Whether you’re across the building, or across the world, Movie Magic Screenwriter’s iPartnerTM feature lets you and a partner view, write, edit and kibitz over the same script as if you were in the same room together.
iPartnerTM requires a standard internet connection through a non-proxy server on both computers, and we highly recommend at least a 56K or better modem or direct network connection.
- NOTE: At this time, you may connect between two computers running Screenwriter 6 for Windows, or Screenwriter 6.5 for Macintosh. Windows to Mac connections do not work at this time.
Start iPartnerTM by selecting the iPartner command from the Tools menu.
iPartnerTM major features
- The ability to allow you to view and edit a script on your partner’s computer and vice versa.
- The ability to communicate with your partner through a typing in a “chat” window.
- The ability to speak and hear your partner. This requires a compatible sound card and microphone, and that you are both on the same type of operating system—Windows or Macintosh.
- The ability to transfer scripts back and forth.
- The ability to “synchronize scripts”.
Please reference the Screenwriter help or PDF manual for complete feature details.
To start an iPartnerTM session, select Tools > iPartner. One partner must enter the other partner’s IP address.
- If your computer is connected directly to the Internet without an intervening gateway or firewall, then your partner can enter your computer’s local IP address which is displayed when you start iPartnerTM.
- If your computer is part of a local network of computers connected to the Internet (such as a home or office network or a WiFi hotspot), then your partner needs to enter the WAN IP address of the network.
- You can find the WAN IP address of the local network by visiting web sites such as www.whatismyip.com and www.mywanip.com.
- If your computer is protected by a firewall, then it may be necessary to open a port in the firewall to allow iPartnerTM data to pass through.
Connecting through a Gateway, Router or Firewall
If you are having trouble establishing a connection using iPartnerTM, but you are able to access other sites on the Internet, your computer is most likely protected from the Internet by a gateway, router or firewall. In this case, the gateway, router or firewall will need to have its configuration changed to allow iPartnerTM to establish network connections.
- Solution: To allow outgoing connections, open a port in the firewall.
- Solution: To allow incoming connections, enable port forwarding on the gateway or router.
iPartnerTM Port Information
iPartnerTM can communicate over any one of the following TCP port numbers:
2200, 2136, 2184, and 2245.
At a minimum, the firewall will need to allow outbound connection on at least one of these ports. The user can select the port number to use, so if you open only one port number, let the users know which port has been opened.
iPartnerTM can also accept incoming connections on these same port numbers. Although it is not absolutely necessary to allow incoming connections, it will be more convenient for the users to allow incoming connections on these ports.
The optimal configuration for iPartnerTM would be:
- Outgoing and Incoming connections allowed on ports 2200, 2136, 2184, and 2245.
A more secure, but still fully-functional configuration would be:
- Outgoing and Incoming connections allowed on port 2200 (the default port for iPartnerTM)
The minimal configuration is:
- Outgoing connections only on port 2200.