Once you start working with plain text documents, you realize the power of their infinite portability and compatibility. You can edit them anywhere, on just about any device, and never break anything. It’s addicting.
The popular Markdown syntax is valuable for text editing because it allows you to add formatting while maintaining this portability and compatibility. You might think that formatting text by typing special characters is nerdy and distracting. Nerdy maybe, but in practice it’s quite the opposite of distracting. Markdown keeps your hands on the keys. It keeps you typing. Screenwriters know the value of this. It’s the butt in the chair that gets the words on the page.
But sometimes the butt is on a plane, or in a lobby waiting for a meeting, or in line at the DMV. Fountain allows screenwriters the flexibility to make changes to their screenplays from anywhere, using nothing more than a cloud-enabled text editing app.