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- 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
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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Here are some of the features:
Advanced Word Processing
Industry Standard Script Formats for Screenplays and sitcoms
Formats for Novels, stage plays, comic book scripts and more
Over Sixty TV templates
Automatically Checks for formatting errors
Real-time spelling auto-correction
NaviDoc technology includes:
Improved tool bars & context menus
Fit Width zoom
Redesigned look and feel
Menus organized for easier use
Fully editable index card view
Compare two documents
Customizable user links
Real-time spell checking
IPartner online collaboration
Official software of the Writers Guild of America, East and preferred file format of WGA, West
Password protected documents
Import files from any word processor
Export to many file formats
Selective export to PDF
Send documents as email attachments in RFT or Adobe Acrobat PDF documents
Retain previous version of documents
Makes backup copies of documents
Automatically checks for updates
Storyboard linking (windows only)
Comprehensive production script management
Full production breakdown reports
Industry standard revision draft colors
Revision tracking for shooting scripts
Integrated script tagging for export into movie magic scheduling &others
Generate set lists and rundown sheets
Real-time scene renumbering
Free Internet and email support
Free phone support
I'm able to take everything I've written on writers Dreamkit and export it to MMS and now I don't have to spend more money on other writers program, because Movie Magic Screenwriter has it all.
Simply put, this a good product. I have owned this product for years and used it on Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard and Lion. So far, so good.
Support has been responsive when I needed help. I get the impression they care about their product, but being that they have some stiff competition in the market with Final Draft and Celtix, I am worried about the future support for upgrades and bug fixes. There are a few bugs that still haven't been worked out - namely some font issues when creating a title page that does have a quick work-around for this issue, but the support page that provides the response/answer for this work-around is dated from 2007, and they still haven't fixed it as of yesterday.
As for other problems mentioned in other reviews, I haven't had disappearing work or crashes. (Thank God) I can't cast any real doubt on the stories of these individuals, but with the prevalence of viruses and corrupted data/operating systems one can't help but wonder why it crashes on a percentage of computers while the vast majority of users seem to have no problem other than some petty bugs gone unaddressed.
Learning to use this software probably depends on your own specific learning curve - as well as your knowledge of the screenplay format. I tried using it many years ago and found it all very confusing. I have now read about 40 different scripts and learned the vernacular of the form and when I went to use this for the "first time" again eight months ago, it seemed fairly intuitive. I wasn't distracted by the software because I wasn't trying to learn two things at once: Software and terminology.
Final Draft is always touted as the industry standard, yet I have heard more than a few actual working screenwriters who are adherents to MMSW. A week ago I heard Craig Mazin on a podcast (Hangover II and numerous other comedy writing credits) mention that he favors it still. Who knows. While I understand the desire to only learn one software suite and stick with what seems to be more standard - if you end up having the problem that someone wants your script in Final Draft...well, that's a problem I'd welcome because it means someone other than a contest (PDFs) wants my script. There are ways to convert between the two without losing what you wrote, so...again, does it matter?
For any of you on the fence about purchasing screenwriting software...do it. It really does allow you to focus on the writing and not the gymnastics of formatting. I like MMSW. It's been years and they haven't disappointed me.