5 solid scripting tools


Have you ever thought about writing a screenplay for a play or a movie? here is five screenwriting programs which are truly a cut above the rest. There are options available for PC and Mac, and also a web-based option.

Final project: Known as the professional solution for screenwriters, Final Draft is the definitive scriptwriting option. It is also the most expensive. What he does offer, however, is quite comprehensive. Final draft automatically formats your script according to the current industry standard. In addition, it also offers Bookmarks and Script Notes which allow you to save specific pages of your script and organize your writing respectively. There are also several ways to view your script. Final Draft is available for Windows and Mac.

Scribe: Not exclusively a scriptwriting program, Scrivener is a very complete tool for writing in all genres. I used Scrivener last November National Novel Writing Month and was very impressed with the features it offered. In addition to the full story and novel templates, Scrivener has a scripting interface, with templates available for screenplays, plays and comics. It’s available for Mac users, while the first beta of Windows was released earlier this year.

Celtx: For the budget writer, Celtx is a good choice. This is basically a basic version of Final Draft with a few additional features, like planning tools, storyboards and cards that let you see your whole story in a simple setting. You can also use Celtx Idea outline tool to relaunch your creative processes and add audio files, images and even video clips. This tool is available for Windows and Mac.

Storyteller: Mac users might find Storyist really useful. This allows you customize keyboard shortcuts in order to switch between the basic elements of the scenario. Additionally, Storyist has a Storyboard functionality which allows you add character bios and combine text and images seamlessly on one page. You can also make an internal link between the text of your script and the notes you have taken, which is a useful feature especially during the editing process.

Script buddy: If you prefer to be able to access your script on any computer, try Script Buddy on the web. Script Buddy gives you step by step guidance to easily create the formatting of your script. You can also preview your progress every step of the way, which is handy for perfectionists. Plus, if you like constructive criticism, Script Buddy lets you publish your work online for other users to review.

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