Developer: Quote-Unquote Apps

Current Version: 1.9.4

Last Updated: 1 year ago

Download Size: 7.6 MB - Download


Highland is the award-winning screenplay editor that lets you focus on the words, not margins. Designed by screenwriter John August and his team, Highland is the better way to write movies and television.

"Highland is just a cleaner, purer way to be creative. My mind is calmer and less cluttered when I use it because I can write prose so easily and jump to dialogue when that’s more intuitive."
— Phil Lord, Writer/Director of The Lego Movie, 21 & 22 Jump Street

"Highland has changed my entire way of working with scripts. I use it every day."
— David Wain, Writer/Director/EP of Children's Hospital

"A powerhouse of features that will help you shine in the screenwriting business."
— Mac AppStorm (9/10)

"Certainly for those in the film industry, this app is more than worth its price."
— Macworld (2013 Eddy Winner)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F O C U S . . . . . . . .

You write. Highland formats.

Unlike old-fashioned editors, you don't need to tell Highland which element is a character and which is dialogue. It just knows.

So you can spend your time finding the perfect word, not the right menu command.

When you want to see the layout, quickly toggle between your text and your screenplay preview with Cmd-E. Your hands never need to leave the keyboard.

With one click, Highland turns your words into a perfectly-formatted screenplay, ready to print or export as an FDX or PDF.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F E A T U R E S . . . . . . . .

Highland is built by screenwriters, for screenwriters. You’ll love working in an editor designed for writing.

- Dark Mode. Late night inspiration without the eye-strain.

- Full screen mode. The ultimate distraction-free screenwriting experience.

- In-line notes and synopses. Keep your notes right where you need them.

- Smart sections. Organize your script by acts and sequences, not scene headers.

- Syntax highlighting. Highland denotes sections, synopses, notes, and formatting beautifully.

- Smart pagination. Highland knows how to break pages just right, keeping sentences together.

- Boneyard. Keep those scraps and partial scenes handy for reference.

- Easy uppercase. Shift-return transforms a line to uppercase—perfect for and scene headings and character slugs.

- Fountain cheat sheet. Forget how to center something? The answer is a glance away.

. . . . . . . . . . . A D V A N T A G E S . . . . . . . .

Highland is built for today, and the future.

- Speed. Highland is lean and mean. From scrolling to previews, Highland is blisteringly fast. Because it's Mac-only, we optimize it using the latest Apple technologies.

- Great typography. Highland features Courier Prime and Highland Sans for exceptional typography right out of the box. Screenwriters shouldn't have to look at ugly fonts.

- Standards-leading. Created by the same team that helped forge the Fountain standard, Highland speaks Fountain fluently. We're often the first to incorporate new specs, such as lyrics and forced character names.

- Compatible. Highland is perfect for moving files between Fountain, Final Draft, and PDF formats.

- Built for retina. Highland’s simplicity is even sharper on retina displays.

- Best-in-class PDF melting. Screenplay PDFs are no longer frozen in carbonate. This was Highland's breakout feature, and remains unequaled.

- Active development. Highland receives regular updates, sometimes twice a month, incorporating user-requested features almost every build.

- Created by working screenwriters. We use Highland every day, which is why we keep refining it.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S U P P O R T . . . . . . . .

Our in-app "Welcome to Highland" (under the Help menu) can walk you though many features.

We also have an extensive FAQ, available both in-app and online:


Send Feedback directly from the Help menu, or reach us online by email at [email protected], or on Twitter @qapps


Release Notes:

- Fixes a printing issue in macOS Sierra


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.9
Review by TMoney8912

Can’t, Won’t Go Back to Traditional Tab/Return Software - Unfortunately, Highland has ruined all other screenwriting software for me. Any time I have to use another application for specific production needs (colored revisions, mostly), I’m reintroduced to the lack of fluidity afforded by other competing apps like Final Draft/Movie Magic/Fade In. Once you get the hang of writing in Fountain, Highland just kind of disappears into the background until you want to preview what you’ve written in screenplay format (which it does very well). Any writer can attest to the potentially harmful nature of disrupting one’s “flow”, and Highland does a particularly good job at combating this. I’d petition for a sixth star if Quote-Unquote could figure out how to get my dog to stop barking at the neighbors walking down the sidewalk, but we’ll have to stick with the five for now.

Found helpful by 11 out of 11 people
Version 1.5.4
Review by @David_Sauers

Does Not Work As Claimed - I am a professional filmmaker. I purchased Highland to take a PDF and in turn export either an FDX or Fountain so I can import that into Shot Lister. My company uses Screenwriter 6 and EP Scheduling and Budgeting. Screenwriter is an MMS it is simply and easly exported into a "clean" PDF. When I took that pdf; imported it into Highland then exported it into both .FDX and Fountain. All of the apostrophes [ ' ] were dropped and replaced with - ' and all the transitions Fade To Cut To and so on are now proceeded with >> -- no lie. This happens throughout the ENTIRE SCRIPT. It seems to me that this app has a serious code/font recognition issue. If your working on a 10 page short it may work for you; but not on a 117 page script. I work on a MacBookPro and use Screenwriter 6 - you're results may be different. There is no work around with this program. Below is a copy/paste from the actually EXPORT from PDF to FDX. -------- Copy/Paste from shooting script --------- He puts on his backpack. He looks back the way he came, then to where he's headed. CORDELL pick up his guitar and continues his journey on foot. > > FADE TO: EXT. ROAD 2 - ROVER - DAY INSIDE THE ROVER - -------- Copy/Paste from shooting script ---------

Found helpful by 4 out of 15 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.9.4
Review by Andrew Dudenbostel

Simplicity and Elegance - I was a long time user of Celtx, stubborn about the idea that at their core, all screenwriting software did the same thing and there was no reason to spend money on one. Thankfully, a colleague of mine who has been using Highland for a while convinced me to take a chance and purchase the app when I was starting my latest script. The simplicity and direct functionality take the thought and tedium out of screenwriting, allowing you more time and brainpower to devote to actually writing your STORY rather than messing around with formats all day. Additionally, the Fountain language’s ability to translate plain text into a screenplay format means that I can conceivably work on my screenplay anywhere, on any device, should the need arise. If you aren’t satisfied with other screenwriting programs, or even if you think you are, I highly suggest using Highland.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 1.9.4
Review by DelfiniOlympia

Saved me hours. - I needed to do breakdowns of a script from a .fdx and only had a pdf version. This software saved me having to reformat copy-pasted text. It took about a second to convert, and the exported .fdx file worked seamlessly with StudioBinder.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people
Version 1.9.4
Review by Olafdefleur

Strong tool - I’m a screenwriter. I jump between Final Draft and Scrivener. Highland has been monumental in helping me isolate issues and focus on the most vital thing in writing; ‘say one thing at a time’ - with its pure set-up, it helps you focus and ‘dive into’ moments. It’s a sharp tool. Thanks, Highlanders!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people