Slugline is a new app for screenwriters from Stu Maschwitz (movie maker, visual effects superstar and guy named Stu). It’s a Fountain-based app for writing movies and outputting them in industry-standard Final Draft format, but in use it’s more like a simple plain-text Markdown editor.
And that’s because Fountain is to screenplays what Markdown is to HTML (and everything else) – a human-readable plain text syntax which is easily converted into other formats on export.
The idea is that you get in with writing instead of tinkering, and let the app worry about formatting the final result for finnicky, coked up movie producers to read.
Slugline uses plenty of shortcuts to help keep things moving fast as you write (it keeps track of your speaking characters and gives you access to the list at the tap of a key, for example) and has handy features like “Omit,” which lets you mark a scene as omitted. This keeps it in the draft, but leave it out of the final export. Neat.
- Includes several templates, including the famous Blake Snyder Beat Sheet from Save the Cat!®
- Full-screen mode
- Text-based notes
- Mac standard spell-checking and dictionary lookup
- Send to Highland, a screenplay file converter that speaks Fountain
- Optimized for Retina displays
Slugline is available now in the Mac App Store for a mere $40, and because it works in Fountain format (essentially plain text) you can edit the files in any iOS writing app (Writing Kit has support for Fountain previews).