Script Studio
Script Studio
1.0.6

3.8

Script Studio free download for Mac

Script Studio

1.0.6
23 April 2019

Screenplay writing software for screenwriters (was Movie Outline).

Overview

Script Studio (formerly Movie Outline) is a writer's toolbox for screenwriters, playwrights, and novelists. It helps you plan your story outline, develop characters, structure your narrative, and professionally format your movie script, stageplay, TV show or manuscript. It was developed by a produced/screenwriter to take the complexity out of the script- and novel-writing process, allowing you to focus on your story while the software handles the formatting and pagination.

Its design is based on the principle of step-outlining, which allows you to plan and build your cinematic structure scene-by-scene, or your novel chapter-by-chapter. You can color-code your structure into acts and sequences, use templates such as "The Hero's Journey," and compare the progress of your own story side-by-side with scene-by-scene breakdowns and analyses of 12 successful Hollywood movies

Features
  • Outline and Structure - Plan your story beat-by-beat, drag-and-drop scenes or chapters to re-organize your narrative, and color-code your structure.
  • Character Development - Create in-depth, three-dimensional character profiles, analyze dialogue, and develop their story arcs step-by-step.
  • Movie Reference Library - View scene-by-scene breakdowns and analyses of successful Hollywood movies and compare your story structure and pacing with the pros.
  • Easy Script Formatting - Let Script Studio professionally format your script to industry standards as you type so you can focus on the story.
  • Manage Notes and Ideas - Keep track of character ideas, plot points, draft script scenes and research in a global Scratch Pad, and build a checklist of story objectives in Story Tasks.
  • Versatile Word Processor - Includes screenplay, stageplay, teleplay, and musical layout templates, and dedicated Novel Mode.

What's new in Script Studio

Version 1.06:

Note: Script Studio is a paid upgrade from Movie Outline. View full upgrade info <\br>Now requires OS X 10.10.5 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor

  • 64-bit update
  • Movie Reference Plugin Bundle now available via App Store in-app purchase or Script Studio web store
  • Bug fixes
  • Feature improvements

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12 Script Studio Reviews

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Syharris
15 May 2008

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This is a really well designed, nifty tool for script writing, quite innovative and intelligently put together. I could really get into using it, but $200?! Jesus! It's just too out of reach for my wallet and, I'll wager, for many other folks who would otherwise go for it were it at a sane, realistic price. Even if it were offered as a MacUpdate Promo, I can't imagine it going for less than 50% off, which is still quite expensive. Well, maybe Movie Outline's price point was, in fact, intentionally set to keep out the riffraff such as myself, and attract only the Porsche driving, coke sniffing elite. $200! My God!
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Version 3.0.5
whatsnextmovies
21 October 2019
This app is simply tremendous. It's made the process of outlining and writing a screenplay or novel not just straightforward, but fun! It's intuitiveness allows you to focus on the toughest part - crafting the best possible story and getting it on to the page. Highly recommended to anyone who's serious about a career in writing.
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Version 1.0.6
jennymarieholmes
29 January 2018
I just updated to 1.0.3 and it works fine for me so I have no idea why the other reviewer is having so many problems. I will comment on his review separately. For me the in-update install was very smooth and prefer that kind of update rather than the ones were you have to go to the website for a full download etc. I'm now giving it five stars because I have finished my spec and found the whole experience to be very positive. I ended up working in Night Mode most of the time (even during the day) because it helped me focus without screen glare. I think the Scratch Pad was extremely helpful, especially to store different versions of scenes and dialogue. Storing them there when I was being indecisive stopped me from procrastinating which is something I tend to do. I am now getting some friends to read the script but expect to do a rewrite soon and it will be interesting to see how that process works in comparison to working on your first draft.
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Version 1.0.3
Lord-Lightning
29 January 2018
Well it's at 1.0.3 and I keep getting crash after crash and it throws post-crash Exception notices. It is just not a reliable writing app yet. Still blanks out when going from Story Arc to Character Spotlight. So much promise and so little delivery. I live in hope. Just not useable yet.
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Version 1.0.3
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jennymarieholmes
jennymarieholmes
29 January 2018
Hey Lord-Lighting! Thought I'd drop you a note since you seem to be having a hard time with the software. I have had the complete oppostive experience which is strange. I had a couple of crashes when using 1.0.1 and reported them and their techs got back to me pretty quick and the bugs were fixed in 1.0.2. Have you contacted their support team with your crash reports?
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Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
07 March 2018
Silly Nuvotech! Why would a user invent an artefact and lie about it? The artefact does exist - how could a user make it up. It existed in 1.0.1 and my screen capture shows it still exists in 1.0.3. No one is lying. The background desktop becomes visible when you go from Character Story Arc to Character Spotlight. Get it. It is there. It is recorded. It is obvious.

Yes. I like so many others (or so few) paid full price and now it is down to a third of that price - correctly priced now. That was huge buyer dissonance. Just can't win with this app.

Oh, jennymarieholmes, yes I did contact their support folks - as I said. I provided them with all the detail they asked for. They treated me like I had some disease that i was infecting them with. They were not rude but they were perfunctory and clearly locking me out. I tried to help and they turned that enabling space into a combative arena. Not me. They accused me of lying. I have the evidence. QED therefor they are lying.

Not a great way to engender customer loyalty Nuvotech. It is silly, juvenile and very short sighted to accuse someone of lying particularly when all that person did was alert other potential customers of an extant, proven and admitted fault. It is very short sighted to create buyer dissonance.

This is a REVIEW site Nuvotech. It is not a PR opportunity site for Nuvotech or any other app creator. Reviewers on this site merely relate their direct user experiences as truthfully and accurately and in a detailed way as they are able. If the experience is good then the review is good. If not then ...

The negative reviews are the result of genuine negative experiences. You do not own this site and you can not shape reviews here to gloss your products - particularly by accusing a reviewer of lying. That is bullying. We owe Nuvotech NOTHING on this site - other than accurate reporting of our user experiences. What are you on about - several of the reviews here appear to be genuinely endorsing your app. If they are genuine then there is real balance. You can't expect five stars from every reviewer - particularly when it has been pointed out that other apps do almost exactly what Script Studio does, better, cheaper and without glitches.
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jennymarieholmes
jennymarieholmes
09 March 2018
Yikes! Sorry you had this experience but as I said I had the opposite experience so I shouldn't really comment on what you reported and how it was handled by the company. I see the thing that bothers you about going from the main window to the character window but that doesn't bother me. To be honest I didn't even notice until you mentioned it because it's not what I would call a "bug" just the way the app transitions from one feature to another. But hey, that's just my opinion. I'm still using the software and like it but have not started my rewrite yet, still waiting on some notes from a friend.
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jennymarieholmes
10 January 2018
I purchased Script Studio a couple of weeks ago and thought I'd give my two cents. This is my first time using screenwriting software but I did try a few demos of other apps incuding Final Draft, Fade In and Scrivener. $200 bucks is a hefty price tag so I wanted to be sure the program was right for me before buying it and I'm pleased to say that so far it has met my expectations and more.

Let me start by explaining that what works for one writer does not necessarily work for another and that this is just my personal opinion. The features I like might be the features another writer doesn't so please do what I did and try various apps and also with a working project. That's the key because just trying a demo without a focus doesn't really give you a true insight into its pros and cons. I was working on a new feature spec and used this to trial Script Studio.

Aside from all the superficial stuff (like the design and icons etc) what was important to me was the story planning and the formatting. Don't get me wrong, it's actually very pleasing on the eye, especially the Night Mode option but that kind of thing doesn't concern me.

So I managed to create a beat by beat outline of my story very quickly using Script Studio's outlining feature which basically lets you create each story beat chronologically and then gives you the ability to move them around as needed either by drag and drop in the outline list or in the index card feature the software calls "Step Cards".

This for me was the primary differential between Script Studio and those other apps I mentioned, especially Final Draft which was slightly more expensive than Script Studio. They only let you outline by "scenes" and planning a story outline before writing the script is almost possible but not really. At least, not the way I like to do it.

I will say that Scrivener is probably the better of the other apps I tried in terms of features for writers and having the ability to collate notes, ideas and research but it's a little all over the place for me and certainly not as focused for screenwriters as Script Studio.

After writing my outline (well, the first ten beats of it because that's all the demo allows) I moved over to the script section and started on the screenplay. The automatic formatting worked like a charm and I found the process very fluid. I had a few ideas for character arcs along the way but decided to note them down in the Scratch Pad instead of using Script Studio's Character Spotlight and Story Arc feature because I don't really do that stuff until rewriting and even then not so much.

On the whole I think it's an excellent and intuitive app with huge potential, only perhaps let down by the price tag but then again, I guess you get what you pay for. It has many features I found extremely useful like the Scratch Pad and PowerView act structuring, and some like FeelFactor (story engagement graphs) which seems cool but again probably not necessary until a rewrite or if you stumble upon a pacing problem.

I'm still in the middle of writing my spec and enjoying the process but if I run into anything else worth mentioning I'll tag on some comments at a later date but so far so good!
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Version 1.0.1
ckfilm777
23 December 2017
Terrible. Was so excited to see that the original piece of software that I used all the time was getting a reboot. While it added a few features that looked promising, it is filled with glitches and crashes about every 20 to 30 minutes. Tech support is non existent. The absolutely most horrendous flaw is in the scratch pad section. After creating a folder and writing out a treatment, I clicked outside the field and everything was deleted. Don't believe me? Just try a random sentence, click on the pane to the right and watch your work disappear. For a writing program, this is unforgivable. And did I mention tech support is non existent? I wish I could give negative stars. If you have Movie Outline, stay with it. You'll regret paying for something that was poorly executed.
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Version 1.0.1
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Nuvotech
Nuvotech
03 January 2018
Hi to all readers of the above review...

We are the developers of Script Studio and don't normally like to get involved with online reviews but unfortunately felt we had to step in on this occasion due to the reviewer blatantly lying about our product and support.

When the reviewer contacted us a couple of weeks ago we replied immediately and requested that he register his software purchase with us in order to receive free technical support and also to reply back with some more details about the bug he reported.

He never replied or registered and since then we have contacted him again and still have received no response.

The bug he mentioned did actually exist but was fixed in the 1.0.2 update back in October. The thing is, because he never replied or registered he did not know about this and we could not help him.

It is a shame when users decide to vent on third-party sites but more of a shame when they lie.

If anybody has any questions about our software we are always happy to help and pride ourselves in our first class support and response time.

Thank you.
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joecrieda1
04 November 2017
Ive been reading the opinions of "Writerstar & Lord Lightning" and for what its worth I must agree that although Script Studio appears to have a lot going for it there is hardly anything that is not covered by less expensive apps that have been around for a few years. It is also a large lump of cash to pay for a neatly packaged collection of old methodology. With Scrivener launching version 3 shortly I think this would be a far better option for the "heavy writing" and using the likes of "Story Planner" for note taking / roughing out ideas. Story planner even exports to Scrivener effortlessly! This gets my vote for the "Sweet Set up". Even Final draft has attempted to come into this century with version 10 ( also cheaper) , although again they have only updated to where the likes of Scrivener have been for years. I dont normally get involved in online reviews but having been suckered into buying crap in the past, namely other writing software, I thought I would add my voice. If you want something that is good then go for the best rated and most popular and not the cutest design as seems to be the modern trend.
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ckfilm777
ckfilm777
22 March 2018
As original poster this thread I gave an honest review of the first release of the software. As a loyal fan of its original inception, Movie Outline 3, I thought it was well put together and had lovely options for keeping your thought process in line when approaching a story with outlining as your starting process. Some writers like to hit page one and plow straight through and others like an outlining and analytical approach in assembling the piece before or while the writing is taking shape. I like both approaches and to me, its story dependent on which software I will reach for. I have numerous pieces of software and they all serve a purpose.

Unfortunately their first release of Script Studio had some terribly nasty bugs. Like really nasty, text deleting bugs that would cause pages of text to disappear and left me leaving the original review but after numerous email exchanges with their tech support, they have pushed a couple of updates that seemed to have eliminate the problems of version 1. Now that its back to being in good working order I have definitely become a fan again.

What's included in the update is a panel of "story tasks and scratch pad." Is this worth the update? For me, it definitely is. From my earlier projects, I tend to have folders filled with text files and pages that can easily get lost in the shuffle, even in the digital world. Having a place to keep those in order is pretty great. Now when I go back to a project, I pop open one application and everything is housed in one spot.

All in all, this software was created by someone who put the process of story analyzing and screenwriting all under one domain and it's very, very well done. Now if they could add a horizontal timeline, they'd have the perfect beast!

So, yeah, it has been a bit of a yo-yo ride with the move from Movie Outline 3 to Script Studio.

My rating went from 5 stars to 0 stars but with the most current version it's back to 5 stars.
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Writerstar
16 October 2017
All I can say is wow! This is technically an upgrade to Movie Outline 3 (which I purchased a few years ago) but I understand why they felt the need to rename and rebrand it. Apart from the new modern look, it has a ton of new features and improvements (the list on their website is extensive) and it is now so much more than an outliner...which I think was probably confusing writers and potential customers. The new night theme interface option is cool, as is novel mode and their character development tools but for me it's the new global notes "scratch pad" and dual dialogue that made it worth the upgrade cost. It looks beautiful on my new retina iMac and I can't wait for the iPad version. Please please please bring it soon!
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Version 1.0.1
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Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
17 October 2017
Is this genuine? Have you actually USED this app for REAL work? Don’t get me wrong, I like these features as well, however, five stars just for having essential interface features. I thought the listings here were about actual users using apps and reporting on how they really functioned under actual workload - not just a pretty interface - even if that interface was a long, long overdue update to the old app. It’s only the interface to Movie Outline 3 that was updated and the app tizzed up a bit then called version 4 then renamed to version 1 of Script studio. I use a new Retina iMac as well and I have detected many issues with version 1.0.0 and 1.0.1.
You can update to this new app from within Movie Outline 3.
Have you looked at looked at Story Planner or even Log Line or story Skeleton. If you had you would have to at least be honest about the comparative price of this app.
I am always wary of five star wow about interfaces in the comments on MacUpdate - particularly if there is not even a hint of real world use.
It sounds like you are more in love and starry eyed than a real hard nosed writer giving real and trustworthy feedback on an app after really using it.
Pretty interfaces alone are not worth five stars - they are one part of the user friendliness of the app - not the complete functionality of the app itself.
If you don't give genuine feedback people won’t trust what you write.
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Writerstar
Writerstar
17 October 2017
To Lord-Lightening: Who the hell are you to tell me that my review of this app is not worthy? If I could report you I would. There were many things about your own reviews of Script Studio that I completely disagreed with and found petty and inaccurate but did I comment on them? No. Why? Because I gave you the respect I thought you deserved and let you have your say which is what freedom of speech is all about.

At the end of the day the readers of these reviews can simply download a free trial and see for themselves. So, in answer to your original question..."yes" this is a genuine review as are my reviews of other apps on this site. And "yes" it had the wow factor for me personally for the reasons I gave.

FYI: I am not interested in getting into a conversation with you about this so please understand that I will not respond to anything else you have to say about my review.
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Lord-Lightning
14 October 2017
Script Studio at v1.0.1 costs a shirt-load of dollars for what is simply an update to version 4 of Movie Outliine 3. However, it has two brilliant functions that compel a novelist, short story writer, playwrite or Screenwriter to try it out. Firstly the beautiful Courier Nuvo font is so much better than Courier or Courier Prime and secondly because of its core outlining function based on Alexander (Sandy) McKendrick's work at Cal Tech called Step Outlines.

http://www.thestickingplace.com/projects/projects/mackendrick/stepoutlines/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=509&v=d94gXrlDcNY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CwDeqPPjOs

What is a Step Outline
“Steps” are “events” in a timeline of your characters’ histories in your story. Which means that each step in a step outline can consist of more than one scene in your eventual screenplay. So a Step Outline is a writer's sketch (an illustrator would use simple pencil sketches ).

Benefits of Step Outlining
By creating a step outline, you will create a much stronger story structure than you would have by simply sitting down to write a 90-page script and seeing where it takes you. And most importantly, you will save a whole lot of time in the rewriting stage of your project.

Why Step Outline
There are a few different writing software options that accommodate Step Outlines so adroitly - Script Studio is among the best because it folds in so many other writing functions - such as character development and so on. But at the end of the day you can use any word processing or screenwriting software to make a step outline. Scrivener and Fade In are among the best.

What Does a step Outline Look Like?
It looks like a series of paragraphs, each separated by a single white space. But little tricks in Step Outlines, such as writing a scene header at the top of each paragraph to help you to organise your thoughts and remember what has happened earlier in the story. This process is actually formatted in Script Studio - it is meant to work that way and has a core function to set it out perfectly.

Synopses of Action
What you write into those step outline paragraphs is important. Think of them as synopses of the action which occurs in a larger scene, or in several smaller, connected scenes. You don't include dialogue. Script Studio helps you to be economical in your writing, and try to get the general idea down as quickly as possible and move on. It stops you wasting time nitpicking every little detail.

For the first pass, just get the ideas down.

How to use your Step Outline
Count your pages. Assuming you have set your document format with 1-inch margins all around, and you are using a 12-point type (preferably Courier Nuvo), and you have numbered your pages, then you are doing it right. So, count your pages. If your total is somewhere between 12 and 15 pages, then you have a step outline which will most closely translate into a 90-page script.

Once you are thinking in terms of story steps you are truly thinking in terms of plot and plot points. And that is where I take my Script Studio work back to Scrivener (for novels) or FadeIn (for screenplays).

At the moment is about the buggiest software I have ever put on my computer and the company are still a bit defensive about their new baby. That said, I think I'll persist with it to help me with character development and step outlines but do my actual writing in Scrivener or FadeIn.
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Version 1.0.1
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Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
14 October 2017
REMEMBER ALL COMMENTS BEFORE OCTOBER 2017 ARE ABOUT SCRIPT STUDIO'S EARLIER ITERATION AS MOVIE OUTLINE - NOT SCRIPT STUDIO V1.

Oh, of course, Alexander (Sandy) McKendrick is actually Alexander (Sandy) MacKendrick. A brilliant teacher.

My point about cost (Priced at around $200) is framed by Script Studio's main competitors - Log Outline - $25. Fade in - $80. Scrivener - about $50 to $60. Montage - about $30 and the freshend-up Contour at about $40. All of them just as useful and feature complete as Script Studio.
Whereas Script Studio thinks it is in the same ball park as the stupidly priced Final Draft at $200, or Power Structure (which has not been updated since 2014. or the equally up itself Screenwriter at about $200.
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Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
14 October 2017
It is worth noting that probably the best Step Outline to Plot point to Scenes is Logline (I mistakenly called it Log Outline above). It is a humble, complete bit of perfection for about $25. It does the important stuff that Script Studio charges $200 to do and, I think, does it better.
http://loglineapp.com/#simple
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Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
15 October 2017
Perhaps the BEST of all the Step Outline story planners is Story Planner for Writers - about $15. You do NOT have to learn Fountain Syntax to use it so it is a natural language step outliner designed specifically for writers of fiction and it syncs with its iPhone and iPad versions on the iOs Apple platform. I'm running it on a 2017 Retina iMac and on several iOs devices - and it works way, way better than Script Studio and provides pretty similar functionality - did I say for $15!!! I I had to recommend the three best - very best applications for writing they would have to be Scrivener, Fade In, and Story Planner for Writers (https://storyplannerapp.com/features/), oh, and Story Planner (http://www.storyplanner.com) well four is close to three - the last is a writer's go to for templates.
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Lord-Lightning
22 December 2011
Just be aware that it is not fully WSYWIG. Using Courier as the font of choice you will get a print out that does not match the on-screen view. Pages are critical to timing so the app (that is so full of potential) is not usable in practice. The outline stuff is good. The character stuff is a little peculiar. The formatting stuff is OK - technically correct. The Dialogue Spotlight is potentially the best feature but in spite of the claims its current implementation does not help you to create unique characters by analyzing dialogue and voice-over throughout your script as it should. It is not editable so it does not help you 'create' dialogue. It allows you to isolate a specific character's dialogue only and look at it. You then have to go back into the script to make any changes. If only! The feel factor thingy is something I doubt any writer would bother with. All in all this is a screenwriting app full of potential but lacking in development. I shared my concerns with the developers over a year ago... not a peep. Nothing. So don't expect responsive version updates. There are very much better applications now on the market. If it is out on a massive discount it might be worth lining up all the apps that do this one pony trick and seeing where it comes in an honest comparison. It is lying cold and dead on my computer after it messed up a script deadline for me. I just can't trust it enough to rely on it when other apps can be relied on.
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Version 3.1.2
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Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
02 January 2017
Bought my copy in 2011 and it is now 2017 and it has only received a maintenance update in 2013. DEAD software. They have done nothing about the terrible WYSIWG interpretation.

You would be daft to buy this when FadeIn is now available for about a quarter of the price of this dinosaur.
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Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
01 October 2017
Nuvotech have now updated this and renamed it and are selling it at Final Draft prices. The new version is called Script Studio and it does fix the font issues - especially if you use the delightful 'Courier Nuvo'.
However while this is a version 1 release, it really is still in beta and crashes regularly and feels like it is made up of bits tacked together. For example, clicking between the major functions, 'Story Arc and Character Spotlight' flicks the entire app out and then back on again. It is downright spooky.
If you have invested in the very overpriced Movie Outline then this is not worth another investment of the same amount just to have the fonts issue fixed. For all practical purposes, this is just Movie Outline tizzed up in a new ball gown. You just can't disguise it's tired old body, no matter how much lipstick you whack on it.
Oh, and it only gives you two uses. So if you really need to run it on three or four different computers you can't. They say this is to ensure it is not Pirated - now it that is not looney logic in the time of Trump, I don't know what is.
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Writerstar
16 October 2010
I stumbled upon this software a while ago and thank god I did because it has really paid for itself. I have used all the script writing softare available and can tell you that hands down, this is the best by a long shot. For a start, outlining is key and anyone who doesn't do it is bound to waste many hours, days, weeks and possibly months stuck in rewrites because you MUST PLAN your story before you start writing. Sure, you can write a scene here or there if you have some strong ideas but writing an entire script without working out the structure first is insane. IMO. :) The annoying thing is that I wasted so much money on just "script formatters".. I wish I would have discovered this little gem sooner because it also formats your script which is crucial but not the only tool a writer needs. I strongly recommend anyone interested in writing movie scripts to try the demo of this program first. It is very felxible and has many features, including character development tools which I personally don't use until my second draft but that's the beauty of this app, it can fit into your own working style, not the other way round. Five stars all the way!
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Version 3.1.1