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“Slugline is outrageously, life-changingly excellent.”
– Neil Cross, writer of Mama and Luther
Slugline is a minimal, distraction-free environment for the most important part of screenwriting—the writing part.
Slugline works with plain text. It automatically turns your writing into a properly formatted screenplay, without you ever needing to press the Tab key or touch the mouse.
No buttons. No settings. Just writing.
⋮ Simple, elegant interface
⋮ The first distraction-free screenwriting environment
⋮ Automatic formatting to Hollywood screenplay standards
⋮ Printed on paper or PDF, your screenplay is indistinguishable from one made with apps costing much more
⋮ Helpful structure templates, including the famous beat sheet from Save the Cat!®
⋮ Integrated outlining
⋮ Bold, Italic, and Underlined text
⋮ Notes, Scene Synopses, and Omitted text help keep you organized
⋮ Preview—What you see is what you get
⋮ Full-screen mode
⋮ Fully optimized for Retina displays
⋮ Includes Courier Prime, a beautiful typeface designed for screenplays
⋮ Slugline's plain text files are compatible with any writing app, on any platform
• THE WRITING EXPERIENCE
Slugline is built for the hard part of screenwriting: the writing part. Slugline gives you the tools you need to craft your story, without your hands ever leaving the keys.
• THE POWER OF PLAIN
Slugline uses the free and open Fountain screenplay format, which is nothing more than plain text. You can work on your screenplay anywhere, using any writing app, including hundreds of mobile apps. When you open it in Slugline again, everything will be there, properly formatted.
• INTEGRATED OUTLINING
Start with an outline, then seamlessly transition to writing scenes. Or jot down a placeholder for your third-act twist while you’re still crafting your opening pages. Slugline allows you to be as structured as you like, even if that means not at all.
• BY FILMMAKERS, FOR FILMMAKERS
Slugline is the creation of filmmaker Stu Maschwitz and software designer Clinton Torres. Fountain is a collaboration between screenwriter John August and Stu Maschwitz. Together, we believe that screenwriting should be simple, smart, and open.
• WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
Slugline keeps getting better, and that's thanks to you! Slug us a line at http://slugline.co/contact with any questions or feedback you have, and follow us on Twitter at @SluglineApp.
What's New in Version 1.0.4
We’re back, with a big little update!
⋮ See page breaks as you write. Finally.
⋮ Automatic (CONT’D) after successive dialogue by the same character.
⋮ Dual Dialogue! Just press ⌘D. Don’t everyone thank us at once.
⋮ Slugline now remembers your cursor position when you save, so you can pick up right where you left off.
For more details, visit: slugline.co/blog/104
Other changes and bug fixes:
⋮ We squashed the bug where hiding Slugline would quit the app. That’s how committed we are to keeping you writing.
⋮ Check Spelling While Typing (those red squiggly underlines) is now On by default. You can toggle this at Edit → Spelling and Grammar → Check Spelling While Typing.
⋮ Character names can now begin with a number. We’re talking to you, Lawrence.
⋮ We've improved Pagination, with more reliable breaks for Dialogue and Action.
⋮ Lower-contrast page color. From now on, writing with sunglasses on is purely an affectation, sorry.
⋮ Uppercase (⌘K) is now smarter. It can cycle back to where you started, even mixed-case.
⋮ End an uppercase line with a colon, press Return, and Slugline will convert it to a Transition automatically.
⋮ No more auto-capitalization... after an ellipsis.
⋮ Auto-completion for [[Notes]]. Type [[ and Slugline will add the ]] for you.
⋮ Emphasis shortcuts now work with no selection. Press ⌘B with nothing selected, and Slugline will create the asterisks that magically make stuff bold, placing the cursor in between.
As always, it was your awesome feedback that helped shape this update! Never hesitate to drop us a line at slugline.co/contact, or on Twitter at @SluglineApp.
It’s a very cool experience
I stumbled upon Slugline via a few mentions on the podcasts “That Post Show” and “Scriptnotes”. But quite honestly, I didn’t get the whole “.fountain” concept at first. So, if you don’t understand what “.fountain” is, then I suggest learning about it PRIOR to purchasing this app.
Basically, Slugline let’s you WRITE in .fountain and SEE what your screenplay will LOOK like while you write it. You just write and Slugline formats as you go without pushing any additional buttons or sorting through menus. It’s a very cool experience.
In the past when I had contacted Slugline, Stu always got back to me super quick. And in this latest update all of my issues and concerns were addressed and corrected. However, I wish Slugline had the ability to change the colors of the pages and the background to suit the user's tastes; but who knows, maybe that feature will be part of a future update.
I like this app a lot and I now do all my screenwriting in it. Five stars and two thumbs way up for Slugline !!!
Great for comics writing, too!
I've been using Slugline to write a script for a comic and it's been invaluable! It was easy to find a selection of formatting options that worked great for a comics script. The PDF output was highly professional and well-formatted. I've now gone through 4 drafts of a long (100+) page script that's gone back and forth with the publisher on the way to production and I've had nearly no problems with formatting, performance, or anything else. When I work on my script, I think about my comic, not Slugline and not the formatting, which is the highest compliment I can think of to pay a writing program.
A must for fountain screenwriters
I’ve set aside Final Draft for good thanks to the ridiculously well-designed Slugline. I love being able to write in Slugline on my Mac, then pop over to do some tweaking on the go to a text doc on my iPad. When I return to my Mac, the new writing is waiting for me, and all of Slugline’s glossy previews and beneficial formatting are there to make writing more pleasant.
The new dual dialog function is something I’ve been waiting for, and it works like a charm!