Review of the screenwriting app suite Script Studio

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Script Studio isn’t a screenwriting app. It’s more like a suite of screenwriting apps, all bundled together and, with its full array of powerful writing, editing, planning, outlining, and polishing tools, clearly capable of taking on newbie screenwriters and pro screenwriters alike, and everything in between. Upon first launch, it’s clear that the designers kept … Read more

Fade In Screenwriting App — Can it take down Final Draft?

Is Fade In screenwriting app the Kingslayer - image of Jaime Lannister

Fade In is a screenwriting app in a world full of screenwriting apps. Where there once was only one or two big screenwriting software packages — the venerable Final Draft and Movie Magic Screenwriter — now there are several upstarts, seeking to usurp the de facto Final Draft throne. Enter Fade In, created by General … Read more

How To Carry Your Screenplays With You, Wherever

The best ways to carry screenplays around with you

You’re at a backyard barbecue in Encino, visiting with some old friends and having some vegan ribs. Then your friends’ OTHER friends show up. And the wife is one of the small handful of people in the film industry who’s able to greenlight films, or buy spec scripts. And you hit it off really well … Read more

7 Must-Have Screenwriting iPhone Apps for Screenwriters

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A short list of essential screenwriting iPhone apps (and some for iPads as well) – apps which I believe should be a part of any discerning, elitist iPhone screenwriter’s library, if he or she hopes to continues to remain the better of, and more educated than, the peasants using all of those knuckle-dragging non-Apple devices.

Movie Magic Screenwriter Vs. Final Draft

rocky and mr t. - screenwriter vs. final draft "it's the eye of the tiger it's the thrill of the write"

At Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons Studios in 1997, I opened a script file using Final Draft for the first time. It was on a “Macintosh” because I didn’t call them “Macs” back then. In short, with all due praise to John Hodgman, I was a “PC.” A different kind of “PC,” Production Coordinator Joey Geiger … Read more

Will your screenplay’s file format exist in 20 years?

Marty and Doc saying "Proprietary screenplay formats?"

The two most popular screenwriting software packages – Movie Magic Screenwriter and Final Draft – are popular for many reasons: Formatting your script as you go by simply hitting the TAB key… allowing screenwriters to customize the look and feel of their screenplays… built-in index cards and scene navigation and other writing aids… Not to … Read more

Quick Review of Highland – John August’s Screenwriting App

Plain desk and chair with caption "You might say I'm a minimalist screenwriter."

Sometimes we screenwriters, we just want to, well, screenwrite. We don’t always enjoy fussing over format or margins or how to make a parenthetical look right or whether or not writing “THE END” should be marked in Final Draft as a slugline/scene heading or an action line or just plain “general.” The idea of Final Draft and … Read more

A review of the Mac screenwriting app Slugline

Slugline Screenwriting app for mac

As a screenwriter who likes to use screenwriting apps, you wanna know what I’m most wary of?  Reviews like this (click for picture) Final Draft is a great program.  I use it a lot.  But the review site I found this comparison graphic on seems to think there’s nothing about Final Draft that could improvement, giving it … Read more

Review of the Screenwriting App Writer Duet

Collaboration software for screenwriters

Today I jumped into a new online screenwriting app called Writer Duet. It’s main feature is that two or more screenwriters can log in to Writer Duet, for free, and edit the same exact script on the screen, in real-time, as each single character is typed by each of the writers. But while punching in a … Read more

Final Draft’s Response To My Criticism

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Last week, I wrote an article titled 3 Great Alternatives to Final Draft that Are Either Free or Cheap, and posted a few free or cheap programs that I feel really give the screenwriting program Final Draft a run for its money. My criticism of the ever-ubiquitous Final Draft could’ve been received with disdain or a … Read more

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