[Geany-devel] A screenplay plugin for geany
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Sun Oct 9 18:07:38 UTC 2011
On Sun, Oct 9, 2011 at 6:54 PM, Anil Gulecha <anil.verve at gmail.com> wrote:
> Commercial editors sell for 100s of dollars, when really a simple text
> editor will do. Infact this format has been used over the past
> century, and most scripts were written on typewriters. yet there does
> not exist a simple and good free screenwriter.
> Here's the help I'm looking for from the geany developers.. help write
> a simple plugin that assist with writing .screenplay files. This will
> essentially boil down to defining 6 types of texts (s/a/c/p/d/t), and
> making sure that when new content is added to a dialogue, it wraps at
> the appropriate margins.
This sounds like a job for LaTeX (and LyX).
If you look on Wikipedia , you will notice that they mention a
LaTeX package called 'screenplay'. I also find a second one on CTAN
. You might want to investigate those and see if they can output
PDF with typesetting that conform to your requirements. If so, then
you will want to investigate writing a corresponding *.layout file for
LyX , a cross-platform open-source frontend to LaTeX; this will
enable you to use the LaTeX classes within a familiar, broadly MS
Word-like environment but without the usual bloat.
LyX already ships by default two screenplay LaTeX classes, 'hollywood'
and 'broadway' (and their corresponding *.layout files); they also
come with LyX examples and templates. See . You may also
want to search the LyX wiki  for 'screenplay'.
Anyways, I'm confident that what you're looking for is LaTeX (and LyX)
support for writing screenplays, and apparently you already have
several solutions available. Both tools boast a widespread adoption
and are free in most ways. Good luck
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