Notes on Scriptnotes

February 8th, 2014 | by | screenwriting

Feb
08

On John August and Craig Mazin’s Scriptnotes podcast, a recent subject of discussion was screenwriting software development. They solicited feedback from listeners, which got me, as a listener who has a little experience with the subject, thinking about a few things for which I could possibly provide some additional clarification and particularity.

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The state of the screenwriting software art: 2014 edition

January 3rd, 2014 | by | screenwriting

Jan
03

Happy New Year!

But maybe I should stop doing this. If I really wanted to keep things short (and yet still completely accurate), this year’s State of the Screenwriting Software Art could be something along the lines of: “Not a whole lot has changed from last year.” And if I wanted to get extra wordy: “Or the year before that.” With the exception of Fade In, no other professional screenwriting software has seen a whole lot of new in recent years.

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The state of the screenwriting software art: 2013 edition

February 7th, 2013 | by | screenwriting

Feb
07

I’ve done this a couple of times now — sat down annually to summarize the state of the art in screenwriting software — and it’s not completely off-topic to wonder just what the point is, especially to do it as often as every year. After all, the 12-point Courier screenwriting format has existed pretty much unchanged since the first caveman banged out the first screenplay and went looking for an agent.

A fair point, maybe. But. While the screenplay format may well be the one single constant in human history, everything else changes.

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Mobile screenwriting revisited

September 4th, 2012 | by | screenwriting

Sep
04

Last week Final Draft finally released its iPad-only Final Draft Writer, and announced that its regular price would be $49.99.

That $50 price tag for an app is pretty awesome. Not nearly as awesome as it would’ve been if Final Draft had the balls to ask a thousand dollars for it, but…pretty awesome all the same.

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Open Screenplay Format

February 12th, 2012 | by | screenwriting

Feb
12

There were a couple of discussions about Fountain here and there in the last few days, and one thing that came up was how a plain-text format screenplay was futureproof and therefore safer for long-term storage than a proprietary binary format.

That’s the reason that Fade In uses Open Screenplay Format.

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Fountain

February 8th, 2012 | by | screenwriting

Feb
08

A couple of years ago, screenwriter John August came up with an easy, straightforward way to incorporate script excerpts into web pages and blogs and forum posts. With a little simple formatting, plain text would be automatically formatted to look like a screenplay. John called it Scrippets.

I thought that was a cool idea, so I put support for it in Fade In.

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