5 Reasons Why SaaS is the Future for Screenwriting Software



SaaS (Software as a Service) has been a massive change to many business models of all sorts, but how is it panning out for screenwriters? Writing is one of the few creative professions in which writers generally want to keep costs as low as possible by using free or ‘freemium’ software or tools to get the job done.

It’s true that graphic designers have free alternatives to Photoshop and Illustrator, for example, but industry standards tend to favour these premium software packages for a reason. Screenwriters, on the other hand, often look to Final Draft and other major competitors as the standard, attested to by its popularity in Hollywood, for example.

Here are five reasons why SaaS is the future for screenwriting software.

  • Updates are Fast and Free

It’s already happened in other industries such as video gaming, whereby products can be patched and updated for all customers relatively easily and over the internet. Most major screenwriting software packages are purchased ‘as-is’, and this model simply can’t last with constant changes to the industry.

It’s likely that due to the influx of SaaS across a wide range of industries, the competition will have to get with the times and begin to adopt this type of business model at some point. Adobe and Microsoft are two big names that have already begun to embrace this model. Screenwriting is sure to follow, so why not take advantage of the flexibility and affordability of SPSCloud?

  • Low Monthly Fee Billed Annually

SaaS screenwriting software such as SPSCloud is available for a low monthly fee, almost like a rental, if you will. This lowers the entry barriers for anyone looking to take screenwriting seriously.

Some screenwriters swear by pen and notepad whilst others use Microsoft Word, but let’s face it, the needs of a screenwriter are different than for those of a blogger, for instance. The added functionality and user interface of a great screenwriting software package saves you time (and money) as you use it.

  • Interoperability

Some screenwriting software packages come with online-only usage whilst others have versions available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and even mobile. When your screenwriting software is provided through an SaaS model, developers such as SPSCloud can adjust interoperability settings across a wide range of platforms as desired and patch/update regularly much easier than most competitors can.

  • Collaborative Opportunities & Scalability

Many, but not all screenwriting software packages by major competitors come with some sort of collaborative tool whereby users can collaborate in real-time. SaaS can easily integrate collaboration tools in real-time. This is one of the reasons why Google’s G Suite is so successful, for example, since users can view, suggest, and edit documents in real-time with little to no delay.

It’s also worth mentioning that SaaS is essentially infinitely scalable. From the developer’s point of view, this keeps costs down, so the savings are passed onto the customer. All that’s needed is an internet connection and a passion for bringing stories to life!

  • Screenwriting Tool Databases

A major strength of SaaS is the ability to provide users with specialised tools for screenwriters such as dialogue and character databases to add a richness to their content. Moreover, cloud sharing enables users to contribute and add to these databases so that all who have access can borrow creative ideas through the software.

SPSCloud uses Character View for a level of functionality that most major competitors just can’t provide. 


Try SPSCloud today and experience the future of screenwriting software with our high-quality SaaS screenwriting package.


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