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Mariner previews Montage 1.3 at Cannes

updated 09:15 am EDT, Tue May 22, 2007

Montage 1.3 previewed

Mariner Software has announced Montage 1.3, an update to its screen-writing software developed exclusively for Mac OS X. Billed as the most comprehensive update to the application, version 1.3 introduces the ability to write scripts in Montage, then export them to Final Draft (in addition to already-included import features). Montage 1.3 will also include localizations for French, German, Spanish and Italian languages, along with support for Movie Magic Screenwriter .sex file formats. The company will be demonstrating a pre-release version at the Moviesoft (booth 23-01) during the Cannes Film Festival at the Market Place Palais des Festivals.

Montage provides screenwriters with a live script outline, a view of scenes, characters, locations, tasks, research, and more. Several pre-formatted templates, including film, television, and theater, automatically format the user's script to industry standards. Montage's Smart Views feature allows writers to visually filter the script to the desired content, based on user-selected criteria. When the script is completed, Montage offers the ability to create, submit, and track query letters, a script synopsis, and script submissions to hundreds of included industry contacts. Montage also imports Final Draft, text, and RTF documents.

"One of the biggest objections we received early on is that many screenwriters work with colleagues who use Final Draft," said Michael Wray, President of Mariner Software. We have invested thousands of man hours to reverse engineer the Final Draft code. As a result, a writer can now use Montage to create his or her script and take advantage of all the innovation and integration with Mac OS X, and once the script is complete, it can be saved in a true Final Draft format and shared with anyone. This is technology the screenwriting community has never seen before."

Montage 1.3 will be a free update for all 1.0 customers; however, the company did not provide a released date. The shipping version of Montage 1.2.2 sells for $140 and is a free upgrade for all 1.0 customers. Montage requires Mac OS 10.3.9 and is a Universal Binary.




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  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    .s**

    .s** format indeed!

    this explains everything you need to know about the people who bring us the filth we have on the screen these days

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    an Indesign to FD's Quark

    Montage seems much like an easier-to-use, richer in features, more intuitive InDesign of screenwriting software to Final Draft's QuarkXpress - dominant industry-standard. Pretty much everyone in L.A. and N.Y. uses FD for TV and film; yet, Montage seems so much better, easier, and more powerful. Unlike Quark, though, FD at least keeps up the pace of updates.

    Still, it's nice to know there's competition, which keeps everyone on their toes.

    As for 'the people who bring us filth', what an irresponsible broadside at a very, very large (and diverse) group of people this poster knows nothing about. We could argue about the 'filth'; however, there is only one reason it's out there, and that is because people (like the poster here) are willing to watch it. You don't watch, they don't write and it doesn't broadcast. It's as simple as that. Unlike in the Soviet Union, it's the free market here that dictates what people watch on TV and in movies. NBC canceled 12 new prime-time shows of the 2006-7 season. They were getting low ratings. To put it in another way, if enough of you turn off your TV, the network will cancel the show(s). Again, the writers bring you the 'filth', because it is 'filth' you want.

    The .s** format comes from EP (formerly MovieMagic) Scheduling software for 'schedule exchange'.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    @ chucker

    Wow! You're so obsessed with it you can't see or explain the existence of non filth.

    And, umm, the "free market" does not entirely explain the existence or lack of particular programming. In some cases, thankfully not. In some cases, sadly not.

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    @ flying meat

    you got me, I am obsessed with it - isn't everyone?

    BTW why flying meat?

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    flying meat

    Unreal Tournament gaming moniker. I wasn't very good at it. :P ;)

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