Highland
Highland
2.8.4
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Highland free download for Mac

Highland for Mac2.8.4

08 October 2020

Powerful, straightforward screenwriting app.

What is Highland for Mac

Highland is a powerful, straightforward screenwriting app. With Highland, crafting a perfectly-formatted screenplay is as simple as writing an email. Just type. Highland will make it look good.

Created by acclaimed screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie), Highland works its magic on plain text, allowing you to focus on the writing. "The old apps force you to do all the formatting. They feel like relics of a different time -- bloated and slow to get updated. We made Highland lean, fast and future-proof."

Features:
  • Fast and focused. Concentrate on words, not formatting.
  • Navigator lets you see the structure of your document.
  • Innovative "Bin" feature lets you hold on to scraps of text.
  • Writing Sprints help you get stuff written.
  • Melt screenplay PDFs, making them editable again.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it offers in-App Purchases.

Highland 2 Pro Upgrade $49.99

What's new in Highland

Version 2.8.4:
  • Fix: Some users were experiencing crashes when using Parentheticals. This update should fix that. Please let us know if any problems persist.
  • Improvement: Updated version of Courier Prime in the app to include Cyrillic characters
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Funjoy
Funjoy
Aug 3 2019
2.6.1
4.5
Aug 3 2019
4.5
Version: 2.6.1
Great app, regularly updated and supported. But if you already own and use Scrivener or Ulysses and are used to those apps' workflows, Highland might not offer much in addition. (I own all three.)
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
May 20 2018
2.0.5
0.0
May 20 2018
0.0
Version: 2.0.5
The free version is a basic monotype font screenplay text editor. It doesn't have an access to the macOS text editing features. Apparently, the app began its life in the Windows world. Therefore, the text editing GUI has a minor learning curve. Some nice features specific to screenplays are accessible. Exports to PDF format are watermarked as "Made in Highland". Also note that it phones home to Google Analytics. :-(

The Pro version costs $50 at the Mac App Store. Since there is no public documentation as to what the 'Pro' version offers, here's a synopsis:

1) Access to Templates, which are...
• Fountain Templates:
- - Stage Play Screenplay
- - Multi-Cam Screenplay
- - Graphic Novel
• Markdown Templates:
- - MLA Report
- - Novel
- - Guidebook
- - Manuscript
- - Treatment
- - Article
- - Journal
- - Bulletin
• Unformatted Template:
- - Plain Text
2) 10 Editor Themes ("Dark and light color palettes perfect for any mood")
3) Watermark-free PDF
4) Priority Support Access

I recommend testing if you get used to the and enjoy the free version before paying for the Pro upgrade. If you have another scripting / creative writing app, you may prefer it to Highland. That's my experience so far. But it's certainly useful.
Drfrank
Drfrank
May 15 2018
1.9.4
5.0
May 15 2018
5.0
Version: 1.9.4
I purchased the original Highland app thinking I might write a screenplay, but I never did. Highland 2 is a much more versatile writing app that you will find yourself using daily. Start by checking out their video ==> https://vimeo.com/254361080
Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
May 26 2015
1.8.7
5.0
May 26 2015
5.0
Version: 1.8.7
I use Highland, Fade In and Scrivener. That is all you need to write a novel, a screenplay, a PhD, a poem and just about anything you can think of - even a birthday card. These are the three classic apps now for writers. You can have absolute confidence in them all if you write for a living or live for writing.
Snaporaz
Snaporaz
Apr 5 2014
1.6.0
0.0
Apr 5 2014
0.0
Version: 1.6.0
the app store wants $39.99 not $29.99 as stated here.
Turquoise
Turquoise
Mar 17 2014
1.6.0
0.0
Mar 17 2014
0.0
Version: 1.6.0
A great application that is unfortunately a little bit pricey.
Lev
Lev
Dec 12 2013
1.5
5.0
Dec 12 2013
5.0
Version: 1.5
Excellent. Does precisely what it says, and does it beautifully. Great for getting the stuff down (though eventually it'll need -- probably -- to go through one of the prehistoric Cruft Machines like Final Draft or MMScreenwriter) and the intelligent formatting of plaintext means, surprisingly, an end to all that old stuff about "Why the hell are all these Action elements being formatted as Dialogue?" and tedious reformatting. And it does stage play format. AND lyrics. Hurrah. The only thing is, there's not so much steampunky fun in formats and revisions and so on that you get with the oldsters. If you're doing this for a living, that's good. If you're doing this for a hobby or because you want to write screenplays/stage plays one day (this is emphatically NOT a sneer) you won't feel quite so... not sure what the word is... "validated", I suppose. You know; "I'm using Final Draft so at least I'm using the same software as [insert name of hero writer]". We've all been there, and it's comforting. But for actual work, with someone scowling outside the door, tapping their foot and drumming their fingers, this is a Good Thing. (And the Melting PDFs feature is *really* cool.)
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