Distraction free writing

No buttons or other useless crap on screen. No popup alerts. Toned-down appearance is easy on the eyes and you can concentrate on writing your story.

Plain text

Files are saved using the plain-text Fountain screenplay format. You can export your files to Final Draft and PDF, or even edit them on any text editor.

Import multiple formats

Beat can read files created by Final Draft, Highland, Fade In and Celtx pretty flawlessly. FDX import even includes notes and revisions!

Dark mode

If you happen to be a vampire, Beat offers a pleasant dark mode for children of the night, even on older Macs.

Powerful outlining

Outline view and scene cards provide a good insight into your story. Add sections and synopses, and reorganize your scenes by dragging & dropping.

Automatic formatting

You don’t need to format your screenplay. Elements such as scene headings and dialogue are automatically recognized, full with autocomplete.


It’s easy to track revisions to your script, either automatically or manually, and highlight the changes on the exported PDF.

Easy scene numbering

Use automatic scene numbering and never care about it again, or lock and edit them directly in your script. Scene numbering can also be started from any number with two clicks.

Screenplay statistics

Easily see statistics about average scene length, longest scene, times of day and locations. You can also follow the gender divide in dialogue.

Plugins (macOS only)

Expand the capabilities of Beat using plugins and extensions. Read the docs to start making your own if you know some JavaScript!