Why is Courier the standard font for scriptwriting?

grapefruit-scriptEveryone knows that if you write and format a script, you do it in Courier. It's definitely the industry standard for both stage and screenwriting. But why?
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Hexcellent news: the Mac color panel can finally speak hexidecimal


Yep, you #FF0000 that right. I know, it #0000FF me away too.

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Continuity with "continueds" from Scrivener to Final Draft

In an earlier post, we discussed the use of mores and continueds in your script. If you plan to use them, here's how to type your script in Scrivener for correct formatting later in Final Draft.
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I challenge you to a dual! Formatting dual dialogue in your script

Sometimes you write dialogue so good, that two characters need to say it at the same time. In your script, this is accomplished using dual dialogue. Here's how to format your double-speak in Scrivener, Final Draft, and other screenwriting software.
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Are you still talking? The use of continueds in your script

Hello, Character. It's me, your writer. First, let me say that your dialogue sounds snappy and authentic. Awesome. But, there is some stage business I need you to do, and it needs to happen right here. Yes, it's important. You can keep talking as soon as you're done. Thanks, I appreciate it. Okay, that's all I needed. Carry on.
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Lifestream lessons: embedding and styling an RSS feed stack in Rapidweaver

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There are hundreds of stacks for Rapidweaver. They allow us to do an astounding array of cool things. There are so many talented developers, and the Realmac Add-Ons page does a pretty good job of showcasing them. But there's always more to discover.

The Lifestream stack from WeaverAddons is one of these hidden gems. It allows you to embed a social media or RSS stream into your site. You can do some really neat stuff with this stack, so I'm devoting a couple of posts to a mini-tutorial.
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"Stop spying on us," say Americans between updating Facebook statuses

Americans are NOT happy with possibly being spied on. We don't like anyone being up in our business, or the idea that complete strangers would find out anything about our lives. Now if you'll excuse us, we need to check in with Foursquare and post pictures of these delicious tacos we're about to eat.
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SSDs in older Macs are slower, but still pretty freaking fast

blogEntryTopperSATA II, SATA III, 6GB/s, 3GB/s -- here's what you need to know if you're putting a new SSD into your older Mac. WhatSATA you say? Click-a through to find out. I'll make it fast.
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Focus: find your flow with Ocean Waves


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Writers do a lot of getting ready to think about focusing on things. Anything that can help firewall our attention is appealing, and there are many concentration-enhancement apps. I'll be reviewing several for Mac and iOS in future posts. They're always fun to play with, but I'd like to share one that works for me: Ocean Waves, from Katsura Shareware.
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aText: aTerrific text expaaander at aGreat price

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A text expander will make your Mac life so much easier. And if you're coding, even more so much easier. aText is terrific, and it's a serious bargain. Curious? Allow me to expand on that.
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