January 10, 2015 at 1:27PM


Best OS X Screenplay software?

I'm currently in the process of taking a creative writing course and one of the sections is on screenplays (half the reason I took the damn course :P).

I'm struggling to format correctly in Pages (the App Store version) and was wondering if anyone had any low-cost or free apps that export as a .doc or .docx they could suggest I try, or maybe a compatible screenplay template they could point me in the direction of?


So one down-vote for no apparent reason. Great.

January 10, 2015 at 2:48PM

Anne Le Sauvage
Ethusiastic amateur editor

First and foremost, get used to people downvoting your stuff for no reason. The vote system is useless and needs to be removed. Hopefully the admins realize that the longevity of this forum is at stake and many things to be fixed and changed. But instead they'd rather post Film Riot videos and click bait as their articles.

I have heard many great things about Adobe Story, however, I have yet to be able to use it. JungleSoftware has a program called Story O that does storyboarding and it has a TON of features, however, it is quite pricy.



Hope I helped. Good luck in your endeavors!

January 10, 2015 at 4:17PM

Christopher Brazil
Audio/Video Tech

It does seem really bloody stupid that someone gets a downvote because the button is there.

Unfortunately for the moment it seems a bit pricy for me. I'm sort of broke for the moment. Thanks for the suggestion though.

I'm just frustrated about there being no screenplay template in Pages on the App Store version. I used to write little scripts with friends all the time in one of the old versions, but lost that a few years ago when my old Mac crapped out on me.

Anne Le Sauvage

January 11, 2015 at 11:39AM

Celtx is free and if you want the advance version of celts, cost 70 / year. Jungle software too.

January 20, 2015 at 3:08AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

It depends what do you want. Format your written content in a proper industry format, or help with the structure of the story? For formatting you can use the proper industry standard software either Final Draft or Magic Screenwriter, or you can do it yourself in MSWord and create a template that would do too. If you want help with the story, than there's an excellent software Dramatica that helps you to think about what you do and why, but it isn't straightforward, it takes time and practice to get it into your head.

February 2, 2015 at 2:18PM

Kveto Hecko
Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Editor, Scholar

Hi Anne,
there's a fantastic screenplay template for Apple Pages on the following website, and it's free: http://story-architect.com/?p=3397

February 7, 2015 at 7:05AM


Looks like the page with that link is gone. Any chance you still have that template? I'm looking for a good one.

michael d. starcevich

March 13, 2018 at 8:33PM

I can't recommend slugline enough. For the price it's brilliant (you can find it on the app store or download a free trail on their website.) I breeze through first drafts, everything's text based including formatting.

March 16, 2015 at 9:01AM

You voted '+1'.
Jamie Sergeant
Selfshooting Filmmaker, Writer

For just writing, I love Slugline. I love the non-proprietary plain text file, I love the simplicity of the interface, I love how intuitive it is to use.

Fade In is one that I've really enjoyed using as well. I like how it handles A/V script formatting, and that it can be a middle ground between Slugline and other programs. I also like how it can export a .doc file, which is a great feature for collaborating with people who are entirely unfamiliar with screenwriting.

For more production stuff, where you need to incorporate production bibles, scheduling, script breakdowns, stuff like that, CeltX is a good free option, and Adobe Story is great in how it handles metadata but can be super, super buggy and not very intuitive.

June 15, 2015 at 6:32AM, Edited June 15, 6:32AM

David S.

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