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Montage (Mac)

Platform : Mac OS X
4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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  • Import Final Draft documents, text, or RTF.
  • Includes templates for Film, TV, BBC, Theater, and more.
  • Create your script as a live outline.
  • Montage Smart Views
  • Submit your query, synopsis, and scripts to hundreds of included industry contacts.
  • Write, distraction-free, in Full-Screen mode.
  • Print any entry to a printer or PDF file.
  • Mac OS X Toolbar functions are available as items in the customizable toolbar in the main window.
  • Spellcheck on the fly.
  • Montage backs up any and all activity within the product.
  • Native Cocoa, Universal, and Accessible.
  • Complimentary support to help solve questions or issues.
  • And much more...

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 19 cm ; 181 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B000H27PUO
  • Release Date: 15 Dec. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,860 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Manufacturer's Description

One of the most difficult steps to the "I want to write a movie" scenario is not necessarily the creation of the script, but getting it into the proper hands when it's complete. Now, it would be foolish to guarantee a six figure movie deal or a primetime television contract just by using Montage, but why not improve your odds? Montage helps you build a query letter and then provides you the ability to submit and track your query, synopsis, or scripts to hundreds of included industry contacts, including managers, agents, and production companies.

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The program is a bit old but works good when you first install it. It took me though around 35 times before installing it, because it crashed the whole time on my mac. When that is said the program is good!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst experience I've ever had with a software publisher 19 Nov. 2010
By My Dog Wally - Published on
Montage is a simple, no-frills screenplay app that does its job with a minimal learning curve. My introduction to it came when I started a new script a couple of weeks ago, and I found it to be a pleasure to use.

One of its features is an auto-complete menu which, in theory, is supposed to present you with a menu of your characters' names when you type the first letter or two. Say, for example, you've got characters by the name of Carl, David, and Christine. When you select the Character style, and type the letter C, you should get a menu that displays both Carl and Christine. Unfortunately, this feature worked for me about 20 percent of the time -- the rest of the time I had to type out the complete name.

I logged onto Mariner's user forum and asked if anyone else was experiencing this problem and, if so, is there a solution. Two days later I received an email from Mariner's tech support telling me that this was the first time they'd heard of the problem -- and would I please send them the file so that they could see if they could duplicate the issue with their systems.

As you can imagine, sending a screenplay to strangers is a scary proposition. It's a proprietary document, and the thought of someone mishandling the file or even stealing an idea is enough to give anyone pause. But I took a deep breath, swallowed hard, and replied to their email with my file attached -- along with a note that requested that the file is "for your eyes only."

A few hours later, I checked back in the forum to see if anyone else had replied to my thread, and lo and behold, there was my file -- attached to a new post that contained the text of my reply email.

As you can imagine, this freaked me out, and I sent Mariner tech support another email asking them what on earth they were thinking by posting my proprietary file for all the world to see. And then I discovered THAT email was posted in the thread.

You can see how unsettling this would be. I told Mariner that they behaved cavalierly with my screenplay, that I had trusted them, and that they had betrayed that trust. Naturally, THAT email appeared in the thread, too. Finally, they explained to me that any email correspondence that begins as a forum thread will append to the original thread. Why, I asked, did you folks request my file and fail to tell me that? I would never have sent my file had I known it would be posted in a public forum.

I ended this situation by asking them to (minimally) notify people that their emails and attachments will appear in the original thread or (better yet) change their system so that emails remain private, as we would expect them to be. Mariner responded by deleting my entire thread, which I assume is how they intend to "deal" with this problem.

I've written two books and a weekly newspaper column with Mariner Write, and I'd begun my most recent screenplay with Montage. I was a very loyal Mariner software user and a long-time fan. But they behaved shamefully at every milestone in this sordid affair. They posted in public a proprietary file, despite my request for careful handling. They have apparently decided that their system of posting email correspondence in a public forum works perfectly well. Tthey see no reason to notify people that their files will be mishandled and their trust abused. And, finally, they did what all poor customer-service companies do: they locked the thread to prevent any further comments on their behavior.

Add all this up and you can understand why I'd abandon their products. This company is not to be trusted.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Montage Film Industry Contact List Bug 4 Sept. 2010
By Argie Staples - Published on
I'd like to give this screenplay writing software a perfect 5-Star review, but it has a bug that limits its use once your screenplay is ready to start making "contact" with the film industry. It's supposed to download a list of industry contacts, including email addresses. This feature doesn't work and Mariner is unresponsive in getting it fixed. The screenplay writing features are otherwise pretty cool and function intuitively as advertised. I'd sure like to have that contact list, though.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise... 22 Feb. 2010
By Sven Mund - Published on
This software was a real surprise. I had been using Final Draft for quite a few years now, version 6 through 8. I was still quite happy with version 6, then came out version 7 that was extremely buggy and one of the main bugs was never fixed (it could cause formatting errors in your whole screenplay which took ours to fix), which I think is unacceptable for 200$ software. Anyway, version 8 was stable again, but I still thought it was lacking so I looked around and found movie outline, which was around the same price, but much more feature rich. I especially appreciated that it had a great outline feature, which I think is also important for a screenwriting software. Anyway, even though I liked it better, it still was far from perfect. And then I heard about Montage. And I must say, it's not perfect either, but it's getting much closer. It has a great outline feature, the user interface is very intuitive and very efficient (and nice looking), finding your way around your screenplay, changing characters, scene locations, scenes etc. is much easier, adding notes that are not directly in your screenplay, but can easily be accessed when you're looking at your screenplay (one of the many features lacking in Final Draft, which always drove me mad) is also possible. Anyway, you get the idea, extremely feature rich, easy to use, very good interface... and it's only half the price of Final Draft. And it seems version 2 is coming out soon, so I'm quite excited. One thing that's missing in this software is a good coloring system, so I hope version 2 will have that (but the coloring system it has, thought lacking, is better than final drafts, since it has a few more colors. But a good coloring system, in my opinion, should allow you to assign several colors to the same scene, which neither of these softwares permits. I find that a mystery, by the way. It would be so simple to implement and would be something extremely practical (I'm shaking my head as I'm writing this).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly quits 17 July 2012
By tim - Published on
This software is garbage, at least for the latest version of Lion. Several times now, in the midst of a project, I have lost half a page or so of work because this software keeps crashing. What a piece of junk. If you don't save after every letter, you will probably loose a lot of what you do. I can't think of a single writer who appreciates having to re-write because their software is unreliable. Mariner, you have lost my business.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Liar Liar! 13 April 2012
By James Turner - Published on
This software is what was recommended by the software Contour if you wanted to import your Contour outline directly into a text editor to have a running start on your screenplay. Well it turns out that you can NOT import a Contour file into Montage at all yet the parent company of both pieces of software Mariner keeps marketing it as if it has that capability. Very disappointing! I'm staying away from these guys, they're liars and they deserve to be sued.
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