Developer: Act Focused Media LLC

Current Version: 1.3.1

Last Updated: 4 months ago

Download Size: 7.6 MB - Download


“Slugline is outrageously, life-changingly excellent.”
– Neil Cross, Emmy nominated writer of Mama and Luther

Slugline is a minimal, distraction-free environment for the most important part of screenwriting—the writing part.

Slugline works with plain text. It automatically turns your writing into a properly formatted screenplay, without you ever needing to press the Tab key or touch the mouse.

No buttons. No settings. Just writing.


⋮ Simple, elegant interface
⋮ The first distraction-free screenwriting environment
⋮ Automatic formatting to Hollywood screenplay standards
⋮ Printed on paper or PDF, your screenplay is indistinguishable from one made with apps costing much more
⋮ Helpful structure templates, including the famous beat sheet from Save the Cat!®
⋮ Integrated outlining
⋮ Bold, Italic, and Underlined text
⋮ Notes, Scene Synopses, and Omitted text help keep you organized
⋮ Preview—What you see is what you get
⋮ Full-screen mode
⋮ Fully optimized for Retina displays
⋮ Includes Courier Prime, a beautiful typeface designed for screenplays
⋮ Slugline's plain text files are compatible with any writing app, on any platform

Slugline is built for the hard part of screenwriting: the writing part. Slugline gives you the tools you need to craft your story, without your hands ever leaving the keys.

Slugline uses the free and open Fountain screenplay format, which is nothing more than plain text.​ You can work on your screenplay anywhere, using any writing app, including hundreds of mobile apps. When you open it in Slugline again, everything will be there, properly formatted.​

Start with an outline, then seamlessly transition to writing scenes. Or jot down a placeholder for your third-act twist while you’re still crafting your opening pages. Slugline allows you to be as structured as you like, even if that means not at all.​

Slugline is the creation of filmmaker Stu Maschwitz and software designer Clinton Torres. Fountain is a collaboration between screenwriter John August and Stu Maschwitz.​ Together, we believe that screenwriting should be simple, smart, and open.

Slugline keeps getting better, and that's thanks to you! Slug us a line at with any questions or feedback you have, and follow us on Twitter at @SluglineApp.


Release Notes:

Slugline 1.3.1 is all about performance, Undo, and performance. And performance.

Here’s what’s new:

⋮ Performance! Slugline scrolls smoother and keeps up with your typing better, even on very large, complex documents.
⋮ Performance! Slugline should be less greedy with your laptop’s battery.
⋮ Undo now un-does blocks of typing, rather than one letter at a time.

Plus some little tweaks:

⋮ Typing the @ symbol, the trick for forcing a Character element, now brings up an auto-complete menu of any forced Characters already in your screenplay.
⋮ After pressing Return to choose a Scene Heading prefix (INT, EXT, etc.) from the auto-complete menu, the cursor now remains on the line, so you can keep typing your Scene Heading.

And some bug fixes:

⋮ Undo-ing the creation of a Character/Dialogue pair no longer inserts random garbage into your screenplay. “That’s my job,” you joked, but, hey, take it easy on yourself. That kind of self-doubt adds up.
⋮ We fixed a potential memory leak.
⋮ When reverting to a saved document, the “Loading” spinner should go away now, rather than stay there for four to eight years.
⋮ And (most recently), fixed some compatibility issues with High Sierra that were causing crashes around parentheticals.

Each new update provides a blank canvas for your generous reviews. We are always grateful when you share your feedback with us, either here or at Happy writing!


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0.2
Review by ScottStewart

A Welcome New Tool For Professional Screenwriters - The arrival of Slugline has at last satisfied a long time screenwriting program feature request of mine. I take a lot of notes before I begin a script. Over time this notes document can evolve into a detailed outline and finally a screenplay itself. Before Slugline this usually required creating documents in different programs and then merging all that work into a formal screenwriting program like Final Draft where I would write the actual script. With Slugline, I can just write whatever I want into a single document: notes, outline elements or a full script. Best of all, since Slugline is based on Fountain, my new script document is totally portable, allowing me to work in any text editing application on any device I have available at the moment (iPad, iPhone, etc.) It's hard to switch from a standard application like Final Draft, but Slugline combined with Highland makes it easy. Scott Stewart (Writer/Director - DEFIANCE (pilot director), DARK SKIES, PRIEST, LEGION)

Found helpful by 23 out of 24 people
Version 1.0.2
Review by patmos_h

I don't get it. - I read the product description twice and studied their website and still didn't understand how the program really worked. Like the first line of it's description, It forces everything to look just like Final Draft (normal screenplay format). I was thinking it would be a Fountain text editor like Highland but with the added bonus of autocomplete. (Guess I didn't realize the difference between autocomplete and auto-format) But instead this seems like the worst of both worlds of Final Draft and Highland. For instance, I start typing a Character name on the left side of the page (like i'm writing in Fountain) and when I hit enter, it automatically shoots the word to the center of the page (back to standard script format). If it's moving stuff around like that and forcing it into standard script format as I write, why would I not just use Final Draft or the cheaper alternatives with equal amount of keystrokes and no jumping text? Wasted $40 bucks. For a new type of program like this, they should really have a demo on their website like most of their competitors.

Found helpful by 11 out of 43 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.3.1
Review by Ourgodcanfan7

This is the best screenwriting software for the money! - I’ve been waiting for a program like this. This has everything I need. It’s easy and simple to use. It’s not cluttered visually which is what I need as a writer (to be free of distractions.) I love the interface. The only thing that I’d like to suggest is that they make a “Save to PDF” option more clear. Unless, I’m missing something, you have to click Print… and then in there click save to pdf. Beyond that, though, this is amazing. Well worth the $30 is spent.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.3.1
Review by Djumbus

Producer / Director - Wonderful Software. Practical, handy, smart. All you need to open your full creative potential. Higlhy recommend.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.3.1
Review by DSMIA

Exactly What I Was Looking For - I needed a screenply editor that just let me type my story as quickly as possible without thinking about the formatting. This is the app that finally did that. It works so well that I pretty quickly forgot about formatting at all and just let Slugline do its thing. Well done. Well done indeed!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people