Highland 2 is a better way to write.

We’ve taken the tools we built for writing screenplays and made them work for almost every kind of document you write. From novels to blog posts and school reports, Highland’s clean design and innovative tools help you focus on words, not formatting.

“Highland is just a cleaner, purer way to be creative. My mind is calmer and less cluttered when I use it because I can write prose so easily and jump to dialogue when that’s more intuitive.” — Phil Lord, Writer/Director of The Lego Movie, 21 & 22 Jump Street

"You won't find a better app for getting your writing done than Highland 2." — Jeffery Battersby, iMore

. . . . . . . . F O C U S . . . . . . . .

More Power. Less Distraction.

Highland handles formatting automatically, so you can spend your time finding the perfect word, not the right menu command.

You’ll love working in an editor designed for writing, not mimicking a printed page.

When you want to see the layout, quickly toggle between your text and a preview of the finished document.

With one click, Highland turns your words into a perfectly-formatted document ready to print or export.

. . . . . . . . F E A T U R E S . . . . . . . .

Created by screenwriter and novelist John August, Highland 2 is built by writers, for writers.

- The Navigator. (NEW!) Get an overview of what you’ve written -- and what’s left to write.

- Templates. (NEW!) Switch between Highland’s 10 PDF templates including Screenplay, Multi-Cam and Manuscript.

- The Bin. (NEW!) A magical shelf to hold little bits of text you want to keep handy.

- Scratchpad. (NEW!) Keep information or notes outside the document. A great place to store information and instructions for a writing partner or an editor.

- Assets. (NEW!) A handy list of all the images and files imported into your document.

- Themes. (NEW!) Go beyond Dark Mode, with 10 unique themes in a range of styles to suit any mood.

- Sprints and Goals. (NEW!) Get more written with focused writing sessions.

- Full screen mode. The ultimate distraction-free screenwriting experience.

- In-line notes and synopses. Keep your notes right where you need them.

- Syntax highlighting. Highland denotes sections, synopses, notes, and formatting beautifully.

- Cheat sheets. Forget how to center something? The answer is a glance away.

. . . . . . . . S C R E E N W R I T E R S . . . . . . . .

- Live Margins. (NEW!) No more tabs. Characters, Parentheticals and Dialogue indent as you type.

- Multi-Cam, Treatment and Comic Book. (NEW!) Templates for things beyond screenplays.

- Character Highlighting. (NEW!) Works in both the Editor and export.

- Gender Analysis. (NEW!) Check the male/female balance in your screenplay.

- Smart Sections. Organize your script by acts and sequences, not scene headers.

- Best-in-class PDF Melting. Screenplay PDFs are no longer frozen in carbonite. This was Highland’s breakout feature, and remains unmatched.

. . . . . . . . A D V A N T A G E S . . . . . . . .

Highland is built for today, and the future.

- Speed. From scrolling to previews, Highland is blisteringly fast, using the latest Apple technologies.

- Great typography. Highland features exceptional typography right out of the box. Writers shouldn’t have to look at ugly fonts.

- Standards-leading. Created by the same team that helped forge the Fountain standard, Highland speaks Fountain and Markdown fluently.

- Compatible. Highland is perfect for moving files between Fountain, Final Draft, and PDF formats.

. . . . . . . . S U P P O R T . . . . . . . .

Our in-app “Welcome to Highland” can walk you through many features.

We also have an extensive FAQ, available both in-app and online:

Send Feedback directly from the Help menu, or reach us online by email at, or on Twitter @qapps

What's New

Version 2.0.7

[new] Hovering over a template will show you a preview of it, even if it's a Pro template
[new] Added a character (letter) count to the Statistics panel
[new] Added "Show Status Bar" under View menu, so you can see word and character count when not in Stats panel
[fix] "Duplicate" menu command now defaults to "filename (copy)"
[fix] Fixed underlining parts of action in Multi-Cam scripts
[fix] Bin items are correctly copied to the new document when converting to .highland from a plain text file

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

116 Ratings

116 Ratings


Khrob Edmonds

Highland 2 is a brilliant tool, not only for screenwriters, but for writers of all kinds. It is a clean and fast way to work with text. The file format is plain text, so techy types who like version control will appreciate that.

I’ve written 2 feature scripts in Highland 2 and worked with others on several more projects. There are many brilliant features, but I’ll highlight my favorite: Including Files

You can write each scene or sequence in individual Fountain files, then {{INCLUDE:}} them into an overall document, which makes it easy to change the flow without copious copying and pasting. I have found this not only simplifies dealing with a script at various levels of abstraction (Where should this sequence go? Before this one or after? Try both!) but it makes tackling edits to your script a much less daunting task - you’re not looking at one enormous script, but several manageable chunks. Since writing is re-writing, I think this alone makes H2 worth it.

Some apps don’t do enough. Some do too much. Some rare and beautiful apps give you just the tools you need, just as you need them. Highland 2 is one of these.

[Disclosure: While I was lucky enough to be a beta tester for Highland 2, I have no personal or professional affiliation Quote Unquote Apps and have purchased my copy of the full app]

Highland 2 is a gamechanger


I've written with the Highland 2 beta for so long that I was practically begging the programmers to release it so that I could give them my money. This thing is a gamechanger, folks. Especially for first drafts. It allows you to stop focusing on formatting and editing and just get your story out there. It is a whole different "feeling" to writing screenplays and hard to describe. But, it's wonderful. The word count/goal feature, the scrap bins, everything feels like it's made by screenwriters. And that's because it is. I've seen these folks adapt and change the software based on my notes and others throughout its long beta phase. Heck, I've written two features and a TV pilot while it was in beta! It's really something special, and I'm so glad I can finally give them my money.

Free at last of Final Draft!


It’s taken me a long time to find my perfect screenwriting software, but I finally found it while beta-testing Highland 2 over the past six months. It did some time to feel comfortable writing in fountain, but at this point there’s no going back. It feels good to be free of Final Draft!


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Rated 4+
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