Why can't I run Beat on Catalina / Big Sur?
You need to allow it to run from System Preferences → Security → General. Click on the lock and allow Beat.
App Store version will be available later this year.
How Do Plugins Work?
A detailed guide will be available later, but just drag & drop plugins to ~/Library/Application Support/Beat/Plugins
If you want to write your own plugins, read the documentation.
Will there be an iOS version?
Maybe, and a working first prototype actually exists. Its development is unfortunately paused for now, as I'm concentrating on writing and directing my own films.
Will there be a Windows version?
No. Beat is written in Objective-C and relies on macOS UI elements. The code 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.
Something is broken or I have a great new idea
Send a DM on Twitter, join Discord or e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you encounter a bug, provide an example of your file and explain what happened and where. I'll look into it when possible.
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. Beat exists to make people happier and more free to express themselves, not to make fuckloads of money for shareholders while using slave labour in subhuman working conditions and ignoring human rights. Fuck you, Apple.
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. Some writers have already collaborated using Beat and Final Draft.
I have another question
Send any feedback, poems, questions or letter bombs via Discord, Twitter or e-mail (email@example.com).