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In media, "preproduction" generally means drawing stuff: sketching out ideas on storyboards, whiteboards, legal pads, and even cocktail napkins. Greyfirst's Celtx is a free tool that finally brings preproduction into the same century as the media it creates, with some old-school touches, too. It includes Project Templates for planning and creating Film, Audio-Visual, Theatre, Audio Play, Storyboard, Comic Book, and Novel projects. Sample projects help get you started. Celtx integrates with free online and cloud-based resources and syncs with your mobile devices, so your creative projects are always available and safely stored online in the cloud, as well as on your home PC and smartphone or other mobile device. You have to sign up for Celtx online, but it's free, too.

Celtx opens with a start screen listing its template types, as well as sample templates and news about the software and the large and active Celtx community. We clicked the first template, Film, which opened an Untitled project template with a layout and look recalling classic Office, with Project Library and Scenes in the left sidebar; Notes, Media, Breakdown, and more on the right; and in between a main window with word processor-style controls above and tabs for Script, TypeSet/PDF, Scratchpad, Index Cards, Title Page, and Reports along the bottom edge. The program's Tools include a spell checker and inline spell checker, but there's a Toolbox feature for adding and managing optional Celtx tools.

We named and saved our project and moved on to Scene 1 in the Script tab. A drop-down menu let us choose Scene Heading, Action, Character, Dialogue, Shot, and more. The default typeface is classic movie script that looks like it was done on a manual typewriter. We could edit dialogue, move blocks of text, and even lock portions with a Text Lock feature. The Title Page template has precentered fields, and we just had to compose our titles, choose fonts and other factors, and type them in the appropriate fields. And that's just a sample. Its forums, user-created "Seeds," and much more set Celtx apart from any other tool of its type.

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2 stars

"easy to write impossible to edit and print"

May 06, 2015  |  By benandjacque

2015-05-06 19:46:39  |  By benandjacque

 |  Version: Celtx 2.9.7


Celtx makes writing a script extremely easy. It flows flawlessly in creatioin


Celtx is terrible in printing and editing. When a celtx script is transfered into a pdf it drops words. It is impossible to add a heading and the formatting is so terrible that copying and pasting is impossible. I have spent the last four hours trying to add a heading and get all the words in the script.


Stay away from it unless you want to go through line by line of script and make sure all the words are there.

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3 stars

"Interface is too distracting for me and..."

January 26, 2015  |  By topsykretts

2015-01-26 12:51:35  |  By topsykretts

 |  Version: Celtx 2.9.7


Free version.


Interface too polluted.

Free version is buried so deep in their web site I couldn't even find it! Had to come to CNET to get it a copy.


On top of the UI being too busy and distracting (may not be an issue for some) I found the import / export to be not as simple as Fade In.

I found the same with Movie Magic.

Trelby was on my short list as I wanted Linux and Windows... not to be as the formatting was just way off from Final Draft.

The best for me was Fade In. PS. Fade In does not have a Linux version but I'm happy to say it run perfectly in Wine emulator.

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1 stars

"les chiens de chasse"

December 11, 2014  |  By ameliemanda

2014-12-11 10:56:33  |  By ameliemanda

 |  Version: Celtx 2.9.7


les chiens courent derrière les pumas,mais sont bloqués par la rivière


leur maitre va les chercher de l'autre côté de la rivière


c'est moi qui l'ai écrit

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.9.7
Version 2.9.7 includes bug fixes and optimizations.
Publisher Greyfirst
Publisher web site
Release Date November 29, 2013
Date Added November 29, 2013
Version 2.9.7
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Editing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 13.32MB
File Name CeltxSetup-2.9.7.exe
Total Downloads 312,673
Downloads Last Week 1,384
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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