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Average quality - seems to have odd bugs
on 28 October 2011
I've been using it for about a year now. Has some excellent parts as far as character development, but when it comes to actually writing the script I run into problems.
1. The outline, script, and step cards seem to be disconnected from each other. I have steps numbers that do not match up with the outline numbers, and I have script scenes that don't have corresponding outline numbers or step numbers.
2. I now have some scenes that have no step numbers, and some steps that I've tried to delete that resulted in the scene being deleted, but the step numbers staying.
3. If you have the steps open while you are entering in script, the step numbers will flash and jump around in an extremely distracting manner.
4. The software is unforegiving when it comes to formatting while you enter. I frequently copy my parts of my outline into the script, then add some dialog, then write some explanatory text to help me keep track of where I am at, then write more dialog, switch back and for adding general notes, action, and dialog, then go back and delete out stuff I don't need.. This drives MO 3.12 nuts, as it wants to go from character to character during dialog. And if you are used to using carriage returns to separate paragraphs while entering dialog, action, or notes, it causes more problems. Too bad it doesn't have a way of selecting blocks of text after you've written them and then flag them as Dialog for a specific character, general notes, action, etc.
5. I am also surprised that when you start looking on various forums for threads related to Movie Outline you really don't seem to find any talk about it.
6. I've contacted support a number of times, and they are always very fast to respond. Unfortuantely many of their responses fall into the category of "you just don't know how to format a script" or "nobody else is complaining about that."
I will caveat all this by saying that I have been a software developer for 33 years, as well as a manager and executive in various businesses. So, I may have higher than average expectations when it comes to how user friendly and intuitive a Windows based piece of software should be.
I will keep MO3 if just for the character development capabilities, but I think I'm going to look for other software to do the actual script writing with.