At first glance

After installation and startup, you'll see start screen of application

The startup screen displays a list of projects, as well as opportunities to create a new project or open an existing one. At the top left is the application menu, and below it is a sidebar that opens access to different program modules. In the sidebar, only "Start" and "Settings" tabs are available. The other tabs will become active after creating a new one or opening an existing project.

To get started, you need to create your first project. To do this, click the button "Create Project" and enter its name in the appeared dialog.

After the project has been created, all other tabs will become active in the left pane and the "Research" tab will be opened automatically.

If you return to the "Start" tab, you will see that the newly created project appears to the list of projects. In the future, you can open projects directly from this page, after the program starts.

Research

This section of the program is designed so that you can collect all the necessary materials for the project in one place. In it, you can save basic information about the script, such as its name, logline, synopsis, and also fill in the title page of the script.

Here you can manage lists of characters and locations. Create new ones, add descriptions, photos, rename and organize them.

Also, in research tab you can store a variety of materials (text documents, images, links to web pages and mindmaps) associated with your project, organizing them in a convenient manner.

Cards

The next tab allows you to see the script in the form of cards placed on the corkboard, thus providing a visual way to work with structure.

You can add colors and stamp to cards, move, and group them, and all changes made with cards are displayed in the text of the script.

Script

In the "Script" tab, the actual text of the script is located.

On the left side of the screen is the navigator according to the scenario. It is a list of scenes. Clicking the mouse on the scene from the list will display the text of the selected scene on the screen.

And on the right side of the screen is the text editor of the script. The editor has many auxiliary functions that simplify text input in accordance with the standard of scriptwriting and also allows you to search the text of the script and leave notes to the text.

Statistics

The statistics tab allows you to get detailed production reports on the script, as well as look at the graphs of the characters' activity throughout the script and the dynamics of the scenes.

Settings

The last tab, you find access to all the settings of the application. Here you can choose the theme of the application (dark, light), set the spelling checker, select the number of lines of text to display in the script navigator, and configure many other parameters.

Import/export

In the menu, you will find such important app features as importing script text from an existing file (FDX, DOCX, FOUNTAIN and TRELBY formats are supported).

Also, the app has the feature of exporting the text of the script in the required format, for sending to the film company (PDF, FDX, DOCX and FOUNTAIN formats are supported).

Published: 27 September 2017

Comments

Paul Booker 14.04.2018 at 14:01 # Reply
Ideas for another guide?
I've had Scenarist for one day and its great! Thank you very much. I hope the following may be useful.

Scenarist: Quick Start

KIT Scenarist is for script-writing. As well as scripts, it features cards for an alternative overview or text-style storyboarding, mindmaps for ideas, organizing research notes and images.

NOTE: Even if you only want the cards feature, it is easier to start setting them up in Script mode. Script mode will create cards for you.

Working in script mode with 'Outline' highlighted, a line of text in the script can be formatted four ways, indicated by using the dropdown menu. On completing a line, the menu will guess what prompt to offer for the next line.
A line of script is formatted as
a/ a folder, prompting a scene heading
b/ a scene heading, prompting a scene description
c/ a scene description or
d/ scene characters

and thus set out a basic structure where a folder represents an 'act', or set of scenes, which are numbered. Thus each scene has a heading and description. Inserting a new scene will re-number the scenes and update cards.

Deselecting 'Outline' does two things: it hides scene description; and adds functionality to the dropdown menu.
b/ scene heading now prompts action
e/ shot, prompts action
f/ character, prompts dialogue
g/ title
h/ dialogue
i/ parenthetical, prompts dialogue
j/ transition, prompts scene heading
k/ non printable text
l/ action.
The scene description can now be made visible using 'Show/hide scene notes'.

The transition line is right-justified.

Text colour can be changed in Review mode, which keeps a record of changes.
dimkanovikov 16.04.2018 at 11:13 # Reply
Hello, Paul. Thanks a lot! I work on another more detailed tutorial for each module but hasn't a lot of time to it... Hope it will be ready in one day :) But, if you want, you can help us to make it and we'll place it on the site.
Ertem Aktay 29.07.2018 at 01:21 # Reply
Spasiva
I have been looking around for decent screenwriter software that alternative to trelby,celtix and finaldraft. I think i found great software!!! Congrulations for great software.
I want to ask something. Is it possible to edit script drafts that software offers(finaldraft a4,russian screenplay etc)?
I want to write in french style script(left action, right dialogues).
Kindes Regards from Turkey
dimkanovikov 30.07.2018 at 08:41 # Reply
Hello Ertem,

Thanks for your feedback!

1. You can not edit default templates, but you can add a new one based on one of the standard. Go to the Settings - Templates Library - and press plus for adding a new template.
2. Two columns mode currently is in development. We plan to release it in the next beta.
John Nelson 28.08.2018 at 08:01 # Reply
Issue with printing
I LOVE this software, but I'm struggling to find how I can actually print the script. When I hit "Print preview" or even just Print, I only get the title page with character and locations and such. But not the actual script. I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong. I'm using the Beta version, so I hope it's not a bug. However...this is an amazing piece of software. Just blown away by how many features this has for the price
dimkanovikov 28.08.2018 at 14:32 # Reply
Hello John,

Thanks a lot for your message! Yes, this is known issue in the app... Currently, print preview tries to show you exported research documents. To change this behavior you need go to the Menu - Export - in the export dialog you need to choose tab named "Script" and press "Print preview" directly in the dialog. After this action you will can to make print preview from menu and script will be shown in print preview window.
Ronald Eneris 02.09.2018 at 20:24 # Reply
Ronald
I found this app looking for an alternative to Final Draft (which I can't afford) I have been using Trelby, however starting today I'm switching to KitScenarist because it's so much more powerful. I bought the iOS App as well which is very affordable by the way. I live in a poor country so I don't think I can afford monthly subscriptions however I will be donating to the project because the functionalities that this app has are just awesome and you guys have made it available for free. The only feature I could request is for the app to have an Open/import option instead of having to share from another app. (Let's say open from Dropbox or Drive o local files) Thank you for making this program available to everyone.
dimkanovikov 03.09.2018 at 07:33 # Reply
Hello Ronald,

Glad to know that the app can be useful to you! What about your suggestion - many users suggest a similar option, so, we will think about how we can add it in the app and will try to improve this ability.
FDot 19.10.2018 at 05:31 # Reply
Spell check
I'm so sorry if it's written somewhere and I'm just blind. How do you spell check in this application?
dimkanovikov 19.10.2018 at 08:55 # Reply
Hello, FDot. You can turn on spell checking here - Settings - Script Editor - Editing - Spell Checking.
FDot 26.10.2018 at 01:08 # Reply
Spell check
Hi there,
I understand how to turn on the spell checking, but is the only way to change what it finds it by right clicking on all the underlined mistakes? There is no way just to go through the whole document and ignore or correct the highlighted words? Basically something like the find and replace feature. I want to be able to go from one underlined mistake to the other without having to scroll through the entire script.
dimkanovikov 28.10.2018 at 14:01 # Reply
Ah, now I see what you mean. No, currently, you can't do it. But we plan to add a similar feature in one of the next updates.
Mehmet 04.11.2018 at 15:09 # Reply
tek sahne görünümü.
Tüm senaryonun haricinde, tek bir sahneyi gösterecek bir düzenleme iyi olacaktır.
dimkanovikov 06.11.2018 at 18:44 # Reply
Hello, Mehmet. Not sure that I correctly understand what you mean... Can you provide a bit more detailed description of your suggestion?
Virgile Sahan 10.02.2019 at 18:47 # Reply
Persian ( farsi) language
What are the features supported in this language?
dimkanovikov 12.02.2019 at 14:19 # Reply
Hello, Virgile. All application features are supported for the Persian language.
Kostas 11.02.2019 at 20:42 # Reply
Export Problem
Hi there,
I'm having a problem with exporting my script to pdf. It appears to be almost blank (the first page with the title and my name is correct, and also the headline of the first scene, but the action, dialoge, etc of the scene does not appear at all). I'm writting in greek but I also tested it with english and the same thing happens, so it's probably not a language issue. I will be glad to find some help. Thanks!
dimkanovikov 12.02.2019 at 14:21 # Reply
Hello, Kostas. Looks like you try to export "Outline" instead of the "Script". Please recheck what export type you use in the export dialog title tab bar.
Daniel 02.03.2019 at 05:59 # Reply
Problems with printing script
Hi there.
Before complaining, I would like to say that this is a great app. Really. Very useful, direct, easy to use. So many thanks!

My issue: When I export (or print) the script, it shows only the title page and the head of the scenes, but no action, no dialogue, no parenthesis, nothing else. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks!
dimkanovikov 04.03.2019 at 17:09 # Reply
Hello, Daniel. Looks like you try to export outline, please check out what tab selected in the export settings dialog (Menu - Export). There are three items "Export Research/Export Outline/Export Script" as I understand you need to select the "Export Script" tab and do export again.
Carlo Lechea 13.03.2019 at 16:49 # Reply
No speaking character
Hello,

I'd like to know how add a no speaking character.

Thank you
dimkanovikov 15.03.2019 at 10:49 # Reply
Hello Carlo,

Currently, there are two ways to do it:
1. In the action of the scene, you need to write the name of the character, for example for character RICK you can write something similar to "Rick enters the room."
2. The application has a special block named "Scene Characters" where you can add all characters of the scene. This blocks usually used for TV-series, but maybe it will make sense for your case too.
Mishal 16.03.2019 at 12:56 # Reply
Hello, I agree with other contributors, this is an excellent application. Thank you. One question/ request, please. Is it possible to view the script in a larger font? Or, increase the view to something like 120% etc. I have poor vision and the script view (font) on screen is just slightly to small for me to work with comfortably. Thank you.
dimkanovikov 18.03.2019 at 06:05 # Reply
Hello Mishal,

You can scale script (and other editors) by using a standard method for your operating system:
- Windows/Linux - Ctrl and mouse wheel, or Ctrl and +/-
- Mac OS X - pinch gesture on the trackpad, or Command and +/-
Alister 16.03.2019 at 13:29 # Reply
Exporting based on template
Hi there, how do I export so that I get the same result as the template I am working in. It seems to pick up the default template - centre justified, Courier Prime etc.
dimkanovikov 18.03.2019 at 06:07 # Reply
Hello Alister,

You need to turn on advanced export settings checkbox and set up the template you want to export in.
rodrigo 19.03.2019 at 02:22 # Reply
hi, it's a very good software, i've been use it for a wile and it's exactly what i was looking for, but i have a little problem. when i use the full screen i can't see the two panels completly, i close the program and when i open it again it looks like it's fixed, but if i open another window (like the script) it happends again. i don't know if it is a problem with my computer or the program 'cause i have two laptops, one is a mac and the other is a pc, and this problem it's only with the mac. i hope you guys understand what i'm saying 'cause my english it is not the best and i don't know if you have support in spanish. i hope you can help me with this problem because the program it's exactly what i was looking for and that's the only problem that it has. P.D. i suggest to add a window to make a shot list and if is possible some way to work with another pearson, with those things i can say that i don't need anyother program to work.
dimkanovikov 20.03.2019 at 06:12 # Reply
Hello Rodrigo. Please send us screenshots with the problem to the email support@kitscenarist.ru and we help you to resolve it.
edde 11.04.2019 at 20:06 # Reply
hello, thank you very much for providing us with this software. it's really excellent and user friendly. you did a great job guys.. of course there are a few things to improve as for example the use of keyboard shortcuts for formatting .
dimkanovikov 14.04.2019 at 13:31 # Reply
Hello, Edde. You can configure shortcuts in the "Settings - Script Editor - Shortcuts".
Mary 15.04.2019 at 20:04 # Reply
Mind Map
Hello! I've been using your software for quite a time now and I love all the possibilities it offers! Plus, you have a research pannel, which is great!
There's only a few things with the Mind Map that have been bugging me, though.
-Is there a way to copy/paste an entire Mind Map? And copy/paste only a box of a Mind Map?
-Is there a way to augment the size of the png saved from a Mind Map? I have a HUGE Mind Map and would like to print it. But when I import the png in Photoshop or Word and I separate the image to enlarge it to be able to print it on many sheets, I lose a considerable amount of quality because the original image is too small.

The Mind Map is a powerful tool for visual writers like me, and I think that it could need a liiiiiittle bit more love! I love KIT Scenarist! Thank you for providing us such a great software!
dimkanovikov 16.04.2019 at 21:22 # Reply
Hello Mary,

Thanks a lot for your kind words and for your questions!
1. Currently, there is no way to copy or paste items in the mind map editor. But it will be a really good improvement for future updates! Thanks for pointing me on it.
2. It's very strange behavior. By default mind map should be saved in "natural" size which should be wellformed for viewing and printing. What operating system do you use? What size of the png image did you get after saving?

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