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    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012
    I'm a long time Scrivener user and just bought Ulysses from the App Store because it was on sale. I'm always interested in maximizing my workflow efficiency. It seems that the big difference between Scrivener and Ulysses is the semantic text editing. I just don't understand how that helps me write better. Can someone please explain? Thanks!
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012
    as for me, it invites thinking about the text structurally, and in terms of contents, rather than visually. Everything else that could distract visually has been taken care of, too. Same with the lack of folders. For me, unbeatable since 2003.
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012
    I agree with Smolk. And I guess it isn't a matter of objectively right or wrong – what works for one may not work for another – but semantic writing has its benefits. Here are a few things that I like:

    - It separates writing from styling, and organizing. When I write I write, with no distractions. This is very important to me but may not be to others of course. It frees me from the distraction of styling while I write.

    - It allows separation from structure from style. For example, "heading" or "emphasis" means something structurally to the text, but "centered, 14pt Times New Roman and bold" or "italics" don't.

    - The point above allows me to tailor the visual appearance of the text differently, for different purposes. I may choose to style "emphasis" as green text in the main editor, as bold in the console view, and as italics in the exported text (and yet something different in the preview pane, should I want to). Sometimes this may not matter so much, but sometimes it does.

    Give it a try. But make sure to do some actual writing in the editor, jut poking around with the app will probably leave you wondering.

    Cheers, Niklas