What's New in Version 2.6

In addition to fixing a few bugs, we added four great new features.


Need to add an aside, or cite your research? Highland 2.6 makes it a snap. Not only do your notes automatically number themselves, they even link in the PDF.

For simple endnotes, use the Format > Insert Endnote menu command, or just wrap your text in double parentheses.

a dish prepared with Jerusalem artichokes.((Jerusalem artichokes are in fact not artichokes at all, but the root of a sunflower species.))

Highland 2.6 also supports reference notes, which can be accessed through Format > Insert Reference Note...

Reference notes have two parts: a label and a value.

Arrival’s approach to alien language incorporates aspects of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.[^whorf]

[^whorf]: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-century-old-linguistic-hypothesis-center-film-arrival-have-any-merit-180961284/

Multiple reference notes can link to the same value. That’s handy if you’re citing one source multiple times.

You can mix-and-match simple and reference endnotes. Highland 2.6 will keep numbering them sequentially.

By default, endnotes appear at the very end of your document, but you can use the {{ENDNOTES}} directive to have them appear somewhere else, or under a specific header.


  1. Jerusalem artichokes are in fact not artichokes at all, but the root of a sunflower︎ species.↩︎
  2. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-century-old-linguistic-hypothesis-center-film-arrival-have-any-merit-180961284/ ↩︎


Making a list? Checking it twice? Highland 2.6 makes that easier.

Brackets with an empty space [ ] at the start of a line become an empty checklist box. Put an x in to check it off [x].

[ ] Apples
[ ] Bananas
[x] Carrots

This syntax also works for bullet lists and number lists.

- [ ] item one
- [ ] item two
- [x] item three

Title Page Images

We’ve tweaked how images work on title pages so that it’s easier to add a custom graphic or logo. Simply drag the image into your document.

Images are always centered, but you can choose to place them at the top, middle, or bottom of the title page with the following syntax.

TC: ![image](url)
CC: ![image](url)
BC: ![image](url)

Here’s an example of a screenplay title page using a custom graphic in lieu of the title.

TITLE: ![Go](go-logo.png)
CREDIT: written by
AUTHOR: John August
DATE: 1/1/1997

Watermarks [PRO]

Need to add a simple watermark to your document? Choose Format > Insert Watermark.

The syntax is straightforward: {{WATERMARK: Your text}}

To turn it off use {{WATERMARK: %none}}

For more advanced watermarking, check out Bronson Watermarker PDF in the Mac App Store.

What's New in Version 2.5

This is our biggest update since Highland 2. With new features, upgraded features and a refreshed UI, virtually no area was left untouched. We checked off quite a bit of the feature roadmap.

Revision Mode in Pro

Track your changes in your choice of color and with stars in the margin.

Colors and stars appear in the editor and can be added to your exported PDF.

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Drag & Drop Navigator

Arrange elements on the fly.

You can now drag and drop scenes and sections to re-order your document in a snap.

Word Analysis

Check for consistency and avoid repetition.

Analyze and mark unique words in a variety of ways, including: those not in the dictionary, words only used once, even words that differ betwen US and UK english.

Stoppable Sprints

Need to quit a Sprint before the time is up? Now you can do that without losing credit for time you did write.

Your writing time and words written (or deleted) will be recorded in Recent Sprints.

Custom Themes

Highland's built-in themes cover a wide range of moods, but now you can roll your own.

For Pro users, our new interactive theme builder is just the thing to customize Highland's interface to your liking. Install your new theme with a click, or share it with others.

Launch Theme Builder

Wait, there's more!

Refreshed UI
All of Apple's window "chrome" has been integrated for a cleaner UI. Your new custom theme goes right to the edges.
Updated buttons, controls and typography.
Full support for Mojave Dark Mode and custom highlight colors
New Launch Screen
Get started quickly with sample documents or easy access to video tutorials.
Updated Cheat Sheet
Instead of two separate Cheat Sheets for Fountain and Markdown, we have combined them. Highland's syntax works across all templates.
Custom alignment for Headers and Footers
Headers and Footers ({{HEADER:}} & {{FOOTER:}}) can now override the template defaults and align header and footer elements how you want.
Updated Manuscript Template
Now with all the options for industry-standard book submissions. Plus, it’s available in Highland 2: Basic.
"What’s New" Window!
Never miss a new feature. Automatically loads when new features are added.