I’ve used Final Draft since 2003, and there’s nothing wrong with it. However, it’s chock-full of features I don’t use and has become so bloated as to complicate the use of features that I do. Then about a month ago, Henry called and told me I had to start using Slugline 2. Henry is a technophile and highly skilled at finding cool stuff. I wondered if his clear infatuation with this software wouldn’t fade like the love that blossoms during an impromptu orgy at an ecstasy rave. But I gave it a try.
Within five minutes, I was a convert.
Slugline 2 for Mac is a simple text editor. That’s it. There are no drop-down menus. It’s based on Fountain, and everything a writer needs to write a screenplay can be accessed from the keyboard. Slugline intuits the elements. It may sound a little weird, but after a five to ten minute learning curve, the act of writing transforms into an unobstructed flow. And the experience is nearly identical on an iPad or iPhone.
If you’re using Final Draft, check this out before you upgrade to the next version. If you’re just starting out, Slugline 2 is a no-brainer. It’s $49. (For the record, I have no affiliation with Slugline. Clicking the link below will generate no income for me. Sadly).