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When we start writing out first script, we never have the money. So we need some cool free software to get started.

Adobe Story

Adobe Story is a free online collaborative (or not) scriptwriting software. You need to create a user account and be connected to teh internet while you write.


Plotbot is another free browser based free scriptwriting software.


ScreenForge v1.1a is a combination of three MS Word templates that work together to create a Script Cover page, Title/Fly page, and the Screenplay itself. It has been designed with the formatting rules outlined in the book, The Complete Guide To Standard Script Formats Part I: The Screenplay, by Hillis R. Cole, Jr., and Judith H. Haag. The Screenwriter's Bible, by David Trottier, also contributed some useful screenwriting elements. ScreenForge provides the means to easily write a screenplay in the accepted Hollywood format. It frees the writer to concentrate on the expressive craft of writing rather than the rigid rules of formatting, while maintaining the familiar interface and functionality of MS Word.

NOTE: Follow the above ScreenForge link for important information about the licensing and registration fee for the ScreenForge screenwriting software.

Cinergy Script Editor

The editor can be installed as standalone script editing program, or you can access it from within the main Cinergy production management system. The CSE is the easiest way to automatically apply industry standard formatting and pagination rules to your script. An intuitive interface allows you to spend more time focusing on ideas instead of using your energy on properly formatting your pages. Scripts are automatically formatted for character names, action, dialog and other elements while you write. Continual software updates are provided via the Cinergy Update Wizard, and require only the click of a button to download and install the latest enhancements.

System Requirements:

Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP, 233 MHz Pentium or higher, 10-30MB of available hard disk space, Internet access for online updates. Minimum system RAM: 32MB

(Not for Mac yet)

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This is a beautiful open source free software for Windows and Linux.


  • Screenplay editor: Enforces correct script format and pagination, auto-completion, and spell checking.
  • Multiplatform : Behaves identically on all platforms, generating the exact same output.
  • Choice of view: Multiple views, including draft view, WYSIWYG mode, and fullscreen to suit your writing style.
  • Name database: Character name database containing over 200,000 names from various countries.
  • Reporting: Scene/location/character/dialogue reports.
  • Compare: Ability to compare scripts, so you know what changed between versions.
  • Import: Screenplay formatted text, Final Draft XML (.fdx), Celtx (.celtx), Fountain (.fountain), Adobe Story (.astx) and Fade In Pro (.fadein).
  • Export: PDF, formatted text, HTML, RTF, Final Draft XML (.fdx) and Fountain (.fountain).
  • PDF: Built-in, highly configurable PDF generator. Supports embedding your chosen font. Also supports generating PDFs with custom watermarks, to help track shared files.
  • Free software: Licensed under the GPL, Trelby welcomes developers and screenwriters to contribute in making it more useful.

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WriterDuet : Online and Offline, basic is free.

StoryTouch: Meet Story Touch! The revolutionary software that offers more than writing! See your screenplay in a timeline and use exclusive tools to make a thorough structural and dramatic analysis. Share your comments intuitively - a professional scriptdoctoring made easier. (FREE)

BBBC-ScreenPlay : FREE but Windows Only.

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