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Outlining Software/Freeware

As a screenwriter, I usually use Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriter. They are both costly, however the industry standard - so if you intend to enter/get into a love-relationship with the indstry there is no way around either of them.

Freeware CeltX still has issues with orphans at the foot of pages and the conversion into pdf-files.
Trelby looks neat and so far has been working fine. And it has a purple hat for a desktop icon if that's what sells it to you. As far as I know, the Trelby folks are still working on a Mac version.

(CeltX and Adobe Story both have cloud-based platforms, which I am still flabbergasted by. I'll let you know when I find out what on earth they are about.)

Now, if you are looking for free outlining software here's what I can thoroughly recommend:
Treepad Lite (freeware version of its mothership Treepad) enables you to do, in fact, not much. But, as we all know, less is sometimes more and more can sometimes distract from the main focus. Treepad Lite allows you to structure any sort of data/text into, well, a tree. Although the Lite version is fairly limited when it comes to highlighting sections and more options to structure data within a branch, it really serves its purpose. Treepad is also pretty much idiot-proof to use and enormously straight-forward. I can recommend it to all writers out there who are looking for a simple and easy option to organise thoughts and ideas into coherent streams. Best thing about it: as opposed to all other outlining software, it's completely free. Check it out.

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