Thanks for the thoughtful review Jason! It’s true that we are friends with John August, and together we all share a common goal of promoting Fountain as a free and open screenwriting format. Highland 2 is a great app, and we’re honored to be compared with it.
If folks are interested, here are a few key differences between Slugline 2 and Highland 2:
Slugline 2 actually uses Fountain as its native file format. Highland 2 uses a .highland format that contains Fountain text.
Slugline 2 has a timeline. We think it’s awesome.
Slugline 2 uses a totally different method of tracking and marking changes. We call it Live Compare, and in our experience many writers find it easier to use than the traditional method. Live Compare also works without adding anything to the Fountain file spec, so you don’t have to change anything about your workflow.
Slugline 2 has note tags and color-coded notes.
Slugline 2 does not have user-created themes, sprint timers, or gender analysis. We totally get why some writers might love those features, but folks tend to turn to Slugline for an experience with fewer distractions, and that’s what we love too.