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Scriptly

By Studio Media, Inc.

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Description

Scriptly is a full-featured screenplay-formatting app that takes full advantage of the iPad’s fluid interface, allowing the creative aspect of screenwriting to take center stage. Its elegant, uncluttered workspace utilizes familiar keystrokes so you’ll be up and running on a feature film, sitcom or one-hour script immediately.

Formatting your project to meet industry standard guidelines becomes second nature, with a simple double-tap of the return key for access to all the classic script elements. You can also choose to work on an external keyboard for classic tab-enter formatting.

During the writing process, Scriptly instantly switches to the next logical scene element, and boasts the kind of smart lists you’d expect in a screenplay formatter, quickly learning character names and locations to make scripting a snap.

Scriptly can read and write Final Draft 8 and 9 files along with Celtx, so there’s no need to use costly reader apps or conversion programs. Plus, it’s simple to send and receive scripts using both iTunes and Dropbox.

Index Cards are a classic technique for sketching out ideas before writing. Our Index Card feature contains fully editable drag ‘n drop cards that transfer directly into your script.

Our Outline feature lets you work out your scenes, characters, and more before you begin writing the script, and also imports and exports with Final Draft’s Scene Summary function.

Keep track of your cast with detailed character profile pages that have space for a photo, notes, role, goal, actor name and scene list that’s linked to the script.



Final Draft and Celtx trademarks are property of their respective owners.

What's New in Version 1.6

Bug fixes

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Customer Reviews

It's Good, but…

I just got this app because my teacher had assigned us to write a pilot episode script, so I figured: why not?

And for having never written a script before, this app really helped.

Too bad it never let me write another one. I don't know if its a glitch or something, but even if I deleted the first script and sample one, it still wouldn't let me create a new one.

Love using Scriptly

I'm not sure why the reviews are so varied for Scriptly, but I thought I'd give my experience with it.

I spent a lot of time reading reviews and trying out screenwriting apps. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, but I settled on Scriptly for one MAJOR reason -- the offline editing ability. I travel a lot and needed a way to be able to write while disconnected from the internet. Google Drive would have been an excellent program for me, but alas! They have gone out of their way to make offline editing impossible on an iPad.

Really though, screenwriting software is pretty straightforward. It needs to be easy to use and intuitive to switch between block types. It needs to "just work".

By using a Zaggfolio case with built in bluetooth keyboard, I can switch block types extremely fast using the tab key, just like on most desktop software.

Backing up or transferring a script using email, dropbox, etc.. is very easy and works well.

Many people wrote about the software being buggy. I have not experienced any bugs to speak of on my 2nd gen iPad, other than a very random isolated problem that was solved by restarting my iPad. I contacted Scriptly at that time and they were quick to reply, very pleasant to talk to, and helpful. I have not had that issue since.

To put it simply, Scriptly is the only real option on the App Store that meets my needs at this time. I liked the idea of using Final Draft or Celtx, but they have made the mobile versions very useless, and what does work is negated by the inability to both create and edit offline in most other screenwriting apps.

I have two suggestions for future versions:

Copying and pasting does not seem to keep the block type formatting. All of the text selected will copy into whatever the type currently selected instead of retaining their original formatting. This can be annoying, but I rarely copy and paste long passages, so I've just been copying and reformatting it manually.

Secondly, I would love to see the addition of script version management. I've been saving multiple copies and just naming them V2, V3, etc. A streamlined version management feature would be awesome. Perhaps even a compare line feature?

To sum it all up, you shouldn't hesitate to give this app a try if you are a screenwriter on the go. In my humble opinion, it does the job as well or better than any other app on the store. As far as I am aware, it's also the only screenwriting app that allows offline creation AND editing of scripts.
I've been very pleased with Scriptly.

Needs Work

At first, I thought this program was going to be just what I needed to write screenplays on my iPad. I've got a Bluetooth keyboard so that I can get all my ideas out quickly. After using it for a few days, there were a number of things that started to annoy me about this product.

First, there is no instructional page on how any of the buttons work, so it's all trial and error.

Second, as my pages began to fill up with words, the cursor stayed at the bottom of the screen. I didn't like how the page view kept things always at the bottom.

Third, making changes and getting the cursor where I wanted it was a huge pain. It seemed to always want to jump to the top page, forcing me to scroll down and find my correction spot. Really frustrating when you just want to pop into a section and make changes.

Lastly, and probably the worst of all, was how it didn't properly keep the script intact when I went back to write the next day. I noticed that, on the last page I had completed, the formatting was off, dialogue had repeated and things appeared scrambled. Trying to make those corrections with the page hopping all over the place was just too much to take...so I bit the bullet and bought Final Cut for iPad instead. THAT works like a dream compared to this.

If you are writing just a few pages to get your ideas out, then this program might be fine, but Final Cut has everything dialed in and it's really easy to use, so if I were you, I'd save yourself the hassle and grab that instead of Scriptly.

Scriptly
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  • $9.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2014
  • Version: 1.6
  • Size: 25.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Studio Media, Inc.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Pro Pack$4.99
  2. Character Pack$4.99
  3. Outline Pack$4.99
  4. Index Card Pack$4.99
  5. Full Unlock$9.99