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.
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 […]