Screenwriting with TwelvePoint: Minimalist does not mean basic


Before starting developing TwelvePoint we listened to comments and feedbacks of many writers. Almost all of them were keen to adopt  new editors but frustrated and scared of  license fees, the total cost to become a writer, pro features accessible only through additional payments,  complex user interfaces that require to learn a methodology with the software before learning a methodology for writing screenplays.

  • With TwelvePoint you just write. From the first moment a project is opened, you can start writing your script even if you have basic understanding of the screenwriting rules.
  • TwelvePoint leaves all the complexity behind.  The app contains everything you need to write your screenplay from concept to final in a simple and clean environment.
  • TwelvePoint is inexpensive. You purchase once, and all the future updates are for free. no hidden costs.
  • TwelvePoint is multi-platform. The functionalities you have on a mac are exactly the same of those you have on the iPhone / iPad version. Smoothly change from one device to another and do the backup of  your script on the way.
  • TwelvePoint cares about your privacy. No personal information are stored, captured or used. Further more, you can share your scripts in any format (pdf, rtf, or TwelvePoint) with encryption (password protected), so that only those who are meant to read it, will.
  • TwelvePoint is created by you. All the functionalities we embedded in the app come from writers feedbacks, comments and guidelines. You need more? Just ask.


Manage your story elements like you manage files and folders on your computer and you are good to go ‘assembling’ you first screenplay.

Simple point and click to select a heading for your scene; no need to know the formatting rules, the app will adjust the content later on during the publishing.


…but I love to type…

If you are ‘old school’  and prefer to write everything instead (scene heading, character’s dialog, dual dialogs, etc.), you can still have your free-text full screen interface (like a textEdit or a Notepad), just type and the app will convert the text into project elements that you can manipulate, rename, change in order, etc.

You type a dialog with the character’s name on top, the app will generate a new asset (a character), to which, later on, you can assign features, colors and more. Same thing if you write a scene heading, all the elements will be translated into assets (location & timeline).


Goodbye distracting buttons and toolbars

A distracting element in writing is having to access functionalities with the pointer while having your fingers on the keyboard trying to put thoughts together.

You need to save, you need to write a new character, a new location, you want to review your outline.

In TwelvePoint you do not need it. If you have a macBook with Touch Bar , you can access most of the screenplay sections through it, otherwise there are the good old “keyboard short cuts”.

COMMAND+s (press button and ‘s’ button in sequence) will save your text. Whether you are editing a paragraph, renaming a character or adding a note, CMD+s will save your content and adjust the interface to be fit the current window.


Do you need additional features?

After using TwelvePoint for a while, maybe you want to know more about its full potential…

First, go in the project settings section, you will find a rich set of parameters you can switch on/off (e.g. watermarking, revision colors, additional export text formats, etc.).

Still not finding what you were looking for? Just contact us  ( and tell us what it is missing, if possible, we will add the functionality to our  roadmap.


Introduction to TwelvePoint

We also wrote a little guide to both iOS and macOS versions (“Introduction to TwelvePoint”), you can download it for free from the iTunes library. In this book we cover the basics together with some more specific use case scenarios such as: writing a script in a language that is not english, calculate the costs for a scene, develop side stories and much more. Let us know what do you think  (



Writing a novel with TwelvePoint

Writing a Novel

Writing is an intensive tasks, you need to define the plot, add side stories, develop the character arc…

When we designed TwelvePoint we thought that the writing process had to be unrelated to the way a script is published. We wanted the writer to focus just on the content, not on the formatting, not on the right paper to use, not on the caps of the words, etc.  Still all the features of content management had to be available, together with the templates and other functionalities.

Managing your story with TwelvePoint means, writing down dialogs and narratives, decide how many scenes, how many chapters, then the software will apply the right formatting.

TwelvePoint provides an easy way to manage characters, locations, timelines and relationships between the elements, you can always look at your script 360º,  go into details, step back and have an eagle-eye view on the story.

Using TwelvePoint make it easier, to re-arrange paragraphs in a scene, rename, characters, change locations, apply any structural modification without having to re-write the whole script or forget some parts of it.

If you wrote a screenplay and now you want to write a novel (or viceversa), no problem, clone your script and start adding the missing parts. All the characters, the locations and the timelines will be available in the new copy, ready to be used.


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