commitment and discipline, and thus is no walk in the park (unless that’s the habit 😜). Taking a break and reviewing the achievements you have already made will make you proud and help boost your determination to carry on.

In the next version of Ulysses (for Mac), all group writing goals will receive a dedicated history view visualizing the quantity of text written daily, for today and ten days back. You will also be able to check your best day’s performance and your daily average. If you want, you can even export the statistics for all days ever recorded as a CSV file for long-time documentation.

Preview: Highlight Your Code Syntax

We’re going full steam ahead with Ulysses 13. So, what can you expect? Until release, we’re revealing more and more details of the forthcoming features.

Technical writers and developers, listen up again! The next version will not only significantly improve code blocks; to cap it all off, these code blocks will come with syntax highlighting! Ulysses will be able to recognize over 40 different programming languages and color their syntax. This works in both the editor and during export. The color palette – you know it from GitHub – is available in two versions for light and dark editor themes. For export, you’ll be able to adapt it to your needs by tweaking a Ulysses style sheets or CSS file.

Preview: Build a Daily Writing Habit

We’re going full steam ahead with Ulysses 13. So, what can you expect? During the coming weeks, we’re going to reveal more and more details of the new features in the forthcoming release.

Question: What can you do to become a better writer? Answer: Write. As with any other craft, the more you practice, the better you’ll get. But that’s not the only reason why writing daily is a good idea. It is also a great way to reflect our lives and actions, and achieve more clarity.

Soon, Ulysses can have your back while you build such a habit! The new version will give you the option to assign a daily writing goal to a group of yours. Once you have decided on a daily goal — 3000 characters, 500 words, 28 pages —, Ulysses will start tracking your progress, for every day, from day one.

Preview: Make Use of Code Blocks

We’re going full steam ahead with Ulysses 13. So, what can you expect? During the coming weeks, we’re going to reveal more and more details of the new features in the forthcoming release.

New code blocks

Are you a technical writer who frequently needs to embed code examples into your text? Then this one is for you: The next Ulysses version will ship with greatly improved code blocks.

You’ll have to mark up the beginning of a code block only once to let it span as many paragraphs as needed. No more backtick fatigue! Also, we revamped the appearance of code blocks in the editor to make them easier to distinguish from the body text: they’re set in a monospaced typeface (what else would make sense for a code block?) on a colored background (depends on theme). What’s more, the new code blocks will import from, and export to GitHub-style fenced code blocks. Oh, and you’ll be able to use them in external folders as well. Yay!