There are only a handful of writing apps in the market which is fully devoted to screenwriters, playwrites, or novelists, and Script Studio is one of them.
The unique thing about this product is it not only eases the whole scripting process by offering services like dictation assistant and text to speech; it also helps you become a better screenwriter by providing a scene-by-scene breakdown of 12 blockbuster Hollywood movies like Spider Man, Die Hard, and many more.
Let’s take a closer look and find out what else it can do for users.
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Our Verdict: If it were a free tool, I would have recommended this tool wholeheartedly. But since it costs you a hefty amount (almost a couple hundred dollars), my answer would be yes as well as no.[ /su_note]
Script Studio Pros
Script Studio is loaded with tools to help screenwriters and novelists specifically. Here's a detailed breakdown of all the right things I found in this app.
#1 Simple and easy to use
Script Studio has a clean interface that makes it a breeze for users to create manuscripts.
The menu bar is on top as usual, and all the options are on the left sides. The document lies in the middle where all the action happens. And all you need to do is, click on the white space and start typing.
#2 Take notes and ideas
Script Studio offers two separate tools for taking notes and building stories from scratch.
The first tool is “Scratch Pad” that is designed to help users quickly take notes, ideas, write down research, manage tasks, and even draft half-baked scripts.
It’s divided into eight categories that are listed on the right side.
It basically works as your virtual notepad.
The other tool is “Story Tasks”. According to Script Studio, the primary task of Story Tasks is to help you create a checklist of the story, so you don't miss to add a twist or punch in your stories.
#3 Wide range of export options
Script Studio is strong in the exporting game. You can export your manuscript as almost half a dozen file formats that include Final Draft (.fdx), PDF, HTML, RTF, Plain Text, and Fountain file formats.
Surprisingly, it doesn't allow users to export scripts as Docx files.
#4 Blocks on-screen distractions
Firstly, I was a bit surprised not to find “Focus Mode” that most of the premium and even a few free apps have to offer.
But then I took a sigh of relief to know that you have the option to turn the “Full Screen” mode on and clog up all the obstructions you see on screen.
#5 Analyze the pace of your story
The pace of a story is one of those critical aspects that keeps the audience stick to it till the end. And Script Studio includes a unique feature called “FeelFactor” that helps you analyze it.
It uses different colors to display the level of emotions like romance, shock, action, and twist your story has.
#6 Excellent Customer Support
Excellent would be a small word to describe the awesomeness of Script Studio's customer service.
I send them a message to gather some info about their product on Sunday, yes Sunday, and Lucy from their support team got back to me within 3 hours with a comprehensive answer.
I'm beyond impressed with the speed especially because I was not expecting such a rapid response on weekends.
Script Studio Cons
The list of flaws is not very long, but Script Studio still lacks some key attributes that their target audience can't ignore. It also put them behind of other premium screenwriting apps like Scrivener and Final Draft.
So, let's take a look at them.
#1 Cannot save older versions of content
It was a big bummer for Script Studio. Especially considering its target audience, i.e. screenwriters and novelists that constantly flip back and forth between their current and older copies to make sure they get the best outcome.
But unfortunately, you can't lock the older copies of your content. You have to save each version manually as a different project which is quite tiresome.
#2 Can't collaborate with others
Another minus point of using Script Studio is there's no way you can share your manuscript with others or invite your co-writer to work with you.
However, according to the support agent of Script Studio, if your partner also has a Script Studio license, only then you can share your projects with them via email.
#3 No mobile app
Script Studio can be downloaded in Mac and Windows computers, but it has zero presence in small screens or say smartphones.
I can understand that since it's made for writing plays or novels that is done mostly on computers, having mobile apps would have given the users the freedom to access their scripts from anywhere.
Sadly, that can't happen using Script Studio.
Script Studio pricing plans and payment options
Script Studio comes with a demo license that lasts for 30 days. After the end of this period, you can purchase the paid license by paying a one-time fee of $199.95 that is the same for Mac and Windows.
Also, you are covered with a 30-day money back guarantee. So even if you don't like the product, you won't lose anything.
However, Script Studio is very rigid regarding payment options because you can either pay by credit card or PayPal.
There are no other payment methods mentioned on their product checkout page.
Do I recommend Script Studio?
If it were a free tool, I would have recommended this tool wholeheartedly.
But since it costs you a hefty amount (almost a couple hundred dollars), my answer would be yes as well as no.
Yes, I do back this software if you work alone and don't share your manuscript with others quite often.
Script Studio can also be a great writing coach for novice screenwriters who are eager to improve their skills by comparing their work with blockbuster scripts.
However, if you like working with a co-writer or love taking feedback from others, then Script Studio will disappoint you for sure.
It's limited device compatibility, and inability to show the difference between previous revisions will also make many professional screenwriters and novelists ditch this app.