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Poll Question: What software did you use to write your screenplay?
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    Posted: 30 Apr 2018 at 9:22pm
What did you use this time to write and publish your script?
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I've been using Storywriter, but I've really been wanting to check out Trelby!
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I really like Storywriter, just wish it didn't have a max number of characters on the title page!
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Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

I've been using Storywriter, but I've really been wanting to check out Trelby!

I tried it for my first go-around of a script. It is free. It's a little difficult to use (but aren't they all?). It is very, very rigid in enforcing the "rules" of scriptwriting. If you're a neophyte (as I was), it can be frustrating, but if you're familiar (Character followed by parenthetical or dialog but not action, for example), it's useful. 
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Tried Writer Duet once. Didn't like it.

Celtx has been my best bud since, even though I can only save 3 scripts on it at any given time. I can still export then to pdf, and reimport them if need be later.
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FinalDraft.  Gave me worlds of fits up front, but after completely flushing everything and starting from a blank screen, using Excel as my beat board, it was rock solid again.  I'm not going to tell the tech support people I still have the file that kills it because I'd be too embarrassed to send it to them (which is stupid, of course).

Excel makes a phenomenal beat board, by the way.  Comments, hidden cells; lots of ways to lay things out. 

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I actually have an old copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter, and I could probably get my license renewed if I tried hard, but FinalDraft is getting the job done for what I need...which isn't much
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Final Draft. FDX files are just specialized XML--once you know that cleaning up the little artifacts that get stuck in a file over time is pretty easy.
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Originally posted by stephenmatlock stephenmatlock wrote:

Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

I've been using Storywriter, but I've really been wanting to check out Trelby!

I tried it for my first go-around of a script. It is free. It's a little difficult to use (but aren't they all?). It is very, very rigid in enforcing the "rules" of scriptwriting. If you're a neophyte (as I was), it can be frustrating, but if you're familiar (Character followed by parenthetical or dialog but not action, for example), it's useful. 


Thanks for the heads-up. :-)

I don't really love any of them. I won Final Draft a million years ago and hated it. I've heard it's improved, but I want something that fits my needs perfectly because I'm an overgrown baby.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Suave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 2018 at 11:54pm
I have only tried Fade In and Final Draft.  I went with the FD, as it is more intuitive in my opinion.  And, they sent me an offer I could not refuse on the price.  During this first round I had no problems, no hiccups, saved perfectly.


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I should probably note the only time I've actually needed to mess around with the xml innards of an FDX file is when I was trying to import it into scheduling software and trying some odd tags. I needed to label some antique vehicles as characters so we could schedule around their availability Big smile 
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