Migrating a Screenplay from Ulysses to Scrivener

Hi all,

Does anyone know to export a project from Ulysses (Mac) to Scrivener (also Mac)? In my case I’m trying to move a screenplay. In Ulysses, I’ve got 7 folders (groups / sequences), and each contains about a dozen scenes.

I’m hoping there’s an export option in Ulysses that will allow me to migrate my entire project into Scrivener, while retaining my group / sequence structure, and also converting Ulysses markdown format into Scrivener’s screenplay format…

Basically I’m making the switch from Ulysses to Scrivener because I’m about to change my computer from Mac to PC, need to take my script with it…


I’m not knowledgeable enough about Ulysses to say what is best in terms of export. I briefly poked around and it looks like they don’t support any kind of multiple file export, where each “sheet” is a file, but given that your work is in Markdown that might not be too much of a setback since Scrivener can import a Markdown file and split it up by sections based on the headings it finds within the file. Thus, Ulysses will export all of your sheets into one single file marked with headings (I assume it can do that anyway), and then Scrivener can take that file and split it back up into individual chunks. That command is File/Import/MultiMarkdown Files… (you will want the Mac for that, this command has not been added to the Windows version quite yet).

Alternatively you might be referring to the Fountain format when you say your script is formatted in Markdown? As far as I’m aware of, there is no such thing as a screenplay mechanism in Markdown itself, so I don’t know what you’re referring to otherwise. If you do mean Fountain, then instead of using the Markdown import command, use File/Import/Import and Split…. You will need to change the file extension to “.fountain” after exporting from Ulysses, otherwise Scrivener won’t know to treat it in that format. This command will split the screenplay up by slugline—probably resulting in something similar to what you had in Ulysses.