Fountain for coders, or the joy of writing

Charles Forman, whose company OMGPOP developed Draw Something, is writing a screenplay in Fountain, and developing new tools along the way.

Introducing Weekend Read

We have a new app. It’s called Weekend Read. It’s for reading scripts on your iPhone, and it’s free on the App Store right now.

Final Draft and WGA registration

On their website, Final Draft claims to be the preferred format for WGA registration. But that doesn’t gibe with the WGA’s own site.

Fountain 1.1 — “Use The Force”

Proposed changes in Fountain 1.1 focus on letting users force Lyric, Character and Action elements.

Writing in Fountain on the iPad, using Editorial

Editorial is one of the slickest text editors for the iPad, and thanks to some clever Python scripting, it can now show previews of Fountain scripts.

Why I like writing in Fountain

For the past 18 months, I’ve been doing all my new writing in Fountain rather than a heavyweight screenwriting app. I love it. I made a screencast to explain why it’s better.

How to convert a PDF to Final Draft

Screenwriters often find themselves with PDF of a screenplay when they actually need a Final Draft (.fdx) file that they can edit. Here are three ways to convert from PDF to fdx, ranging from painful to sublime.

Highland updated to 1.03

Highland, our multi-purpose screenwriting app, has a free update in the Mac App Store. It’s available now. Version 1.0.3 fixes several bugs, including one involving dual dialogue that made a mess on the page. Something new: When bringing in a PDF or Final Draft file, Highland now appends (converted) to the title until you save […]

Building shotlists from Fountain screenplays

Matthew McCowan built a handy little script/app for building shotlists from screenplays written in Fountain.

Topping the charts and racing to the bottom

As someone who sells apps, I’d love near-real-time sales reports, link tracking, and better management of promo codes. But what I want most is for Apple to get rid of the charts.

Highland sings

Highland 1.0.2 adds a handy shift-return feature and support for lyrics, in addition to many bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Highland 1.01 in Mac App Store

We’ve had a great response to Highland, our plain-text screenwriting app, with lots of five star ratings that make us blush. We’re working on new features, but first we’re squashing some bugs. Here’s what’s new in 1.01: When you save (or autosave), Highland remembers where your cursor was. Because that’s How It Should Be. Highland […]

Highland ships

Highland, our long-in-beta screenplay editor, is finally available in the Mac App Store today. It’s regularly priced at $19.99, but through the end of the month, it’s half-off at $9.99.

Writing comics in Fountain

Fountain was originally designed as a screenplay format, but it actually works well for any text involving scenes and characters, including comics.

Outlining scripts in Fountain

Fountain’s section and synopsis syntax work great for creating outlines.

The air duct of backstory

John and Craig talk about perspective — both within a scene and the overall story. It’s not always obvious to the reader which characters are in the driver’s seat, so it falls on the screenwriter to make that clear.

Fountain for Sublime Text

Jonathan Poritsky has whipped up a Fountain syntax highlighter for Sublime Text, an increasingly popular text editor.

Writing screenplays with Scrivener and iA Writer

A reader named Gerry wrote in to share his screenwriting workflow using Fountain, which includes Scrivener, iA Writer, Dropbox and Highland.