Mar 06 2009
Celtx is a free scripting program that is designed for comic books (among other types of scripts). I find it very useful.
- It produces scripts that are generally easier to read and navigate than Microsoft Word.
- Easy to learn. It took me 10 minutes to figure it out by trial and error.
- It’s extremely good at converting scripts into typeset. (You can see an example here). A typeset separates the in-panel text (like dialogue, captions and sound effects) from the text that won’t actually appear in the panel, like your directions to the artist. That’s useful because it helps you gauge how large the panels will have to be to accommodate the text.
- It’s free!
- Handles comments notably better than Word.
- It’ll help you keep your comic book documents separate from your other files.
- If you like to fill out index cards with important details about characters or places, it can help keep those details accessible and organized.
- Built-in spellchecker. Not that important for a professional proofreader, but you might find it helpful.
- It’s not as easy to add dialogue as new pages or panels.
- They should add buttons for New Panel and New Page.
- It can’t save scripts as Word files. Everybody (like friends and editors) is comfortable with Word. Right now, if I have a Celtx script that I want to show you, I have to also tell you how to download Celtx and pray that you figure out the software quickly.
One last note. I haven’t had a chance to test its printing capabilities yet. Given that Celtx can’t produce Word files (as far as I know), its ability to print usable scripts is essential.