Assembler is the remarkably useful utility for joining together text files -- including Fountain, Markdown and .csv. If you have a bunch of little files and need to make a big one, this is your app.
Assembler saves you the hassle of lots of copy-and-pasting, or obscure terminal commands.
1. Drag-and-drop to add files. You can even add a folder at once.
2. Arrange files in order you want them assembled.
3. Click Save and you'll get a brand-new file with all the pieces put together.
If you have Highland installed, you can even open the new file directly in the app.
Assembler is a godsend for screenwriters working in Fountain. Write your scenes separately, then combine them only when you need to.
For writers working in plain text or Markdown, Assembler makes it simple to combine sections and chapters.
If you find yourself working with .csv files -- such as PayPal exports, or Kickstarter backer reports -- Assembler makes it quick and easy to merge them into a single file.
Ratings and Reviews
Another great app from this company run by people who actually use their products. I heard about this app from the Scriptnotes podcast (also great!) and I’ve been using Highland for awhile now with no complaints. This app helps give me more flexibility with all my files. It basically does the most important part of Scrivener, which is also a great app, but sometimes I don’t need all the bells and whistles and this is a faster way to combine my documents without having to import them into a binder. I use it mostly for writing standup, where I have a bunch of short jokes as separate files, and this helps me to quickly create setlists by picking and ordering the jokes I want without having to cut and paste. It’s great because I can include the same joke in many different setlists without having to move or duplicate the actual file.
I’m sure there’s probably a way to combine this with dropbox or Apple notes so I can sync my documents and edit them on the go. It’s nice being able to focus on one small scene or bit at a time, without the distraction or temptation to go back and rewrite the scene I just wrote.
I definitely recommend it!
Using Highland (another of Quote-Unquote Apps’ great apps) has changed my workflow for writing plays. I have started writing scenes using separate text files, which I was always afraid to do because of the time it would take to copy and paste the work into a new Master file. Enter Assembler and suddenly a task that would’ve taken hours can take a couple minutes! It’s great!
No Good for CSV Data
If you want to assemble multiple csv files, from say an export, into one file to analyze the data, this is not the app. After running the app, and opening the file, the data is reapeatedly incosistent, combining multiple cells in one in most cases, open rows where there shouldn’t be. Very dissapointing.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.