Celtx

Celtx Screenshot

Celtx is essentially a free script writing program. It is free as in beer – you don’t have to pay for it – and free as in speech – you can view and make changes to the source code, if you like.

It has really good formatting and syntax – it is easy to see and understand what is going on when you read a manuscript – and compares admirably well to the industry standard proprietary program Final Draft.

From a technical point of view Celtx is based upon the mozilla suite source code. It seems a bit strange that a word processor type program can come from a web browser, but makes a bit of sense if you think it through. The Mozilla composer is a wysiwyg html editor – turning text into a format that renders in a particular way, which is all this program does. Mozdev describes Celtx not so much as a scriptwriting tool, but as a project collaboration tool for people who work in film, TV, theater and New Media.

I doubt Celtx will appeal to everyone out there, but if you are looking to write up a skit, play or even an event’s running sheet, Celtx looks to be an elegant, free solution that is likely to provide a much better result than using MS Word.

In other news, IE7 is out, but you probably already knew that. I wrote this post using Firefox 2.0 RC2 (on a Ubuntu Edgy beta desktop) and was very impressed with the inbuilt spell checking feature. Small enhancements seem to characterise this release, but they appear well thought out and mature, rather than breakthrough and unstable.

5 Replies to “Celtx”

  1. That’s full-time work for ya.

    On the topic of Celtx, when you e-mailed me this link a while ago, I read the description and thought, ‘Why is Dan sending me a scripting app? I’m not a programmer!’ and closed that e-mail. Now I feel stoopid. I like the storyboarding tool. It makes so much sense when you’re trying to put a script together to be able to drop pictures and sound clips into an outline and create stuff before you distil it into words. Although, having a brief look at the web site, it looks like it conforms to American scriptwriting standards, rather than the (I think nicer) Australian standards.

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