A simple feature request for Ulysses on Mac

We need a Share Menu extension.

Ulysses is my favorite app. I use it every day for everything I write and it’s the only non-Adobe app I consider essential.

But there is one, tiny little feature I’d like to request: We need a Share Menu extension for the Mac.

When I’m in Safari on my iPhone or iPad, I use the share sheet to send links to Ulysses. If I’m working on a story for one of my blogs and find a link I want to use in a post, I send it to Ulysses and it appears in a new sheet. It makes research just a little bit easier and when I’m ready to write the article, the link is right there. And on iOS, it works perfectly.

But on the Mac, if I’m browsing in Safari and I want to send a link to Ulysses, there is no Share Menu extension for Ulysses. I end up manually copy and pasting the link. Or if I don’t have Ulysses open, I might add it to Read Later and then move it over later. Other apps like Day One and Evernote have Share Menu extensions and I’d like to see one for Ulysses.

I really love Ulysses. The absence of a Share Menu extension is only a minor inconvenience and really isn't that big of a deal. I may be the only person that would use it, but it sure would make my workflow a little more fluid. Hopefully, it's something they will consider.


Bob Wertz writes about design, technology and pop culture at Sketchbook B. Bob is a Columbia, South Carolina-based designer, creative director, college instructor, husband and dad. He’s particularly obsessed with typography, the creative process and the tools we use to create. In his spare time, he looks for new ways to incorporate Ulysses into his workflow. Follow Bob on Twitter and Instagram.

2016 is almost over.

Finally...

Lets face it, 2016 was gruesome, but it wasn't all bad. I wanted to reflect on things that were good about 2016 and ponder some goals for 2017. 

 

Looking back

It’s been a long year. But my 2016 was probably shorter than yours. I celebrated the start of 2016 in California. I’ll welcome the end of 2016 in South Carolina. Which means that my 2016 was three hours shorter that someone that started and ended the year in the same time zone.

Cubs Win! As a die hard Cubs fan, I can’t talk about 2016 without mentioning that the Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908. I enjoyed watching my Cubs play baseball into November and win Game 7 in heart stopping fashion. I've seriously been waiting my whole life for this. Completely amazing.

I actually wrote a bunch of stuff I liked. I posted about 100 articles this year. Some of my favorites:

  • The Atlanta Pen Show and Pen Addict 200. I trekked down to Atlanta for the Pen Show and to see Myke, Brad and Anya record Pen Addict 200 in front of a live audience. I really enjoyed the experience and hope to go again next year.
  • ASAP: The Lowest Priority. I started writing this post on priority several years ago, but I was never completely happy with it. I restructured the post and changed the tone. Thrilled with how it turned out.
  • My Most Influential Classes. The classes that stick with you years later aren’t always what you expect.
  • Twitterless. What would happen if Twitter disappeared tomorrow? My thoughts on what it would take to replace Twitter's key functions.
  • Is it unusual that Columbia doesn’t have an Apple Store? I’m proud of this post over on my other blog, In Store Columbia. I looked at data to determine whether similarly sized cities have Apple Stores. I want to write more posts like this in 2017.

Back in class. This spring, I took a graduate school class on The History of Modern Architecture. We studied campus architecture, and wrote architectural histories on sections of the University of South Carolina. I never thought I’d know so much about the pedestrian bridge on the south side of the USC campus. Sketchbook B is hosting the final class project, if you want to learn about a part of campus that will soon be completely reimagined.

 

Looking ahead to 2017

I’ve got lots of plans for 2017. After all, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is pretty much Sketchbook B green. So it’s got to be my year, right?

  • Get healthy. I know that is everyone’s goal is to get healthy and lose weight, but yeah, that’s my goal too.
  • Longer blog posts. So coming into 2016, I was focused on posting more. By late 2016, I realized that was a mistake. So for 2017, I want to write longer, more thoughtful pieces. I’ll still try to post weekly at In Store Columbia, but here on the mothership, I’m looking for one, solid post each week.
  • Publish new typefaces. I have a couple of ideas for new typeface designs. I hope to release at least two new designs in 2017.
  • Start a podcast. I love podcasts, and I want to create one of my own. I’ve got a couple of ideas and I’ve been working on my audio editing. It’s going to happen in 2017.

So I’m looking forward to the coming year. I’m genuinely excited about the promise that 2017 holds. (And equally excited for 2016 to be in the rear view mirror.) Can’t wait to jump in.


Bob Wertz writes about design, technology and pop culture at Sketchbook B. Bob is a Columbia, South Carolina-based designer, creative director, college instructor, husband and dad. He’s particularly obsessed with typography, the creative process and the tools we use to create. In his spare time, he anxiously awaits the end of 2016. Follow Bob on Twitter and Instagram.

InShow 21, the cube

‘Sticking’ with tradition.

InShow is AIGA South Carolina's annual awards program that honors the best work in the state of South Carolina. And each year, the award is in the shape of a cube.

It's the 21st InShow, but the 14th cube. The original cube design and current InShow logo were created by Vince McCall back when InShow was run by The Columbia Communicating Arts Society. AIGA South Carolina took over with InShow 10... We've kept the tradition going, and each year, the InShow cube is made from a different material or reflects a theme. So far, we've had: 

Aluminum. Concrete. Cardboard. Fauxquarium. Ceramic. Toy Block. Junction Boxes. Fake Cheese. Present. Pillow. Lumber. Paper. Chalkboard. 

And now Firewood. 

A pile of cubes about to be awarded.

A pile of cubes about to be awarded.

This year's cube is a bundle of kindling, tied together with twine. The logo is spray painted over the twine and the winners' names were printed on labels and tied to the sticks. The special judges awards used red twine. I won't bore you with the details, but building 42 "firewood" cubes was time consuming. 

It's one of my favorite designs, although I really do love them all. I've had a hand in a bunch of cubes over the years, but I'm going to hand off responsibility for next year's cube. It really is a great project and it's time to let someone else have some fun. Plus, I think I've used up almost* all the ideas floating around my garage.

Almost final prototypes... I decided not to hand letter the tags on the final cubes.

Almost final prototypes... I decided not to hand letter the tags on the final cubes.


* I can't tell you how many times I've tried — and failed — to make an affordable candle cube. It's the one that got away...


Bob Wertz writes about design, technology and pop culture at Sketchbook B. Bob is a Columbia, South Carolina-based designer, creative director, college instructor, husband and dad. He’s particularly obsessed with typography, the creative process and the tools we use to create. In his spare time, he thinks about new cube concepts. Follow Bob on Twitter and Instagram.