Writing a screenplay is tricky business. To help structure the process, a handful of software developers have stepped up to create programs that help writers build up their works; but what if you want to pull a Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and co-write something? Check out Plotbot, a collaborative, Web based screenplay writing tool that lets you write alone or with others.
The best part about the service may be that the editing tool is not just a blank canvas, but it also lets you build up a project from the ground up. You can set the rights usage restrictions, the MPAA rating you're shooting for (which is basically a quick way to show others the content of your script), and a pitch about the project to get the interest of others who can join your project as fans, or full-fledged contributors.
When it actually comes time to write the script, the process goes through a small, simple editor that lets you swap between sluglines, action cues, and dialogue. Each line is automatically formatted on the fly, and can be edited simply by clicking on them, making building up a scene fast and intuitive.
The entire production is very webby. There are tags and favoriting tools for everything, and each project gets its own page that serves as a home base to track recent activity, shared documents, and a history of all the changes made to the project since its inception. Also, to help keep track up of updates, members can subscribe to the project's RSS feed.
When all is done, users can print out their work, or save it as a XML document, or RTF file, which can be imported into Final Draft, one of the more popular pieces of screenwriting software.
If this whets your appetite, be sure to check out the 140novel, a novel written by CNET's own Tom Merrit and Molly Wood alongside tech personality Leo Laporte. The entire thing is being written in Twitter.… Read more
You can't really keep anything a secret in the New York media industry, but Google managed to do a pretty good job of it on Wednesday night.
The Mountain View megalith rented out the Terminal 5 uberclub on the West Side for an event it called "Videocracy," which is Google-ese for "Hey, advertisers, this is why you should cozy up to YouTube." The company also reportedly made a number of hints at the video site's direction, talking about some in-the-works features.
It was a strictly no-press event; Silicon Alley Insider reporter Michael Learmonth weaseled … Read more
From The Times of London:
A former Chinese university professor who was dismissed after he founded a democratic opposition party, plans to sue Yahoo and Google in the United States for blocking his name from search results in China.
Guo Quan, an expert on classical Chinese literature and the 1937 Nanjing massacre of Chinese civilians by Japanese troops, last week issued an open letter pledging to bring a lawsuit against Google after he discovered that his name had been excised in searches of its Google.cn portal in China.
He told The Times that he had now found that the … Read more
Google released on Wednesday a new version of the software development kit for its open mobile platform called Android.
The new SDK has a new user interface, a geocoder that lets developers search for businesses as well as translate an address into a coordinate and vice versa, support for new media codecs, and code that lets developers create layout animations.
One thing missing is change to the telephony package, laments one developer on the Android Developer discussion on Google Groups.
"This is very disappointing, especially because we were told in the Android coding day in Israel that the telephony package will be updated soon," the developer wrote. "We still cannot detect the ingoing/outgoing call number or send DTMF tones properly." Prototypes of Android phones were shown at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. Google launched Android in November along with and the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 34 handset manufacturers, carriers and chipmakers that have said they plan to support Android products and services. Products are due out later this year.
Here are some screenshots, via the Hello Android blog:
Sourceforge boasts 169,282 registered projects. The actual number of active projects may be as low as 15,000. This is still an impressive number, but it may not be enough to stave off the Google threat.
Just two years after Google kicked off project hosting on its Google Code site, Google is reporting that it now hosts over 80,000 projects. Given how new it is (and how infrequently Sourceforge prunes its projects, if at all), it may well be that Google now has more active projects hosted on its Google Code site than Sourceforge.
The real question, of … Read more
Phone madness continues on in Barcelona, Spain, as the second day of GSMA Mobile World Congress comes to a close. Vodafone's CEO said he sees the mobile web as the future, Microsoft announced MSN Direct availability on Windows Mobile devices, and Yahoo launches OneConnect, a new tool that lets mobile phone users to aggregate their social-networking updates and messaging in one spot on their phones. T-Mobile also finally announces plans to launch 3G in the U.S. by summer 2008. There's also hope for an Android phone, as well as an Austrian version of the iPhone by the … Read more