Montage
Montage
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Montage1.5.4

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

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33 Reviews of Montage

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Dennisg
30 November 2010
Version: 1.5.4

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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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Teamnoir
02 August 2019
Version: 1.5.4
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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Dennisg
03 October 2014
Version: 1.5.4
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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1.5
D-J
07 January 2014
Version: 1.5.4
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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1.5
BHarris
20 March 2011
Version: 1.5.4
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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Wheninrome
16 February 2011
Version: 1.5.4
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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Dennisg
30 November 2010
Version: 1.5.4
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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Vikus
24 February 2010
Version: 1.5.4
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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Thunderclap82
26 May 2009
Version: 1.5.3
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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David-Mutnick
12 October 2008
Version: 1.5.1
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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Trenino
30 July 2008
Version: 1.5.1
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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Anthony Harmon
29 July 2008
Version: 1.5.1
There are two main ways of breaking down Montage 1.5.1; first as a native Macintosh application, and second as a screenwriting application. Under the first category, Montage is an excellent program. There are small areas where "fit and finish" need work, but these are small considerations compared to the overall stability and usefulness provided by the program. Unlike Final Draft 7, which STILL looks like an OS 9 application that has been left in the backyard to rust, Montage has all of the look and feel of what an OS X application should be. Application menus are clear and concise, and the commands work like you would expect them to. Borrowing concepts like the "Snowflake Method" of building a story, the user is given a wide variety of informational inputs to collect and write his or her story with. What gives Montage its most modern feel, is not the programming interface, a but a new paradigm in document and information collection; Conceptualization. Conceptualization is where Montage's second great strength comes into play. Programs like Final Draft are the end stop for the writing process. There is no information collection, versioning or data input until the writer sets down to pen the script. With Montage, the entire process of collecting, sorting, prioritizing and enabling ideas is included into the writing process. While still outputting scripts that make the grade, the writer has so much more control and choice. Among the best features: Full screen editing with customizable viewing options A wide variety of document input and viewing options; Script,Scene,Outline,Characters,Locations,Research,Tasks,Contacts,Queries,Synopsis,Title Page Tab-access to all script elements Several screenplay, teleplay and stage play template options for compatibility (Final Draft native and 17 other choices - even for the BBC!) Export to 8 file formats Import to all 18 templates Complete element configuration Scene navigation, keywording, annotations, A & B scripts, script lockoffs - scene numbering during production, Smart Views Does not run on Windows! One more thing... The people at Mariner Software are exceeding helpful, kind and knowledgeable. You will not find that level of service from Final Draft in any way. In fact, try going through the activation process for Final Draft... not a fun experience.
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D-J
14 June 2008
Version: 1.5.1
Sorry, forgot to rate...
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D-J
14 June 2008
Version: 1.5.1
I have to agree with Trenino. I work as both a published novelist and produced screenwriter, and I've long looked for an alternative to Final Draft. I've tried both StoryMill and Montage, and constantly I am wishing features of StoryMill were integrated with Montage--and that they were a combined product. StoryMill, of course, is an acquisition once called Avenir and so its development has a different legacy and comes from outside of Mariner's mindset. The overall problem with both is that they constrain a very creative process and don't let a writer wiggle around within the software to find the 'sweet' spot. If StoryMill and Montage were combined, and if Montage were production-grade (as is Final Draft), then it would be a brilliant product. Nearly any writer would feel comfortable working within the product and not feel boxed in by predefined process.
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Springboard-Enterprises
22 May 2008
Version: 1.5
Trenino: Not sure why, if Montage is so bad, you keep using it. And why you're comparing a screenwriting program with a novel-writing program puzzles me. Two different audiences. Personally, I haven't had the issues you're describing, and think the 2-star rating you gave it is totally unfair. I took a 1.2 document and went to 1.5.... no problems. Oh, and after I upgraded to 1.5 it opened a "Tutorial Monkey" tutorial file automatically. Have you even used 1.5? Some other things that makes me wonder if you've even used Montage for longer than 5 minutes: 1) Annotations: apple-shift-A allows you to make a new annotation. no need for a button, no need to go to the menu. Nice for keeping your hands on the keyboard and writing rather than reaching for the mouse. 2) Keyword/tagging: Works well for me... apple-shift-T makes a new keyword/tag and it's displayed in the left-hand column. Again, it allows me to keep my hands on the keyboard and keep typing. I can sit back and enter 10 keywords rapid-fire as fast as I can type. 3) You claim that "Exporting is so unintuitive in Montage." Montage exports 1 thing and 1 thing only: THE SCRIPT. What's to check? What's unintuitive about that? You select Export, pick your file format and destination, and you're done. Oh, and it can read and write Final Draft format, which is a HUGE plus. It seems to me that you are missing the fact that StoryMill is written for the workflow of a novelist, where Montage is written for the workflow of a screenwriter. Screenplays are typically much more rigid in their outline/structure than novels/stories tend to be. (Which is why most movie adaptations of books wind up changing parts of the book to make the movie version "screenplay friendly.") It seems to me that most of your gripes revolve around the fact that you think like a novelist, not a screenwriter, which is why StoryMill appeals to you more than Montage. Don't give a good product with a bright future a bad review because your workflow/method of thinking is different. Comparing Montage with StoryMill is like comparing TextEdit with TextWrangler... while both are full-featured, they each have a different target audience: one is a word processor, the other a text editor. Why don't you compare Montage with Final Draft? Does Montage need some interface tweaks? Certainly. All programs do. But needing mere "tweaks" makes it worthy of 4 stars, not 2.
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Trenino
21 May 2008
Version: 1.5
Indeed at this price one can only be harsh version 1.5 has not given any essential changes. ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING FOR USERS: Regardless of the various bugs and glitches of Montage(all versions), 1.5 brings with it a serious one: Be sure to back up everything in an external word processor until this product becomes stable. The file I was working on under version 1.4 when imported to 1.5 could not be opened. In fact it would open and the titles of things would be in place but ALL THE CONTENT WAS MISSING. I was glad that I had not thrown away version 1.4. I had to open it in 1.4 and MANUALLY copy everything to a new project in 1.5. ---In a few words backwards compatibility has SERIOUS ISSUES.--- Do not get me wrong, I am spending my time here because I believe that Montage can become a great tool. In the level of the current development though it is a shame for Mariner to ask for money. This should be named public beta and be available free... Still the same problems: Fullscreen not everywhere, windows do not open separately, glitchy etc. In outline mode one can move things around but unknown why you can not move anything around in synopses, task, research location... ---In a few words... what is said in my previous review is still accurate--- I really do not know much from programming but it seems that if they start from scratch and put the screenplay+formatting algorithms to the Storymill user interface they might come up with something better.
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Lord-Lightning
14 May 2008
Version: 1.5
Perhaps comparisons of Montage should be made against the FREE celtx - which is still not at version 1.0 - rather than with FD (v7) or Screenwriter Pro (v6) - which are both very mature products. http://pc.celtx.com/ What is pleasing about Montage is that its development trajectory points to some real value for money enhancements around version 2.
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Lev
13 May 2008
Version: 1.5
What a helpful comment.
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Trenino
09 May 2008
Version: 1.5b3
Montage - A review and comparison to Storymill I have been using the demo of Storymill for about a week writing my new project. Because it is a script I am working on there are things I am missing in it, although there are many nice features. I also downloaded the last version of Montage (1.4) to see if any developments have been made to it, since the last version I used, I did not like. Although Storymill is for novels and Montage for scripts, they both target creative writers. As one of them I am making this comparison. Surprisingly although Montage has been longer in the line-up of Mariner Software it is much less refined than Storymill. Here is a comparison: 1) The Progress meter feature lacks from Montage. Screenwriters need to keep track of their productivity as well. 2)User interface under Montage: The content in Research window and Task window cannot be moved around. It is automatically sorted. Besides that, when sorting by name, a very annoying thing happens. number 10 does not follow number 9, in order, but goes after number 1... Storymill on the other hand lets you move things around. 3)The double-clicking of content in Storymill makes it pop up on a separate window. It would really be useful for Montage too, which does not have that feature either. 4) Smart view is a great feature in both programs. 5)This is personal, but aesthetically the icons in Montage are not so nice as the ones in Storymill. Actually they look like OS9 icons.. 6)Timeline which is only in Storymill, would be tremendously helpful for screenwriter using Montage as well. 7) Tagging in Storymill is like the “Add keyword” option in Montage, only in storymill it works better. 8) The beginners' Tutorial in Storymill is a very nice extra that comes with the program. Again Montage lacks is it. 9) Full screen only works on script and scenes mode in Montage. Not in synopsis mode or any other. In storymill all windows can be viewed in full screen. And it is really nice to work on synopses or character profiles in full screen. This is a real shame. 10) Button for making annotations in storymill. In montage you have to go through the menu each time you want to make a note. 11)No option for deselecting the auto Backup. If you deselect it you cannot save your work at all. 12) Annotations can ONLY be made in script mode, not in synopsis, character, scene or other mode in Montage. Again in Storymill things are much better. ANnotations can be made on every mode. The list goes on... 13) Exporting is so unintuitive in Montage. In Storymill you have a preview of exactly what is going to be exported and you can change it accordingly. In Montage you export first and then you check if you exported the right thing. I am still finding more handicaps in montage the more I use it. It is really sad as it could have been developed to a very nice application. As I said earlier Storymill is definitely much more refined than Montage. If you are a novelist you are lucky and good to go with Storymill. If on the other hand you are a script writer like me, then you you have to look elsewhere and definitely not spend the money for purchasing this version. I would purchase anytime Storymill if it only had standard script formating and outline. On the other hand Montage compared to the Storymill features are very thin. For the moment and my current project (which is a Feature Film) I will be using Storymill for Synopses, Characters, Research, Scene Ideas, and ONLY then I will go to Montage to write the script, but I might still prefer Final Draft until a better version of either Storymill or Montage comes out or even better if they would merge it in one application as it seems that Storymill and Montage are in fact one application cut in half and therefore crippled. You can download the Demos and see for yourselves.
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anonymous-fowl-4093
06 April 2008
Version: 1.4
I was fed up with outdated FD 7 and disappointed that Screenwriter 6 was written in Realbasic so I decided to try this. At first glance it looks great, however, this is basically useless for industry professionals in a production setting. As per macworld's review, here's a list of what this can't do --track changes and drafts, lock pages and create production scripts-- all of which are a deal breaker for any script in production. And the final draft import function is extremely limited right now too, it can't even import scene #s. You might be able to write a spec script here, and for that there are some innovations, but pros will still have to buy FD or Screenwriter to handle script revisions, both of which are only $30 more at Amazon. According to Mariner's forums some of these features will be added to version 2, but that will surely be a pricey paid upgrade. Buyer beware.
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$ir-M-
06 May 2007
Version: 1.2.2
I've checked various builds of Montage from time to time, and while overall it looks like a worthy endeavor which has improved steadily, it's not rock-solid just yet: -- I can make it hang every time, by trying to print a *script* with "Include title page when printing" checked. (Note that printing the title page by itself works fine.) -- its typography-intolerant RTF export eats smart quotes, em-dashes, ellipsises, and other common characters. (If you export as DOC, then open in TexEdit, save as RTF and re-import, the characters are preserved, so the problem isn't RTF itself.) Overall, though, Montage looks great and I look forward to having more time to test it ...
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Marinermtg
08 March 2007
Version: 1.2.1
This Full Screen mode issue has been fixed in 1.2.1. Give it a try.
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Jaizon
28 February 2007
Version: 1.2
I have to agree with Stevehops. Seems to work fine then just freezes for no reason. Can't do anyting with it when that happens. Won't even work on a restart. Have to dump it then start again. Too bad, looks nice but I'll wait as well. FD for me for now. Anomy
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Stevehops
26 February 2007
Version: 1.1.1b2
Not ready to be sold. I want to use this instead of Final Draft, but Montage crashes all the time on my Intel MacBook. It also crashes when I go from full screen mode back to normal mode. In full screen mode, a very nice feature, you can't edit text (but you can add text at the end of the document). Still in beta, so when they get the bugs out I'll buy it for sure. Lots of great features that should have been in Final Draft a long time ago.
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unemployedwriter
31 December 2006
Version: 1.1b2
I was loyal Final Draft user for approximately ten years and it took about five minutes with Montage to convert me. The formatting is smart and easy. I use an industry standard "Cole and Haag" format for my writing. It was painstaking to set this up in Final Draft. In Montage... it's already there. The outling and character sections are essential to my writing process. I used to make suggestions to the Final Draft staff to add organizational tools such as tasks/contact database/locations database and other features that would not only help to write my projects, but also help to track and market them. Montage does all of this, effectively, intuitively and it's a pleasure to use.
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Raddle
04 September 2006
Version: 1.0.1r2
Got to love anything that has the potential to free us from the hell that is Final Draft. Montage needs a lot of work still, but let's hope it gets it. In its current state - and to stand any chance of making inroads on FD's market lock - it maybe should be priced more at the fifty bucks level...
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Crypt
10 August 2006
Version: 1.0.1
*sigh* this look amazingly better than Final Draft, UI and feature wise. Unfortunately it's way too pricey for a student, WriteRoom it is.
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Maxruehl
10 August 2006
Version: 1.0.1
It's nice to see someone trying to compete with FInal Draft, but this program appears to have a ways to go. I tried importing from FD and Montage screwed up the pagination. Even if it weren't required that it maintain the exact page count (which ideally it would), I can't imagine any instance in which it would be acceptable for a page break to occur between a character's name and his dialogue. Also, why, in the auto-completion of scene headings, when I want to use "NIGHT" and type "N" does the box come up hilighting "DAY"? If I continue typing "NIGHT" it auto-completes as "DAYI", selecting DAY and adding the "I" from "NIGHT" on the end. Screwy behavior. Keep working on it guys--looks like you might have something here. Good luck.
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Theallseer
20 July 2006
Version: 1.0
The program has a lot of potential and I'm very excited to see two programs really giving a go at this market that has been under the thumb of Final Draft for so many bug-filled, not-working-properly years. The problem with Montage though, is that it's closest competition (which this program bears a striking resemblance to) is Celtx. Which happens to be free and does nearly everything Montage currently does, even a few extra things that it doesnt. The subtle differences between the two doesnt warrant the $139 price tag in my eyes. So I'm happy to say that I'm sticking with Celtx until Montage has some feature I just have to use. Keep up the good work though. Competition is a great thing.
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anonymous-porpoise-4200
11 July 2006
Version: 1.0b10
Autocompletion of scene headings is still buggy -- sometimes leading to typos like "EX.T" -- among other issues.
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Wzrdjr
16 June 2006
Version: 1.0b7
Impressive first start. Could be a serious contender for taking the crown away from Final Draft, at least for Mac users. However, in order to do that, it needs to import AND EXPORT final draft files seamlessly. That's the current industry standard and you gotta place nice with the other kids in the sandbox. At least right now.
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Marsviolet
15 June 2006
Version: 1.0b7
Most impressive. Quick and fully featured, and does things Final Draft still can't do after 10+ years. And cocoa no less! Très cool.
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anonymous-porpoise-4200
15 June 2006
Version: 1.0b7
It has the potential to be the long sought-after "Final Draft-killer" but it needs to be a lot tighter in its formatting capabilities. Its autotext abilities are buggy at the moment, and the disparity between what's shown onscreen and what's printed out needs to be resolved. A Cocoa app that renders scripts impeccably is sorely needed in general. I hope Montage becomes precisely that. If the developers want to entice FD users, the transition ought to be as seamless as possible, rather than idiosyncratic. (I don't really care for Movie Magic Screenwriter either, but its formatting is also top-shelf for the most part.)
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Greg-Raven
15 June 2006
Version: 1.0b7
I haven't given this a complete work-out, but I tried importing a screenplay from MS Word in RTF format. It lost all the formating, which isn't too surprising, but it really, really resists holding even its own format. I can see how it might be useful if it worked as advertised, but for $99, I'll continue to use Word to get almost the same results with about the same level of effort.
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