We live in a mobile world. With the avid use of tablets like the iPad and Android devices, it was only a matter of time before someone started writing apps that were designed to help screenwriters on the go. Laptops can be a little bulky, so writing your next great feature on a tablet seems like a no-brainer.
Here are some of the best apps I have found out there floating around the app store ether.
Celtx has long been the poor man’s Final Draft because it was functional and most importantly free. Most screenwriters survive on a steady diet of macaroni and cheese and Ramen noodles, so free is definitely better. Imagine my surprise, when I saw the $4.99 price tag for the Celtx Script on the Android App Store. Celtx Script allows you to sync with your desktop version, so you can take your scripts on the go. Some of its features include backups and sharing using your free online Celtx account, and it preserves script markup from your desktop version. Of all the mobile apps out there, my favorite is this one because it has a great interface and I can easily switch from desktop to tablet.
MyScreenplays Pro and Free
MyScreenplays is available in a $1.99 or free version and is a autoformatting screenplay app. It’s not that different from Celtx except it allows you to export in several different formats including PDF, HTML, Celtx and Final Draft. You can also upload scripts from Final Draft and Celtx as well as use the clipboard to move elements between scripts. It allows you to create a new screenplay and is integrated with Google Docs. The only difference between the free and the paid version, is the paid version does not have ads.
Fade In Mobile
Fade In is another desktop professional screenwriting software that’s a little less known that Final Draft. The mobile version is simply an extension of the desktop version, allowing you to take your script anywhere. There are two versions and the are vastly different. The free version is designed to give you a taste and get you hooked and the $4.99 version provides all the bells and whistles. If you use Fade In, then the mobile version is the perfect accessory. It also allows you to export in the more industry standard Final Draft file extension.
This is a free screenplay reading software that allows you to view different types of screenplay file extensions. You can’t write in it, but for meetings where people need to see the screenplay, it works. The primary reason it’s on here is because it can read Trelby scripts. Trelby is another free screenwriting software that isn’t supported by many mobile devices. Anyone that uses Trelby may want to consider Dubscript for mobile devices.
Writer isn’t a program specific to screenwriting, but I want to include it here because it can be incredibly useful. Writer can be used for anything from note taking to screenwriting if you don’t mind doing your own formatting. Writer is free and it’s designed to be simple. Some of the more complicated apps can be a bit difficult to navigate, but Writer is made to be simple and easy to use.