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By Act Focused Media LLC

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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

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.

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.​

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.​

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.

Slugline keeps getting better, and that's thanks to you! Slug us a line at with any questions or feedback you have, and follow us on Twitter at @SluglineApp.

What's New in Version 1.0.8

Bug fixes! Fountain 1.1! Performance improvements!

Slugline 1.0.8 fixes a bug with Character elements containing punctuation, and updates the help documents to Fountain 1.1.

New Features in Slugline 1.0.6:

⋮ Slugline now supports Fountain 1.1. What exactly does this mean? You literally don’t even need to know.
⋮ OK, there is one Fountain 1.1 feature you might like. You can now convert anything to a Character by choosing Force Character from the Format menu. This means you can have Character names with lower-case letters, or even non-roman letters. Speak up, McCLANE, Богдана, and 黒澤!
⋮ Oh yeah, and Lyrics! Put a tilde (typographical, not Swintonian) at the beginning of some dialogue, and let it go.
⋮ Don’t like our fancy new automatic Character CONT’Ds? Now you can now switch them off, in File → Document Settings.

For more details, visit:

Other changes:

⋮ We added a few more transitions to the autocomplete menu. Now you’re just an F away from FADE IN.
⋮ Pressing Return at the end of a Note jumps you out of the Note. Neat.
⋮ We made it easier to insert a Parenthetical after a Character—just press Tab.
⋮ And yes, of course, numerous bug fixes and performance improvements. No, seriously, we made things a little faster.

If you love Slugline, we’d be grateful for your rating or review. It really helps! And we talked with your manager, and agreed that it counts toward your daily page goal.


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Customer Reviews

A Deeply Beautiful Thing...

I began writing screenplays with a converted typesetting program back in the 1980s. I have used Scriptor and WSA and ScriptThing and ScriptWare and MMSW2000, Final Draft, and, and and… If it’s out there, I’ve at least played with it.

Wrietrs should use whatever tool they are most comfortable with. Final Draft and MMSW2000 both work swell, but they also add layers of complexity to the writing process. When I just want to get words down on “paper” nothing beats SLUGLINE. It’s hard to explain why the simplicity works so well. Maybe it’s a Zen koan kind of a thing. I don’t know. I do know that I feel comfortable writing in this environment, and when a draft is completed, I can easily (trivially) convert it to PDF or Final Draft or various other file formats. What SLUGLINE does is get out of my way. There is no gainsaying the charm of that kind of powerful simplicity.

If what you want to do is write screenplays or teleplays, I don’t think you can go wrong with SLUGLINE.

One man’s .02

Adam Rodman

Great Focused Writing App

Don’t waste $199 on Final Draft for a bunch of features you won’t use. Buy this app, and just write.


Elegant and working. Great.

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  • $19.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Apr 01, 2014
  • Version: 1.0.8
  • Size: 5.7 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Act Focused Media LLC

Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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