celtx script

Developer: Celtx Inc.

Current Version: 3.0.3

Last Updated: 5 months ago

Download Size: 4.7 MB - Download


Keep your focus on creativity as your writing is seamlessly formatted to industry standards with Script - a lean, lighting quick, and professional desktop screenwriting solution.

Script syncs with your online Celtx Studio, allowing you to easily backup your work, access your writing from anywhere, and collaborate with your team.


*Industry Standard Screenplay, Stageplay, A/V, Audioplay, and Comic Book script formats.
*Professional revision mode and customizable formatting.
*Add notes and comments to your work for reference or discussion with writing partners.
*Free online backups to protect your work from loss or corruption.
*Synchronizes with your online Celtx Studio for collaborative writing.


Release Notes:

Bug fix for Mac OS X 10.11.6


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.9.9
Review by Bill Saunders

Very helpful - This application was suggested to me by a friend who is a screenwriter. I was new to the format, being primarily a theatre artist. I found the automatic formatting very useful, and for basic work it has a very low learning curve (a plus, as I wanted to dive in and create, not learn a new system). I’m sure there are features that I’m not using that would be helpful, but now that I have the first draft finished, I can start playing around.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 2.9.3
Review by TheWhitePuma

LIterally the Exact Same thing as the Free Account - I spent $20 thinking i would get something slightly better than the free version of it online and I didn’t, just go use the free account, its the exact same thing and actually, you at least get your scene headings listed on the side in the free version…so the free version technically gives you more than the $20 app.

Found helpful by 41 out of 43 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.0.3
Review by Laaren11

Miss The Old Desktop Version - I recently got a Mac (regretfully but that’s another story) and because I don’t like the other desktop screenwriting software out there I’ve been using Celtx Cloud screenwriting - which is great but I still like the old desktop version better. I am using Celtx screenwriting not because it’s free, but out of preference. The thing is, there’s nothing worse than being in the flow of creating when the internet goes out. (I keep telling people we need to get over this complete dependency upon the internet before we have complete catastrophe on our hands, but that’s another story too). I just downloaded this app but it doesn’t seem to be completely desktop based ????? Can’t tell because my internet is back up. I just wanted to give this feedback, because I really love everything that Celtx has to offer. Cloud-based programs are great, but if would be even greater if we had desktop versions as backup for when the internet is unavailable.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 3.0.3
Review by ringleader kidd

A serious downgrade - I loved using Celtx in the past but this took a serious hit. It has been stripped down which may be nice but I feel like most of the users use it for all of the things it could do. Having different character pages, using the sticky notes, storyborad tracking, all of this was helpful. I would love to have the cleaner look but with all of the old features.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 3.0.3
Review by MrSteele2017

Seriously? - Best software for script writing for years. Got a new mac and lost Celtx. Bought a TWENTY DOLLAR app thinking I was getting celtx back but no… I got a pretty notepad! Where are my reports? Where are my character/actor lists and info? What a dang joke! Very disappointed to say the least!

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 3.0.3
Review by Greg Raven

Lots of niceties, but still somewhat cumbersome - I used to use Microsoft Word with a home-grown style sheet and a couple of keyboard macros, which worked very well for knocking out formatted pages in a hurry, but without the scene numbering, more’s and cont’s. For first drafts, though, you don’t need those other things, and I feel that they actually get in the way. Some years ago, I transitioned everything to an early version of Celtx, partially because Word was becoming unwieldy and partially because Celtx seemed cool. Since then, I’ve been using Celtx in one incarnation or another for all my screenplays. (Celtx has templates for projects other than screenplays, although I don’t think I’ve ever used them. According to the website, the paid version even has a template for novel writers, but again, I haven’t used it either.) The first few iterations of Celtx had some neat features that have since been dropped … at least in the free version. Then Celtx split into two versions, one with “cloud” storage and one that used local storage. Now the “local storage” version is gone, as are even more features of the original, which leaves us with the current version. With this version of Celtx, your documents are stored in the “cloud,” although you can export them easily for backups, printing, or sharing. Although Celtx no longer says so expicitly, if you save a copy of a project locally, it is in HTML format with their style sheet (CSS), so you can integrate projects into your website(s) fairly easily. Because your projects are in the “cloud,” you can edit them wherever you have access to a computer and the Internet. You can also work on your projects either through the Celtx Script program (this one here), or through a web browser. The browser option has some nice features, but seems even clunkier than this program. For example, there are no keyboard shortcuts for the various sections of your screenplay (i.e., action, dialogue, character, etc.). Still, it does work, so if you are on a computer that is not yours and does not have Celtx Script installed, you are not locked out of working on your projects. Also, the “cloud” storage allows you to work on your iPad or iPhone in a pinch. There’s an app for that. Celtx pretty much automatically inserts scene numbers, more’s and cont’s (it misses sometimes, which seems odd), and generates a list of scene numbers for quick reference and navigation. Each of these features really grow on you. As you create your screenplay, Celtx Script has enough “smarts” to know that after you type in a character name (oh, and it remembers character names you’ve already used, which really helps consistency), you are probably going to type in some dialogue, so you don’t have to tell it the next section is dialogue. Of course, if you want a parenthetical instead, then you have to tell it. In the past, getting a non-Celtx screenplay into Celtx was a real adventure. The documentation was virtually non-existent on this topic, so what I had to do was import the text, and then go through the entire thing applying styles. Now, if your imported text/Word file/PDF is formatted correctly, the transition to Celtx Script is a lot smoother. Three tabs before characters, two tabs before parentheticals, one tab before dialogue, and scene heads and action flush left. Celtx Script is good about picking up scene heads automatically (at least, it is if each begins with “INT. - ” or “EXT. - ”), so it takes only a few minutes of reviewing the imported file to clean up glitches here and there before you are ready to go. So where are the issues? For me, there are a couple. First, maybe I’m the only person on the planet who gets unformatted screenplays to turn into formatted screenplays, but if you import unformatted (or poorly formatted) text, you can have your work cut out for you. The keyboard shortcuts help, definitely, but you can still get caught with styled blank lines that foul up subsequent pagination, parentheticals that are run into dialogue, and a host of other problems that you have to go back and forth with Celtx Script to resolve. For example, let’s say you have a block of dialogue with a parenthetical in the middle, all in one block of text. If you insert carriage returns before and after the parenthetical, and then apply the styling for a parenthetical, Celtx always fails to recognize the presence of the surrounding parentheses, and so adds its own — sometimes without trimming blank spaces before and after. So, you have to go in and “clean up” the previous parentheses and any blank spaces manually. Also, if you accidentally format a section of text as a character, when you apply the proper formatting you will see that Celtx Script has converted all upper case letters to lower case for you. So, you have to go in manually and restore your capitalization. In the early versions of Celtx, there was a separate window in which you entered the contents of the title page. It was easy to find and always worked. Now, the title page area is partially hidden, and sometimes when you enter your title information there it appears duplicated in the Celtx website listing of projects. Haven’t yet figure out how to fix that one. Nor have I figure out how to get more’s to regenerate when Celtx Script misses them. Now, I’m not the world’s biggest fan of all the “production script” chrome that writers add to their draft scripts, but it has to be consistent … if there are more’s throughout the script, then they should be everywhere they are called for, not 98 percent of those places. Compared to the early versions of Celtx, I miss the character lists and sheets, but I can live without them. Maybe they’ve moved into the paid version, which is fine. The free version seems to have a notes section, but when I’ve tried to save text there it’s gone the next time I go to look for it, so I save it in a text file on my local machine. For some of the glitches I run into, the solution seems to be to close the program and reopen it. Enjoy!

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 3.0.3
Review by ilovenicknames

Do not buy. Horrible app - The old version of Celtx was great for adding VISABLE notes to characters, tracking changes, etc. This app is striped down version of the former app with nothing more than a new title screen. All the useful feature have been packaged into an subscription based, web version that Celtx will try to get you to pay a lot of money for. The reviewer below goes into more detail around the particular features of this version, which are few, and ellaborates in more detail on what has changed. I wouldn’t waist the $19.99 on this product that you could save by downloading far more robust applications for free, like Trelby.

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people