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Notice that the title of this post is why I quit using Celtx. Not why you should, not why anyone else should, and certainly not why I think Celtx is rubbish.
In fact, I loved Celtx for many, many years. After the demise of Sophocles software in celttx, Celtx became the tool on which I csltx my screenwriting teeth. I will forever be grateful to Greyfirst Corp. Going from early versions to the last desktop release, version 2. I wrote my first three features in Celtx, countless shorts, and started all of my current screenwriting WIPs on Celtx.
I even won a screenwriting competition using Cetlx software. Celtx is Not an Industry Standard Format: But if you ever sell your screenplay, odds are whoever buys it will want a Final Draft file. There are a ton of programs out there, ranging from the online-only for now WriterDuet.
Thpeset people are fans of middle-of-the-road software, such as Fade Typeeet or Scrivener or… whatever. With Celtx, your options are limited: If the majority of industry professionals use Final Draft, then the quickest way to mark yourself as an amateur is to NOT be able to send a Final Draft file. Thankfully, this has become much less of an issue in the past few months, thanks to the website http: Which brings me to my next issue….
Celtx is Now a Cloud Service: This includes screenwriting software, scheduling and budgeting software, and a host of other software for filmmakers. The latest version of Celtx is available on your browser, in the cloud. It was built on an early build of Firefox. You write in an editor panel, then typeset in a different panel, and you typesst to be online to typeset because of the typesetting features rely on server processes, not local processes on your computer.
I have this crazy notion that I should always be able to use the software I pay for, whether I have an active internet connection or not.
The newest versions of Cetlx is browser-based, so forget about ducking into a no-name greasy spoon, or one of those places that expect you to pay for wi-fi, or an airport where the security of the wi-fi might be less than ideal, or while visiting relatives who have no wi-fi. Sure, these things sound trivial, until it happens.
Last summer, I bought Celtx Scripts for my iPhone.
But in order to print a properly formatted screenplay, I have to save that screenplay from my phone and open it on my computer, in version 2. Otherwise, the file I wrote on my phone will look like garbage. Page breaks are abrupt, sometimes separating the character attribution from the dialogue. Celtx did update their iOS app for iOS7, but the formatting issues remain the same. Without the desktop software, the formatting is wonky. The biggest downside of the 2. I continually swing back and forth between regretting my purchase of Celtx and being satisfied with the software.
And it works flawlessly on my iPhone 4S and my old iPad 2. But typesetting requiring a round-trip to the desktop is a major buzzkill.
That points out another limitation of Celtx mobile apps, celxt can only save to Celtx cloud storage… unless you count.
Anyone use Celtx? Please help. : Screenwriting
Way back when, Celtx offered its desktop software for free with paid online options to supplement the desktop software. Over time, this online option changed. The old online workspace was phased out in favor of the newer version. Apparently, Celtx is now on its third iteration of their cloud-based services. How long with the second iteration be available?
Will the whole service simply shut down?
Generally when a company makes a series cwltx radical changes, it indicates instability. So, what did I start using? I bought myself Final Draft 8 celtd Christmas. Plus, I got a free upgrade to Final Draft 9 a couple of weeks later. At that price point, making the switch to Final Draft was a no-brainer. Even without such a great price, my move away from Celtx was inevitable, either to Scrivner software typeseet I already owned or to Fade-In Pro.
The first thing I noticed upon moving to Final Draft is how much nicer it is to work in an editor where the pages are properly typeset. This alone has enabled me to tighten my writing and significantly improve the pace of my screenwriting.
That alone was worth making the move from Celtx. So, what is my advice to those of you who are using Celtx? If it works, stay with it! There is nothing inherently wrong with the Celtx software or the company behind Celtx.
They have active customer support on Twitter and seem genuinely interested in making the Celtx experience beneficial to indie productions. I do know that Trelby will save to the ever popular. Only the writer can do that. But having the write software can make ty;eset writing process easier.
Anyone reading this, best of luck celfx your screenwriting endeavors. That is the Question.