TV Ditches Paper Scripts for iPad, Saves $2,000 a Month

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A TV station in Albany, Georgia is saving US$2,000 per month in printing costs by using iPads for writing and reading scripts. The station, WFXL, is one of 15 stations owned by Barrington Broadcasting, and it made the switch to both save money and reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

According to an article by Poynter Online, the station e-mails new and edited scripts to individual e-mail accounts set up for each iPad. Each iPad is also set up with a $6.99 iPad app called iAnnotate PDF — a PDF reader and annotation tool — for using the scripts in live and recorded situations.

In an e-mail interview, the station’s news director, Terry Graham, and interactive managing editor, Vincent Hunt, said the iPad had three distinct advantages over traditional laptops, its price point, size and intuitiveness, and access to the App Store, where the station will be able to tap into future app development when needed.

“At a modest $499 to $599 for each unit,” Mr. Hunt said, “you are getting a very dynamic device at a very reasonable price. Though the iPad does not boast the productivity of a laptop, the productivity of a laptop is not needed on the news desk.”

Though change is often resented and resisted, the two said that the station’s employees were very happy with the change, with Mr. Graham saying, “My staff members keep saying, ‘We’re not going back to paper scripts!’”

There’s additional information in the full interview at Poynter Online.



The next natural step would be for ‘Final Draft’ to port their flagship app over to the iPad. It is obvious that this thing is going to be a very popular device for TV, radio, theatre and movie scripts. Final Draft is the de-facto standard for script writing, so, if anyone at Final Drafts listens, guys, port your baby to the iPad!


Great way to use technology to make peoples’ lives easier. Congratulations to WFXL for thinking creatively.

I’ve said from the start that the iPad is a game-changer. The reviewers who aren’t creative enough to see anything but a laptop with its keyboard removed are missing the entire point. It’s not a laptop. It is the world’s finest content CONSUMPTION device - and I’m really glad to see that people are starting to get the idea.

Vern Seward

I’m hoping other editing tools make the move to iPad as well. For instance, I’m a fan of Bean ( and think it would be the perfect writing tool on this platform.



Hey Guys, we just updated iAnnotate based on a lot of fantastic user feedback!

Here’s a quick run through of a few changes:

- A redesigned and streamlined interface
- You can receive, modify and send annotated docs through email!
- Transfer PDFs via iTunes USB
- Download any PDF link with the integrated web browser
- Share files with other apps.
- A redesigned document finder now includes favorites, tag search, new/recent documents, and more.
- Text annotation summaries are available to read and share.
- Two finger scroll allows lets you scroll while editing
- Many other minor interface improvements and bug fixes based on excellent user feedback!

We’d love to know what you think, and we’re super attentive to our forums if you have any questions at all.

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Hey folks,

We’ve launched somewhat of a free version of iAnnotate called iRead. It has shot up to the top 40 overall apps in less than 2 days, and it allows a lot of the features that make iAnnotate great.


- full-featured PDF reading
- easy PDF transferring via email and iTunes sync
- fully customizable toolbars
- tabbed PDF reading
- document and full-library search

So if you were on the fence for iAnnotate, be sure to check iRead out and tell us your thoughts!


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