Last week the latest update to Celtx was released.
Celtx is the world’s first fully integrated solution for media pre-production and collaboration. It replaces old fashioned ‘paper, pen & binder’ media creation with a digital approach to writing and organizing that’s more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share.
Celtx is a client-server application. The application and basic web services are free. The script writer is elegant, though a little cumbersome when working with large scripts. The stroyboard tool is quite nice as well. Overall, Celtx is perfect for me to bang out a quick storyboard, script, and shooting schedule.
Those looking for true collaboration should look elsewhere. Celtx currently lacks version control, making it almost impossible for two people to work on a script concurrently. Even a simple check-in/check-out approach as used in Adobe Dreamweaver would be welcome.
Also, there’s no peer-to-peer networking available through Celtx. All collaboration must go through the Celtx server — an understandable limitation since the business model is based on upselling web services. It would be an easier sell to my clients if client-side encryption were available.
While Celtx lacks acceptable collaboration tools at this pre-1.0 stage of its development, it shows promise. (Version control is rumored to be in the pipeline.) As a production planning and scripting tool for a single user, it’s quite elegant. Definitely worth a download.