Movie Draft SE
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Screenwriting word processor with streamlined interface.   Demo ($29.99)
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Movie Draft SE is new and unique to the Mac App Store. Probably the biggest advance in screenplay writing since the advent of the typewriter. Its streamlined, clean and uncluttered interface gives you everything you need to write that next blockbuster. Without doubt it is the best tool available for writing screenplays. From concept, outline and finished draft.

Why is Movie Draft SE different?

Unlike other screenplay software, Movie Draft SE is not a word processor with added bells and whistles that requires you to write your screenplay from the top down. It's
What's New
Version 1.0.5:
  • Note: version 1.0.2 is available on the Mac AppStore. Version 1.0.5 is available directly from the developer's website.
Requirements
Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, Intel



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Funjoy commented on 17 Apr 2014
This appears to be abandonware. The app has not been updated in over two years, and the site's blog hasn't been updated in a year (and the last blog post said the dev was working on bug fixes to the app, which he never delivered on).
[Version 1.0.5]


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Cartelclover1983 reviewed on 07 May 2013
I own Movie Magic Screenwriter and Final Draft which both have issues with being outdated as far as UI, updates etc... I also own the new Slugline screenwriting app which I love and is based on the fountain format. The thing I love about Movie Draft is that it reminds me of scrivner but also gives you keyboard options like the top screenwriting apps I've mentioned to make it usable if your coming from those apps. One thing I find a bit weird is that for people to really get excited about the app the developer needs to update its comparison list on its website only comparing it to microsoft word which isn't a screenwriting app which is somewhat misleading in that regard. But anyways I love this app and I encourage others to try it out.
[Version 1.0.5]


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Tomeg commented on 13 Jan 2013
I'm a day one novice to screenwriting but I just happen to have this insanely great story to make into a movie...

Seriously, I want my movie to be good and so I naturally want the script to be insanely great, and this app from all I've researched and read sounds like it's at least among the best available.

I promise I'll come back and write a review of my experiences with Movie Draft. If it's as good as they say I should be an extremely happy novice screenwriter. Right?
[Version 1.0.5]

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Lord-Lightning replied on 04 Apr 2013
Fade In from The General Coffee House Film Company does twice the heavy lifting that either Final Draft or ScreenWriter Pro can do for less than a quarter of the price ($50 if you are quick). It is prettier and more responsive and based on the "the Open Screenplay Format: a straightforward, application-agnostic XML-based file format for saving your scripts, providing maximum accessibility, compatibility, and future-proofing. " Far superior to the pricey heavyweights in every way.
http://www.fadeinpro.com/
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Tomeg replied on 04 Apr 2013
Thanks very much for the tip @Lord-Lightning! I've downloaded and will do a test drive. I wonder why Fade In is so underreported? Is it a new software? :)
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Lord-Lightning replied on 04 Apr 2013
Yep! It has the best developer I have come across after the Scrivener team. It is New-ish and will take while to get traction in the professional market place but when it does - and it will - it will cream the rest of the screenwriting apps. The demo is a universal version and when you make your purchase you get a privileged link to your very own download of the latest version for your platform. That version is somewhat ahead of the demo version and you will be impressed with its capabilities.
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Martinbb commented on 08 Sep 2011
I feel I have to make the obvious observation, in the interests of transparency, that this application seems to borrow some of its ideas from Scrivener, particularly the non-linear writing idea. Even the advertising line "Probably the biggest advance in screenplay writing since the advent of the typewriter" is similar to Michael Marshal Smith's comment about Scrivener: "The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.” I make this observation merely as a user of Scrivener (who has no affiliation with the company that makes it), knowing that a lot of work has gone into making it a very fine tool. I'd recommend giving it a try. To judge from the testimonials on their site, there are professional screenwriters who find it an excellent piece of software. Their forums are also remarkably useful.
[Version 1.0.1]


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Jaxnorris reviewed on 20 Jun 2011
I have completed my script and couldn't be happier with the software! So excited! Well worth every penny even if it had cost hundreds of dollars more! Having Mark accessible to answer questions or troubleshoot any issues is worth so much more to me than having a well-known software brand name! I would highly recommend Movie Draft - for novices like me it was easy to use!
[Version 1.0.1]


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Jaxnorris reviewed on 14 Apr 2011
I bought and downloaded this software this evening and by tonight was several pages in. There is a bit of a learning curve since I have had no experience with this type of software, but along with the demo and tutorial, I'm grasping it pretty easily. I'm very happy with it and even happier I didn't have to shell out a couple hundred bucks for it. The color coding has been extremely helpful for a novice like me and though I have a lot to learn, I feel like 'I can just write and learn on the fly' with this program. Thank You!!!!
[Version 1.0.1]


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BHarris reviewed on 30 Mar 2011
Perfect. Just what I was looking for. I don't want anything complicated or clumsy. This is what a Mac app should look like. (Celtx and Screenwriter - take note). Finally! Well done! And $20!!?? Hell yes.
[Version 1.0.1]


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frail47 reviewed on 23 Mar 2011
The developer worked very hard with me to resolve the issue I was having in my initial review. Can't wait for the update. Thanks Mark!
[Version 1.0.0]


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frail47 reviewed on 18 Mar 2011
I'm glad I tried the demo before buying from the App Store. It definitely shows promise but the program runs like molasses, to the point where it's pretty much unusable for me. If they can fix the speed issues, I'll definitely take another look.
[Version 1.0.0]

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Iikon Limited (developer) replied on 19 Mar 2011
Hi Carlos, what were you doing when it was "running like molasses"? We've tried Movie Draft SE on various systems, including a 3yr old Mac Book with no speed issues so we'd like to track this down if it's an issue.

Please feel free to contact me at the email address on our website should you require any assistance.

All the best,

Mark.
http://www.moviedraft.com/se/
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frail47 replied on 19 Mar 2011
I downloaded the demo from your site. Dragged the unarchived file to the Applications folder. Launched the app. Took quite a long time to launch. When it finally took me to a screen to type, the cursor took a while to a appear. After I began typing it would be several seconds before any characters would appear. I tried downloading the app again and then running it but got the same results.

I downloaded and tried it again and this time took a screen recording to demonstrate what I'm talking about: http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/6308/ws1.mp4

This is on a 2.26 GHz MacBook with 2 GB of RAM. The only other program running was my web browser.
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frail47 replied on 19 Mar 2011
But let me clear on something. I'm not trying to trash this program. Just relaying my experience with it. As I said, I think it has great potential, and the price can't be beat.
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Iikon Limited (developer) replied on 19 Mar 2011
Hi Carlos,

I'm sorry for the delay. For some reason I'm not getting emails sent to me when you reply. I'll check out my preferences.

Anyway...

Thank you for taking the time to do that screencast. Whoa, that is CRAZY slow. I've never seen anything like that before in my entire life of developing Movie Draft SE - and it's been on many, many machines with various configurations - from an iBook (yes, you read right) running 10.4 all the way to a high-end i7 MacBook Pro with the latest Snow Leopard release.

Would you mind answering the following so we can track this down?:

1. Are you running in a Virtual Machine?
2. If you're not running in a VM, what's your Mac model and how much free RAM does it have when you run Movie Draft SE?
3. I'm wondering if you have some sort of Anti Virus program running which could be interfering with its execution...?

On first launch it will take some time to launch as it copies all its assets to the application folder (this is how it has to happen on the Mac App Store), but after that it should launch right away.

But that doesn't explain why you're seeing the "walking through treacle" speed when typing.

We've had no other reports of this so I'm keen to sort this out, both for yourself and for us.

Feel free to email me off list if you need to.

Again, thank you for taking the time to respond, Carlos.

All the best,

Mark.
http://www.moviedraft.com/se/
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frail47 replied on 19 Mar 2011
1. Not running in a VM.

2. Using a late 2009 MacBook6,1. RAM before launching: http://img34.imageshack.us/i/beforej.png/ RAM while running: http://img12.imageshack.us/i/during.png/

3. No anti-virus running.

First launch and subsequent launches are all very slow. I downloaded the Demo from your website, I haven't yet purchased the App Store version because of my experience with the Demo. Perhaps there's an issue with the Demo?
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Iikon Limited (developer) replied on 19 Mar 2011
No, the demo is near identical to the App Store version, minus the ability to save your work, so it shouldn't be that. I take it you have 10.6.6 on your Mac if you have the App Store?

I have a MacBook1,1 here so I'll just see what the score is with that one, although that has 10.4.11 on it which would make a difference (i.e., it should be quicker than 10.6.6 because of Snow Leopard's hungrier RAM requirements).

I'll get back to you about that.

I'm still not receiving notifications from here btw, so I'll keep checking back now and again.

Can you think of anything that could be running on your Mac that could be interfering with Movie Draft SE's execution?

Thanks again for taking the time to respond. I appreciate it.

All the best,

Mark.
http://www.moviedraft.com/se/
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frail47 replied on 19 Mar 2011
Yes, I have 10.6.6. Nothing else running on my Mac that would cause that kind of slow-down. Just my browser and Movie Draft SE. I've also run it without Firefox and had the same results.
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frail47 replied on 19 Mar 2011
I've sent an email to you directly so we can continue troubleshooting this since you aren't receiving notifications from here.
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Iikon Limited (developer) replied on 19 Mar 2011
Hi Carlos,

OK, here are my findings (dons Sherlock Holmes hat):

http://www.moviedraft.com/video/md_640.mov

It's a very old MacBook1,1 as I mentioned. 2Gb or RAM and 1.86GHz processor. It's running 10.4.11 (even though the demo can't actually run on anything less than 10.6.6 due to the Mac Store's guidelines so I had to compile one that could).

On that MB1,1 MS Word takes approximately 3 times longer to load (at best) than Movie Draft SE (that's how old this machine is).

As you can see from the video, I'm stumped as to why you'd be having these problems with speed. On a new i7 Mac Book Pro it's even quicker, as I'm sure you can imagine.

Hmm. Most strange indeed.

Just out of interest - when did you last restart your system? (Can you hear the sound of straws being cluched?)

All the best,

Mark.
http://www.moviedraft.com/se/
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henryfrr rated on 11 Mar 2012

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Date:07 Feb 2012
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Movie Draft SE is new and unique to the Mac App Store. Probably the biggest advance in screenplay writing since the advent of the typewriter. Its streamlined, clean and uncluttered interface gives you everything you need to write that next blockbuster. Without doubt it is the best tool available for writing screenplays. From concept, outline and finished draft.

Why is Movie Draft SE different?

Unlike other screenplay software, Movie Draft SE is not a word processor with added bells and whistles that requires you to write your screenplay from the top down. It's unique Single Scene mode allows you to write non-linearly, that is, in any order you like! Want to write the ending first? No problem. How about the middle? Again, with Movie Draft SE it's a piece of cake. The built-in Scene List acts like an outliner and you can even view your scenes as index cards that you can rearrange to your heart's desire.

Started writing your screenplay in another program? No problem. Movie Draft SE supports the following formats for importing your existing work:
  • Movie Draft Format (default)
  • Final Draft v8 (.fdx)
  • Final Draft v5 - v7 (.fdr)
  • Microsoft Word (.docx)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc)
  • SceneWriter Pro (.swp)
  • SceneWriter Pro (.osfx)
  • Rich Text (.rtf)
  • Plain Text (.txt)
And Movie Draft SE can save to the following formats, so you can exchange your script with Final Draft users too:
  • Movie Draft Format (default)
  • Final Draft v8 (.fdx)
  • Plain Text (.txt)
Features:
  • Clean, uncluttered design.
  • Industry standard formatting.
  • Non-linear writing of your scenes.
  • Index Card view.
  • Know exactly how long your scenes and acts are with SceneTime™
  • Different page themes to fit with the way you work.
  • Print out Character and Location profiles, including photos.
  • Create as many scenes as you like and hide the ones you're not sure of.
  • Add Icons and Notes to your scenes.
  • Color-code your script when typing for ease of reading.
  • Full-screen mode for an uncluttered writing experience.
  • Group your scenes into acts. Collapsed acts appear greyed-out.
  • American and British spell check.
  • Template-based. Includes screenplay and stage play templates.
  • Automatic (MORE) and (CONT'D).
  • Easily caters for US Letter and European A4 paper.
  • Add notes to any paragraph you like.
  • Supports Final Draft and Movie Magic Screenwriter TAB and ENTER key strokes.
  • Friendly "Getting Started" guide with an example project.


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