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By New Versions for Word 2000 and Word XP
Bill Williams

Edit MessageUploaded - 31 Jul 2003 01:16

The new version of The ScriptWritersToolkit for Microsoft Word 2000 and Word XP are now available here [Link].

One of the templates is available free of charge for you to tryout or use; this is the template for a modern style Stage script. This will remain free of the Administration charge, so that it can be used by schoolchildren etc for school plays.

The full set of version 5 includes up-to-date versions of all of those in version 4, i.e. Hollywood Film format, UK Studio Format, Radio and Stage plays together with six formats for the BBC as described in the BBC Writers Room.


A style for stage scripts, with the dialogue indented by roughly a third of the page width, and the Character Names right justified within the left third of the page. Stage directions in italic fill only the right two thirds of the page. A second style for stage directions is right justified for Exits & Entries. Act and Scene headings are centred and are automatically numbered, provided that you use the designated keystrokes to enter them.

The STAGE5C.ZIP sample file also includes a part written script for you to practice editing.


Revised by - Bill Williams on 21 Aug 2003 at 02:06:13

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Revised by - Bill Williams on 7 Apr 2004 at 14:50:42

UserEdit MessageUploaded - 22 Aug 2003 15:21

Why have you changed all the keystrokes around.
Bill Williams

Edit MessageUploaded - 22 Aug 2003 15:31

I thought it best that the main characters should appear in the left column of the cast list dialog box and that the main characters should have the two-key strokes instead of the three-key strokes.

As for the formatting keystrokes I chose the new settings so that they are a better mnemonic fit to their function and so that they are as consistent as possible across all the templates.

I regret that this may cause some confusion to regular users of the earlier versions of the templates.


UserEdit MessageUploaded - 22 Aug 2003 15:33

I've started a script with a version 4 template. Can I finish it with the Version 5 template?
Bill Williams

Edit MessageUploaded - 22 Aug 2003 15:44

That would not be a good idea. It would be best to continue using the old template for that script.

The keystroke & macro engine of the Version 5 templates is completely different from the Version 4 and earlier ones. So the fields planted in your script for character names etc are different between the versions and would not match up. After attaching to the new version template, you would have to set up the character list again and then go through every dialogue, deleting the old name and pressing the new key combination of the character.

The main reason for this change in the way the engine works was for better reliability, users were prone to altering the character list in the crib sheet instead of via the button, which then made things not work properly. The new engine uses an invisible method of holding the character names and the crib sheet is ancillary rather than essential to the way the new toolkit works.


A UserEdit MessageUploaded - 22 Aug 2003 16:18

Auuugh! I see that it is no longer free.
Bill Williams

Edit MessageUploaded - 22 Aug 2003 16:27

It never was free! it was successware. You were contracted to pay for it once you made some substanstial income from using the Scriptwriters Toolkit.

I put up a request for voluntary donations to support the development of the Word 2000 / Word XP versions, but alas no donations appeared so regrettably I have been obliged to charge a small administration fee in attempt to cover the massive amounts of time I have spent over the last four months, researching formats, developing the program that is the new keystroke engine and most of all testing, testing, testing these templates so that they will do the job properly.

My income comes ONLY from my programming and customer support activities, I have no big organisation behind me paying my bills.


A userEdit MessageUploaded - 22 Aug 2003 16:27

I'd like to pay your administration fee, but I am dubious about opening a Paypal account. I have heard some odd rumours about them.

Revised by - Bill Williams on 22 Aug 2003 at 16:34:23

Bill Williams

Edit MessageUploaded - 22 Aug 2003 16:32

If you do not like PayPal, you can instead send me a cheque drawn on a
UK bank for 11.75 UK Pounds to

Bill Williams (SW Toolkit)
Data Highways Ltd.
252 Colney Hatch Lane
N10 1BD

and I will manually set up a serial number for you.

Please write your eMail address on a note
included with the cheque.

Revised by - Bill Williams on 22 Aug 2003 at 16:35:48

Bill Williams

Edit MessageUploaded - 9 Apr 2004 01:55

The Front Page [Link] of the Toolkit Website has today been re-written, to include descriptions and examples of the new Version 5.

Version 4 and earlier versions have been moved to a page of their own accessible from a link at the bottom of the main page.


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