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Highland is great for novels

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 works great with Yosemite

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.

Dressing like a screenwriter

We’ve re-opened the John August Store with new shirts for Scriptnotes and Highland, plus our first ever hoodie.

Luck, sequels and bus money

This week, Craig and John tackle listener questions.

Less IMDb gets unbroken

Less IMDb, our browser extension for de-cluttering IMDb pages, recently broke. Version 1.3.1 restores the magic.

Secrets of Highland’s Dark Mode

Highland features a robust and customizable Dark Mode, which can come in handy.

Getting 2-Up preview in Highland

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 […]

Highland and other screenwriting apps on sale

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.

Selling without selling out

In their first-ever live streaming episode, John and Craig open the mailbag to answer a bunch of listener questions.

Internationalizing Bronson

Bronson Watermarker PDF is our first effort at internationalizing an app. The process was mostly smooth, but not without some surprises.

Why did Weekend Read spike?

This past Friday, download numbers for Weekend Read shot through the roof for no apparent reason.

Yes, screenwriting is actually writing

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.

Storyboarding your film using Fountain

Storyboard Fountain lets you write and storyboard your film simultaneously.

To Chase or To Spec

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.

Bronson Watermarker, rebooted

We have a new app out today: Bronson Watermarker PDF. It’s in the Mac App Store, and 50% off through Sunday, June 8th.

Find and Replace, a screenwriter’s best friends

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.

Why do people buy apps some days and not others?

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.

Checking batches of PDFs

Automator can easily assemble the PDF metadata I want.

Which apps are screenwriters using?

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 […]

On error messages

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 as a bona fide screenwriting app

Highland has become my go-to screenwriting app. Which is surprisingly, really, because it was never intended for writing.

Me on Mac Power Users

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.

Try to open this PDF

I’ve gotten several password-protected scripts recently, and I’ve wondered whether it’s any more than security theater.

Subscribing to app developers

Cameron Bonde wants the App Store to take a page from YouTube and Twitter, allowing users to subscribe to app developers.

Making the App Store better

David Smith has compiled a list of recommendations for making the App Store experience better, including a better way to handle refunds.