Montage
Montage
1.5.4

2.7

Montage free download for Mac

Montage

1.5.4
01 May 2011

Screenwriting solution.

Overview

Montage is a screenwriting software that allows everyday people to take those movie ideas they have and make them a reality. Melding the theory that a simple user interface, combined with powerful and intuitive features, provide the best writing experience, Montage makes it easy to create, edit, and manage screenplays on your Mac. From the ability to import and export Final Draft documents, to using custom, pre-formatted templates for film, TV, and theater, Montage guides both the first time screenwriter or the seasoned veteran, from start to finish. Also available in German, Italian, Spanish, and French.

But Montage doesn't stop there. Once your masterpiece is complete, Montage allows you to submit, track, and send your query, synopsis, and scripts to hundreds of included industry contacts through Montage's integration with Apple's Address Book.

What's new in Montage

Version 1.5.4:
Fixed a crash in 10.6 that would occur when:
  • Dismissing the template sheet
  • Changing templates
  • Checking spelling/grammar
  • Right clicking on a scene in scenes view

Requirements for Montage

  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later

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Dennisg
30 November 2010

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Montage is a simple, no-frills screenplay app that does its job with a minimal learning curve. My introduction to it came when I started a new script a couple of weeks ago, and I found it to be a pleasure to use. One of its features is an auto-complete menu which, in theory, is supposed to present you with a menu of your characters' names when you type the first letter or two. Say, for example, you've got characters by the name of Carl, David, and Christine. When you select the Character style, and type the letter C, you should get a menu that displays both Carl and Christine. Unfortunately, this feature worked for me about 20 percent of the time -- the rest of the time I had to type out the complete name. I logged onto Mariner's user forum and asked if anyone else was experiencing this problem and, if so, is there a solution. Two days later I received an email from Mariner's tech support telling me that this was the first time they'd heard of the problem -- and would I please send them the file so that they could see if they could duplicate the issue with their systems. As you can imagine, sending a screenplay to strangers is a scary proposition. It's a proprietary document, and the thought of someone mishandling the file or even stealing an idea is enough to give anyone pause. But I took a deep breath, swallowed hard, and replied to their email with my file attached -- along with a note that requested that the file is "for your eyes only." A few hours later, I checked back in the forum to see if anyone else had replied to my thread, and lo and behold, there was my file -- attached to a new post that contained the text of my reply email. As you can imagine, this freaked me out, and I sent Mariner tech support another email asking them what on earth they were thinking by posting my proprietary file for all the world to see. And then I discovered THAT email was posted in the thread. You can see how unsettling this would be. I told Mariner that they behaved cavalierly with my screenplay, that I had trusted them, and that they had betrayed that trust. Naturally, THAT email appeared in the thread, too. Finally, they explained to me that any email correspondence that begins as a forum thread will append to the original thread. Why, I asked, did you folks request my file and fail to tell me that? I would never have sent my file had I known it would be posted in a public forum. I ended this situation by asking them to (minimally) notify people that their emails and attachments will appear in the original thread or (better yet) change their system so that emails remain private, as we would expect them to be. Mariner responded by deleting my entire thread, which I assume is how they intend to "deal" with this problem. I've written two books and a weekly newspaper column with Mariner Write, and I'd begun my most recent screenplay with Montage. I was a very loyal Mariner software user and a long-time fan. But they behaved shamefully at every milestone in this sordid affair. They posted in public a proprietary file, despite my request for careful handling. They have apparently decided that their system of posting email correspondence in a public forum works perfectly well. They see no reason to notify people that their files will be mishandled and their trust abused. And they did what all incompetent companies do: they deleted a public thread that takes issue with how their customers are treated. Add all this up and you can understand why I'd abandon their products. This company is not to be trusted.
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Version 1.5.4
Teamnoir
02 August 2019
Not only did montage crash on my first attempt to use it losing all my unsaved work, but it also found a way to zero out the file losing all of my saved work as well. I won't try again. It's pretty clear that development has ended for mariner software. If it works for you, great but be aware that suites of 4 of these programs go on sale for $12 on some discount sites. Even so, I think you're taking a pretty big risk.
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Version 1.5.4
Dennisg
03 October 2014
And now here we are — 4 years later — and Mariner still hasn't given its customers so much as a minor maintenance update. In my 3 decades of using computers, I've never seen a company take the money and run to the degree that Mariner has. They spent years telling us that that a major revision of Montage was right around the corner, and now they don't even bother saying that.
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Version 1.5.4
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Dano45
Dano45
27 December 2014
Mariner has (had?) some great concepts, but perhaps the company is nearly gone. Montage has concepts, features, and functionality (still) that its major competitors lack, and that is why I still use it. Like many people I am disappointed that Montage (and other titles) are not being updated by Mariner, but it looks as though the company has perhaps run out of resources to keep their wares up to date. It's a sad thing for the people who like this software and will eventually lose its capabilities, just as it's a sad thing for the people who lost their jobs (and their software products), and for the CEO who lost (or is losing) his company.
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Dennisg
Dennisg
24 July 2015
Okay ... it's now over half a decade since Mariner updated this frail, wheezing product. They don't respond to these posts and, in fact, have nuked their user forum because they received so many negative comments about their products. That, by the way, is what horrible app publishers do: they discontinue discussion about their products rather than make their products better. Mariner has simply given up on us, so I've given up on them -- and like the rest of the professional screenwriting community who was using Montage, I've switched to another product. Fade In meets every need I have and is updated on an almost monthly basis. I couldn't be happier with it.
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Dennisg
Dennisg
19 January 2017
We haven't forgotten you, Mariner Software. We still remember that you promised us an entirely rewritten Montage -- seven years ago! If you're not the worst software publisher in the industry, then you certainly receive a Dishonorable Mention award.
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D-J
07 January 2014
No update in 2.5 years, yet it's still sold as something viable by Mariner Software. I bought version 1.0, abandoned it very quickly. Just downloaded this "latest" version out of curiosity, still a clunker filled with bugs. Mariner used to be synonymous with quality and focus a long, long time ago. They are so in over their head, should cut back to 4 or 5 titles maximum and do them well, rather than the 19 products they now have that are mostly old relics. Too bad, really. Their product strategy is as buggy and lacking in focus as their products.
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Version 1.5.4
BHarris
20 March 2011
This was disappointing. For v2 software I expected more. Orphan characters at the foot of pages, no (CONTD) for repeated characters, no (MORE) for spanned dialog (until you print, then you see it - doesn't really help me when reading on screen), I have no idea what the point of the "fade window" feature is for. Why would you want a transparent window when writing so whatever is behind shows through? Crazy. But: The worst thing by far is that I COULD NOT work out how to turn of the colors when printed. My test script came out all looking like a rainbow! I don't mind it on screen but PRINTED? Why on earth would I want that? I did however like the *idea* of things like the Contacts section etc. but I don't want it in this program. If I want a telephone followup contact thing I'll get one, I don't need it in here. If they spent more time getting the editing bit right and less time stuffing "features" in that I'll never use it'd be a lot better IMO.
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Version 1.5.4
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BHarris
BHarris
20 March 2011
My mistake re: v2 as it's v1.5.4. Everything else still stands.
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Willt
Willt
04 January 2014
Thanks BHarris for this. After reading your review I checked Montage and it is still in v1.5.4 dated 2009, and this is now 2014! Most other reviews have been negative as well. I really liked the idea of Montage, but I don't understand why there have been no updates in four years! Is there a developer or team at Mariner at all? I didn't purchase.
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Wheninrome
16 February 2011
Let me confess from the get go here - I am a fan of Mariner so yes, this review will appear biased. And, as someone who is relatively new at writing but with a lot of experience in drawing and painting, I know that creativity begins in the brain. I just recently downloaded Montage to try my hand at writing a screenplay. So I tooled around a bit and found some goodies that have made me excited about writing my script. One is the full screen deal - as a painter, a blank canvas is not a threat but very appealing. And so it is with the full screen view of Montage - this nice clean area (with the color of my choosing) is very nice indeed. Next on the goodie list is those character and location areas where you can add all sort of things about each one (including pictures which is very nice) and having it all right there is something that I know I will take advantage of. Equally of value will be the list of folks I can send a script to (when I get up the nerve) because, well, as stated earlier - this is a new experience for me so I’ll need all the help I can get. So overall, at this point, I’d have to say that I am a happy camper. Although, I did notice in reading the user guide (yeah - I am one that actually reads those things) - did I see correctly the copyright date of 1998-2009? Come on guys! It’s 2011! Isn’t there a newer version of Montage out there?
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Version 1.5.4
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Willt
Willt
04 January 2014
Thanks Wheninrome for this. I was tempted to purchase Montage after receiving a discount offer. I really like the idea of Montage but was put off by some reviews but thought that the issues must have been sorted out by now. However, I then came across your review and the reference to the fact that it was a 2009 version at 1.5.4. I checked online and sure enough it is still the same version. I am writing this in January 2014! This is amazing! I wonder if there is a development team/author at Marinar at all? Maybe someone is just sitting on the site taking in money for old software? I didn't purchase.
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Willt
Willt
04 January 2014
Apologies if post inadvertently appeared here it was intended for BHarris.
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Dennisg
30 November 2010
Montage is a simple, no-frills screenplay app that does its job with a minimal learning curve. My introduction to it came when I started a new script a couple of weeks ago, and I found it to be a pleasure to use. One of its features is an auto-complete menu which, in theory, is supposed to present you with a menu of your characters' names when you type the first letter or two. Say, for example, you've got characters by the name of Carl, David, and Christine. When you select the Character style, and type the letter C, you should get a menu that displays both Carl and Christine. Unfortunately, this feature worked for me about 20 percent of the time -- the rest of the time I had to type out the complete name. I logged onto Mariner's user forum and asked if anyone else was experiencing this problem and, if so, is there a solution. Two days later I received an email from Mariner's tech support telling me that this was the first time they'd heard of the problem -- and would I please send them the file so that they could see if they could duplicate the issue with their systems. As you can imagine, sending a screenplay to strangers is a scary proposition. It's a proprietary document, and the thought of someone mishandling the file or even stealing an idea is enough to give anyone pause. But I took a deep breath, swallowed hard, and replied to their email with my file attached -- along with a note that requested that the file is "for your eyes only." A few hours later, I checked back in the forum to see if anyone else had replied to my thread, and lo and behold, there was my file -- attached to a new post that contained the text of my reply email. As you can imagine, this freaked me out, and I sent Mariner tech support another email asking them what on earth they were thinking by posting my proprietary file for all the world to see. And then I discovered THAT email was posted in the thread. You can see how unsettling this would be. I told Mariner that they behaved cavalierly with my screenplay, that I had trusted them, and that they had betrayed that trust. Naturally, THAT email appeared in the thread, too. Finally, they explained to me that any email correspondence that begins as a forum thread will append to the original thread. Why, I asked, did you folks request my file and fail to tell me that? I would never have sent my file had I known it would be posted in a public forum. I ended this situation by asking them to (minimally) notify people that their emails and attachments will appear in the original thread or (better yet) change their system so that emails remain private, as we would expect them to be. Mariner responded by deleting my entire thread, which I assume is how they intend to "deal" with this problem. I've written two books and a weekly newspaper column with Mariner Write, and I'd begun my most recent screenplay with Montage. I was a very loyal Mariner software user and a long-time fan. But they behaved shamefully at every milestone in this sordid affair. They posted in public a proprietary file, despite my request for careful handling. They have apparently decided that their system of posting email correspondence in a public forum works perfectly well. They see no reason to notify people that their files will be mishandled and their trust abused. And they did what all incompetent companies do: they deleted a public thread that takes issue with how their customers are treated. Add all this up and you can understand why I'd abandon their products. This company is not to be trusted.
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Version 1.5.4
Vikus
24 February 2010
Using Montage 1.5.3 on MacBookPro on MAC OS 10.5.6 Many useful and unique functions, the ability to create your own version of a template is excellent. I come from a respectful place when I critique so please understand I appreciate the good with the not so good It took me ages to figure out the printing labyrinth setup I used to copy and paste into PAGES and PAGES is amazing as a piece of software I can clearly create page numbering system and see before I print what is the set up Finally one night because I am a fanatic at saving pdf's.... I actually tried the old standard ask to print, get Print dialog box, choose save as PDF Viola I finally started to see the how the printing works because I could see the results when I opened my saved pdf So... here is a constructive suggestion by way of explaining what happens with me When you go to Document Properties, you can set up ONLY SOME of the print profile such as using %p to have page numbers Its a shame that it only creates Headers and only creates page numbers at header, but that is livable So its not very clear but the other printing details are created in the Preferences, not Document Properties. Each new scene starts on a fresh page!!!! this is great It's not always needed but it is really important when I need it Please find a more clear way for this part Preferences has a toggle box for these two choices Printing Make more/continued adjustments Make Keep next adjustments I think it means choose either the old school way of writing 'more' at foot then writing continued at head of next page or move all of paragraph to following page so I choose keep next.... Now PLEEEEASE HELP WITH THIS!!!! when Scene Title begins on new page Almost every time the pdf BUGS OUT and writes the first letter of the Scene Title onto the previous page, not the beginning of the Scene Page... so the title is always misspelled and there is a silly orphan letter floating on a previous page verrrrrry strange I've tried many workarounds and its like chasing a cat around a room thanks
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Version 1.5.4
Thunderclap82
26 May 2009
I was very eager to try Montage and adopt it for my main screenwriting software. While the GUI design is nice and very Mac-like, there is one big problem with the software: page breaks. By that I mean when you are writing dialog in just runs onto the next page. Proper formatting would include the characters name as it re-organizes the page. Montage doesn't do this forcing you to do it manually. But then, if you make revisions, then there are extra page breaks and have to go through and clean it up all over again. It's very time consuming and not professional enough yet to justify making it your main screenwriting program.
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Version 1.5.3
David-Mutnick
12 October 2008
After receiving numerous emails from Mariner Software urging me to act quickly to get their best price, I bought the program. 2 days later, it was already offered cheaper on MacUpdate. I emailed the company about this, feeling they were dishonest with their marketing. They couldn't care less. We're talking $10 here. You would think they would just refund the $10 to keep a customer happy. Instead, they were rude and didn't even offer an apology. Hey Logan Ryan..way to lose a customer and get some negative feedback over $10, you loser. All I wanted was to be treated like a valued customer. So to sum up: Don't fall for their marketing BS. Don't expect this company to give a damn about you. Oh, the software? Spotty at best. Good for a beginner, crap for a pro.
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Version 1.5.1
Trenino
30 July 2008
Unforunatelly people do not seem to learn from their mistakes and I am one of them. I must say I am sold to the idea of an all around program that does everything... and I really love the full screen mode. but Alas! if I have to sacrifice the stability and integrity of my work. NO! NO! No! I was not planning to write any more reviews as I really think that non-beginners can easily sea the shortcomings of montage. One think I will just mention and I really wonder who puts all these stars in the ratings. It is full of bugs, bugs, bugs. I just lost hours of work because there is no auto save option... There is a backup option but this does not help when the software crashes.. and believe me it WILL crash. It crashed on me while I was performing the undo command, which surprise-surprise, is buggy as well. Try to use it and you have your "action" change to "character" and all the elements swinging around. I am very angry with them but mostly with my self that trusted my working hours to montage and traded security with an inferior product. By the way, synopses, outlines, treatments can so much easier and hassle free be created with apple's "pages" which are as smooth as silk. when it comes to the script itself, perhaps the template pictures are fun to play with in the preferences, but in the end it is what you write that counts... Also,I wonder why the praising review - below, has been posted on versiontracker with another alias?
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Version 1.5.1
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ZenZenPup
ZenZenPup
30 July 2008
How about i reviewed in 3 places with 3 accounts that I've had for years. What, am I supposed to create the same screen name in 3 places to keep you placated? More like I wonder just how careless you are and what other little tidbits you have running under Mac OS X... I can almost hear Forest Gump now...
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Version 1.5.1
Marinermtg
Marinermtg
15 September 2008
While I'm not quite sure of your intentions, this would be the third negative post you have made about Montage. I'm certainly one for free speech and you have every right to post as many negative comments as MacUpdate allows you to post, but here is the obvious question, if you hate Montage so much why do you continue to use and slam it? Also, for what it's worth, MacUser UK just gave Montage a 5 out of 5 star rating in their latest issue. If our product is as buggy as you claim it is, would a national, well-respected publication give it the best possible rating? We are open to working with you through your issues but we are not interested in trying to help someone who doesn't want the help. Logan Ryan Mariner Software
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