Highland at Mac App Store analyse

App power index: 180 (based on ranks around App Stores today)
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Developer: Quote-Unquote Apps
Price: 0 free
Current version: 1.9.4, last update: 9 months ago
First release : 18 Mar 2013
App size: 7.27 Mb
4.3 ( 5323 ratings )
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Highland is the award-winning screenplay editor that lets you focus on the words, not margins. Designed by screenwriter John August and his team, Highland is the better way to write movies and television.

"Highland is just a cleaner, purer way to be creative. My mind is calmer and less cluttered when I use it because I can write prose so easily and jump to dialogue when that’s more intuitive."
— Phil Lord, Writer/Director of The Lego Movie, 21 & 22 Jump Street

"Highland has changed my entire way of working with scripts. I use it every day."
— David Wain, Writer/Director/EP of Childrens Hospital

"A powerhouse of features that will help you shine in the screenwriting business."
— Mac AppStorm (9/10)

"Certainly for those in the film industry, this app is more than worth its price."
— Macworld (2013 Eddy Winner)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F O C U S . . . . . . . .

You write. Highland formats.

Unlike old-fashioned editors, you dont need to tell Highland which element is a character and which is dialogue. It just knows.

So you can spend your time finding the perfect word, not the right menu command.

When you want to see the layout, quickly toggle between your text and your screenplay preview with Cmd-E. Your hands never need to leave the keyboard.

With one click, Highland turns your words into a perfectly-formatted screenplay, ready to print or export as an FDX or PDF.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F E A T U R E S . . . . . . . .

Highland is built by screenwriters, for screenwriters. You’ll love working in an editor designed for writing.

- Dark Mode. Late night inspiration without the eye-strain.

- Full screen mode. The ultimate distraction-free screenwriting experience.

- In-line notes and synopses. Keep your notes right where you need them.

- Smart sections. Organize your script by acts and sequences, not scene headers.

- Syntax highlighting. Highland denotes sections, synopses, notes, and formatting beautifully.

- Smart pagination. Highland knows how to break pages just right, keeping sentences together.

- Boneyard. Keep those scraps and partial scenes handy for reference.

- Easy uppercase. Shift-return transforms a line to uppercase—perfect for and scene headings and character slugs.

- Fountain cheat sheet. Forget how to center something? The answer is a glance away.

. . . . . . . . . . . A D V A N T A G E S . . . . . . . .

Highland is built for today, and the future.

- Speed. Highland is lean and mean. From scrolling to previews, Highland is blisteringly fast. Because its Mac-only, we optimize it using the latest Apple technologies.

- Great typography. Highland features Courier Prime and Highland Sans for exceptional typography right out of the box. Screenwriters shouldnt have to look at ugly fonts.

- Standards-leading. Created by the same team that helped forge the Fountain standard, Highland speaks Fountain fluently. Were often the first to incorporate new specs, such as lyrics and forced character names.

- Compatible. Highland is perfect for moving files between Fountain, Final Draft, and PDF formats.

- Built for retina. Highland’s simplicity is even sharper on retina displays.

- Best-in-class PDF melting. Screenplay PDFs are no longer frozen in carbonate. This was Highlands breakout feature, and remains unequaled.

- Active development. Highland receives regular updates, sometimes twice a month, incorporating user-requested features almost every build.

- Created by working screenwriters. We use Highland every day, which is why we keep refining it.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S U P P O R T . . . . . . . .

Our in-app "Welcome to Highland" (under the Help menu) can walk you though many features.

We also have an extensive FAQ, available both in-app and online:


Send Feedback directly from the Help menu, or reach us online by email at [email protected], or on Twitter @qapps
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Available in countries
Country Price
Canada 39.99 CAD
China 198 CNY
France 32.99 EUR
Germany 32.99 EUR
Italy 32.99 EUR
Netherlands 32.99 EUR
Portugal 32.99 EUR
Spain 32.99 EUR
Poland 32.99 EUR
UK 28.99 GBP
India 999.99 INR
Japan 999.99 JPY
Poland 139.99 PLN
Russia 999.99 RUB
Turkey 129.99 TRY
USA 29.99 USD
Korea, Republic Of 32.99 USD
Ukraine 29.99 USD
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Latest version Highland: 1.9.4

- Fixes a printing issue in macOS Sierra

Apps Changes History:
  • 1 year ago: New App Version 1.9.3 ☛ 1.9.4
  • 1 year ago: New App Version 1.9.4 ☛ 1.9.3
  • 1 year ago: New App Version 1.9.3 ☛ 1.9.4
  • 1 year ago: New App Version 1.9.2 ☛ 1.9.3
  • 1 year ago: New App Version 1.9.1 ☛ 1.9.2
  • 1 year ago: New App Version 1.9 ☛ 1.9.1
  • 2 years ago: New App Version 1.8.9 ☛ 1.9
  • 2 years ago: New App Version 1.8.8 ☛ 1.8.9
  • 2 years ago: New App Version 1.8.7 ☛ 1.8.8
creative writing shouldn’t feel like coding

I guess if you love hand-formatting everything with little glyphs, if you have a fetish for markup, then this app is for you. If you like a frictionless creative workflow, then not so much. Apps like Final Draft aren’t very good from a programming standpoint but at least you aren’t forced to learn an unnatural syntax just to get your thoughts across. The developer (John August) has always struck me as more of a coder than a writer. His priorities are technical, not creative.

Simple, clean and easy to use

I was used to writing in celtx, but decided when I started working on my new project I was ready for a change, and decided on a whim to buy Highland. So far a couple days into it and really enjoying the experience. It doesn’t have a billion features, but what it does it does well and it made writing fun and easy. My only complaint is that the way Highland formats and deals with title pages is fincky and unflexible and I would love in the future to see greater control in that area and a few others. If you like scriptwriting though and are looking for something to write in that isn’t too intimidating or pricy, I’d say this is a good choice.

Strong tool

I’m a screenwriter. I jump between Final Draft and Scrivener. Highland has been monumental in helping me isolate issues and focus on the most vital thing in writing; ‘say one thing at a time’ - with its pure set-up, it helps you focus and ‘dive into’ moments. It’s a sharp tool. Thanks, Highlanders!

Saved me hours.

I needed to do breakdowns of a script from a .fdx and only had a pdf version. This software saved me having to reformat copy-pasted text. It took about a second to convert, and the exported .fdx file worked seamlessly with StudioBinder.

Simple, clean, CHEAP.

QUICK SUMMARY: Highland has a clean interface. Writing with Fountain, which interprets most things without help and interprets the rest easily, required a very short learning curve. It’s seriously easy. + conversion into PDF and Final Draft file + .fountain extension can be read by ANY text editor, which rules LONGER VERSION: Like many aspiring screenwriters, I spent serious money on Final Draft when I started out. I also use Celtx when working within a team, since indie filmmakers rarely want to spend much on software. Why, if there’s an alternative? Now, as I wrote more and more, I found that I’m doing my best writing in plain text. I wrote in notes, in icloud pages, in google docs… then copying that into Final Draft was annoying and took some time to format. Through the Scriptnotes Podcast, I heard of HIghland. Now that I have my first ever paid screenwriting gig, I knew I needed to upgrade from Final Draft 8, but the update clocked in at $80… quite a lot for someone on a budget. Plus, my co-author works with Movie Magic, causing serious concerns regarding compatability. I love the Scriptnotes app as well as Weekend Read, so I figured I should trust John August in developing a screenwriting app that I’ll be able to work with. … and I was right! You can quickly jump from edit to preview, the conversion is amazingly fast so you see if something doesn’t look right, but at the heart it’s just plain text. You get a Fountain syntax cheat cheat, four buttons (edit, preview, word count/page number, export), have dark mode, and much more. If you’re on a budget and enjoy plain text writing - THIS is the app for you!

Simplicity and Elegance

I was a long time user of Celtx, stubborn about the idea that at their core, all screenwriting software did the same thing and there was no reason to spend money on one. Thankfully, a colleague of mine who has been using Highland for a while convinced me to take a chance and purchase the app when I was starting my latest script. The simplicity and direct functionality take the thought and tedium out of screenwriting, allowing you more time and brainpower to devote to actually writing your STORY rather than messing around with formats all day. Additionally, the Fountain language’s ability to translate plain text into a screenplay format means that I can conceivably work on my screenplay anywhere, on any device, should the need arise. If you aren’t satisfied with other screenwriting programs, or even if you think you are, I highly suggest using Highland.

Simple, straightforward and almost perfect — except for one big miss

I love Highland. Writing in Fountain and having the tool to export to either Final Draft or PDF is fundemental. But ... Highland desperately needs an additional feature added to the Print/Export functionality. Many agencies, producers and competitions require that scripts have specific information (ie. TITLE, AUTHOR, DRAFT or what-have-you) printed at the top of every page. This is a function that most scripting apps like Final Draft have. But Highland does not. Which means, that to meet the requirements of many of my submissions, I need to own Final Draft just to add those top margin elements to my scripts. That is a huge flaw in Highland that makes it less than the perfect solution it could easily be. Please prioritize adding this feature to the next Highland update. It should not be too difficult to do and it will get your loyal Highland users one step closer to ending their need for Final Draft. Also, please add the choice of outputting UNDERLINED SCENE HEADINGS. I, and many others, finding this endlessly useful. Thank you for hearing these feature requests.

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