I spend a lot of time fretting about the tools I use for writing, never quite content with any one tool. Mostly I use Scrivener for all projects, then exporting to Final Draft for completed first draft screenplays. Scrivener works very well with FD8, which is incredibly important. Final Draft 9 is likely to drop any week now, but I keep looking back at other options. CeltX doesn’t play nicely with Final Draft, which is a deal-breaker for me. Adobe Story is still tempting to me, but the free version has no offline option (I write on the move more often than not) and the paid option is a monthly subscription which will quickly eclipse the cost of even Final Draft. And then there’s Fade In Pro. A mere $50, a responsive development team and frequent updates. But, it’s not quite 100% there yet, I’m not quite ready to jump. So, I created this wishlist for Fade In:
- Index Cards: Being able to directly edit the index card contents, without a keyboard shortcut, would help a lot, as would easier organising, and formatting of the cards. Scrivener does this very well.
- Reports and outlining options.
- Scrivener Import:
One of the strengths of Fade In is the extensive list of import and export options. However Scrivener projects tend to laid out in multi-level structures, one ‘file’ per scene perhaps. However, Fade In only imports one file at a time, so I have to export a Scrivener project as an FDX and then import that, rather than the Scrivener project.
- Meta Data:
Oh please, bring me the meta data! Adobe Story does excellent scene meta-data, I’d love to see something more like that. Running time, both calculated and manually adjusted, time of day, story day, shooting information etc. Also, there’s already a character and location database, but why not have those link to character/location profiles? Similarly project meta-data, like synopses, loglines and pitches; it’d be hugely advantageous to have those all in one file, rather than store those separately in Scrivener or Word files.