Trelby

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General information

  • Category: Text editors
  • Version: 2.2
  • Last update: Jan 6, 2018
  • OS: Windows, Linux
  • License: GNU

What is Trelby?

Trelby is a free screenwriting software for Mac and Windows. You can use it to write screenplays, documentaries, tv shows scenarios, theatrical performances, etc. Trelby follows automatically screenplay formatting guidelines and helps you write your story quicker.

This screenwriting software features multiple writing modes, including a fullscreen mode that will hide away all other distractions from your screen, bells and whistles like spell-checker, and a worldwide character name database. Trelby even checks for screenplay formatting errors in the script. It allows you to control every aspect of the program. From defining what [Enter] and [Tab] do, to what screen elements are shown in print, to font and interface colors.

Screenshot of Trelby software running on Windows 10.

Trelby can provide you with detailed reporting and statistics like per scene breakdown of dialog and action, per character breakdown of lines, a graph of when the characters are active in a script and overall script stats. Trelby can also compare different revisions of your script and show you how they differ. The software uses own file format to save screenplays but you can also import Final Draft XML (FDX), Celtx, Fountain, Adobe Story (ASTX), Fade In Pro (FADEIN), and TXT files.

Ready screenplays can be exported to formats like TXT, HTML, RTF, Final Draft XML or Fountain. If needed you can also export files to PDF format, with an option to select document font, and even add watermark to all pages. Trelby offers also multiple views, including draft view, WYSIWYG mode, and fullscreen to suit everyone writing style.

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Trelby offers all the features required for writing a screenplay, including bells and whistles like spell-checker, and a worldwide character name database. It can check for screenplay formatting errors in the script. Trelby uses our own open file format to save screenplays and can also import formatted TXT, and Final Draft XML (.fdx) files. Trelby can export to PDF, TXT, RTF, HTML and Final Draft. Trelby download is available only for Windows and Linux users.

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