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Does Plotbot own anything I write? — Nope. It’s all yours. We only own the stuff we write ourselves. You can set a copyright for your project when you create it.

on 05/26/2008

Using the screenplay tool — The Screenplay is at the very heart of Plotbot, and the reason you’re probably reading this right now. Plotbot’s in-browser screenplay tool is essentially screenwriting software...

1 month ago

Scenes — Scenes are the building block of your screenplay. You can create as many scenes as you want and change the order of them as you please. While you can still do a lot with scenes from...

a year ago

Versioning — As mentioned elsewhere, Plotbot keeps track of everything written in and about your screenplay. EVERYTHING. Along the right side, you'll see a name and time attributed to each...

a year ago

Can I Just Start Writing? — Sure, as long as you've created a project. You don't have to bother with the Outline or Scenes, but you might want to consider the advantages. At the very least, you should divide...

a year ago

Rewriting — One of the best features about Plotbot is that you can keep track of all of edits made to your screenplay, including who made them and when they were made. To edit an element, just...

a year ago

Typing Flow and Elements — Plotbot wants you to find typing your screenplay to be an easy, intuitive experience. You should be able to type without lifting a hand for your mouse. To this end, Plotbot will...

a year ago

Changing Elements — Clicking on any element reopens it for you to edit. Any changes you make are saved as a new version of the element. Clicking an element open gives you the option to delete an...

two years ago

Restoring Previous Versions of an Element — Plotbot displays the number of versions of an element to the right of the text. Clicking on this link or the change indicator will open up a view of all previous versions of an...

on 06/14/2009

Outline — The Outline is your screenplay's treatment. This is where you let your readers and fellow writers know what your screenplay is about - a summation of all that is to come. Your...

on 08/15/2008

Why use scenes at all? — A couple of reasons we encourage using the scene tool: - Keep things manageable! - Determining rough scene summaries based on your outline can help keep things manageable and help...

on 07/17/2008

Setting a project type — You can set your project type, as well as a number of other options, on your project settings page, which is found on the right side of the sub-menu (below the tabs) on all project...

on 05/29/2008

How many scenes should I have? — You can create as many scenes as you'd like or think you need - but Plotbot does encourage you to keep your scenes short. Don't be afraid of having a lot of scenes - this makes it...

on 05/26/2008

Hey! Why doesn’t my Mac tab correctly while I’m writing? — Macs don't automatically tab between text windows and buttons, which makes the workflow a little more difficult and mouse-heavy, since you'll have to use your mouse to hit Submit....

on 05/26/2008

What's the Deal With the Outline and Scenes? — The Outline and Scenes help organize and manage your screenplay. By collaborating on an Outline and Scene Summaries before writing the screenplay, you and your writers can agree on a...

on 05/26/2008

How to create a new scene — When you click on “Insert New Scene”, you will be prompted to enter a Scene Title and Summary. You can edit the title and summary of existing scenes by clicking the text and...

on 05/26/2008

What do the stars on the right side of the screenplay tool mean? — Found in the right hand column of your screenplay, stars are a simple way of letting someone know you like their contribution, or of highlighting an element written in the...

on 05/26/2008

Restoring Deleted Elements — Restoring deleted elements in a screenplay works much the same as restoring previous versions of an element. Any time an element is deleted, a scissors icon will appear in the right...

on 05/26/2008