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Originally posted by dcontarato dcontarato wrote:


Somehow it never crossed my mind to try the screenplay template provided by Scrivener, which I own and use for long projects - I love how it lets me organize all my material in one place. Does anyone have any experience with using Scrivener to write screenplays? I’ll try it out.

Moving forward, if the Scrivener option doesn’t pan out, I think I’ll consider a paid subscription to WD.


Never thought of that.  I have FD whater-the-latest-version is, which was using way too much CPU on my machine and gets used twice a year.  I also have Scrivener, which I use for long projects, though my 'notes' still go in Word because I use the headings to sort things.  I should probably get better at sorting things in Scrivener and bite the bullet.  Particularly given my opinion of Microsoft.

Won't be too many more years and they'll make you use their recurring revenue products for office, like Adobe.
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To throw my thoughts into the mix, I'm one more vote for Fade In. Out of all the software I've used in the past, I'd say Fade In is the best value for money. It has a lot of functionality, is very easy to use, and is reasonably priced. Win-win-win!

Go team Fade In! 
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Originally posted by alexdsut alexdsut wrote:

To throw my thoughts into the mix, I'm one more vote for Fade In. Out of all the software I've used in the past, I'd say Fade In is the best value for money. It has a lot of functionality, is very easy to use, and is reasonably priced. Win-win-win!

Go team Fade In! 

I just tried the Demo Version of Fade In and it was great! Until I tried to export to PDF and it left a giant watermark on each page. A forumite helped me get rid of the watermarks and then all of a sudden I had half a page to play with! So I was able to add some extra details. :)

I will definitely need to buy the full version before Challenge 2! :)
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Originally posted by steph9289 steph9289 wrote:

Originally posted by alexdsut alexdsut wrote:

To throw my thoughts into the mix, I'm one more vote for Fade In. Out of all the software I've used in the past, I'd say Fade In is the best value for money. It has a lot of functionality, is very easy to use, and is reasonably priced. Win-win-win!

Go team Fade In! 

I just tried the Demo Version of Fade In and it was great! Until I tried to export to PDF and it left a giant watermark on each page. A forumite helped me get rid of the watermarks and then all of a sudden I had half a page to play with! So I was able to add some extra details. :)

I will definitely need to buy the full version before Challenge 2! :)


Oh yeah, the watermark on the free version of Fade In is hideous. I saw it the other day when my friend sent me a PDF script written on it -- urgh! Other than that, glad to hear you enjoyed it! 
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Final Draft for meeeee. 

It's so freakin' easy.
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I think for anyone just dipping their toe into the water of screenwriting, the free version of WriterDuet has everything you need and is extremely intuitive to use. If you're in it for the long haul, sounds like Final Draft might be well worth the investment. I'd say I'm somewhere in between at the moment!
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I use Writer Duet and I'm more than happy with it. Upgraded to a paid package since the free version only allows three free scripts and I knew I would be using it fairly regularly.
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I have Final Draft through work, but if I were to try something myself I'd go for Fade In. 

Final Draft is the traditional version and set the industry standard. But it's got SO many features that it's clunky and bugs out for me. It's been updated so many times, layer upon layer, it just doesn't make as much sense for current tech. Whereas Fade In is literally made for now and simplifies screenwriting (and it's actually affordable...).

Still, aside from the odd crash, Final Draft does the job. Can trust the formatting completely.

For a free trial version, I'd recommend Celtx (just make sure it IS the trial version). Did my dissertation on it back in 2016 with no trouble, and the watermark is unobtrusive if I remember correctly. If it's turned to crap since then ignore this haha


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Originally posted by bcatarino bcatarino wrote:

Highland is developed by screenwriter John August, and costs around $20 I think. I never really used it, but I think it doesn't have as many features as FadeIn, but it's also very lightweight. It's based on fountain, which is just a plain text "language" for writing screenplays, that most softwares these days understand (not sure about Final Draft, though, but the ones I mentioned, WritersDuet, and anything recent does).

This is another one I'm super curious about! I listen to his podcast and really rate his opinions on screenwriting and the process of, so if he's created a lightweight software that does everything you need, I'm in tbh. Trust him as a screenwriter completely haha
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I'm very happy with the Movie Magic Screenwriter software. I'm NOT techie and it's pretty foolproof.

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