Celtx

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 20 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.9.7
  • Total Downloads:
    246,683
  • Date Added:
    November 29, 2013
  • File Size:
    13.32MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,113
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows NT/XP/2003/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Easy to use"

July 12, 2013  |  By wasnapper

 |  Version: Celtx 2.9.1

Pros

Easy to use
Nice layout
Free
If you really can't afford to buy a program then this is the one

Cons

Perhaps a bit basic

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4 stars

"Free Workhorse!"

October 24, 2012  |  By BelloBooks

 |  Version: Celtx 2.9.1

Pros

Free LE version, portable, reasonable script formatting!

Cons

No export to other formats (DOC/RTF/TXT)!

Summary

It is really a free horse with a built-in spellchecker, so we shouldn't look it in the mouth, but--honestly--the older versions had "export to" [other text formats], which was fantastic! You could export to MS Word and do final tweaks there (e.g., add bolds, change fonts, or at least select Courier, which is the only proper Hollywood-format font for movie scripts.) Yet as soon as Celtx became commercial, that goodie disappeared like a raindrop of hope in the desert! Now, to trick the system, one must install a 2nd party Print-to-PDF tool, and then save from Adobe PDF to TXT or DOC. That's just ... grrrr!

Other than that, the good old free horse is yours for the taking, and it can still plow well, if you don't need to export to DOC.

PS Hence, many screenwriters say that creating your own DOT template for MS Word or Open Office is a far better solution to all the 'professional' software problems in the field. I just did that and I feel free bird again. Godspeed!

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5 stars

"The software is great and easy to use."

October 19, 2012  |  By manofmars1

 |  Version: Celtx 2.9.1

Pros

It gives me everything that I need to complete my project. I am very new at writing and possibly don't understand all that is needed,but so far this has been great.

Cons

No negatives at this point

Summary

Great product

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4 stars

"Great starter's tool"

January 05, 2012  |  By britgeekgrrl

 |  Version: Celtx 2.9.1

Pros

It's free! Yeah, there's a hook in the bait, but the free features are pretty awesome. For hobbyists such as myself, it beats the heck out of shelling out for Final Draft...

Cons

It might be the older version I'm running, but the formatting of the text on the 'scratchpad' area occasionally gets a mind of it's own, ditto the index card scene breakdown.

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3 stars

"Seems pretty good, but not entirely free"

December 09, 2011  |  By Vanillaman

 |  Version: Celtx 2.9.1

Pros

Good program for writers, and has access to other projects. It is s good way to archive.

Cons

When you download it, you realise that it's a hook, as to gain its full potential you must pay for other features.

Summary

Good program, but beware, as it isn't really free

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5 stars

"Great tool for writers"

November 12, 2011  |  By gabjag

 |  Version: Celtx 2.9.1

Pros

It's free and it does what most other screenplay software applications do

Cons

The only "con" with this software is the strange difference between the "non-formatted" editor (which you use to do all of your writing) and the "formatted" screen (which takes a few seconds each time you click on it, to formally format your writings)

Summary

I have not yet had any issues with Celtx -- seems pretty stable and reliable. Would recommend screenwriters try it before spending money on a similar tool

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4 stars

"A GREAT start to any writing project."

March 01, 2011  |  By frank_di

 |  Version: Celtx 2.9

Pros

Very user friendly and easy to fathom. With lots of extras that are reasonably priced.

Cons

Some functions are not intuitive or automatic and need to be accessed via tab, or other key strokes.

Summary

From novice to seasoned writer, you will find this program a great asset in your arsenal of writing weapons

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4 stars

"Top of the line for the industry."

February 13, 2011  |  By William316a

 |  Version: Celtx 2.9

Pros

excellent user interface

Cons

can't think of any.

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5 stars

"Amazing program"

January 08, 2011  |  By Penguino761

 |  Version: Celtx 2.7

Pros

Has many features perfect for pre-production including a storyboarder. Perfect for me- im just a filmmaker for a hobby. It can be expanded for a lot more though

Cons

none of note

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5 stars

"highly useful tool;can be utilized in various tasks"

November 30, 2010  |  By thegrouch98

 |  Version: Celtx 2.7

Pros

well written

Cons

limited for ebook use.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.9.7
Version 2.9.7 includes bug fixes and optimizations.
General
Publisher Greyfirst
Publisher web site http://www.celtx.com
Release Date November 29, 2013
Date Added November 29, 2013
Version 2.9.7
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Editing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 13.32MB
File Name CeltxSetup-2.9.7.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 246,683
Downloads Last Week 1,113
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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