Highland is the award-winning screenplay editor that lets you focus on the words, not margins. Designed by screenwriter John August and his team, Highland is the better way to write movies and television.

"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

"Highland has changed my entire way of working with scripts. I use it every day."
— David Wain, Writer/Director/EP of Children's Hospital

"A powerhouse of features that will help you shine in the screenwriting business."
— Mac AppStorm (9/10)

"Certainly for those in the film industry, this app is more than worth its price."
— Macworld (2013 Eddy Winner)

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

You write. Highland formats.

Unlike old-fashioned editors, you don't need to tell Highland which element is a character and which is dialogue. It just knows.

So you can spend your time finding the perfect word, not the right menu command.

When you want to see the layout, quickly toggle between your text and your screenplay preview with Cmd-E. Your hands never need to leave the keyboard.

With one click, Highland turns your words into a perfectly-formatted screenplay, ready to print or export as an FDX or PDF.

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

Highland is built by screenwriters, for screenwriters. You’ll love working in an editor designed for writing.

- Dark Mode. Late night inspiration without the eye-strain.

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

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

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

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

- Smart pagination. Highland knows how to break pages just right, keeping sentences together.

- Boneyard. Keep those scraps and partial scenes handy for reference.

- Easy uppercase. Shift-return transforms a line to uppercase—perfect for and scene headings and character slugs.

- Fountain cheat sheet. Forget how to center something? The answer is a glance away.

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

Highland is built for today, and the future.

- Speed. Highland is lean and mean. From scrolling to previews, Highland is blisteringly fast. Because it's Mac-only, we optimize it using the latest Apple technologies.

- Great typography. Highland features Courier Prime and Highland Sans for exceptional typography right out of the box. Screenwriters shouldn't have to look at ugly fonts.

- Standards-leading. Created by the same team that helped forge the Fountain standard, Highland speaks Fountain fluently. We're often the first to incorporate new specs, such as lyrics and forced character names.

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

- Built for retina. Highland’s simplicity is even sharper on retina displays.

- Best-in-class PDF melting. Screenplay PDFs are no longer frozen in carbonate. This was Highland's breakout feature, and remains unequaled.

- Active development. Highland receives regular updates, sometimes twice a month, incorporating user-requested features almost every build.

- Created by working screenwriters. We use Highland every day, which is why we keep refining it.

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

Our in-app "Welcome to Highland" (under the Help menu) can walk you though 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 1.9.4

- Fixes a printing issue in macOS Sierra

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Simplicity and Elegance

Andrew Dudenbostel

I was a long time user of Celtx, stubborn about the idea that at their core, all screenwriting software did the same thing and there was no reason to spend money on one. Thankfully, a colleague of mine who has been using Highland for a while convinced me to take a chance and purchase the app when I was starting my latest script. The simplicity and direct functionality take the thought and tedium out of screenwriting, allowing you more time and brainpower to devote to actually writing your STORY rather than messing around with formats all day. Additionally, the Fountain language’s ability to translate plain text into a screenplay format means that I can conceivably work on my screenplay anywhere, on any device, should the need arise.

If you aren’t satisfied with other screenwriting programs, or even if you think you are, I highly suggest using Highland.

Strong tool


I’m a screenwriter. I jump between Final Draft and Scrivener. Highland has been monumental in helping me isolate issues and focus on the most vital thing in writing; ‘say one thing at a time’ - with its pure set-up, it helps you focus and ‘dive into’ moments. It’s a sharp tool. Thanks, Highlanders!

creative writing shouldn’t feel like coding

James Baxter

I guess if you love hand-formatting everything with little glyphs, if you have a fetish for markup, then this app is for you. If you like a frictionless creative workflow, then not so much. Apps like Final Draft aren’t very good from a programming standpoint but at least you aren’t forced to learn an unnatural syntax just to get your thoughts across. The developer (John August) has always struck me as more of a coder than a writer. His priorities are technical, not creative.


Quote-Unquote Films, Inc.
7.6 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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