Reports of Final Draft's evil are not without basis... they won't tell their secret file format, thus preventing other screenplay programs, such as MMS, from importing or exporting their files. They've obviously been taking lessons from Microsoft!
Some clever hacker could probably easily break their file code, though, which would serve them right.
Seems that FD is really pissing people off. I used Scriptware for a while and they just dropped the ball the same way FD did. It was one guy in a basement for tech support. Probably hadn't seen light for weeks, no shower. Just irritated. Of course he had to vent that irritation over his life choices to me.
I have FD now and have yet to deal with tech support. Maybe once they get word that they blow they might lighten up. If I didn't know any better I would think everyone was dealing with the SAG office.
Hey, even Microsoft is going switch to a more open file format by the end of 2006.
I can't understand why folks would still continue to support software that uses proprietary file formats.
I have been using Celtx for awhile now and the development is really moving forward. Some may not consider it ready for prime time but it certainly offers me enough to get my writing done.
Since Celtx uses open standards (RDF, XML) for its datastorage, vendor lockin is not an issue. It's open source and cross platform to boot.
It must be sending shivers up the spines of the FD crowd. heh.
Sophocles is running a beta test of it's newest incarnation. I'm testing it and loving it. Been a FD user for so long, I may actually make the switch.
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