Scripts Pro

Category(s): Productivity
Version Reviewed: 1.3
Developer: Stephen Levinson
iTunes Rating: 4.5
Release Date: 04-27-10
Platform: Universal
Price: $4.99
Short Description: Scripts Pro is an outstanding application that allows any user to write & format a script with ease.
Our Score
4.7
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User Score:
1 vote
1.0

Scripts Pro

Scripts Pro is an outstanding application that allows any user to write & format a script with ease.

Pros:

  • Auto creation or title page
  • A TAB button for creating the format of a line
  • Scene Outlines
  • Global character editing
  • Importing
  • Universal app platform
  • Import/Export of Celtx (*.celtx), Final Draft (*.fdx) & TXT (*.txt) files
  • E-mail scripts
  • Preview full script
  • Change lowercase to uppercase
  • Import via iTunes (for iPad)

Cons:

  • iPhone importing requires local WiFi transfer.
  • Inability to import from other servers (e.g.: box.net, etc.)

Lets face it, when it comes to script writing, you either need a quiet concentrated environment to work in OR you suddenly get a great idea while walking down the side walk, and its a little hard to whip out your laptop and boot it up and… then you forget what you were thinking… Scripts Pro might help you here. Scripts Pro is a Top Tier script writing application for your iPhone & iPad. My initial thought when I saw the application was “I wish I had this when I was in film school!” I’m assuming you are viewing this review because you have either used Celtx or Final Draft in the past or maybe you’re using Word. None the less, Scripts Pro can handle any script coming from those programs (assuming you save the script as a .txt file in Word.)

Importing you scripts into Scripts Pro is quite easy. All you need to do it have your device on the same WiFi network as you computer. You then connect the two using your prowser on your computer and you can transfer a script one at a time. On the iPad you can also import via iTunes.

Scripts Pro makes formatting your script a breeze – it auto-capitalizes scene headings, characters & scene transitions. It keeps a list of all your scenes (can even reorder the scenes) & characters to navigate quickly or to edit a character’s name. It also has an auto-complete popup when typing for scene heading (much like the native iPhone spell checker) or the characters so you don’t have to constantly re-type each character’s name. On the iPad you have extra built-in options with the “replace” context menu.

Another notable feature within the app is the “TAB” button that has been added. In computer script writing software, the use of the TAB button is necessary in order to format certain elements within a script correctly. With the addition of it in the app, users will find it’s VERY helpful (why didn’t Apple add it…)

The application also allows you to hide the top panel of the keyboard so that you can see more of your script.

On the iPad, you have much more room to see your script. The menus for viewing character & scenes are drop downs compared to view it on a new screen on the iPad or iPod touch.

Finally, you also have the ability to view your script, title page & all to see it in its entirety.

Overall the application is very nice and perfect for any script writer that is looking to not get distracted in a software environment while writing. When the app initially released, the app seemed hard to navigate without any instructions. But the developer soon came up with an instruction manual. It can be found here. At $5.99 this universal app is a great deal. To add to its reputation, the developer seems to be consistently updating the app to make the app better and more efficient. If you are still hesitant about getting the app, you can download the “lite” version of the app called “Scripts

[iTunes Link - $5.99]

Scripts Pro, 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
Posted by Matt Sawyers | 08 May 2010 | iPad,Productivity,Reviews,Universal

5 Comments

  1. M@
    30 Sep 2010, 12:51 pm

    Love it, love it. I downloaded the ap and got to work in 2 minutes. Then I exported the file in .txt to one guy and .celtx for my own use on my notebook. THANK YOU for the Tab button!

  2. John
    23 May 2011, 1:26 pm

    I just got this, have to say very impressive for screen writing. The best I’ve used on the apple iOS.

  3. moondust
    02 Sep 2011, 6:04 am

    I just 6 pages of scripts because of this application. WHY DIDN’T THEY INCLUDE A ‘SAVE’ BUTTON? It’s impossible to save anything properly on this app.

    not worth the hassle.

  4. Jerry
    08 Feb 2012, 1:26 am

    How do you save what you have written. I have Final Draft 8, and I opened up my script with this app, well I typed upt 9 more pages on to what I had and then I emailed it to my director and when he opened it, it was gone! The only thing that was on there was what I had saved from when I was typing on my laptap. And, honestly I would rather have my iPad with me because it’s smaller and goes everywhere with me! Please help me because I was so upset I was about to delete the app, and I know $6 isn’t a lot for an app, but I don’t want the amount of a gallon of gas to go to waste!! Thank you!

  5. Anger@ASU
    26 Mar 2012, 1:12 am

    I regret this app. I was so happy when I bought it I started hammering out a feature. About seven pages in I decided to import from my ipad2 to my desktop. Freaking nightmare. I used .txt format it has two others but I am a writer not A computer nerd. It only imports to notepad and the text is all scrambled. Would you think that people who buy and use this app might want to import it to something like ms word people? Well they got my 6 bucks I guess that’s all they wanted anyway. DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!

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Screens

fullscreen
Hidden Header & footer
Hidden Header
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preview menu
script preview
page preview
scripts (ipad)
editing script (iPad)
selection context menu
selction context menu (replace)
scene menu (ipad)
character menu (ipad)
script editor (ipad)
preview menu (ipad)
options menu (ipad)
scenes  menu popup (ipad)
import via iTunes (ipad)
export menu (ipad)
selection