Celtx 2.9.1

Great, powerful online scriptwriting software that allows collaboration

  • Vote:
    6.3 (373)
  • Category:

    Text

  • Version:

    2.9.1

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free (gpl)

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.

Pros

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

Cons

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

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