Celtx 2.9.1

A free-to-use, script-writing program that acts as a good alternative to Final Draft

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  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free (GPL)
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Celtx 2.9.1
Celtx (GPL)

Celtx is a piece of software designed to help screenwriters translate their creative vision into words on a page. Unlike Final Draft, which is the industry's benchmark script editing app, Celtx is completely free. However, it tries to offer as much of the same advanced utility as Final Draft.

In some ways, you could argue that Celtx is ahead of Final Draft. The reason for this claim is that Celtx contains tools that not only help with the actual screenwriting process, but it includes tools for pre-production support as well. By combining scriptwriting functionality with pre-production tools that are filled with media content, the software suite hopes to provide users with a fully comprehensive screenwriting experience.

The software also includes collaboration features that help you give and receive feedback online. If you're working on a script with a partner on the other side of the country, Celtx gives you the ability to share your progress online and even make edits directly in the online environment.

While Celtx is obviously a superior option for scriptwriting over Microsoft Word or other text editors, it really shouldn't be directly compared to benchmark apps in the category like Final Draft. There are some interesting features that are unique to Celtx, but that can't stand up to the powerful organizational and editing tools found in Final Draft.

Of course, Final Draft is prohibitively expensive, and Celtx is completely free. That alone is a highly appealing feature for writers who are struggling to make ends meet. With Celtx, you'll receive automatic help when it comes to formatting, analyzing, and editing your script. Playwrights could also take advantage of the software for a streamlined creative experience, but the software will require slight adaptation to make that work. It's already ideally suited for screenwriters.

One downside to the software is the online collaboration function. While this sounds like an excellent idea, the software doesn't provide any instruction for how to take advantage of those tools. If it were more obvious how to invite users or create shared content, perhaps the feature could be useful. Those who are on a limited budget should certainly consider Celtx if for no other reason than the fact that it costs nothing to use.

In the most recent version of Celtx, a number of updates and improvements have been made. The Cut, Copy, and Paste functions have all been improved so they are much more stable, and you can now use those functions between sketches or inside a single sketch. You can choose to move individual images or several at once with the functions thanks to the newly added ability to select multiple objects on the page. With this ability to group several objects in a single sketch, you can move those objects as if they were a single object.


  • Free Utility
  • Strong Editing Functions
  • Script Breakdowns


  • Ad Supported
  • Confusing Online Collaboration Tools

Celtx is a software application specializing in pre-production and the creation of screenplays and novels. The program is offered at various price levels, each with increasing available tools. The free version of the software, targeted at students and hobbyists, serves as a free alternative to the industry standard screenplay software, Final Draft.

The main function of Celtx, formatting a screenplay in industry standard format, does its job well. The process makes it easy for new writers to write their stories without the need to worry about the organization of elements on the page. This is especially important for screenplays and teleplays due to the understanding that one page equals one minute of screen time. The simple interface is easy to learn and the program guides the writer to make the best formatting decisions.

While the format Celtx uses is not exact to industry standard, it still provides an almost unnoticeable copy and only the most seasoned professionals would be able to nitpick out the small discrepancies. As of now, the software does require an internet connection in order to organize your screenplay into the proper format in a printable configuration.

After completion of your work, Celtx can easily save the file as a PDF, making it effortless to share with colleagues online or in a physical form.

Most of the advanced features in the program’s toolkit are reserved for the pay versions of the software. Here, users are given the ability to add storyboards to help complement their work and to help have a visual representation of their story. It is also possible to create budgets and schedules in the more costly versions, completing Celtx as a full on pre-production suite.

The online interconnectivity of Celtx makes it easy to work with others on the same project, especially in the subscription version as it adds administrative capabilities, giving the project leads more control in a production company environment.

In general, Celtx is a valuable piece of software as it provides an entry point for those individuals not yet ready to spend money on more expensive script-writing software. The free option of Celtx is great for students who are attending school for screenwriting while the later versions of the software add more to the pre-production side of the suite and would be more valuable to a production company than to an individual user.


  • Free version
  • Full pre-production suite
  • Easy to learn
  • Automatically formats for user


  • Screenplay format not exact to industry standard
  • Online connectivity required for formatting

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