Updated: January 24, 2020
IMPORTANT information about free 64-bit / full retina versions of Screenwriter coming
SEE / BOOKMARK / FOLLOW THIS FAQ FOR STATUS ABOUT ALPHA/BETA/RELEASE FOR CATALINA:
We're still working on the free 64-bit update for Screenwriter 6.5 (and Dramatica Story Expert) that will be required in order to run under 10.15 Catalina.
PLEASE DON'T OPEN A SUPPORT TICKET ASKING FOR ESTIMATED DATES. Just monitor or bookmark this FAQ to check on beta announcements.
Installing MacOS 10.15 Catalina BEFORE we provide you with a compatible update will prevent Screenwriter 6.5 and Dramatica Story Expert 5.3 from running on any computer with 10.15 Catalina installed. Please wait for us to notify you when we are ready.
We're sorry about holding up the Catalina upgrade. Of small consolation is there are still some major issues getting worked out with Catalina -- just like with Mojave, where MacOS 10.14 Mojave had serious issues until 10.14.4. At this point, Mojave 10.14.6 is very, very stable.
Below we have some suggestions on preparing for Catalina, as well as a strategy to run the current Screenwriter 6.5 and/or Dramatica Story Expert 5.3 if you accidentally upgrade to Catalina before our update is ready.
- Apple released the first version of MacOS 10.15 Catalina in October;
- The current Screenwriter 6.5 and Dramatica Story Expert 5.3 will not run on MacOS 10.15;
- We are preparing a free update to Screenwriter 6.5 that will run on MacOS 10.15 Catalina; A free update for Dramatica Story Expert 5.3 will come AFTER Screenwriter is updated.
- DO NOT install any version of MacOS 10.15 Catalina on your primary writing computer: Screenwriter 6.5 and Dramatica 5.3 will cease to run;
- Wait until Apple's new MacOS 10.15 has stabilized (probably 10.15.2) and Write Brothers has shipping the free upgrade of Screenwriter; Dramatica users will get a separate notice when that free update is ready.
- You are NOT affected at all if you stay with any current version of MacOS:
- 10.14 Mojave
- 10.13 High Sierra
- 10.12 Sierra
- 10.11 El Capitan
- 10.10 Yosemite
NOTE that all new computers purchased will likely have MacOS 10.15 Catalina PRE-INSTALLED. However, it may be possible to request that MOJAVE (10.14.6) be installed on new hardware. IF you can, we suggest holding off on hardware purchases until our update is available.
PREPARING FOR EARLY BETAS OF SCREENWRITER FOR 10.15 CATALINA:
For those that expect to jump on our earliest public beta of the new 64-bit Screenwriter when it becomes available, we recommend you begin using the Screenwriter XML file format, .mmx. That's because the earliest betas will likely ready .mmx file format FIRST. Note: Don't use .mmx if you need to exchange files with Windows users, since Windows Screenwriter does not presently read .mmx format.
HOW TO USE .mmx FILE FORMAT: See this FAQ
HOW CAN I CONTINUE TO WORK WITH SCREENWRITER / DRAMATICA IF MY MACHINE GOT UPGRADED TO 10.15 CATALINA? (LINK TO FAQ)
There will always be some clients that accidentally upgrade to a new and incompatible operating system. Here's some strategies for working in the meantime:
- Set up a separate (small) partition on your computer (or on a separate, external USB drive), so you can boot into MacOS 10.14 Mojave or MacOS 10.13 High Sierra. This approach allows you to switch back-and-forth between your current version of MacOS and 10.15 Catalina by restarting and holding down the OPTION key. You will be able to easily copy files BETWEEN the two partitions.
- Use this FREE, PRE-CONFIGURED VIRTUAL MACHINE that will let you run your current software in a window running on CATALINA! one of the Virtual Machines programs which would allow you run Screenwriter 6.5 or Dramatica Story Expert 5.3 on any pre-10.15 Catalina version of MacOS in a window at the SAME TIME as 10.15. Some Virtual machine programs include the free Virtual Box (Oracle), Parallels Desktop for Mac, or VMWare Fusion Pro.
- Revert your computer's version of MacOS back to Mojave;
- Temporarily write in a program that supports Final Draft .fdx file format. Since Screenwriter 6.5 can import / export .fdx file format, you can temporarily write in another program and bring that work back to Screenwriter. NOTE: we don't recommend this for scripts in-production, due to incompatibilities between the way Screenwriter and Final Draft handle locked production scripts.
We do not have an official date for the update yet. Please bookmark this FAQ and check it for updated release date information. ALSO -- your version of Screenwriter 6.5 will notify you that an update is ready, if you have automatic check for updates turned on (which it is by default).
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