Movie Draft SE
Developer: iikon Limited
Current Version: 1.0.2
Last Updated: 4 years ago
Download Size: 10.2 MB - Download
*** Compatible with Mac OS X 10.8. HURRY: The introductory price runs out soon! ***
Movie Draft SE is new and unique to the Mac App Store. Probably the biggest advance in screenplay writing since the advent of the typewriter. Its streamlined, clean and uncluttered interface gives you everything you need to write that next blockbuster. Without doubt it is the best tool available for writing screenplays. From concept, outline and finished draft.
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*** NOTE: People have commented that they cannot save to PDF. You can. OS X allows you to save ANY document as PDF. To do this, press Print from the File menu then choose "Save as PDF" from the PDF drop-down menu button. ***
Why is Movie Draft SE different?
Unlike other screenplay software, Movie Draft SE is not a word processor with added bells and whistles that requires you to write your screenplay from the top down. It's unique Single Scene mode allows you to write non-linearly, that is, in any order you like! Want to write the ending first? No problem. How about the middle? Again, with Movie Draft SE it's a piece of cake. The built-in Scene List acts like an outliner and you can even view your scenes as index cards that you can rearrange to your heart's desire.
Started writing your screenplay in another program? No problem. Movie Draft SE supports the following formats for importing your existing work:
◆ Movie Draft Format (default)
◆ Final Draft v8 (.fdx)
◆ Final Draft v5 - v7 (.fdr)
◆ Microsoft Word (.docx)
◆ Microsoft Word (.doc)
◆ SceneWriter Pro (.swp)
◆ SceneWriter Pro (.osfx)
◆ Rich Text (.rtf)
◆ Plain Text (.txt)
And Movie Draft SE can save to the following formats, so you can exchange your script with Final Draft users too:
◆ Movie Draft Format (default)
◆ Final Draft v8 (.fdx)
◆ Plain Text (.txt)
✓ Compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
✓ Clean, uncluttered design.
✓ Industry standard formatting.
✓ Non-linear writing of your scenes.
✓ Index Card view.
✓ Print to PDF (File > Print, choose "Save as PDF")
✓ Know exactly how long your scenes and acts are with SceneTime™
✓ Different page themes to fit with the way you work.
✓ Print out Character and Location profiles, including photos.
✓ Create as many scenes as you like and hide the ones you're not sure of.
✓ Add Icons and Notes to your scenes.
✓ Color-code your script when typing for ease of reading.
✓ Full-screen mode for an uncluttered writing experience.
✓ Group your scenes into acts. Collapsed acts appear greyed-out.
✓ American and British spell check.
✓ Template-based. Includes screenplay and stage play templates.
✓ Automatic (MORE) and (CONT'D).
✓ Easily caters for US Letter and European A4 paper.
✓ Add notes to any paragraph you like.
✓ Supports Final Draft and Movie Magic Screenwriter TAB and ENTER key strokes.
✓ Friendly "Getting Started" guide with an example project.
*** HURRY: The introductory price runs out soon! ***
The following bugs have been fixed for this release:
1. Pasting weird characters bug.
2. Character window crash bug.
3. Overlapping when printing bug.
5. Clear Characters and Locations window bug
6. Window goes beyond top of the screen bug.
Most Helpful Reviews
works with Fountain too - I'm a long time user of Movie Magic Screenwriter and Final Draft and I have to say that I really like Movie Draft. Seems very stable and handles what I suspect 99% of screenwriters want to do -- just write scripts with proper formatting. I have also been experimenting with writing scripts on my laptop, iPad -- even my IPhone -- in plain text format using (in my case) Fountain syntax in Byword. I discovered today that I can open Fountain syntax documents in Movie Draft and they will look like properly formatted scripts. In fairness, Final Draft and Screenwriter can also handle this but since the Movie Draft has this ability I thought it was worth mentioning. Pretty good for a version 1.0 app.
Description is misleading - The importing of Final Draft documents doesn't work - not even remotely. If you have a body of work saved in FD beware that you will be forced to re-id every single line of action/dialogue/character etc if you try to import it to this app. After spending an hour cleaning up a script I abandoned hope and just went back to FD. Still no update to deal with these issues? I went back to Final Draft after a week of using this. I like some of the features of Movie Draft but unfortunately can't incorporate any of them into my workflow because of cross-compatibility issues. Great try but sadly I had to stick with Final Draft. ***Update - seriously, why don't you guys fix some of the issues? This is a great app. You got like 80% of the way there and just gave up. Sad. This really could've been something if you'd just stuck with it. **** new Update - there HAVE been updates - just not here. If you paid for the original version of this and want it to open in 10.8 apparently you have to pay for it again…and then it won't install! This so much more trouble than it's worth. It's easier to get into my bank account.
More Reviews for Current Version
A great value - I don't have a lot of experience with script writing programs but i can say that this is a very well thought out piece of software and the creator should be applaueded for putting it at the price point it is at. Great value. No question.
More than a little frustrating - I really liked the features of this app. It really helps streamline the process, and puts all of my notes where I need them. I also enjoyed the writing process as well because it allows be to write faster and easier. However, these features are absolutely useless when the software crashes unexpectedly, so that all the work you have done completely disappears. The trust I had in this software is completely lost, so it is now a complete waste of money.
Um, Hello, updates? - Good product usability but missing some key features to compete with Final Draft as far as professional presentation - which is obviously very important- and I thought these would be addressed in updates. However, updates seem to pretty much just fix bugs. Also, it's pretty bush league that these updates are not available through the Mac App Store which still features V1.0.2 from FEBRUARY 2012. You CAN get an update shown on the developer website from March 2013 for V1.0.6, when installing it will ask you for your Email to send an authorizing Key Code which converts it from App Store's SE version to the current (at time of writing) 1.0.6 version. That function is appreciated, but it should really update through the App Store, isn't that sort of the point, to make it easier getting update notices and downloads in one place? Support confidence is key for a new software competing with industry standards, and this just seems a bit slapdash and sloppy.
Great Upon Release, Now Decent Without Updates - I love the color scheme idea from this app, but it hasn’t been updated in 3 years. The developer shows no signs of ever updating it again. Because of this, I must recommend you skip this.
Nice App for writing! - My experience has been a positive one with Movie Draft, unlike some other users I have yet to experience anything that makes me dislike the functionality of the program. It’s easy to get your idea going and the app is good at letting you make notes along the way during the writing process. I would however agree with one of the other reviews that since I’ve owned this program (almost a year) there has been NO updates, that’s a little bit concerning? And I would love to see this app on my iPad like several other writing programs I own, currently it’s only available in the MAC store. That being said overall I WOULD recomend if your on a shoe string budget and own a Mac or Macbook Air.