Final Draft Testimonials
"My entire writing staff uses Final Draft. Even if you don't own a computer, I recommend buying Final Draft."
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It combines powerful word processing with professional script formatting in one self-contained, easy-to-use package. There is no need to learn about script formatting rules--Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards as you write.
Final Draft scripts are identical on both Windows and Macintosh platforms and can easily be exchanged between both.
Files from any word processor can be imported easily, no need to re-type your script. Export to multiple file formats (including PDF) to easily and securely share scripts with anyone.
Final Draft is a preferred file format and the only scriptwriting software with an authorized agreement with the WGAW online registry service.
Handles production functions with ease, including scene numbering, A and B pages, multiple revisions, character sides and specialized reports.
A separate application that enables you to break down Final Draft scripts into their various elements and export them into any scheduling software.
Dynamically compares two scripts and highlights any changes, allowing you to easily see the differences from one file to the next.
Over 50 television show, movie and stageplay templates are included, complete with characters and locations.
ScriptCompare examines two scripts and displays their differences. Click to enlarge.
A template is a reusable document that contains all of the attributes of the script type that you want to write: element settings, page layout, header and footer, mores and continueds, title page, SmartType lists and macros. A number of script and TV templates are included with Final Draft.
ScriptNotes are pop-up windows which can contain ideas, suggestions, notes or script fragments without taking up space in the script.
Guidance, tips and insights are available from scriptwriting expert Syd Field, veteran television writer Larry Brody and accomplished playwright Jon Dorf.
Checks your script for common formatting errors, such as missing dialogue, extra spaces, carriage returns and blank elements.
Pop-up windows which can hold ideas, notes, suggestions or scene fragments without taking up space onscreen.
Write, edit and discuss a script with other Final Draft users in real time, over the internet, anywhere in the world
Text to Speech
Have your script read back to you by assigning different voices to your characters. It's like having a live script reading in your computer. Click here for more info
Ask the Expert
An interactive problem-solver with legendary screenwriting teacher Syd Field, television writer Larry Brody, playwright Jon Dorf and WGAW's The Creative Rights Handbook.
The Panels System
Like most writers, you probably need to keep a lot of things at the front of your mind while you're writing: How does the Act 3 argument scene you're writing today connect to the argument scene in Act 1? Where should the first-kiss scene go? How many scenes are in the chase sequence? What are the plot points in Act 3? Like no other screenwriting program, Final Draft 7 can show you what you need to see while you're writing.
You can split your screen into separate panels and view your script pages in one panel and index cards in the other. If you enable the new Navigator panel [a consolidated, linear, top-to-bottom list of the Scene Headings] you can simply double-click on a scene heading and Final Draft will jump to that scene in the script panel.
Or view Page 3 of the script in one panel and Page 66 in another, side-by-side or stacked for easy viewing.
New Index Cards
For years Final Draft users have relied on the Scene Navigator as a quick map of their script. We've kept this tried-and-true tool but added a whole new dimension of functionality: Now every card has TWO sides and you can write on one of them! The Script side works just the way you're used to in Scene Navigator but the Summary side lets you type in development ideas, notes, sequence or act markers, comments, locations, blocking... anything you need to build and organize your story. And the text you type into the Summary Cards will appear as under the Scene Headings in the Navigator, so you can always see where you are in the story.
To put it simply, brainstorming, structuring, writing and rewriting your script will be a lot easier when you have with this comprehensive, interactive overview at your command.
A new stand-alone application that enables you to "tag" elements of a script [cast, costumes, props, etc.] and export the results into any movie scheduling software. Created with the help of veteran assistant directors, producers and unit production managers, Tagger means no more going over a paper script again and again with highlighters.
With the Panel System, Final Draft 7 can show you what you need to see while you're writing.
Brainstorming, structuring, writing and rewriting your script will be a lot easier with new index card functionality at your command.
Tagger is a new stand-alone application that enables you to "tag" elements of a script [cast, costumes, props, etc.] and export the results into any movie scheduling software.
Over two dozen new templates. These include new television shows and improved screenplay and stageplay templates.
Newest templates include:
New Online Template Library
Final Draft's Online Template Library allows registered users to download templates directly from www.finaldraft.com. New TV templates for Final Draft version 7 will be uploaded as they are developed. Plus, Dramatist Guild approved template coming soon.
We've also improved Final Draft's Cast List, Revision Header, PDF exporting, the Title Page, CollaboWriter and more. The "Ask the Expert" feature with screenwriting guru Syd Field has been expanded to include expertise from television writer Larry Brody, playwright Jon Dorf and WGAw's The Creative Rights Handbook.
If You're Still Using Final Draft 4 or 5...
Here are some other features you've been missing: