In this “Post-PC” era I find that I am using traditional desktop and laptop computers less often. Instead, the iPhone and iPad satisfies most of my computing needs. The iPad allows me to work where I want, when I want, without the cables that come with my laptop. This is not to suggest that the iPad can replace a PC yet, but for the vast majority of my needs, it can.
Recording voice-overs with the iPad is just one area where the iPad has replace the PC; script writing is another. Most of my script writing is now done exclusively on the iPad. Prior to owning an iPad, I used Celtx on the PC for my script writing for about two years. Celtx for the PC and Mac is available on their site for free. Celtx has now released version 2.0 of their iPhone and iPad script writing tool. It is available as a Universal app (iPad, iPhone, and iPod) for $9.99, though it is occasionally available for up to half off. While version 1.0 was a good start, it wasn’t a replacement for the desktop version. With version 2.0 it is now feasible to work strictly on the iPad. Celtx Script 2.0 gives me the ability to grab my iPad, and work on a script anytime I have a new idea. When writing or doing significant edits, I use a Apple Bluetooth keyboard with my iPad which allows me to efficiently type. When I don’t have access to the physical keyboard, I find that the built-in iPad virtual keyboard works quite well.
The script text can be one of the following styles
- Scene Heading
The 2.0 version for the iPad you can now email the script as a PDF or print it directly from the iPad using an AirPrint compatible printer. I am hoping that some of the story development tools that exist in the desktop version also come to the iPad. These tools allow users to enter notes, and character details. For now they only exist in the desktop version.
I don’t like to have to transfer files from my iPad to my desktop, but Celtx has an add-on service that makes this trivial. It is called Celtx Studio. It is a web based service that allows the iPad, iPhone, PC and Mac to all sync scripts up to a server that Celtx maintains. This service does come with a cost, it is 4.99 a month of 49.99 a year. For this amount up to 5 users can access the scripts. Additional users can be added for an additional fee. The Celtx Studio service keeps track of all of the versions of the scripts so that if I mess up one version, I can go back in time and view older versions. It also tracks which users are making the changes to the scripts. With Celtx Studio, I never need to worry about losing work done on my iPad or PC as there is a backup already available on their servers.
I have been using the Desktop version for several years now, and the iOS version since it was launched. Over that time Celtx has been very active about putting out new features and improving both the desktop and mobile versions. Since the release of the 2.0 version, it is very unlikely that I will ever head back to a desktop or laptop. I find the iPad to be the most productive way to write.