Welcome to the Adobe Story team blog

Maybe you know all about Adobe’s super-cool scriptwriting and scheduling tool, and maybe you had no idea we even had a product in this category. Either way, we’re really glad you found us—and we hope you’ll stick around, as we have a lot of great information to share.

Let me start by introducing myself: I’m Ellen Wixted, and I’m the product manager for Story. I’m a relatively new addition to the Story team (though I’ve worked on other parts of Adobe’s Pro Video toolset for several years), and couldn’t be happier to get to highlight the great work the team has been doing. I’ll be writing about different parts of Story as I dive into the product, and I look forward to sharing the experience.

How did Adobe get interested in scriptwriting? Well, every video or film project starts with an idea—and that idea usually takes the form of a script. As the script develops, ever-more-specific information emerges about the project, from specifics about the on-screen talent (Who are they? What do they need to say? How will they be dressed?) to details about props, locations, specific camera shots the director wants, and a lot more. And it turns out that this really rich and detailed data often gets lost along the way, which is a shame. So, we decided to do something about it: develop a scriptwriting tool that makes your script available—and even more importantly, useful—through post-production and on into distribution. I’d use the word metadata here—because that’s really what we’re talking about—but that tends to cause most people to start mentally making grocery lists, so I’ll save that for another day.

To make a long story short, our larger team has been developing tools that streamline post-production for decades now, and with Adobe Story, we’re looking at how the earliest stages of planning a production can help make everything that happens after that much easier.

There’s a free version of Adobe Story that you can log into simply by using your Adobe ID (which you can also use to download free trial versions of any of our creative tools, from Photoshop and After Effects to Premiere Pro and InDesign). Story Plus adds powerful collaboration and scheduling tools, and is included in a full Adobe Creative Cloud membership; Story Plus also gives you the ability to work offline—so when you’re on a plane or at a cabin the woods, you can still access your scripts.. If you’re thinking about subscribing to the Creative Cloud, we’re running a special offer right now that’s worth checking out. Because Story is a web-based service, the scripts you write in Adobe Story can be accessed virtually anywhere, including with the Adobe Story iPhone apps, which lets you read and comment on scripts on the go.

We’ll go into more detail on these and other topics in future posts. For now, let me sign off with a link to a new video by trainer extraordinaire, Maxim Jago. If you’re not familiar with Adobe Story, it’s a great place to start. And please drop a note to let us know what topics you’d like to see us cover!

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8 Responses to Welcome to the Adobe Story team blog

  1. Russell Cory says:

    I’m excited to see that Adobe has created this blog. As a recent Creative Cloud subscriber I’ve been trying to work Story into my workflow. As of now it’s just been a replacement for Google Docs. I’m dying to tap into the full potential of it’s metadata.

    I hope that this blog will include scriptwriting training for video people like me. While we’ve seen tons of scripts, correct methods for formatting them is not something we are usually taught.

    • Ellen Wixted says:

      Thanks, Russell—That’s exactly what we’re planning. Story does a lot of formatting and auto-completing elements automatically, but it makes sense for us to cover in more detail if people have questions (and if you do, chances are you’re not alone!). If you’ve got other ideas for topics, we’d love to hear them. Another thing we’ll be using the blog for is highlighting updates to Story. We release new enhancements and features every month or two (recently, it’s been every month), and this’ll be the go-to resource to learn about that too. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Brian says:

    How does Adobe Story function in a browser on a tablet? I see that there is no dedicated android app for it, so I wonder how clumsy it would be to just use the web interface on something like a Nexus Tablet.

  3. Booktup says:

    I’m with Russell it’ll be nice to see some script writing training videos it’d help me quite a bit.

  4. Richard says:

    I’ve just started using story properly with the rest of cs6, which i am using on creative cloud. I use my ipad extensively for writing and even in production – it is my teleprompter. But i am dismayed that there is no way to use story on an ipad? I tried using via safari, but it does not work, the Story app, but with that i can only read and not edit. Is this an area that is still being developed or should i abandon all hope?

    • Ellen Wixted says:

      Hi Richard–

      We get this request a lot, and it’s something we’re looking at. No immanent announcements, however.

      Thanks!
      Ellen