Celtx preproduction app gets scripts together

Celtx's first release offers a free application for scripting screenplays, stage plays, video scripts, and comic books, with tools for online collaboration.

When it comes to most endeavors, preparation is everything. Without the proper ingredients lined up, your major project will be dogged by inefficiencies. Segue to Celtx for Windows and Mac. The free preproduction application helps intermediate-to-advanced amateurs and professional creative teams plan out scripts, props, camera angles, and storyboards, and share them with teammates before any film is loaded, actor takes the stage, or cartoon is sketched.

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Celtx can be used to format scripts and props on industry standards and supports sharing via Web services. (Credit: CNET Networks)

Celtx 1.0, the first software release, delivers a few substantial improvements over the beta version. For one, it runs on a more finely tuned scheduling database in which the data you enter--props, talent, and tasks--is automatically catalogued. There's a new comic book template by popular demand, and a new feature on the context menu that adapts the script to any of the other formats; for instance, from an AV script to a stage play.

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Celtx 1.0 can adapt projects by mapping element for element. (Credit: CNET Networks)

The storyboard element has received particularly focused attention to correct its former outlier status. Creating a storyboard now autopopulates it with sequences for each scripted scene. A drop-down menu adds camera angle presets, which get tagged to the scene and to the scheduling module along with the other notes and production information.

A new iPhone-optimized interface enriches Celtx on the collaboration end, intended for team members to view scripts remotely through the Celtx server, a much more appealing option in light of soon-to-be-released 3G and enterprise-friendly iPhones.

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