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Leegion
Posted: August 11th, 2017, 9:39am Report to Moderator
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I was wondering if anyone knows any other free writing programs on the net that I could use.  

Celtx, the program I've been using, no longer has a desktop version available, and the online "cloud based" service is absolutely dreadful.  Not just that, but the online version I was using, just told me I'd "reached my project limit", so I can't do anything right now.

I know trelby is out there, but I was wondering if there were any others that you would recommend.  
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I use WriterDuet, and I've been very happy with the free version.
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Leegion
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WriterDuet?  Thank you, Bogey!  I'll give it a go tonight.  
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I've written features on a program called page2stage.

ll have to check out Writer Duet.


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Also check out Anthony's post on Screenwriting Software

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AnthonyCawood
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Beat me to it Don


Anthony Cawood - Award winning screenwriter
Available Short screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/short-scripts
Available Feature screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/feature-film-scripts/
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Dustin
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I still use the desktop version of Celtx as I'm using Linux, however, WriterDuet sounds like something worth trying out. Probably won't have a Linux version.
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Quoted from Bogey
I use WriterDuet, and I've been very happy with the free version.


I use WriterDuet as well and absolutely love it. I'm paying the monthly $9.99 though because I personally think it's cheap compared to most screenwriting softwares, and it has quite a few nice additions that the free version doesn't. But there's nothing wrong with the free one at all by any means.
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AnthonyCawood
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I use Fade In, created by a screenwriter for screenwriters, and only $80... you can check out the free version too and see if you like it...

https://www.fadeinpro.com/

Oh and I interviewed the guy who makes it for SS - http://www.simplyscripts.com/2.....eenwriting-software/



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Scar Tissue Films
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You don't even need one anymore.

You can just use the Fountain protocol in a text editor.


Free programs like dubscript will convert it into screenplay format,as will Final Draft/Fade In etc

It means you have complete cross platform compatibility, complete future proofing, can use all the gadgets on phones or desktops such as predictive text or google speech.

Link up your txt files with dropbox and you've got functionality right across the board, and can work on your screenplays on ancient platforms to the latest smartphone.



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Scar Tissue Films
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Just to explain my workflow, which I've found has significantly increase my productivity.


I have my Dropbox account with  Folders in it for my scripts.
In that folder I have a .txt file which I can write using Fountain

Obviously my Dropbox account is accessible from anywhere: The office, phone, laptop, desktop


On my Android phone I have Jotterpad which links with Dropbox and uses .txt files but also has all the modcons like auto spell check, predictive text and speech writing.

So wherever I am I can work on a script, and it automatically updates across the board.

I can them easily import the .txt file into Dubscript, a free program on the Android/IOS...all you have to do is swipe left and it will convert it automatically into a script that can be exported into several formats, including .fdx.

Whilst the girlfriend is updating her instagram, you can be busy writing your next masterpiece. It's a great cure for boring parties, train journeys etc
  


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AnthonyCawood
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Sounds far too much effort to me Scar

I write in FadeIn, it saves to Dropbox, done.

I have the mobile FadeIn app so can work on scripts from Dropbox on my iPhone or iPad, save em back to Dropbox, done.

I think my workflow is simpler


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Available Short screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/short-scripts
Available Feature screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/feature-film-scripts/
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Do you need to set parameters on Fade In or WritersDuet or is it done for you? Meaning font, margins, etc.?


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AnthonyCawood
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ajr - the benefit of all screenwriting programs is that they automate most things for you, so formatting like font, margins etc are done.

Most also 'know' what your next bit of text will be, e.g. if you've just entered a Character name and hit return it will take you to a new line in the right place for dialogue.

This automation means you can really concentrate on your writing.

Download the free/trial versions of a couple and have a go, you've got nothing to lose.


Anthony Cawood - Award winning screenwriter
Available Short screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/short-scripts
Available Feature screenplays - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/feature-film-scripts/
Screenwriting articles - http://www.anthonycawood.co.uk/articles
IMDB Link - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6495672/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
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Scar Tissue Films
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Quoted from AnthonyCawood
Sounds far too much effort to me Scar

I write in FadeIn, it saves to Dropbox, done.

I have the mobile FadeIn app so can work on scripts from Dropbox on my iPhone or iPad, save em back to Dropbox, done.

I think my workflow is simpler


I'm over screenplay apps at the moment.

They are kind of a relic of word processor and writing software days. They simplified margins and such and created formatted scripts with ease.

However, since the advent of fountain, format is instant, so I find it faster to just write. The auto formatting actually slows me down, now. I think it's a mix of psychology and the physical constraints imposed by the software.

Fade in I found buggy to be honest.  It frequently slowed down and struggled on mobile. A lot of the screenplay software seem to have moments where they bug out... I'm enjoying the freedom of being without them for now.

We're fortunate that there are so many options. No excuses now.


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