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Ulysses lets you export your texts to beautiful PDF or DOCX documents, fully formatted. With different styles available, you can quickly achieve a suitable layout for your writings. In the following, we introduce the available formatting styles.


This style is suited for lecture notes and scientific articles. Footnotes, typography and page layout follow the LaTeX defaults, as these are best practice for legibility and presentation in both digital and printed form. Formatting choices have been made with regard to deeply nested contents and headlines.


As the name suggests, this style is optimized for business documents such as reports or briefings. When skimming through the contents, large headlines provide orientation. Helvetica Neue serves this purpose as a display font, giving the reader a straightforward, objective impression. The main body text is set in Baskerville and combined with a 1.5 line-height for better legibility. Aside from marked passages and code blocks, Business applies only gray shades to allow for a wide variety of uses.


Many publishing houses and editors still require a book entry to follow specific formatting rules. Manuscript is geared to the US industry standards. Formatting is kept to a minimum; there’s no hyphenation. The style applies monospaced fonts. This is not purely a return to the halcyon days of the typewriter, but rather it keeps the word count per page consistent. Generous line-height and broad margins leave space for comments and correction marks.


We have frequently been asked for an academic export style. There are a handful of academic publishing guidelines out there, the most established being APA, the Chicago Manual of Style and MLA. We combined their most important formal qualities with the opportunities Ulysses offers to create Papers.

Papers uses Times New Roman with 12-point font size, double line spacing, and flush-left style. Uniform margins at the top, bottom, left, and right of every page are 1 inch. The first line of every paragraph is indented, and page numbers sit in the top right corner of every page.


Some writers like to print their texts for profound self-editing – Revision is ideally suited for this purpose. Included are double-spaced lines and an extra large margin on the right hand side, which both leave abundant space for comments and correction markup. Unlike other styles, Revision also exports comments and deletions that have been marked up in Ulysses. Colors and typography aim for a good contrast even when the document is printed in black and white.

Swiss Knife

At first glance, Swiss Knife could appear as unobtrusive. But sometimes you just want a solid export style without fuss and with proper typography. Swiss Knife combines these qualities.

The Swiss typeface Avenir Next provides excellent legibility and is the most prominent characteristic of the style. The only colors used in Swiss Knife are a cold blue for code and links and a faint yellow for marked text and annotations.

Swiss Knife sample document

This article was last updated on October 16, 2019.


Achieve suitable layout for your documents with Ulysses’ built-in formatting styles