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Movie Magic Screenwriter Version 6

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Windows Vista / 2000 / XP / 7, Mac
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews) 8 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Full-featured word processor designed specifically for script writing
  • Collaborate with a writing partner over the internet using i-Partner or send PDF files to agents, editors, or producers
  • Have your computer read your story aloud to get a sense of how it sounds
  • Import your script or novel from MS Word and other programs
  • A Preferred File Format of the Writer's Guild of America West

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows Vista / 2000 / XP / 7, Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000V5SRAE
  • Item model number: 1SC0060
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

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Award-winning Movie Magic Screenwriter is unsurpassed in features and flexibility. Whether you write novels, plays or movies this will format for you, leaving you to think about only the story. The power feature, SmartCheck, even finds and corrects common formatting errors before you print or send your story.

Movie Magic Screenwriter 6
Movie Magic Screenwriter is the best selling screenplay formatting software and the choice of Hollywood professionals. Screenwriter automatically formats while you write so you can focus on what you're writing, not where it goes on the page. It also formats for television, stage, novels and comic book scripts so you've got an all in one package for any story you want to write. With a massive set of features designed to make the rewriting process fast and simple you can get from FADE IN: to FADE OUT effortlessly. Integrated outlining, online collaboration, the ability to compare drafts of screenplays and the most comprehensive production features of any screenwriting software all make Movie Magic Screenwriter the clear choice for getting your stories from concept to screen.

The Official Screenwriting Software of the Writers Guild of America, East

New in Version 6:

  • Integrated outlining lets you create and manipulate outlines up to thirty levels deep.
  • The NaviDoc technology lets you navigate through your document effortlessly and has four panels:
    • The Outline panel lets you add, remove, and rearrange outline elements
    • The Scenes panel lets you navigate and sort your scenes at the click of a button
    • The Bookmarks panel lets you set bookmarks to jump to any place in your document
    • The Notes panel lets you create and sort color-coded notes & note categories
  • Over 30 new templates for a total 104 templates and 12 sample files
    • 25 new TV show templates for a total of 86 TV templates
    • 2 new sample files (comic story arc & radio play) and 2 updated sample files (screenplay and stage play) for a total of 12 sample files
    • 3 new Instructional templates (classic film structure outline , screenplay, & sitcom structure) for a total of 8 instructional templates.
    • 4 new blank templates (generic comic, Gossett-Kayle comic, radio play, & radio show) and 1 modified template (stage play) for a total of 10 blank templates
  • Courier MM Screenwriter custom-made font for superior onscreen display and printing--not available anywhere else on the market
  • Improved tool bars & context menus
  • Fit width zoom automatically adjusts the text size of your script as you resize the window
  • Redesigned look and feel to accommodate the latest versions of Windows and Mac.
  • Menus reorganized for easier use
  • Send documents as email attachments in RTF or Adobe Acrobat PDF formats
  • Retain previous versions of documents
  • Makes back up copies of documents
  • Automatically checks for Updates

What Does a Script Formatter Do?
Writing scripts for film, television, and theater has traditionally been a time-consuming task. There are many elements in a script that must be correctly placed in your script. Following these conventions is essential in making sure your script is receiving proper attention from agents, producers and contests.

Screenwriter 6 works by your side, automatically formatting action, character name, dialog and other elements as you write your script. Even better, there are no function keys or special command keys to memorize-your fingers stay on the keyboard, always ready for creative thoughts to flow onto the page!

FREE Technical Support!
Unlike Final Draft, technical support for Movie Magic Screenwriter is provided at no additional charge. Whether you call by phone, fax or email your questions, or visit our first rate support web site, you are not charged by the minute (or at all) for technical support.

Why Movie Magic Screenwriter?
All writing tools are not created equal. Naturally, Screenwriter uses a simple TAB-ENTER system to quickly get your creative thoughts flowing into the computer. Screenwriter has index cards, script notes, simple entry of character names, spell-checking, and of course, smart margin changing. The comparison ends here.

Screenwriter alone has a full suite of internet features, such as real-time internet collaboration, online script registration, and export to Adobe Acrobat PDF format; superior production features, such as built-in script breakdown and detailed export to Movie Magic Scheduling; Script Analysis features; and the finest import and export facilities in the world of screenwriting.
Nothing Could Be Easier
Just hit the "Tab" and "Enter" keys to move between different script elements such as Character, Dialogue, Action, etc. That's all you need to know! Since Screenwriter is instantly and automatically handling all the hassles of Industry Standard Formatting, you can focus on writing your story as fast as you can get your thoughts onto the screen!.

Integrated Outlining
Just Screenwriter 6's new outline feature lets you outline levels up to thirty levels deep. Now it's easier than ever to block in your ideas wherever you want in the document. Take advantage of Screenwriters instructional templates, such as the one for classic film structure, and see for yourself how useful this feature can be for your writing.

Move Through Your Script with the Click of a Button
Instantly find and jump to any scene in your script with NaviDoc Scenes panel. The Scenes panel lets you sort the scenes by different criteria without affecting the document. It also can show you as many lines of a scene as you want: from one to everything! This helps to quickly identify the scene you are searching for.

Better Than Post-its
Jot down revision notes, casting suggestions, and research questions quicker than you can slap on a Post-it. The new NaviDoc Note panel feature allows you to quickly organize, access, view and print your script notes. You can hide or show your notes, and print them separately in a report with page-number references. You may even create dozens of different, color-coded note categories.

Brainstorm and Organize Your Ideas
Do you prefer to work with index cards? Screenwriter's built-in index card system lets you edit your screenplay and rearrange scenes on fully editable index cards-on-screen! As you develop a new story, you'll be able to quickly write desired scenes, sequences, and plot points on blank index cards and easily shuffle the scenes as the plot and story are fleshed out. Screenwriter even reformats and re-numbers your scenes for you!

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A Cast of Performers at Your Side
Have a live script reading performed right on your computer with Screenwriter's Text to Speech! Assign different male and female voices to your different characters to hear a whole new perspective on your script.

Are you an actor who wants to practice your lines? Simply turn off the voice for your character and the program will automatically pause for your dialogue, letting you play along with the program, practicing with cues and all!

Your Personal Typing Assistant
Type just a few letters of the desired character name, set, scene, etc., and Screenwriter will enter it instantly. Screenwriter's intelligent interface that can virtually read your mind, and pop up menus with the text items you want, without your even needing to tell it you want them.

A Full-Featured Word Processor
Screenwriter is a full-featured word processor which includes dictionary (110,000+ words), thesaurus (80,000 word links), Real-Time Spell Checking with Auto-Typo Correction for basic letter inversion corrections, and full support of foreign characters. 10 levels of Undo/ Redo assures that none of your changes are ever final!

A Virtual Proofreader
Screenwriter's SmartCheck scans your entire script looking for and correcting common formatting errors. You'll never again have to reprint your script to fix errors like extra blank lines or characters who you inadvertently left speaking twice in a row. Go to print and it scans the script, instantly zeroing in on the most common typing & editing errors. It points them out to you (optionally even automatically fixing them!) saving you from wasting paper and hours of your time reprinting pages.

No Writer is an Island
With iPartner Internet Collaboration, Screenwriter allows you and a partner to collaborate on a script live over the Internet. iPartner lets either one of you watch over your partner's shoulder as they compose and edit, allowing the viewing partner to see all the edits and additions as they are made just as if you were in the same room.

Don't Let Your Old Work Go To Waste
Screenwriter can import and export almost any text document (e.g. RTF, MS Word, Word Perfect, ASCII), as well as scripts written with most other screenwriting programs. And since Screenwriter imports using context recognition, imported scripts are much more accurate than with other script writing software programs

Real-time text and voice chat lets you break the distance barrier, without the long distance phone changes! (Click here to listen to ZDNet Radio's story on Screenwriter's iPartner feature.)

What's in a Name?
Your characters are unique, and their names should be too. Create countless unique character names from NameBank's huge database of male, female, and last names.

No Clutter
Do you like a typing environment clear of clutter and distractions? Screenwriter 6 lets you customize the look and feel to fit your desires. You can even turn off all Screenwriter's buttons and toolbars to give you a beautiful blank page.

Over 85 Free TV Templates
Movie Magic's new and improved Television Templates are formatted with the correct margins, script styles, act breaks, set lists and character lists for easy 1-key entry, and even include sample text. Get over 85 of the most popular sitcoms, soaps, and episodic dramas, including: Alias; All of Us; Battle Star Galactica; The Bernie Mac Show; Boston Legal; Cold Case; Crossing Jordan; Days of Our Lives; Desperate Housewives; Drawn Together; Entourage; Ghost Whisperer; Heroes; House; How I Met Your Mother; Joan of Arcadia; King of the Hill; Malcolm in the Middle; Monk; The OC; The Office; The Unit; Without a Trace, and many, many more!

Protect Your Work
After your script is finished, protect your work quickly and easily by registering it with Screenwriter's online registration feature. (Windows only)

Ready for the World
Ready to show your script to the world? Screenwriter allows you to save your script in web browser (HTML) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF) formats so anyone with a computer can read your script. You can even publish your script directly to your web site, or to any site on the Web!

Optional Foreign Spellcheck Dictionaries
Danish · Dutch · French · German · Italian · Norwegian · Spanish · Swedish · UK English

Calling All Assistant Directors and Script Supervisors
Movie Magic Screenwriter's Production Menu contains an entire suite of production features, allowing you to do everything from locking the script, to inserting or removing revision marks, to production breakdown sheets of your script, to preparing production information for export to Movie Magic Scheduling.

Full Production Revision
Screenwriter features A and B Pages and Scenes, locked Pages and Scenes with multi-locking, an Automated Revision Draft process, onscreen Revision Draft colors, and AutoRevision Marks which automatically mark all editing changes made after the script has been locked.

Complete Production Breakdown Report and Export to Movie Magic Scheduling
Screenwriter's Tagging Mode allows you to go through your script and literally TAG anything in the script as one of over 20 categories ranging from Props to Sound Effects to Stunts to anything else you need. Once anything is tagged, Screenwriter will include it in one of its many breakdowns in addition to exporting that information directly to Movie Magic Scheduling.

Screenwriter generates internal breakdown sheets, and allows you to sort breakdowns by script order, INTERIOR vs. EXTERIOR, Location, Time of Day, and Characters. Production Breakdown Graphs allow easy visualization of character use throughout a script. Screenwriter can even generate Scene Character Lists and Set Lists for TV production!

So why is Movie Magic Screenwriter the choice of Hollywood professionals? Because Screenwriter doesn't just Do It All--Screenwriter Does It Better. Way Better. Faster, More Reliable, and Easier to use than all the rest. Period. End of Story. Fade Out.

Product Description

Movie Magic Screenwriter is the best selling screenplay formatting software and the choice of Hollywood professionals. Screenwriter automatically formats while you write so you can focus on what you're writing, not where it goes on the page. It also formats for television, stage, novels and comic book scripts so you've got an all in one package for any story you want to write. With a massive set of features designed to make the rewriting process fast and simple you can get from FADE IN: to FADE OUT effortlessly. Create outlines, insert notes and create various note categories, online collaboration, the ability to compare drafts of screenplays and the most comprehensive production features of any screenwriting software all make Movie Magic Screenwriter the clear choice for getting your stories from concept to screen.


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145 of 148 people found the following review helpful
If you write scripts for film or TV, there's really no need for a review of this product. Screenwriter 6 is what you're going to use. There's a competing product called Final Draft, but from what I hear, writers in film and TV are now flocking to this.

But I'm here to report that Screenwriter 6 is not simply for film and TV writers. I do some script work, but I'm primarily a fiction writer. I started using Screenwriter 2000 (this program's predecessor) about a year ago, and after a couple of weeks I converted all my work-in-progress to it and never looked back. Now, with the new features in v. 6, it's even better. I'm writing short stories and a novel in Screenwriter, and having a better experience than with any other software I've tried.

For one thing, I've been waiting more than 20 years for somebody to get document outlining right. Screenwriter 6 nails it. You can see and navigate the structure of even long, complex projects quite easily -- by chapters, scenes, or any other element you choose, including notes. You can have as many types of notes as you want -- to-dos, action summaries, research queries, whatever you use notes for. You can insert bookmarks. You can see your scenes as index cards that you can drag around. You could write "War and Peace" in this thing and not get lost. That's the main reason many fiction writers will want to start using this.

But the program is also much smoother and much less obtrusive than most other writing software. It stays out of your way while you're working, yet it automatically does what you need it to do. Screenwriter is a formatting program. Fiction writers have far fewer formatting concerns than scriptwriters, but they have some, and they want to set up a manuscript and stop thinking about it.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! This blows away FINAL DRAFT ... January 12, 2008
After struggling to write stage plays with the pathetic and totally incorrect "stageplay template" in FINAL DRAFT, I noticed Movie Magic Screenwriter, which I used to use years ago, had a new version out.

After spending a couple hours on the tutorials, I have to say, they really got it right this time. The integration of flexible outlining and note-taking with the draft of your screenplay, play, novel, or whatever is superb.

Writers need to outline, take various types of notes, and draft. I'm not sure why it took so many years for a program to finally combine these functions on one screen rather than separating them, but MMS 6 is the best I've seen yet. It's also very flexible and you can show or hide any elements, as you wish.

With the new version of Final Draft said to be over a year away, I'm ready to jump ship. MMS 6 seems more stable, sensible, and convenient all around.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scriptwriter's Delight August 22, 2007
I should disclose that for nearly a year I have helped beta test-- extremely modestly--Screenwriter 6.0. I've had the privilege of observing the diligence, cleverness, and ingenuity of the developers and the dedicated, resourceful work of beta testers who've nurtured this beautiful program. The development team asked me and my fellow beta testers to post a comment on [...]...if we felt so inclined.

I do.

Screenwriter 6.0 is an enormously powerful program for not only writers of movies and stage plays, but radio plays, TV scripts, and novels. Its radically new outlining feature gives writers the ability to organize, structure and consolidate their work in ways they might never have explored without this tool. The editing commands are intuitive and easy to learn. I've written two stage plays with Screenwriter and I've never been disappointed.

Kudos to the development team. This program beats its competitors hands down.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good program, but extremely buggy on Windows January 19, 2009
I can't comment on the Mac version of MMSW 6, but the Windows versions is full of bugs. I have submitted at least half a dozen bug reports to the developers and those were only SOME Of the major ones. There are a lot of minor ones I just deal with.

I also owned the previous version and was really looking forward to the release of version 6. I was/am very disappointed.

The program itself it good. It's relativly simple to use and it comes with some nice features. The new outline and the "NaviDoc" feature is a great idea and it's useful, I just wish it was a little more flexible. But overall, it's a very nice feature.

I wouldn't mind the bugs as much if they would release regular updates that fixed them. However, the last update was over a year ago. (last version is dated 2/1/2008)

I'm a software developer by profession and I'd be embarassed to release software with this many bugs in it. Unfortunaly, from what I hear, Final Draft is not much better.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the true Industry Standard July 11, 2008
I've worked in and around the entertainment industry for almost 15 years now and though there was a time when Final Draft could be considered the industry standard those days are long gone. No matter what you hear I am here to tell you that in my experience, literally, most people actually working in this town use Movie Magic Screenwriter. Not just the writers and directors but the producers and nearly everybody who has to do something with the script during production. The simple reason is: it is more powerful and easier to use.

For that matter I've seen far too many people finally decide to throw Final Draft away (after I had been telling them to do so for years) when in the middle of shooting and trying to rush to get something ready for the next day Final Draft either crashed or had some funkiness that completely gummed up their files. I've never had anybody tell me they've experienced that with Screenwriter.

The new outlining feature is great if still not fully realized. Ultimately the company should have found a way to just integrate StoryView into the program, especially considering it seems this outline feature is the primary reason it took them about 7 or 8 years to come out with a new version and it isn't anywhere near as powerful as StoryView. Having said that the whole Navidoc is excellent. The notes feature is enhanced to make creating different kinds of notes super easy and much more functional than it was before (and light years ahead of anything Final Draft offers). I don't really use the book marks feature all that much but I've spoken to a lot of my co-workers and friends who use bookmarks frequently so you may find it a useful feature.
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