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Monday, June 19, 2006

There's a new screenwriting program about to come out, and it's called Montage. Laurie Nyveen has written a nice review of it on his blog. It's about half as expensive as Final Draft, and that is a point in its favour.

I'll take a look at it when the release comes out (it's still in Beta). My question, though, which I hope the program will answer, is: why do I need another screenwriting program? What could a screenwriting program do for me that would enable me to write better screenplays faster? Final Draft is pretty intuitive on Mac, and I think they've finally got the bugs out of Final Draft 7; Final Draft 6 has been perfectly good for years. What I need is a software tool that gives me an electric shock every time I start surfing instead of writing...

6 Comments:

I HEAR you with the electric shock feature!

I'll talk to my brother. He's pretty inventive. I bet he can come up with something.

By Blogger Jutratest, at 11:34 PM  

You don't. I think they managed pretty well with just typewriters.

By Blogger Aaron, at 11:42 PM  

I'm a big fan of tools. If they figure out how to incorporate a tool I didn't know I needed until I see it, then we've got something!

I remember way back in college when Photoshop introduced Layers, I couldn't imagine any reason to use layers, but now I couldn't imagine working without them.

Same goes for Final Draft's formatting tools. I'm always in favor of shaving a few second here and there, and I'm a fan of intuitive tools that might help me work more efficiently or discover some new technique.

By Blogger Kody Chamberlain, at 12:14 AM  

electric shock zaps...very funny.

What about Screenwriter? Everyone is talking about Final Draft but how does it compare (I've got no complaints)?

By Blogger wcdixon, at 11:19 AM  

Covered in previous posts. And my book has a whole appendix on it.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 12:01 PM  

I did a breakdown of all the available applications on my blog:

http://www.thissavageart.com/2006/06/19/screenwriting-software-round-up/

By Blogger William, at 10:05 PM  

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