// February 13th, 2014 // Writing Tools

movie-magic-screenwriter-flat_mediumThere are two top notch screenwriting programs on the market: Final Draft (FD9) and Movie Magic Screenwriter (MMS).  There are also a few other desktop packages and web-based Screenwriting apps. But the top two programs that include all the bells and whistles are the aforementioned FD9 and MMS.

Don’t get me wrong – I like them both. I use them both. But it really depends on the situation. Sometimes a writing partner, a producer, or a director might be using FD9 and they pass the script along to me. So I have to use Final Draft.

For most of my screenwriting needs, I use Movie Magic Screenwriter. Comparing them side-to-side – nothing really stands out. It’s really a writer’s preference. They have all the features you’d want in a fully functional $200 screenwriting package. So I’m not really doing a side-to-side comparison. I’m just going to tell you why I love MMS and why I prefer it over FD9.

Why I Love Movie Magic Screenwriter

I’m an out and about writer. What I mean is, I can write anywhere and I’m always “out and about” – but I don’t always have my laptop with me so it’s great there are online screenwriting options out there like Celtx and ScreenwritingPro if you have access to computer and the internet.  But I also have a Nook Tablet and an iPhone 5s. So I can write using my Apple Bluetooth Keyboard on both. Yes, it looks funny to be typing on a keyboard with an iPhone 5S propped up, but if it works it works.

Both devices have the Celtx app but I’d rather have more freedom then a very restrictive screenwriting ‘app’ on my tablet or phone.

So I use a word processor on either device.

Yes, it’s a bit difficult to write a script in script format using a word processor, but I’ve been doing it for years.

Here’s what I’m getting at.

No matter what I write on, Celtx, MS Word, or on my Nook HD or  iPhone 5S, I can take that document by copying the text and pasting it right into Movie Magic Screenwriter.

Yup, just like that! I literally just copy and paste! Movie Magic Screenwriter uses “the most aggressive interpretation of the source text.”

There are little to no edits to be made by copying and pasting.

You can’t do that with FD9.

Well, you can. But it’s a mess. A hot mess. It’s not worth it.

You’ll read that all the other software packages have to export to an .rtf and how Celtx works best with FD9 and MMS is this proprietary thing where it’s not compatible with anything – but that’s all nonsense. Movie Magic Screenwriter does not need you to save as an RTF or PDF or TXT… just open the source document, copy the text, then paste it right into a new script document!

Simple, easy, fast.

I’ve been ‘looking’ for that go every where, do everything program outside of MMS that I can use when MMS is not available. And to be honest, it doesn’t matter. Word, Celtx, OfficeSuitePro on my Nook… it doesn’t matter. I write on anything and when I have my laptop, I copy what I wrote and paste it right into MMS.

It makes writing with anything… let me rephrase that… MMS makes it easy to write with anything because it interprets the copied source text magically! See what I did there? It’s magic!

I recommend either FD9 or MMS if you are SERIOUS about screenwriting. Why? Because, for the money, you definitely get what you pay for. And if you are paying money for the ‘cheaper’ packages out there because they are more affordable, you get what you pay for.

So there you go. Take your pick! You can’t go wrong with  Final Draft (FD9) or Movie Magic Screenwriter (MMS). But I made my case, hopefully, and highly recommend Movie Magic Screenwriter!

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