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Offline Nidhi

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script writing software
« on: August 03, 2014, 02:24 PM »
Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone can recommend a good script writing software? Anyone tried DubScript? It's free, but I am not sure if I should use it. Also, which format (file type) is best to save a script in terms of compatability on various devices?
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Re: script writing software
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2014, 02:39 PM »
I'm not a script writer, but I've been using Scrivener for novels and PBs ($40, but has a free trial that let's you export your work so if you decided not to buy you don't lose anything) and it has a format for script writing. I know there are others but I haven't tried them. If you try Scrivener I recommend doing the tutorial that comes with it.

I don't know about file extensions for scripts, but Scrivener lets you compile into many file types, including word files and PDFs.
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Re: script writing software
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2014, 03:13 PM »
Thanks, Artemesia. I have been thinking about it but wasn't sure if I should invest in it or free ones are equally good.
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Re: script writing software
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2014, 10:18 PM »
In my experience, Final Draft is the industry standard.


That being said, Movie Magic is what we use in my current staff job. 


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Re: script writing software
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2014, 09:27 AM »
Thanks, Jen.
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Re: script writing software
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2014, 12:09 PM »
Yes, thanks for that tip, Jen! Good to know what industry folks use. Good reference! ;)

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Re: script writing software
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2014, 05:03 PM »
I downloaded Celtx on my Android tablet for now. It looks decent. And it can save as PDF as well. I'm hoping it works out for me during my initial screenwriting endeavors.  :angst:
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Re: script writing software
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2014, 05:15 PM »
Nidhi, Celtx and I didn't get along. I blame myself.  :lol4 I love adobe story.
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Re: script writing software
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2014, 05:22 PM »
Oh, what caused the break-up, Hilary?
Is Adobe Story free? How easy is it to just move from celtx to this? Copy/paste?
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Re: script writing software
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2014, 06:14 PM »
It's free, https://story.adobe.com/en-us/index.html#o Use the film template, not the TV. TV is odd, or it was designed for real TV writers like Jen.  :snork:

How easy to move a celtx doc? Super hard to impossible would be my guess.

I can't remember exactly what caused me to ditch it, Nidhi. Then again, I'm not a Scrivener fan either so it really probably is me.  :grin3
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Re: script writing software
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2014, 01:57 PM »
Nidhi, I'm using Celtx too. I haven't had much problems with it so far, although I did have to research what the script elements mean (all Greek to me!). I might check out Adobe too, thanks to Hilary's suggestion... and because it's free. I'll keep you posted!
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Re: script writing software
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2014, 02:20 PM »
Hi, I use Final Draft, Its a great piece of software, I've worked with it for about ten years. I think Version 8 is the latest, you buy once and its updated from then on.
Its formatted for TV, Film, Series, serial, radio play etc.
i think its the most stable software for screenwriting.