Help & Support

User Guide

Since we published the last user guide in June last year, the app has changed significantly. We have begun the process of writing a new user guide. As we publish them, they will show up in the list below.

  • Quick Start
    This is a quick start tutorial on using Scrite to write Screenplays. It covers basic concepts with an intention to help you get started really quick.
  • Moving From Another App
    As a screenwriter you may have used one or more screenwriting apps. In this article we will show you how to import your work from other apps into Scrite.
  • Advanced Editing Features
    Learn all about color coding & numbering your scenes, formatting paragraphs, capturing comments and characters names and inserting, removing, splitting, merging and reordering scenes.
  • Typing In Multiple Languages
    Learn how to write in 11 Indian languages, assign a specific language to dialogues and use native input methods provided by the operating system.
  • Using The Structure Tab
    The structure tab presents a powerful UI to capture the structure of your screenplay. In this article we will only go over the basics of using the structure tab, setting the stage for diving into advanced features later on.
  • Advanced Structuring Tools
    Learn how to capture Rashomon, non-linear, save-the-cat and multiple timeline structures of stories on the structure canvas.
  • Scriptalay
    Learn how to download screenplays and templates from our online library.
  • Exporting To Other Formats
    Learn how you can export to Final Draft, HTML, Fountain, Open Document Text and other formats.

Video Tutorials

  • Tagging Structural Elements
    With Scrite 0.6 beta, you can now tag your index cards and mark structural elements in your screenplay. This is a very powerful feature for writers who wish to design their stories according to structures of their choice. Click here to read more about tagging index cards.
  • Capturing Relationships Between Characters
    Screenplays & stories are made up of characters. There are a few stories where we can notice only one or two characters, however most stories employ between 2 and 20 characters, although we could find cases where there are more than 20 also. A writer must ensure that relationships between characters are portrayed consistently across […]
  • Scrite Tutorial – Aug 2020 Edition
    Much has changed since the first beta of Scrite was released back in April 2020. The video below is a new tutorial on Scrite. It covers the features and functionality available as of Scrite 0.4.16 Beta. This video was prepared for presenting a demo of Scrite at a webinar on “Using Screenwriting Software” hosted by […]
  • Scrite Tutorial – April 2020 Edition
    Scrite is a free and open-source app for Windows and Mac Desktops (soon on Linux also) using which you can create screenplays. This video is a demo of the Scrite app. The voice over in this video is in English, we will have another video in Kannada as well. PS: Kindly pardon all the bloopers […]

Webinars and Zoom Episodes

We have had an opportunity to showcase Scrite to writers and directors from our film industry. With a few of them we have had an opportunity to host a Webinar or record a Zoom Episode. These episodes not only help understand Scrite, but also touches upon aspects of writing in general.

  • Episode with Adarsh Eshwarappa
    Director Adarsh Eshwarappa discusses his films #Shuddhi, #Bhinna, his love for non-linear structure in screenplays and his fascination with #Scrite in this episode. Get inspired and start writing your next #Blockbuster while you #StayHome and #StaySafe. Also download Shuddhi screenplay files in Scrite format:
  • Episode with Abhaya Simha
    Director Abhaya Simha is one of the earliest adopters of Scrite. His most recent film Paddayi, a adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, has won many awards. He has infact been someone who gave really useful and early feedback and guided the development of Scrite. In this video episode Prashanth sits down with Director Simha and composes […]

Click here to view all episodes.

Material For Software Developers

In this section you can find information for software developers who are interested to know more about the design and implementation of Scrite.

  • Desktop Apps Using QML – Presented @ QtDevDesDays 2021
    Prashanth Udupa (Creator Of Scrite) presented a talk on building beautiful desktop applications using Scrite at Qt Dev Des Days 2021. In this talk he walks through best practices that one can employ while building large desktop applications using QML. The event attracted over 3000 Qt & QML developers and designers from all over the […]
  • Interoperable Document Format
    Back in April 2020, when the Scrite project started, we used a JSON plain-text format for loading and saving Scrite documents. Sometime around June 2020, we started using the binary JSON format for loading and saving Scrite documents, with backward compatibility to text based ones. Later in July 2020, right around the time we announced […]
  • Qt & QML Insights – Presentation @ Qt Desktop Days 2020
    Prashanth Udupa (Creator of Scrite) presented a talk on the insights gathered while developing Scrite at Qt Desktop Days 2020 as a part of Akademy 2020 virtual tech conference. The following is a video capture of his talk. Scrite is developed using Qt. Whats very unique about the use of Qt in Scrite is that […]


We now have a dedicated discussion forum for you to share feedback, bug reports, feature requests and more. Click here to visit the discussion forum.