Although Highland 2 was originally developed for screenwriting, many novelists use it for books. In fact, I wrote all three Arlo Finch novels entirely in Highland.
Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Wonder Boys and many other acclaimed novels, has been writing in Highland for years.
Like most authors, he uses the Manuscript template for submitting his books. But he recently wrote in with a request:
I’d like a kind of “typeset literary novel” template to put the text into when reading to revise. Somehow it makes my judgment harsher.
Highland 2 already had a Novel template, but Chabon wanted something that more closely matched the layout and styling of a printed book in galley format. We were happy to oblige.
Highland 2.9.3 features an all-new Novel template to match Chabon’s specifications:
- Full justification
- Small caps for the first line in a section
- Custom three-asterisk dividers (which replace – – -)
- Choice of five typefaces (Amiri, Tex Gyre Schola, Baskerville, Cormaront Garamond and Times New Roman)
Here’s a preview in Amiri, an Old Style serif typeface:
Highland 2 works great under all recent versions of macOS (including Big Sur), and runs natively on the new M1 Macs. You can find it on the Mac App Store.