Adobe has been wooing screenwriters with its free Story online screenwriting software, and now it's pushing to make Story the first step in its pre-production to post-production solution. With the Creative Cloud scheduled to launch May 11th for Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe has added new features and functionality to Story, now splitting the product between Story Free and Story Plus. Story Free remains the in-the-cloud version of the screenwriting app that Adobe previously released, while for a subscription of $15/month or as part of a Creative Cloud subscription, CS6 users get access to Story Plus. Advantages of Story Plus over Story Free include:
- offline script editing
- shoot schedule generation from scripts
- schedule and script synchronization
- change tracking
- project sharing
Here's a look at the new Story Plus:
Story Plus appears to be much more of production tool than a screenwriting application. For DIY filmmakers wearing several hats and currently using or considering Premiere Pro, the ability to integrate script elements seamlessly throughout the production process at a relatively low monthly price point should prove enticing. Filmmakers who still prefer industry standards Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriting can import scripts into Story to take advantage of its production capabilities as well as export back out to their preferred screenwriting platforms.
Also, Story Free continues to give screenwriters the opportunity to try out Adobe's screenwriting application without the monthly commitment, but also without the production tools available in Plus.
So, has Adobe raised the bar for screenwriting integration with production tools? If so, does the $15/month subscription-only model entice you or turn you off? Tell us what you think.
- Adobe Story Plus product page
- Adobe Creative Cloud CS6 for $30/month (40% off for any registered Adobe users, CS3 or later)
Note: This story was updated on 5.11.12 to correct information about the subscription pricing for Story Plus.