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Save the Cat!® 3.0 unlocks the fundamentals and mechanics of plot and character transformation with the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure methodology.

With Save the Cat! 3.0 all subscribers receive:

    • Software that never goes out of date – all subscribers receive upgrades and updates at no additional cost
    • Save the Cat! methodology to plot your screenplay or novel
    • Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet to guide the 15 story beats of your unique story
    • The Writers Board to create 40 scene cards tracking plot, character transformation, and theme
    • Ability to export into Final Draft
    • 2 activations per serial number
    • Technical Support – we will provide support in case of hard drive crash, a new computer, at no additional cost once registered

Whether your story is for the screen, the stage, or the page, Save the Cat! Story Structure Software is for those who write creatively.


Develop a powerful Logline and Title.

Choose one of 10 Genres, each with recognizable traits that will help you write something that is “the same, only different”: Monster in the House, Golden Fleece, Out of the Bottle, Dude with a Problem, Rites of Passage, Buddy Love, Whydunit, The Fool Triumphant, Institutionalized, and Superhero.

Fill in a Blake Snyder Beat Sheet with the 15 key beats for every screenplay and novel: Opening Image, Theme Stated, Set-up, Catalyst, Debate, Break into Two, B Story, Fun and Games, Midpoint, Bad Guys Close In, All Is Lost, Dark Night of the Soul, Break into Three, Finale, and Final Image.

Use The Board, the fabled device seen in executive offices all over Hollywood, which allows you to "see" your story when you create moveable, numbered, color-coded scene cards before you begin writing. The Board is broken down into four rows, 10 cards per row for a total of 40 (though you can add more) — a good average count for the number of plot points in the average movie.

The scene cards are automatically created for the 15 beats and remain linked to the beat, so if you change the description for the beat, the description in the card changes—and vice versa. Plus, you can use these additional, optional beat cards on the Board from Save the Cat!® Strikes Back: 3 Set-Up Cards – one each for “At Home,” “At Work,” and “At Play”; Debate – “Home” and “Work”; Fun and Games – 4 cards, alternating between B Story and Fun and Games; “Internal” and “External” cards for Bad Guys Close In; 5 Finale cards for the elements of Blake’s Five-Point Finale: “Gathering the Team,” ”Executing the Plan,” “The High Tower Surprise,” “Dig Deep Down,” and “The Execution of the New Plan.”


Color Coding – To identify the major beat cards, a character arc, a theme that carries through certain scenes, or anything you want to keep track of. You can add as many different color codes as you want and link up to six per card.  

The Board – Change the size both horizontally and vertically. Scroll both horizontally and vertically. Pin cards anywhere.

File Formats STC! 3.0 files are fully compatible between Windows, Mac, iPhone, and iPad. No need to export and import — just copy the file.

New Corkboard Notes Section – Attach nearly any kind of file: photos, PDFs, sound files, video files, spreadsheets — you can even highlight text and images in a Web page and drag and drop them here.

Characters – Add a list of characters with gender, age, description, and more. Link attachments to characters. Drag and drop characters onto scene cards.

Locations – Add a list of locations. Link attachments, like photos or maps. Drag and drop a location onto a scene card.

Scene Cards – List View: View your cards chronologically; filter the list by color code or by character and/or location.

Page Count – Now up to 1,000 pages, so whether you're writing a short film or a long novel, the beats will appear in proportion.

Script Formatting– Improved interface for typing the script for each scene (exportable to Final Draft -- including FD10 — to polish it up)

Automatic Update Notification – Whenever there’s a new version.

Chapter 3 (“The Transformation Machine”) and The Greenlight Checklist with 50 checkable items – from Blake’s third book, Save the Cat!® Strikes Back

Beats and the Board from How to Train Your Dragon, Updated Tutorial, New Movie Examples for Genres and Beats, Added Tips & Tactics