Formatting a montage in Highland using Forced Action

Highland’s forced action syntax is a useful way to format unusual patterns in your screenplay.

Switching from Final Draft to Highland

The Other Sam Cooke writes about switching from Final Draft to Highland.

NDAs and other acronyms

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 gains new features, fixes an annoying bug

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.

Featured Friday: Before they were filmed

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.

Responding to App Store reviews

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.

Weekend Read: Featured Fridays

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.

Go ahead and send happy support emails

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.

Highland and Weekend Read get updates

Our two major screenwriting apps have updates out this week, fixing minor bugs and annoyances.

The Deal with

Craig and John talk with the owner of 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.

Midseason Finale

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.

The Rules (or, the Paradox of the Outlier)

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.

Is automatic (cont’d) a bug or a feature?

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 1.5 now in beta, adds iPad and iCloud support

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.

Screenplays on the Kindle, 2015 edition

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, for your consideration

Weekend Read, our app for reading screenplays on the iPhone, now features scripts from 21 of this year’s award contenders.

Writer Emergency Pack, and the secret history thereof

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 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.