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October 18, 2018 48 comments
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10 Best Screenwriting Apps for Writing Scripts On-the-Go

You’re a screenwriter with big ideas. Ideas that you often need to get down in the moment, wherever you are. This means you need the best screenwriting apps that can let you write on-the-go.

Luckily there are a number of apps out there that can do exactly this. The problem is knowing which are the best screenwriting apps to check out and which are the ones you should leave smoldering in the Mac or Google Play store.

What Are the Best Screenwriting Apps on the Market? 

The truth is, there are actually only a few screenwriting apps that are worth using. That’s why we’ve tried and tested most of them and come up with our selection for the very best screenwriting apps most worth your time and money.

The list below includes screenwriting apps for Mac users and screenplay writing apps for Android users.

We’ve also not just included apps for writing on, but also to read scripts on and even to hear them read aloud on. (The screenwriting apps are listed in alphabetical order, not in order of merit.)

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Our Top 10 Best Screenwriting Apps 

1. Fade In

fade in screenwriting appFade In was one of the five that made it onto our list of the five best screenwriting software and their script writing app version doesn’t disappoint. Just like the desktop version, Fade In Mobile is less prone to crashing and glitchy display problems found in other screenwriting apps.

You can download and try it out a demo version for free. While the demo doesn’t provide the full range of features available in the paid version, it does offer basic viewing and editing functionality for reading and writing on the go.

Price: Free / $4.99
Compatibility: Apple / Android
Download Fade In Mobile screenwriting app >>

2. WriterDuet

writerduet appThis screenwriting app from WriterDuet works in the same way as their desktop version which made it onto our list of the best screenwriting software on the market. Just like the Celtx app, it’s cloud-based with automatic backups, making it really easy for writers collaborating on a script to share and edit in real-time.

It’s also really easy to use all around, allowing you to focus on the story without worrying about formatting and switching between various elements such as action lines and dialogue.

Price: Free
Compatibility: Apple / Android
Download WriterDuet screenwriting app >>

3. Final Draft

final draft writing appThe Final Draft app currently comes in two forms (both of which are currently only available to Apple users.) The first is a paid portable version of the software, in which you can write and share scripts across multiple platforms using iCloud or Dropbox.

The second is a free script reading app on which you can read scripts, but not write or edit them. As the full Final Draft app is pretty cheap you’re probably better off just going for that one so you can write on the move on your iPad or iPhone.

Price: Free / $9.99
Compatibility: Apple
Download Final Draft Mobile app >>

4. Slugline

slugline screenwriting appIf you want a film script writing app that’s completely distraction-free, without all the bells and whistles that come with fancier products, then this is the one for you. Slugline sticks to the basics: minimal tabbing, automatic formatting, integrated outlining and a super clean design.

This is the highest-rated screenplay app in the Apple store and also comes with a few templates, such as the Save the Cat Beat Sheet. Probably one of the best movie script writing apps when it comes to design.

Price: $19.99
Compatibility: Apple
Download Slugline screenwriting app >>

5. Storyist

storyist appThis may be the best screenplay app to go for if you also write novels. It’s a pretty powerful piece of software that’s ideal for writing and editing not just screenplays but manuscripts as well.

The best thing about using this app is how organized it is. With just a few taps, you can access any script or novel, or any part of it, conveniently from your mobile device. While it’s not as popular as some of the bigger screenplay writing apps, it’s cheap and does what it says it does.

Price: $14.99
Compatibility: Apple
Download Storyist screenwriting app >>

6. (beat)

beat screenwriting appThis is a new free, open-source screenwriting app for macOS. It’s simple, elegant and minimalistic, pretty close to Slugline, but has automatic scene numbering and uses Fountain files.

Beat was originally created by a Finnish screenwriter and was designed to let writers concentrate on writing. It’s aim is to provide more free creative software for creators and enable them to create even more.

Price: Free
Compatibility: Apple
Download (beat) screenwriting app >>

7. Index Card

index card script writing appWhile you’re in the plotting stage of your screenplay, use this screenplay app to organize your ideas and scenes on index cards just like you would on a real cork board.

We’ve tried various screenwriting apps with similar features and Index Card definitely comes out on top for its ease of use and design. The only downside is its compatibility is limited as it’s only available for iPad users.

Price: $4.99
Compatibility: Apple
Download Index Card script writing app >>

8. Contour

contour appDeveloped by Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, Jeffrey Alan Schechter, Contour is probably the best screenplay app for helping writers take an idea and develop it into a fully fleshed-out outline.

While its “fill-in-the-blanks” approach, may put some writers off, others will find it pretty effective at guiding their story down the right path. It does this by asking questions about the protagonist and what they want etc. so you have a better idea of what elements to include in the outline and hopefully never be left wondering “what comes next?” again.

Price: $39.95
Compatibility: Apple / Android
Download Contour screenwriting app >>

9. Celtx

celtx appAs we noted in our review of the five best screenwriting software available, Celtx’s main selling point is that writers are able to collaborate on a script in real-time. This is due to the cloud-based nature of the software and you’re able to do this for free using the mobile version too.

This Celtx app is equally popular among Apple and Android users and lets them write formatted scripts, automatically sync, collaborate with their partners and take advantage of free online backups and storage.

Price: Free
Compatibility: Apple / Android
Download Celtx screenwriting app >>

10. Weekend Read  

weekend read appDeveloped by screenwriter John August, this script writing app is designed purely for reading screenplays rather than writing them and it does the job just perfectly. Now you’re finally able to upload a PDF and read it on your mobile device, as well as Final Draft, Plain Text and Fountain files.

Weekend Read also comes with a host of great features not found in all movie script writing apps, including the ability to change the text size and font, highlight characters, search and read in “dark mode.” Definitely the best screenwriting app for reading scripts rather than writing them.

Price: Free
Compatibility: Apple
Download Weekend Read script writing app >>

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Top 10 Best Screenwriting Apps: Conclusion

That’s our roundup of the best screenwriting apps out there, so now you have absolutely zero excuses to not write while you’re out and about. Also, remember to let us know in the comments section below about the best apps for screenwriting you think we’ve missed out.

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48 Comments
  1. Dave W says:

    When I was asked to help with the 2nd act rewrites on Foxcatcher I found myself in a dilemma. I was researching, and living in, a very remote location. A studio friend recommended SRP…….
    Suffice to say, all went extremely well and the majority of MY submissions were included in final draft. Excellent app.

  2. Andrew Nebel says:

    I am looking for an app to write a play. I have heard Celtx is great for me but can’t find it in the microsoft store? i have a surface pro 3. Any thoughts on which apps work well in the windows environment and can be bought on line??

  3. John Mitchell says:

    Interesting screenwriting apps. I will check them out thank u

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, John!

  4. Carly Donahue says:

    Awesome post!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for that, Carly.

  5. Corinne says:

    Hey thanks u so much for this. Save me a lot of time so thank u.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      No problem, Corinne.

  6. Jeff says:

    I need a good Script writing App

  7. Mary Bates says:

    Thank you for the list, very interesting, some of them were pretty new to me. On my side I use TwelvePoint, on the iPhone. I have just imported my old script in it, added some more scenes for a theater play and sent it to my friends. Everything done through the phone. So far I can’t complain…

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for the heads up Mary – we’ll add it to the list.

  8. Mike says:

    Great list thank you!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Mike.

  9. Steven Luotto says:

    Let me start by saying that I don’t write screenplays, but translate ’em. So I don’t need corkboards and similar… N brainstorming.

    All I need is something that edits REAL WELL and that formats according to the industrial standard.

    Okay, of the above, I have Storyist, FD and Fade In (for my iPad minis and iPhone).
    They are all subpar when it comes to editing power. On all of them, the editing is based on keen eye commanding chubby finger to drag teensy mini-handle before hitting backspace.

    Ridiculous! Editing is connective. Hint: when you highlight to delete, why do you end the selection where you do? Could it be that you want the value (word, punctuation mark, symbol, number) just beyond the tippy-tippy end of the highlighting?

    Well, why not CALL that value to the cursor instead of moving thingamabobs? Yes, don’t delete… connect, ’cause that’s what you’re really doing anyway!

    There is one app that has connective editing and it’s called Notebooks. Naturally it handles “fountain” files (which are really txt)… but it lets you see the fountain files formatted as screenplays.

    Editing power? On a hand-held (iPad Mini, no external keyboards, meaning no stationary chairs and tables, it takes me:

    1 tap to cancel a word (also semi-automatic style – tap-tap-tap).

    On all the above apps, single word deletion takes three touches and there’s no consecutive action)

    1 tap to cancel a paragraph. (also consecutive action). Need to zap out a parenthetical? “Tap” – done

    1 tap to cancel from anywhere in a paragr. to the end of the selfsame paragr.

    1 tap to cancel to the next period, or comma, or question mark

    2 taps to cancel to the first instance of any other punctuation mark / symbol

    “X” amount of taps… but really frigging fast to cancel to any word.

    For my work, TRANSLATION, using any of the above apps reviewed in this article would slow me down terribly.

    So I suggest Notebooks, using fountain, and then Fade In (Desktop)

    The Fade In iOS app doesn’t show scene numbers so for me anyway – fugghedaboudit!

  10. Steven Luotto says:

    Let me start by saying that I don’t write screenplays, but translate ’em. So I don’t need corkboards and similar… No brainstorming.

    All I need is something that edits REAL WELL and that formats according to the industrial standard.

    Okay, of the above, I have Storyist, FD and Fade In (for my iPad minis and iPhone).
    They are all subpar when it comes to editing power. On all of them, the editing is based on keen eye commanding chubby finger to drag teensy mini-handle before hitting backspace.

    Ridiculous! Editing is connective. Hint: when you highlight to delete, why do you end the selection where you do? Could it be that you want the value (word, punctuation mark, symbol, number) just beyond the tippy-tippy end of the highlighting?

    Well, why not CALL that value to the cursor instead of moving thingamabobs? Yes, don’t delete… connect, ’cause that’s what you’re really doing anyway!

    There is one app that has connective editing and it’s called Notebooks. Naturally it handles “fountain” files (which are really txt)… but it lets you see the fountain files formatted as screenplays.

    Editing power? On a hand-held (iPad Mini, no external keyboards, meaning no stationary chairs and tables, it takes me:

    1 tap to cancel a word (also semi-automatic style – tap-tap-tap).

    On all the above apps, single word deletion takes three touches and there’s no consecutive action)

    1 tap to cancel a paragraph. (also consecutive action). Need to zap out a parenthetical? “Tap” – done

    1 tap to cancel from anywhere in a paragr. to the end of the selfsame paragr.

    1 tap to cancel to the next period, or comma, or question mark

    2 taps to cancel to the first instance of any other punctuation mark / symbol

    “X” amount of taps… but really frigging fast to cancel to any word.

    For my work, TRANSLATION, using any of the above apps reviewed in this article would slow me down terribly.

    So I suggest Notebooks, using fountain, and then Fade In (Desktop)

    The Fade In iOS app doesn’t show scene numbers so for me anyway – fugghedaboudit!

  11. Marc Lagante says:

    Last summer I bought TwelvePoint and installed on my iPhone and iPad and it is something completely different from the usual “industry recommended” apps…
    You really can feel the app has been designed for a phone, and you don’t have to learn any additional formatting language.
    I imported some old scenarios I had in .docx and and that’s it, I am using it practically everyday. From time to time I export the scenario in text format to share it with my friends.
    Now, I am getting used to write screenplay on the train, on my way to the office… 🙂 I reccomend it!

    I believe this is the official website: http://www.twelvept.com

    P.s.
    There is also a Mac version, I haven’t tried yet though.

  12. Maddison Cook says:

    I am 16 and writing my first script. Just wanted to say what a lovely resource this website is. It’s really helping me.
    Maddison xoxo

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for the shoutout, Maddison!

  13. Kate Cresswell says:

    Thank you for this list. I usually take notes on Evernote but don’t actually write on the script but will download one of these now.

  14. Ken Maguire says:

    I use Fade In at home and when I’m out writing on the go. Good choice if you’re having trouble making up your mind.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Yes, it’s a great program.

  15. Tony Serada says:

    I’m struggling to see why Writer Duet is at the bottom of this list? It’s obviously the best app for screenwriting on this list.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      It’s alphabetical.

  16. Victoria T says:

    I love movies, I love writing movies, I love watching movies. Thank you for posting this Scriptreader!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Victoria – happy writing!

  17. Florence Bauer says:

    Hi to every one, do you know how to get Celtx to import WD file?

  18. Otto Sherman says:

    I’m not sure exactly why MovieMagic app is not on here??

  19. Sammy Brooks says:

    Just what I was looking for.
    You’ve ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man.
    Have a nice day.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Sammy!

  20. Nick says:

    Great list. Going to check out Fade In and Contour.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Nick.

  21. Farhan Z says:

    Today anyone has an Android phone but we can’t all afford Apple phones. Please include more Android.

  22. Adan Ki says:

    WriterDuet and FadeIn are def the best screenwriting apps out there right now. That could change but for now you should pic one of those two.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Good choices, yes.

  23. Juan Marquez says:

    I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but it is a personal choice. Why should we listen to you?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      It’s not mandatory 🙂

  24. Iris says:

    Thanks for sharing! Think I’m goign with Fade In.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Good move, Iris.

  25. Ant Roblett says:

    Wow! Just what I was looking for, thank you for putting this list together SRP

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Ant!

  26. Stuart Smithers says:

    Can you use Celtx app just like the proper program or how is it different?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      If you go to their site it explains the difference.

  27. Sharni Vindiola says:

    You’ve saved me a lot of research on finding the best screenwriting app for me so thank you very much. God bless.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for the shout out, Sharni!

  28. thurston p says:

    That is a really good list thank you for sharing Script reader Pro!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Thurston!

  29. Chu Nyahay says:

    did u try all these apps?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Yes.

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