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Script Launcher Guides writers through the basics

With all the amazing filmmaking tools out our disposal (and in our pocket), it’s easy to overlook the importance of the basics…like, how to tell a good story. Fortunately for us, there’s an app for that, and it’s called Syd Field Script Launcher ($7.99). Syd Field is one of the most respected screenwriting teachers of our age. If you’re an aspiring writer, then you’ve probably already read at least one of his 2,000 books on the subject (I’ve read three). Now he’s turned his attention to the craft of storytelling. The app takes users step-by-step through the process of creating unique stories,

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Adobe Story lets screenwriters review script notes on iPhone

This app has been removed from the App Store One of the coolest web apps around is Adobe Story. Part of Adobe’s CSLive suite of applications, Story is Adobe’s online screenwriting tool that focuses on collaboration (using modern technologies like metadata). If you’re a screenwriter, its worth taking a look. Now, Adobe has expanded the Adobe Story universe by releasing a new iPhone app called…wait for it… Adobe Story. Catchy, right? The new app is NOT a screenwriting app.  But it IS a screenwriter’s app.

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FDX Reader brings Final Draft Documents to the iPad

No, Final Draft isn’t on the iPad yet… but that doesn’t mean you can’t read your Final Draft screenplays in the meantime. While there are many terrific apps available for reading scripts in the PDF format (i.e., GoodReader, PDF Expert), there’s only ONE app whose primary purpose is to read native Final Draft documents (.FDX) on the iPad. That app is FDX Reader by Quote-Unquote Apps ($7.99). The app has been around for a few weeks now. You may have heard about it on other sites, but I chose to hold off discussing it on HHH for one important reason:

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Index Card for iPad gets reviewed

Cult of Mac just published a very nice review of Index Card, an iPad app designed to virtualize the index card method of script development. Very often, writers will put every scene and idea on a separate note card, and then shuffle the cards around a cork board in order to find the most effective order.  Naturally, there’s a lot more too it than that, but you get the idea.  This technique has been around a long time, and is still widely used today.  For those that like modern parlance, consider it mind-mapping for screenwriters.

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Final Draft for iPad is coming this Spring!

I just received an email blast from the folks at Final Draft.  Looks like their long-awaited iPad version is coming in Spring of 2011.  The email goes on to say that the mobile version (called Final Draft 8 Mobile) will work with Final Draft FDX files, which means you can easily move your scripts back and fourth, between your desktop and iPad!

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Final Draft for iPad is Conducting Field Studies

Ever since I reported on the Final Draft for iPad focus group back in March, I’ve received a steady flow of requests for updated information. Well, I’ve finally got some! Yesterday afternoon, an email went out to those who had previously expressed interest in being involved with the app’s development. The email indicated that the Final Draft team is currently looking for Boston and New York based productions (films, television projects, and shorts), shooting in September, that are interested in participating in interface design field-studies.

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ProLost reviews Celtx Script for iPhone and iPad

Celtx, a popular multi-platform screenwriting tool, has made its way to your iDevice. I was planning of doing a nice little write-up, but Stu Maschwitz from ProLost beat me to the punch.  He’s posted a terrific article covering many of the app’s pros and cons.  But I’m not going to sit here and review a review.

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Notes from the Final Draft for iPad Focus Group

When Final Draft announced that they were coming to the Apple iPad, there was an explosion of buzz, rumor, and speculation. Along with the initial report came an invitation from Final Draft to anyone wishing to help beta test the app.  Naturally, I dropped everything and signed up. Just days later, I received an invitation to participate in a Final Draft for iPad focus group. Needless to say, I was eager to get involved. That focus group was held at 10am this morning in Sherman Oaks, CA.  And, I’m happy to report that it generated a very productive and promising

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Final Draft for iPad looking for Beta Testers!

Attention screenwriters! It appears the industry standard screenwriting app is on it’s way to the Apple’s new iPad.  And want to know the best news?  They’re already looking for beta testers! Think you’ve got what it takes?  Well then, grab your bug zapper and head on over to the Final Draft iPad Beta Signup page. Currently, there’s no indication of WHEN the beta will be launching.  After I signed up, I got this simple message: Thanks for your interest in the Final Draft iPad application. You’ll hear back from us as soon as there’s more information on its availability.

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