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SceneWriter Pro

By Virtual Amnesia Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 16, 2009

SceneWriter Pro offers budding screenwriters a way to organize their great ideas in an industry-recognized format. With easy controls and surprisingly professional results, this is a great tool for creative minds.

While the program's interface is not exactly intuitive, it has several things working in its favor. First, a little experimentation quickly unveils how its main screen and four smaller satellite screens (along with several command icons) operate. As users explore, the program pops up a screen with a helpful tip for that specific function. Finally, the program's Help file will eliminate any other operational questions. The program operates like a traditional word processor, except users can select Slug Line, Direction, Character, Parenthetical, Dialogue, Transition, and Shot from a menu. Depending on the command, text is formatted to reflect this choice to be understood by actors and directors. Additionally, the screens around the main script help organize characters, locations, directions, and timing. The timing element is by far the most interesting feature the program offers. While SceneWriter eases the script-making process, it doesn't perform a task users couldn't get with more work on a word processor. However, the upper-left-hand corner automatically keeps track of how long a scene runs and can also track total running time.

This program's 30-day trial (with Save and export, cut, and copy disabled) is long enough to get a real feel for how your screenwriting will be much more organized and we recommend it for anyone looking to write a film or play.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.5.3

General

Date Added February 7, 2009
Version 3.5.3

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Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

Write your screenplay with SceneWriter Pro. The program's scene list acts like an index card stack, but it also contains individual scene notes for outlining and developing your scenes--simply add text and reorder the list as you go. You can also create alternate versions of each scene and assign an icon to represent the scene. SceneWriter Pro uses industry standard formatting, will output in PDF format and can also import and export RTF. There is a character notes area for developing characters, and project notes to keep your annotations in one convenient location. The SceneTime feature keeps track of both the individual running times of your scenes, as well as the total duration of your script.

SceneWriter Pro's workspace schemes allow you to work the way you are most comfortable with, while the Carry On feature automatically places you back in your last saved position when you open a project. There's also a spelling checker with over 30 available languages and a Roget thesaurus.