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Features[ edit ] While add-ins and macros for word processors, such as Script Wizard  for Microsoft Wordcan be used to write screenplays, the need for dedicated screenwriting programs arises from the presence of certain peculiarities in standard screenplay format which are not handled well by generic word processors such as page-break constraints imposed by standard screenplay format.
Screenplay software often provides specialized shortcuts for quickly typing character names or slug linescollaborating with other writers, adding production notes, character notes, easy outlining, scene reordering, and other tools to facilitate the creative process.
Some screenwriting applications, such as Celtx and Sophoclesalso incorporate production scheduling and budgeting features. Examples of this type of program includes Dramatica and Index Card. Screenwriting software often also provides functions that allow writers to analyze their scripts for various characteristics.
Indevelopers began adding functions that allow an analysis of gender representation such as the Bechdel teste. Plain text markup[ edit ] The Fountain markup syntax, co-developed by screenwriter John Augustfacilitates formatting screenplays directly from plain text, be it in dedicated writing software, email programs, or text generated through OCR.
History[ edit ] The first screenwriting software was a standalone script formatter, Scriptor, from Screenplay Systems[ citation needed ]. It took a text file generated by a word processor and inserted the proper page break tags.
When used in conjunction with a TSR program such as SmartKey or ProKey—keyboard utilities that assigned a sequence of commands to keystroke combinations—the "dot commands" that Scriptor required could be inserted semi-automatically.
Additionally, keyboard macros could be programmed to properly indent and enter abbreviations—allowing a user to customize the working of the word processor.
SmartKey was popular with screenwriters from —, after which word processing programs had their own macro features. And so the need for key macro programs was lessened.
It was updated for Word for Windows circa It was subsequently updated and released commercially as ScriptWright. Many software also integrate outlining tools as well as other creative support, and tools to further integrate the production process. Includes a comic book script-writing mode.
DubScript Screenplay Writer - A professional screenwriting software for Android with features such as auto-formatting and Google Docs fixing. DubScript also outputs to most major screenwriting formats. Imports and exports Final Draft as well as most other major screenwriting software formats.
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Includes paid service for real-time collaboration and versions for Android and iOS. Montage software - Screenwriting software for Mac only. Movie Magic Screenwriter - Integrated professional screenwriting software. Available on Mac and Microsoft Windows. Page 2 stage - Free open-source software, designed specifically for Windows.
Available in a variety of languages.The ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest seeks to discover talented screenwriters and award cash prizes + meaningful access to the entertainment industry. Screenwriting software are word processors specialized to the task of writing screenplays.
Movie Outline provides professional screenwriting software and analysis of top Hollywood movie scripts for simple story planning and script formatting to help you write a better screenplay.
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