Saturday, January 14, 2006

New screenwriting application on the horizon

Mariner Software publish MacJournal, my favourite app ever. They will soon be releasing version one of a new screenwriting package called Montage, and are on the lookout for beta testers. If any of my Mac using brethren would like to volunteer, send an email to lryan at marinersoftware dot com, with the words Montage beta tester in the subject line.

Might be worth a look.

Category: Writing


  1. Thanks for the heads up on this Lee.

    I love my MacJournal too, so I can't wait to get a look at this one.

  2. I've been playing around with Celtx recently, and although it's pretty nifty, especially for something free, it's just not very Mac like. Firefox is ugly on the Mac, and Celtx is no better. Mariner, on the other hand, should be able to produce something clean, and quick, and comfortably OSX'y.

  3. Hmm, might give this a try. What do you normally use? I'm kind of stuck with Final Draft (6, obviously, not 7) for the moment, Movie Magic felt a bit fiddly when I tried it. FD is okay, but there's lots of room for improvement.

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  5. I've demoed both FD and MM, but can't really justify the cost right now. There are some reasonable Word macros at the BBC Writer's Room, but for my current project, I'm actually using a software triumverate: OmniOutliner, Copywrite and MacJournal. All I've needed for the writing so far are five well placed tab-stops, on the computer side at least. Plenty of paper and a decent fountain pen are useful too.

    The reasons I threw this post up are: one, I think MacJournal is the shit, and two, Mariner Write used to be a great word processor, until they just stopped developing it. Any new product from the company is worth a good look.

  6. Finally got around to trying the latest version of Celtx. I played around with it a few versions ago, but didn't find anything there to tempt me away from FD.

    You're right, Lee--the latest Celtx is pretty nifty. I'm not bothered by the Firefox look. And I really like the new scheduler. Could help me stay on top of those deadlines.

    I have used all of the screenwriting apps, and I have to say I see virtues to them all. I really like Sophocles, because I am serious about my outlining, and it gives the best clickable structure, but it has one huge drawback: only available on Windows (shudder). I actually held on to an old PC laptop that I was planning to sell in order to run Sophocles--that's how much I like it. But since I do every single other thing in life on my iBook, dragging out the PC (even if it is a laptop) is damned inconvenient.

    I am sooo impatient for the Mariner Montage. I put myself on the list twice, that's how anxious I am.

  7. Only "days away," or so they say (software release dates are more generally guidelines, rather than deadlines).