First Draft Pro vs Ulysses

Ulysses puts distraction-free writing front-and-centre. First Draft Pro specialises in story-centric collaborative tools – while also helping you focus.

A laptop computer

No Mac needed

First Draft Pro is web-based, so it works on any device, across all operating systems.

Blocks creating a structured tower

Collaboration first

First Draft Pro is designed to help you write together. Honestly? It’s a whole lot of fun.

A hand casting a spell.

Cloud-based magic

With First Draft Pro, your work is cloud-based from the word go.

Compare features

Writing preferences are very personal! Pick tools that suit your process 😊

Apps & Access
Web app
Native app
Google SSO
Add multiple collaborators
Synchronous co-authoring
Shared comments
Share with readers
Writing Tools
Scene shuffle
Wiki-style notes linking
File management
Markdown support
Track changes
Version history
Full version forthcoming
Focus Tools
Focus features
Goal tracking
Projects Supported
Non-fiction & academic
Script writing

Still unsure?

First Draft Pro is the best writing app for writers who care obsessively about story writing and who crave collaboration.

A lot of great writing software is made for Mac. Because First Draft Pro is a web-based writing application, you’re not limited if you don’t have a Mac.

Plus, you can still write in Markdown if that’s your preference, and you have access to features that help you focus, plan and figure out how to spell.

Get 14-days free writing when you register an account.