Weekend Read, our app for reading screenplays on the iPhone and iPad, can also read them aloud. Here’s how to do it.
In 2011, I wrote a post detailing my writing setup. Over the past five years several things have changed, so I thought I’d give it update.
Highland’s forced action syntax is a useful way to format unusual patterns in your screenplay.
The Other Sam Cooke writes about switching from Final Draft to Highland.
Craig and John open the mailbag to answer questions on acronyms in dialogue, off-the-air specs and international WGA jurisdiction. Plus we look at the growing trend of non-disclosure agreements on studio projects, and whether the nature of film requires less complex characters.
Weekend Read 1.5.4 adds optional push notifications for new scripts in the For Your Consideration section. It also fixes a really annoying bug where the app might insist that your library was full when it wasn’t.
Every Friday this summer, we’re featuring exclusive scripts in Weekend Read. This weekend’s scripts include early drafts of The Spectacular Now, Erin Brockovich and an unproduced Black List script.
Leaving a review in the App Store helps pay it forward, letting potential buyers know that an app has fans. Here are the four most recent Highland reviews: three raves, and one disappointed user.
Every Friday this summer, we’ll be featuring exclusive scripts in Weekend Read. This weekend’s scripts include National Treasure, I Fucked James Bond, and my pilot Chosen.
Most of the support emails we get are about problems. Something isn’t working right, or is confusing, and a customer needs help. Roughly once a week, we’ll get a support email that is, well, supportive. So I thought I’d single two of them them out, both to thank the users who took the time to write them and encourage everyone to tell developers when things are great.
Our two major screenwriting apps have updates out this week, fixing minor bugs and annoyances.
Craig and John talk with the owner of Scripped.com to investigate what happened when the online screenwriting site suddenly went down this week, erasing four years of screenwriters’ work. When things went south, why did he try to distance himself from the debacle, and what comes next? It’s a candid discussion — but far less uncomfortable than the Final Draft episode.
Craig and John wrap up many plotlines from previous episodes, with follow-up on Three Page Challenges, diversity numbers, Road Runner and other rules, plus the Gravity lawsuit in light of the Blurred Lines verdict.
John and Craig discuss this year’s screenplay Oscar winners, including the success of Birdman’s outside-the-box approach and Graham Moore’s speech.
In some cases, you’ll absolutely want to use (cont’d) to indicate a character is still speaking. But it’s not always the right choice, which is why we don’t do it automatically in Highland.
Weekend Read, our app for reading screenplays on the iPhone, will be adding two much-requested features in the next major update: iPad support and syncing through iCloud.
A screenwriter friend just emailed me to ask how she could get one of her scripts to look good on the Kindle. You can’t. It’s the wrong tool for the job.
Weekend Read, our app for reading screenplays on the iPhone, now features scripts from 21 of this year’s award contenders.
After four years of discussion, three complete do-overs and two print runs, we finally launched Writer Emergency Pack. It’s a deck full of useful ideas to help get your story unstuck.
Highland’s manuscript mode that strikes a good balance between helpful and distracting. It’s perfect for writing your NaNoWriMo novel — and it’s half-off through November 7th.
Highland runs great under Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite. In fact, we’ve been running Highland with the Yosemite betas for months, so the past few builds all run fine. Except for a few small UI changes (such as using the green dot to go full-screen), you won’t notice any significant differences.
We’ve re-opened the John August Store with new shirts for Scriptnotes and Highland, plus our first ever hoodie.
This week, Craig and John tackle listener questions.
Less IMDb, our browser extension for de-cluttering IMDb pages, recently broke. Version 1.3.1 restores the magic.
Highland features a robust and customizable Dark Mode, which can come in handy.