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  • #: 233641
  • Price: $4.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: 2010-05-06
  • Current Version:
  • Size: 0.30 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Black Mana Studios
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © Black Mana Studios
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Screenplay receives 10 out of 10 on The iPhone App Review !



Screenplay is reviewed on Creative Screenwriting Magazine 2010 January/February issue.


Black Mana Studios is now an official technology partner of Final Draft Inc., creators of the industry-standard Final Draft production suite. Naturally, this strengthens our commitment to the FDX format, and we are working on implementing extended support for this format and Final Draft software.


Black Mana Studios’ Screenplay is the world’s first fully-functional mobile screenwriting application. It allows professionals and hobbyists alike to write complete movie and television screenplays directly on the iPhone or iPod Touch.

We went to great lengths to make screenwriters feel right at home with our creation. Using Screenplay, you can write anywhere between a single scene and a full movie. On the train, during a boring meeting or simply in bed – don’t let a good scene be forgotten!

Version 1.1 features:

* Stability and performance - The app was written from scratch with older iPhones and iPod Touch in mind. The screen tilt issue is completely solved and the app runs smoothly.

* Import and Export to FDX - The industry standard FDX format was created by Final Draft. Screenplay supports the script component inside Final Draft 8(FDX is supported by Final Draft 8 and above only), meaning you can import and export screenplays to and from your iPhone/iPod, and then continue to work where you left off.

* Import and Export to and from Celtx and other screenwriting software via text format.

* Import from URL or Online Storage - Version 1.1 supports importing Final Draft 8 FDX and formatted TXT files from a URL. Additionally, a dedicated screenplay storage account is currently provided completely free of charge to our users. We may change the nature of the service in future versions, so be sure to experiment with it.

* iPhone OS 3.0 Text Features - Cut/Copy/Paste, magnifying glass, auto-complete - all supported.

* New, innovative and intuitive interface - Created by professional screenwriters for screenwriters, with touch screen in mind. See the screenshots on our website.

* Standard screenplay formatting – both on screen and in the exported file.

* Character name auto-complete – once you introduce characters into the script, you never have to type their name again!

* One click character rename throughout the entire script.

* Drag-and-drop scene reordering – keeps the contents intact!

* Lock the screen to either landscape or portrait mode – type comfortably in bed!

For support and full PDF manual please visit our website at www.blackmana.com/iphone

We are committed to our users - if you have a feature that you want added or a bug that needs our attention, please don't hesitate and post about it on our forums at:


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Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


0/5 stars


This app does not support .fdr, which is the extension of files created with versions of Final Draft prior to FD8. So, while the developer expresses their excitement about embracing .fdx (the FD8 file extension), they do NOT indicate that this means that FD7 users are about to buy a product they CANNOT use.

Further, on their product forum, Black Mana basically tells complaining FD7 customers, "tough luck." They refuse to provide refunds and indicate that Apple will not allow a refund. However, since the product does not perform as reasonably expected, FD7 customers should be able to secure a refund by going to their purchase history and clicking "report a problem." They can then click the "report a problem" link that will appear next to the app's name and be given a screen to describe the problem. Then, in a few days, Apple should arrange the refund.

I spent $7.99 on the product thinking I'd be able to import my scripts and work on them on the fly and then re-import them back to my FD7. Of course, I cannot do this as Screenplay does not support .fdr. I see that the price has dropped to $4.99. And I'm sure that's a bargain if you use FD8. But for those who are not planning to buy the FD upgrade anytime soon, BEWARE... This app will not work for you. The developer doesn't seem to want to play fair and inform people of this, but I think screenwriters get reamed enough without Black Mana adding to the colonic assault.

UPDATE: I posted a similar message on Black Mana's forum so that other customers could get a refund. My post was EDITED so that it said nothing and I was permanently banned.

Black Mana clearly does not want FD7 users to be aware that this app will be useless to them and they do not want them to be able to get a refund. This is just BAD BUSINESS.

I hope someone at Black Mana will realize that treating potential customers unfairly is not the way to make money and either add support for .fdr or indicate in the product description that FD7 is not supported.

5/5 stars

A Nice Clean Script App!

So far I've been using this to edit scripts I've imported from Final Draft and it's worked great. It's not fancy but, more importantly, it's very clean and well organized. I find it laughable that the person who complains that the app won't support the Final Draft 7 format won't pony up the rubles for the FD8 upgrade? Are you just planning on never upgrading while FD keeps forging ahead? FD8 is far superior and if you plan on working seriously, you ought to invest the whopping $99 for the upgrade. No charge for this advice either! The reason I mention that is because it's sort of unfair to bash an app for those reasons, especially when it's actually a very good one. Nothing's perfect. Just deal with it and upgrade.

I had contacted them a few weeks ago and said they are planning an iPad version. Not sure when but I hope that's still the case. I recommend this app, highly!

5/5 stars

Another home run!

I've tested this little app out with all the exporting needs I need and it's met them all. Scripting has never been easier! Worth the price tag and will be even more awesome if it comes out for the iPad! Thanks for creating such a wonderful simple ease of use app guys.


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