Fade In (software)

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Fade In
Developer(s)GCC Productions Inc.
Stable release
4.0.17 / 28 October 2022; 17 months ago (2022-10-28)
Operating systemWindows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android
TypeScreenwriting software

Fade In Professional Screenwriting Software (also known simply as Fade In) is screenwriting software for writing screenplays in the professional, industry standard format[1] used in Hollywood and elsewhere. It can also be used for teleplays, stage plays, radio plays, multimedia, graphic novels, and other similar script formats.

Fade In is developed by Kent Tessman, a film director and screenwriter. The software was first released in 2011; the latest version 4.0 was released in 2021.[2]

The desktop version of Fade In Professional Screenwriting Software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Fade In Mobile is available for iOS (including both iPhone and iPad) and Android devices.


Fade In implements the standard functionality expected of a specialized screenwriting program, including formatting scenes, action, characters and dialogue in industry standard screenplay format.

Fade In provides key features needed by professional screenwriters. These features include revision management and page/scene locking which are required in a professional environment for managing a rewrites through pre-production and production.[3]

Fade In's developers have implemented a number of features that the other professional screenwriting programs lack, including full Unicode support, revision page colors, changing character names, full-screen editing,[4] batch watermarking, and support for formats such as Final Draft, Open Screenplay Format, Fountain, and Scrivener. Some of Fade In's advantages in terms of text rendering and platform compatibility may be due to its more modern software architecture.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Fade In Professional Screenwriting Software has been reviewed favorably.

PCWorld gave the software a score of 5 out of 5, noting both its ease-of-use and professional feature set.[6] MacWorld gave the software a score of 4.5 out of 5, mentioning that it has "all the major features—and then some—found in industry standard Final Draft, but at a quarter of the price".[7] The software has also been reviewed favorably by Linux Journal.[8]

The independent review site Top Ten Reviews ranked Fade In among the top screenwriting software along with Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter, and Celtx.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rider, April. "For A Few Days More" (PDF). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Fade in Professional Screenwriting Software".
  3. ^ August, John (8 April 2004). "New Final Draft version 7.0 is…marginally better". johnaugust.com. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Indie Gear: Small Screenwriting Software Startup Takes on the Behemoth that is Final Draft". Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "Scriptnotes: Period Space". 11 February 2014. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  6. ^ Harac, Ian. "Write a Screenplay Like the Pros Do With Fade In". PCWorld. IDG Consumer & SMB. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  7. ^ McKnight, Heath. "Review: Fade In professional screenwriting software is a class act". MacWorld. IDG Consumer & SMB. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  8. ^ Olsen, Charles. "Fade In Pro". Linux Journal. Belltown Media, Inc. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2015-05-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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