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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.

Luck, sequels and bus money

This week, Craig and John tackle listener questions.

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.

Storyboarding your film using Fountain

Storyboard Fountain lets you write and storyboard your film simultaneously.

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.

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 […]

Highland 1.7: faster, leaner, smarter

Highland, our award-winning screenwriting app for the Mac, has a major update today. It’s available in the Mac App Store.

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.