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Screenwriting tool Montage wants to make your job easier, so it even includes a sample script that acts as a tutorial. Reading through the antics of “Monkey” will get you started with minimal irritation.
The whole interface is easy on a Mac user’s eyes, though it suffers from a little clunkiness. Inserting new scenes is a breeze, and the interface is elegant and clear with easy-to-see breaks between parts of your document. Thanks to its contact files, scrapbooking facilities, printing features, and more, Montage allows you to add plenty of info relating to your script. It’s such a breeze to use that we got hooked on it pretty quickly.
Montage is a great choice for novice screenwriters who don’t want to shell out $249 for Final Draft.
A slight niggle is that although there are a few templates to choose from, this side of the program will need developing further if it is to give industry-standard screenwriting software Final Draft ($249, finaldraft.com) a run for its money. But it can import and export Final Draft–formatted documents, a welcome feature. Montage doesn’t let multiple people collaborate on one document, as Final Draft does, but beginning writers most likely won’t need that feature.
The bottom line. Montage should appeal to people who work largely alone, those who like to scrapbook as part of their creative process, and those who don’t need to draw on the full array of industry templates.
Mac OS 10.5 or later
Easy to use. Elegant interface. Great auto-fill. Scrapbooking feature.
No ability for other’s notes. Lack of templates narrows potential professional buyers.