Mariner Software Announces Contour

Minneapolis, MN – September 16, 2008 -Mariner Software, developers and publishers of professional and personal software, announced today an agreement made with LTW Productions Canada, Inc. to acquire and redevelop TotallyWrite, the popular story development software for Mac OS X. Newly-named Contour, will make its public debut under the Mariner brand with existing content and new features, before the end of 2008. Contour is the latest release in Mariner Software’s award-winning line of personal creativity and writing software.

Contour enables writers to develop a movie concept from the idea stage to a bulletproof outline. Along the way, Contour guides the writer through plot points of all three acts and explains the major storytelling secrets to crafting a highly marketable movie. The main character’s journey is explained through archetypal themes that reverberate in the top 50 grossing movies of all time. Once the story passes through Contour, the writer can seamlessly transfer their work into Montage, Mariner Software’s screenwriting software, to write and start marketing the script.

Some of Contour’s features include:

-Flesh out a main character and codify their motivations and behaviors.
-Quickly recognize archetypes which protagonists journey through in all the top movies.
-Go from concept to bulletproof outline in less time than ever before.
-Learn a flexible yet exact plot point and beat structure that works for all genres.
-Seamlessly transfer a concept into popular screenplay writing software such as Montage.
-Develop a compelling logline, one that movie studios will want to read.

“This is really a collaboration of two entities.” said Michael Wray, President of Mariner Software. “Jeffrey Alan Schechter took TotallyWrite and established a popular product with a passionate customer base. Mariner has taken Jeff’s content and created an application that is not only intuitive but easy to understand by the first-time writer.”

“I’m incredibly excited,” said Jeffrey Alan Schechter, a two-time Emmy award, Writer’s Guild of America, and Writer’s Guild of Canada nominated writer. “I’ve benefited from this software for years, and it’s always bothered me that I wasn’t able to get the word out more effectively about it. It’s ironic that the greatest proof that this software works is that I’ve always been too busy earning a living as a writer because of it to spend the time to market it properly. I’m thrilled that Mariner Software has gotten behind Contour in such a big way.”

Pricing and Availability:
Contour will be available, for sale and trial, before the end of the year on the Mariner Software web site and various retail outlets. The shipping version will initially be offered in English and sell for $49.95USD ($44.95 download). Support for more languages is expected in the near future. Contour requires Mac OS 10.4 or higher. A Windows version will be available in 2009.

About Mariner Software
Mariner Software, Inc., developers of the industry-recognized products, MacJournal, Mariner Write, Mariner Calc, Montage, WinJournal, StoryMill, Desktop Poet, MacGourmet Deluxe, Contour, and Mariner Paperless, has established itself as one of the most diverse leaders in consumer, business, and educational writing and creativity markets for the Macintosh and Windows platforms. With customers worldwide, Mariner Software is committed to delivering the highest quality software, with an emphasis on total customer satisfaction. For more information, visit the Mariner Software web site at

Mariner Write, Mariner, WinJournal, Montage and Desktop Poet are registered trademarks of Mariner Software, Inc. StoryMill, Contour, and Mariner Paperless are pending registration. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information contact:
Logan Ryan
Director of Marketing
Mariner Software, Inc.