For Screenwriters

In Highland, the words come first. You don’t need to think about margins or formatting.

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We tried Highland for the first time ... and loved it immediately. It allowed us to not get hung up on format, Final Draft’s inevitable glitches and all the other distractions that get in the way. The work just flowed.

Screenwriting in Highland

Get Started in 30 Seconds.

Just Write

Just start typing. Seriously, just type.

Leave a blank line between paragraphs.

Writing dialogue?

Type the character’s name in UPPERCASE. The line below it will become dialogue.

With Live Margins turned on, Highland will automatically indent.


You never need to hit the Tab key. Just Return.


Need a parenthetical? Put it in parentheses.

Highland automatically recognizes scene headers like INT. and EXT, and also transitions like CUT TO:

Scene Headers

Once used, Highland automatically suggests character and location names.

To see a preview of what you’ve written, tap the Preview button or choose View > Go to Preview.


Congratulations! You’ve just mastered 90% of screenwriting in Highland.

Tools Screenwriters Need


The Bin

A magical shelf to hold bits of text you want to keep handy.

If you have alternate versions of a scene, sentence, or section, cut or copy it to the Bin.

Live Margins

Live Margins

See the shape of your script right in the Editor without getting lost in formatting.

Highland automatically indents dialogue and character cues.

Revision Mode

Revision Mode

Track changes in different colors and stars in the margin.

Colors and stars appear in the editor and can be added to your exported PDF.

Gender Analysis

Track the gender breakdown of speaking parts in your script

Highland 2 was the first screenwriting app to include Gender Analysis. It’s a great way to look at the breakdown of male and female characters in your script. Not just how many times they speak, but how many words.

Even better, it’s interactive, letting you explore what would happen if you flipped the gender of a given character.

Gender Analysis Screenshot

I didn’t realize how much I hated Final Draft until I used Highland 2. Thanks, now I have $250 digital paperweight.

Trapped in a format?

Convert Final Draft and screenplay PDFs to editable text.

PDF Document

No longer frozen in carbonite, Highland melts screenplay PDFs down into editable text.

FDX Document
FDX & Final Draft

Highland converts .fdx into versatile .highland and back again, making collaboration simple.

Simply open your screenplay PDF or .fdx in Highland. It's magic.

Some Questions You May Have

Can I use Highland to write a real screenplay?

Absolutely! Highland converts your words into a properly-formatted, professional script. Many produced screenplays are written in Highland. Professional screenwriters swear by it.

People say Final Draft is the industry standard. Is it?

Not really. The industry standard format is PDF. That’s what people read. No matter what apps screenwriters use to write their scripts, they’re always delivered as PDF.

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. In either case, Highland’s simplicity always kept us thinking.

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