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03 January 2012, 16:35

Trelby screenplay editor relaunched

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Trelby 2.0, an open source screenplay editor, has been launched by developers Anil Gulecha and Osku Salerma. Trelby is a rebranding of Blyte, an application written by Salerma in 2003 and sold until 2006; poor sales led to Salerma open sourcing the application in the hope that a community would form around it, but this did not happen. Five years later, in late 2011, Gulecha discovered the application while searching for a better screenplay editor than celtx. He began creating improvements to Blyte and this inspired Salerma to return to work on the application. Together they have renamed the application, refreshed the code, created a new web site and are now trying to build a community around developing the application though they admit "the intersection of software developers and screenwriters is tiny".

Trelby 2.0 is a multi-platform screenplay editor designed to enforce the correct script formatting and pagination required by screenplays. It can show a draft, WYSIWYG or fullscreen view of the screenplay and includes character name auto-completion combined with a database of over 200,000 names and the ability to report on scenes, locations, characters and dialogue so writers can make sure there are no loose ends in their script. Authors can also compare versions of scripts, import formatted text or Final Draft XML files, and export to PDF, and other formats, using a configurable PDF generator. A screenshot gallery shows many of the features in action.

Trelby is available to download for Windows, Debian/Ubuntu and other Linux systems. The developers are currently looking for help in porting Trelby to Mac OS X and creating RPM packages. Trelby is licensed under the GPLv2 and the source code is hosted on github.


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