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.

The Deal with the Deal

John and Craig talk with WGA President Chris Keyser about the tentative deal reached between writers and the studios, and why it’s more groundbreaking than it might appear at first glance.

Highland 1.6 uses the force

Highland 1.6 features all the improvements to PDF-melting from Weekend Read, including better support for PDFs created with Fade In and Celtx.

Weekend Read gains new powers, new scripts

Weekend Read 1.0.2 greatly improves PDF reading and adds a lot of new content. The app is free in the App Store.

Weekend Read: Learning from Launch

The response to Weekend Read has been terrific, and we’ve already learned a lot.

Scanning scripts on your iPhone with Weekend Read + Prizmo

With two iPhone apps, you can go from a printed screenplay to one customized for your phone in Weekend Read.

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.

Highland wins 2013 Macworld Eddy

The editors of Macworld named Highland, our plain-text screenwriting app, one of the best products of 2013.

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.

Shift-return, Highland’s little helper

At the end of a line in Highland, if you hit shift-return rather than just return, you’ll make the entire line uppercase. It’s useful for character names, scene headings and transitions.

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 1.5 ships

Highland, our screenwriting app for Mac, revved up to version 1.5 today. It’s in the Mac App Store right now.

Are two screens better than one?

John and Craig debate the perils and possibilities of bringing iPads into movie theaters. Is Disney’s Little Mermaid iPad app a way to breathe new life into a classic, or a slippery slope towards cinematic ruin? It’s a conversation with plenty of umbrage — but from an unexpected source.

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 […]

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 […]

Veronica Mars Attacks

Craig and John discuss the big Veronica Mars/Kickstarter news in one of the more contentious podcasts to date. If you like umbrage, this is the show for you.

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.

Outlining scripts in Fountain

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

Final Draft Reader’s limited view

Final Draft has released a new version of Final Draft Reader, adding support for iPhones to their heretofore iPad-only app.