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Fountainize
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The easiest way to write screenplays with Google Docs.
Fountainize lets you write simple text and convert it into a beautifully formatted script all with the press of a button. Collaborative screenwriting has never been this easy!

Fountainize is based on the Fountain markup language. By writing your text following a simple set of rules, Fountainize is able to determine what should be a character, dialogue, action, or any other part of a script. Don't worry though! The rules are easy. For example:

Character: Write in all caps, ex. SAMANTHA
Scene: Start the line with 'int.' or 'ext.' (no quotations of course!)
Dialogue: The line after a character or parenthetical is always considered dialogue

See? The rules are designed to speed up your workflow and let Fountainize do the dirty work for you. Whenever you feel like turning your text into screenplay, just hit the button and voila! It's done.

Fountainize was built specifically so you can reap all the benefits of Google Docs while still making professional looking screenplays. Now, Fountainize won't replace professional screenwriting software (it doesn't do continued dialogue or exceptions to rules*) but it is the BEST tool for efficiently writing drafts or personal projects. And of course, working with friends!

Happy writing!

* Not yet, anyway
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CHANGELOG:
v5 (June 14, 2020)
### Added
- Pro license option
- Character shortcuts
- Title page (pro only)
- Scene numbers option
### Changed
- Free version limited to 800 elements

v4 (Nov 17, 2019)
### Added
- Change footer format for page numbering
- Document is formatted automatically when it is opened
- Indicator that Convert Markup is working
- Page number instructions
### Changed
- New sidebar appearance
- Only add line spacing - never remove. This allows people to add lines for proper page formatting
### Fixed
- searchPattern error
- No selection error handling
- Tested menus, updated help section to help users
- Transitions are aligned right

v2.1 (October 19, 2017)
- Added transitions, centered text
- Minor wording fixes

v2.0 (October 18, 2017)
- Released!
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Lawler Frank
November 15, 2020
Maybe the add-on author can answer my question - If you start a script, then click "format script", it formats it as expected. If you make any revisions or additions to that script, those changes ignore any subsequent "format script" command. So do you need to clear all formatting and then click "format script" after every change to the script? If this is by design, it feels rather unwieldy. Is there some way for alterations to be flagged for format so that when you click "format script", the program knows enough to apply formatting only to what has changed? If not, could you build in a "clear all formatting" call automatically when "format script" is clicked to force a format of the entire script? Or perhaps only format what is selected?
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Lee Bob Black
October 30, 2020
I've been using Fountainize for a month. It's great. I use it about half the time on my laptop, and about half the time on my phone.
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James Lau
October 23, 2020
Great tool. Enables me to focus on the writing and not fall out of flow. Love it.
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Barry Stout
October 21, 2020
I am a big fan of Google Docs, so this is a great plugin for it that really just focusses on screen play writing. It's the only solution that I have found that takes advantage of a true dark mode (no white borders and such)...great for my eyes. My only complaint is to add some feature where the character and their dialog is never split at a page boundary. If the dialog does not fit on the same page as the character, then both should put on the next page.
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Morgan Wable-Keene
September 24, 2020
Warning: THE FREE VERSION IS NOW LIMITED TO 800 LINES PER DOCUMENT. After your script is longer than 10-15 pages or so, this limitation renders this plugin useless. To impose a paywall on the functionality of a *google docs plugin* is asinine and insulting. There goes one of the former best options for screenplay formatting. What's worse is that nowhere but the change log is this limitation advertised, at least not that I could find. Shameful. I guess I'm sticking to Writerduet for the time being.
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David Shoults
October 15, 2020
I think it's worth considering that no one us under any obligation to create products for you for free
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Brandon Cathcart
September 25, 2020
Hello! I'm sorry to hear about your disappointment. The 800 element (ex. character, dialogue, action) limit is noted in the sidebar of the add-on, and I estimated this would limit out at about 20 pages for most scripts. I figured this was plenty for casual users, but felt it was fair to charge a small fee for those using it more extensively. Unfortunately Writerduet doesn't allow free users to collaborate with each other - at least one user must have a paid account ($7.99/month). Fountainize is always collaborative for free, and Pro costs $10 CAD ($7.50 USD) per year, or $0.62/month. I felt that was a fair ask for those spending more time with the software - however, if Writerduet keeps you writing, then by all means use it :)
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Diego Lucano
September 10, 2020
My experience using this add-on is absolutely splendid. I actually find it a smoother and more enjoyable experience to write in the structure specified in the instructions than writing straight into the script format. Being able to use Google Docs' simple collaboration features with my script-writing has made my experience with Fountanize quite an exceptional one. I did spot a minor bug while using the sidebar Fountanize button. Unlike the 'Format Script' option you can press on the dropdown menu, the button on the sidebar moves the margin bar to the right by .50 inches. I'm not exactly sure if I am referring to the part of the margin bar correctly, but I hope you can try it out yourself and spot the bug. Based on how quickly you answer your reviews, I am sure that you will squash this bug in no time. Thank you for an amazing add on. Hopefully, you can add more useful features in the future(eg. cont'd, more, capitalized dialogue for lyrics, dual dialogue)!
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Brandon Cathcart
September 13, 2020
Glad you're enjoying Fountainize! I'll take a look at the bug this week and hopefully publish a fix soon. I encourage anyone to submit bugs to me via the "Bug/Feedback" link in the app where it goes straight to my email. Happy writing!
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Jampana Rajesh
September 5, 2020
How can we use it in my android mobile.if not is there any other screenplay addons for mpbile docs
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Brandon Cathcart
September 6, 2020
Hello! Unfortunately Google Docs Add-ons don't work on mobile devices last time I checked. Hopefully Google will allow us to use them there soon!
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The Romuluan Hunter
August 16, 2020
I recently installed this add-on to assist with some scriptwriting I'm doing, but every time I go to Add-ons, Fountainize isn't there. Please help.
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Brandon Cathcart
August 18, 2020
Hello! This seems to happen for some people. In the "Add-ons" menu in Google Docs, go to "Manage add-ons" an enable it for the document. Hope this helps!
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George Sumpter
July 17, 2020
I really want this add-on to work. I even bought the lifetime subscription. Unfortunately, I keep getting the same null error as described below: TypeError: Cannot read property 'length' of null I've sent an email to the link listed on the add-on's sidebar, but so far no response. If I can get the issue resolved, I'll update my review.
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Brandon Cathcart
August 19, 2020
New update: There's an issue with Google Docs in general where if you are signed in with more than one account at the same time (maybe a work and personal account), it will disable add-ons. Make sure you only have one account being used on your computer at a time and it should work fine! Apparently this is an ongoing issue with Google Add-ons as a whole. Hopefully this helps you, and if not, hopefully it helps someone else!
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Brandon Cathcart
July 29, 2020
I'll investigate that this week and fix it ASAP. Thanks for helping me fix these issues!
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George Sumpter
July 27, 2020
So I'm not getting the "TypeError: Cannot read property 'length' of null" error anymore but now when clicking "Format Script" in the sidebar I just get the "spinning arrows" icon forever. I've recently switched to Microsoft Edge which is a chrome based browser but just in case, I'm gonna try in it Chrome proper and see if that makes a difference.
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Brandon Cathcart
July 22, 2020
Sorry for the wait, I have been away for a little while. I believe I have fixed this issue, please try it out and let me know if it's still not working! Thank you for your support and I hope to be faster with fixes in the future.
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Alina Kulesh
July 8, 2020
This did not work for me, kept getting a "null" error.
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Brandon Cathcart
July 22, 2020
Sorry for the wait, I have been away for a little while. I believe I have fixed this issue, please try it out and let me know if it's still not working! I hope to be faster with fixes in the future.
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