Over the weekend, we sold the most-ever copies of Highland, thanks largely to the Mac App Store’s “Explore Your Creativity” promotion. With new users come new questions to the support desk, including this one I’m surprised never came up before: Is there any way to see two pages side-by-side in the preview? There is! In […]
Apple asked Highland and several other screenwriting apps to be part of their Explore Your Creativity promotion on the Mac App Store. It’s a great time to check out these apps at discounted prices, and perhaps pick a new favorite.
In their first-ever live streaming episode, John and Craig open the mailbag to answer a bunch of listener questions.
Bronson Watermarker PDF is our first effort at internationalizing an app. The process was mostly smooth, but not without some surprises.
This past Friday, download numbers for Weekend Read shot through the roof for no apparent reason.
Craig and John take a swing at several of the week’s hyperbolic headlines, from conflict-free comedy to Fitzgerald’s failures to Strong Female Characters with nothing to do. In each case, there’s a valid idea lurking beneath the overstated claim, but it’s important to separate good examples from bad.
Storyboard Fountain lets you write and storyboard your film simultaneously.
John and Craig discuss whether screenwriters are better off pursing writing assignments or working on their own material. They also look at the visual comedy of Edgar Wright, and The Shawshank Redemption’s 20th anniversary.
We have a new app out today: Bronson Watermarker PDF. It’s in the Mac App Store, and 50% off through Sunday, June 8th.
Many common formatting issues can be solved through the smart application of Find and Replace. Highland 1.7′s new skills make find-and-replace even more powerful.
Every day, I check to see how many apps we sold the day before. Every day, I’m surprised. Week-to-week, we tend to sell about the same number of apps, but the variability day-to-day is higher than I would have expected, and doesn’t seem to follow obvious cycles.
Automator can easily assemble the PDF metadata I want.
We had 57 entries for the Three Page Challenge we’re conducting on May 15th. I wondered which apps these screenwriters were using, so I checked the metadata for each file.1 App # of Entries % of Total Final Draft 8 18 32% (unclear)2 7 12% Fade In 7 12% Final Draft (Windows) 6 11% Slugline […]
Brent Simmons has straightforward advice on error messages: They should be of the form “Can’t x because of y.” A similar form is this: “Noun can’t x because y.” (As in “‘Downloaded.app’ can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.”) Badly-written dialog boxes make me lose faith in an app very quickly. Here’s […]
Highland has become my go-to screenwriting app. Which is surprisingly, really, because it was never intended for writing.
I’m the guest on the new episode of the Mac Power Users podcast, discussing my writing workflow, the Scriptnotes podcast, and the apps makes.
I’ve gotten several password-protected scripts recently, and I’ve wondered whether it’s any more than security theater.
Cameron Bonde wants the App Store to take a page from YouTube and Twitter, allowing users to subscribe to app developers.
David Smith has compiled a list of recommendations for making the App Store experience better, including a better way to handle refunds.
Just in time for the weekend, we have an update for Weekend Read. It’s free in the App Store.
Highland, our award-winning screenwriting app for the Mac, has a major update today. It’s available in the Mac App Store.
Charles Forman, whose company OMGPOP developed Draw Something, is writing a screenplay in Fountain, and developing new tools along the way.
John and Craig talk with WGA President Chris Keyser about the tentative deal reached between writers and the studios, and why it’s more groundbreaking than it might appear at first glance.
Yesterday, two users separately asked for folders in Weekend Read. It’s something we’re considering, but it’s a significant UI challenge, so I thought I’d talk through some of the issues in blog form.
One of the most common uses of Weekend Read is to open a script someone has emailed you. Unfortunately, that’s a challenging thing to implement well given iOS restrictions.