In screenplays, when a character continues speaking after a line or two of action, the convention is to write (CONT’D) after their second character cue. But software shouldn’t do that automatically.
John and Craig are back at it with another installment of How Would This Be a Movie? They consider the story of a competitive mass Tinder date, a retirement home for ventriloquist dummies and the McDonald’s Monopoly heist. We also revisit John’s WGA Corner for updates, follow up on the conflict within IATSE, and get […]
Highland 2.1 packs a surprising number of changes into a point-one release, including new preferences for backup and international customization.
This morning, Apple posted a profile of me and my software company. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, you can find it on the front page of the App Store.
John welcomes Susanna Fogel and David Iserson to talk about making their new movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me. They discuss the transition from TV and indie film to blockbuster, the collaboration involved in crafting a comic action sequence, and the fun of production overseas. Susanna and David explain the advantages of spec scripts (this […]
Through the whole process of writing Arlo Finch, I’ve had to spend less than two weeks in Word, while I’ve spent more than two years in Highland 2. Using an app so tailored to my process is a pleasure.
When working of paper edits, I’ve found the fastest solution is to stop scrolling altogether and use the built-in search function.
John and Craig speculate about why the film industry fared better in the transition to digital while the music industry struggled. We also follow up on the WGA elections, hearing John’s priorities as a new board member. Lured back into the intrigue of MoviePass, we discuss new information on this business model. Then it’s another […]
A beta tester asked for the ability to split scenes into individual pages. That’s remarkably easy to do in Highland.
Bronson Watermarker, our app for quickly personalizing PDFs, has an update in the Mac App Store. Version 2.0.4 fixes a minor drawing bug.
In 2011, I wrote a post detailing my writing setup. Over the past five years several things have changed, so I thought I’d give it update.
Highland’s forced action syntax is a useful way to format unusual patterns in your screenplay.
The Other Sam Cooke writes about switching from Final Draft to Highland.
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.
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.
Our two major screenwriting apps have updates out this week, fixing minor bugs and annoyances.
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.
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.
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’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 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.
We’ve re-opened the John August Store with new shirts for Scriptnotes and Highland, plus our first ever hoodie.
Highland features a robust and customizable Dark Mode, which can come in handy.
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 […]
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.