Questions & Answers

Something is broken, I hate you

This is how you report a bug. Read the instructions carefully to make it easier to track down the issue — and to fix it. Beat is also updated fairly often, so first make sure you are running the latest version. Worst bugs are always fixed as soon as possible! Please don’t send death threats or mean e-mails.

Will there be a Windows version?

No. Beat is open source though, so someone with the time and required skillset might be able to find a way to port it. Actually, do it if you can! Apple is a greedy, hugely profitable company abusing sweatshop workers and disregarding their environmental responsibility. Fuck you, Apple.

Why is it free? Is there a catch?

Beat is originally based on GPL licensed code, and the creator’s background is in non-compromising DIY underground culture. The goal is to provide a professional-level free tool for anyone who can afford (or steal) a Mac.

Beat exists to make people happier and more free to express themselves, not to make fuckloads of money for shareholders while ignoring human rights and basically using slave labour in the global south. Did I already say fuck you, Apple?

So why is the iOS version paid?

Maintaining Beat has taken a toll on my own personal life, so to cover some of the costs and lost time, I made the companion app paid. It’s still pretty cheap, with a single-time fee — and reduced prices for countries with emerging film industries. The desktop app will remain free forever, don’t worry!

Do you collect data or store my screenplays?

No and never. Everything you create in Beat is stored only on your own computer. Beat also doesn’t collect any user data, and respects the privacy of every user. The only time Beat accesses the Internet is to check if any of your installed plugins have updates, and you can turn this off.

Read more in the short and sweet privacy policy.

How do plugins work? Can I make my own?

You can find all official plugins in Plugin Library.

Plugins are written using JavaScript. If you want to create your own extensions, head over to the Beat Plugin Wiki. You can also ask for advice on Discord.

Beat sucks, but I’ve already written 200 pages on it. Can I continue working in another app?

YES! Beat exports and imports Final Draft files (pretty flawlessly), and Fountain files can be opened in apps such as Slugline, Logline, Storyboarder and Highland. Many writers are collaborating using both Beat and Final Draft.

Is there a built-in AI component or plugin?

No. Beat is made for humans.

I have another question

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