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Arc Studio is professional screenwriting software released in 2019, and since then writers have started to opt for the fastidious system to make their writing more cohesive and communicative.

With its sleek design and aesthetic, the formatting system will lessen your technical hassles and make your writing almost effortless; from start to finish.

With a focus on TV show writers’ rooms, where collaboration is still very messy (and stressful), Arc Studio was created for an uncomplicated, no-nonsense approach to collaborative writing. Working in a writers’ room means a hundred drafts with red circles and sticky notes all over it, and racked with disorientation. 

Using Arc Studio even though you are not in the same room, you can efficiently edit, comment, review, and create remarks.

The software comes with the solutions to the most overlooked, intricate inconveniences and gives you a smooth road for your journey of literal creation.

So, let go of the anxiety about your script accidentally getting deleted or your story getting caught up in a bunch of twines. With its online saving mode and Plot Board tab, you can focus only on your story, your outline, and your screenplay.

Screenwriting Software: Is ARC STUDIO Really Worth it?

There are a number of features integrated into Arc Studio that make it remarkable in the cut-throat arena of screenwriting software.

So let’s dive deeper into this software which was used by the writers’ room of Arcane (the show based on Riot’s League of Legends universe on Netflix).

ARC STUDIO V/S FINAL DRAFT

Since the beginning, Final Draft has been a household name for all the media industries and has made a strong impression on the writers due to its cult status. But writers who have just entered the profession of screenwriting, Final Draft may seem daunting, given its exorbitantly high price. 

A lot of writers are meticulous in choosing the software they can because it affects their writing style, the formatting style, and the overall practical aspects.

For ostensible and obvious reasons mainly cost and ease of use, Arc Studio offers exclusive features that every writer would be enamored with. 

Features like changing the format to your own desire, communicating with the partner writers included in your project, and various other characteristics, up Arc Studio from its competitors.

BEAT BOARD

Have you ever sat down, sipped some coffee, and thought – “I wish I knew how to outline”. 

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You scavenged the internet and scraped the barrel for links and PDFs of numerous templates, but then had another thought “I wish templates existed with beats inside screenwriting software”.

Well, look no further!

As you create a fresh pavilion for a screenplay document and have no idea on how to plan your story out, just head over to the Plot Board and select a template of your choice. 

What’s even more obtainable is that each planner comes with its own set and number of beats. 

All you have to do is write down the important plot points, incidents, and then play around with it by shifting the beat columns without any restrictions and see the most interesting permutations of your story come to clarity.

FOCUS MODE / TIMER

Screenwriting Software: Is ARC STUDIO Really Worth it?

It has become a custom that while writing you need to get distracted. But, that is very untrue. Writing is at times, inexplicably tenuous and may cause mental tiredness. That doesn’t mean you can slack off whenever you want. 

Ultimately, it is your literary work, may it be a screenplay or a manuscript that will bear the lagged mistakes and imperfections.

And if you are writing on a computer or a laptop, you are bound to get absent-minded, leading you to surf the internet for hours, leaving your screenplay idle.

This is why Focus Mode helps you concentrate on your writing. Just click on the dart and set a timer to begin working. And when the timer is up, you are automatically on a break.

It also shows how much time passed since you stopped typing. To begin, just click on the tab above, and the timer restarts. This will ensure that your work doesn’t go unnoticed or undeveloped.

THE COLLABORATION FEATURE

This feature is the selling point of Arc Studio software.

There are countless screenwriting software being used on the internet right now, so what makes Arc Studio peculiar? – It’s a compact review system. We all know a writer’s room seems like the idiom “too many cooks spoil the broth”, but a sleek perusal of the screenplay online will solve the disarray without vexing any of the writers or reviewers.

The feature gives the creators free will to edit, write and comment on the screenplay, selected paragraphs, and storylines along with precision and diligence. Writers having a broad imagination, get an influx of assortments of ideas out of which a couple of ideas may even get integrated into the screenplay.

The writers can brainstorm; recommend their edits and drafts to the other writers without getting caught in dissatisfaction, with extreme leniency. Also, this beats getting feedback from lengthy emails that are tiresome and needlessly excessive.

To invite your co-writers to the project, just send them an invite link through the collaborator option tab.

From any corner of the world, your fellow collaborator can review your work without any third-party application or process getting involved.

DRAFT VERSIONS

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How long can you keep up with ten different files of the same screenplay with different edits and additions? Creating a folder for a single manuscript with progressing draft numbers until you realize you don’t know what the distinctive characteristics in those drafts were. Moreover, they take up your space, slowing down your process.

To jump over this limbo, the software contains a Drafts tab where you can track your screenplay without sifting and sieving through your latest edit.

Just save your core writing as a primary draft, and then as you keep redefining the script, you can turn on Track Changes where you can keep a track of all the new material written around your core written work.

IMPORTING AN FDX FILE

Considering a move from Final Draft to Arc Studio can be challenging if you think about rewriting the whole screenplay in the new software, but here, you don’t have to worry about that.

With just a simple ‘Import’ option, you can search the computer database and locate where you saved the ‘fdx.’ file, and then by choosing the file, the screenplay automatically gets imported and ready to edit with almost no loading runtime.

Even though importing files from other programs is easy, importing PDFs with incorrect formatting might be a little tricky in Arc Studio.

ADVANCED FORMATTING OPTIONS

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As the software already comes with industrialized, professional formatting for a more than a fathomable screenplay, you may want to explore or play around with other types of formatting of fonts, scene placements, transition annotations, notes, and many more.

To have a chance with changing the layout, head over to Document Settings > Format and have a look at the Advanced Formatting Options.

You can edit the page layout, scene numbers, completely turn around some key elements to your liking.

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AFFORDABLE PRICING

With countless features and seamless formatting technology, your writing process will be nothing less than the euphoria of seeing your story being fleshed out in the most skillful way on the screen.

Arc Studio provides all these features and more in three versions. You can try the software for free on the web providing you a pavilion for writing two scripts.

Arc Studio pricing

With just $69 a year, you can create unlimited screenplays and own the software with almost all the modes and characteristics known as the ‘Essentials’ version.

Along with everything the ‘Essentials’ version has to offer, ‘Pro’ trumps it with six exclusive features that allow you to invite collaborators and work together with the immaculate communication and editing system of the screenwriting software.

You can get the Pro version of Arc Studio for $99 a year. 

The affordable pricing makes the software more approachable for the new screenwriters who desire to go professional without hurting their pockets.

So, if you want to go for screenwriting with a more serious outlook, or you just fancy an attempt and have fun with screenwriting, then Arc Studio’s software is the way to go.

SLEEK DESIGN

As soon as you open the application or the web version of the software, you will see a completely assorted selection of tabs on the left side for the technical modeling of your screenplay, with the rest of your screen just provided for your creative construction, with the right side of the page having the button for Plot Board – the bare skeleton of your story.

It supports Dark Mode too in case you are a night owl and like working late nights without the bulk luminous white pixels. 

A dark purple tint on the screen avoids you getting lethargic as the shade is very well correlated to alertness so that you can get your work done with the overall stability of mind and body.

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AUTOMATIC SCRIPT SAVING

Imagine this…

For a very rare pocket of time, you finally get your motivation to write and you grab your chair and start clicking down the actions, dialogues, and parentheticals. You don’t have a care in the world except finishing your screenplay before.

You have written a whole page or two in surprisingly less time and your laptop dies. Some software don’t even have an auto-save option.

So, how to write without being cautious about saving your work and devoting your subconscious to only writing?

 The answer is Cloud!.

When you work on Arc Studio without any break or a halt, your screenplay is saved with every letter, punctuation on the Cloud servers in real-time. 

When you are offline, your work is saved manually through backup filing. As soon as you are back online, your manuscript automatically gets transferred to Cloud and you are good to go.

THE NAGGING FEATURE

Whether you like it or not, this is one of the other features I adore that is woven in the software that includes the notification pings that emerge after the said break time has concluded and the need to get back to work arises before the tradition of disturbance between workflow follows.

Even if you are in the middle of the running writing session and stop writing, you get the “Get back to work” alert to pull you back into the unfinished session.

Screenwriting Software: Is ARC STUDIO Really Worth it?

FINAL THOUGHTS

‘Arc Studio’ is definitely a strong option to consider whilst you rack your brain for the perfect software for your writing style. It has all the core characteristics with optimized and simplified review systems along with great pricing and comes with affordable versions of the software.

In the deep sea of options, screenplays are for sure not to be compromised with. It needs a meticulous blend of industry formatting, brainstorming sessions without a stark mess, clean outlining, and of course – a great plot. 

Except for a great plot, Arc Studio can give you that and a lot more. 

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Sarang Padhye

Being an avid film buff and a content marketer, I started this blog to provide the best information on screenwriting and filmmaking. Screenplays is certainly where it all begins. However, I also provide writing and advertising tips regularly through my articles.

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