October 31, 2014 at 11:13AM

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Screenplay writing software

Which is the best (and free) software for writing screenplays on a mac?

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Free? Celtx.

October 31, 2014 at 1:48PM, Edited October 31, 1:48PM

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Brandon Kelley
DIT/Director
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I have used Celtx with windows but havent heard great stuff about it for mac...

Ritambhara Agrawal

November 6, 2014 at 12:04PM

I like to use Adobe Story. They have a free verison. It works for us.

October 31, 2014 at 2:44PM

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Carl Busch
Film Maker
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Thanks! Will try! :)

Ritambhara Agrawal

November 6, 2014 at 12:04PM

There's also Trelby which is free but again, not sure about how it is on Mac. I use Fade In Pro, which is about £30 ($50..?) and it's superb. If you're serious about scriptwriting that isn't a massive amount of money to shell out.

November 7, 2014 at 9:18AM

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Jon Mills
Filmmaker
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Trelby gets the job done for me.

November 8, 2014 at 6:47AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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Free? Celtx. But they are not really changing their desktop version and if it's ok for a short film, it's NOT for a feature film.
I used Movie Draft, but, no update for a couple of years (too bad, it's brilliant, just needed some changes) so now I work with Scrivener et Fade in Pro. Not free but very useful. and Fade In Pro has now a big community, there are many updates every year. It lacks a few things though but i'm sure it will be perfect soon.

November 8, 2014 at 7:06PM

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Vincent Galiano
Filmmaker / Screenwriter / Photographer
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Free will do the job if you just want something to use to bang it out on your Mac. Just remember that you'll eventually have to share those files with someone (maybe even your local Kinko's) who has the same software (so they can open it).

I use Final Draft (not free). I can save any .fdx (Final Draft) screenplay in MS Word Rich Text and it will format correctly for a reader who might not have FD, but I don't know if most others can do the same. There are others that are cheaper (as opposed to free) but everyone I know uses - or at least has - Final Draft.

There are a lot of cheap and free ways to do things in this business. But if/when those cheap and free things make you have to do the job twice because you didn't think ahead, you'll realize why people spend money on certain things. Ask me how I know...

November 9, 2014 at 12:59AM

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I want to put in my two cents for Highland.

If Final Draft is Internet Explorer, then Highland is Chrome.

Light, quick, and efficient.

November 9, 2014 at 10:31PM

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Another big vote for Highland. Fast and efficient. Learning Fountain(the syntax behind Highland) is a breeze and only takes an hour if you just sit down and write.

The best part about Highland is its simple interface and ability to keep you focused on your story rather than formatting. You can always check your script in preview mode then go back to writing with confidence.

I also love the ability to export in most any needed format. My writing partner writes in Final Draft, he exports a FDX document that I can then import into Highland and start editing immediately. Also works for MOST PDF's.

Andrew Lewis

November 19, 2014 at 4:25PM

Thank You everyone! I have downloaded Celtx as of now but will explore better options soon! :)

November 11, 2014 at 11:37AM

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Ritambhara Agrawal
Aspiring filmmaker and writer
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I am a school teacher, and my students have been using www.writerduet.com for over a year now. It works really well and is collaborative online. Try it out.

November 23, 2014 at 4:05PM

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Brett Beckett
Teacher/aspiring film maker
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Final Draft for me. You might like this: https://www.indiefilmhustle.com/charlie-kaufman-screenwriting/

November 26, 2015 at 8:20AM

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Alex Ferrari
Director / Producer
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I've tried most screenwriting software. Final Draft sucks and is ludicrously expensive - avoid. Highland's good and well worth a look. The new version (2.0 stallion beta) will be great when it's finally released. For me, though, the best screenwriting programme currently out there is Slugline. It's fast, intuitive, a real joy to use. It's for Mac only, but - hey - why wouldn't you be using a Mac? ;)

March 6, 2016 at 12:24PM

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