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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: 1 year 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:

quoteunquoteapps.com/highland/faq

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
Available for devices
MacDesktop,

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
great file converter, but a little pricy for what it does

Beautiful app, but seems a little expensive for what it does. I can’t think of a better way to convert between Final Draft, Fountain (.txt) and PDF format — but for actually *writing*, you’ll probably want something with autocomplete at the very least. Fountain is a very cool syntax for plain text-based screenwriting, but even within the world of Fountain-based software, there are other alternatives out there that are a little more user-friendly, especially at this price. Slugline works quite nicely, or WriterDuet if you don’t mind writing in a web browser and in a very un-Mac-like interface (not for me, but it does work). Also, people bragging about this “replacing” Final Draft never needed Final Draft or any of its specialized features in the first place, I suspect.

Voila! It’s Magic

Right before my laptop died I converted my screenplays into PDFs instead just saving the final draft files to a thumb drive. I hate having to retype a screenplay from a pdf not a fast typist. But that doesn’t matter when I’m creating a new screenplay. It definitely matters when I have to retype. Destoys my creativity. I purchased the app yesterday. Excited to try. I drop the pdf into the Highland app screen. It released the text instantly. But the formatting was off. So I emailed support they were baffled too. Kept playing with the app and figure out that I all I needed to do was export it into final draft. The script flowed into format and allowed me to edit!!! I am so happy, now I can get back to creating, Pulitzers for the developer.

Fantastic App

Took only a few minutes to learn how to use. So simple and efficient. It even does title page formatting. Wish I got this long ago.

great file converter, but a little pricy for what it does

Beautiful app, but seems a little expensive for what it does. I can’t think of a better way to convert between Final Draft, Fountain (.txt) and PDF format — but for actually *writing*, you’ll probably want something with autocomplete at the very least. Fountain is a very cool syntax for plain text-based screenwriting, but even within the world of Fountain-based software, there are other alternatives out there that are a little more user-friendly, especially at this price. Slugline works quite nicely, or WriterDuet if you don’t mind writing in a web browser and in a very un-Mac-like interface (not for me, but it does work). Again, Highland is a great file conversion utility, but you can find a better writing environment. Heck, you can easily write a Fountain based script in literally any app and then upload it to WriterDuet for formatting and .pdf or .fdx export. Also, people bragging about this “replacing” Final Draft never needed Final Draft or any of its specialized features in the first place, I suspect.

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!

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