- Final Draft automatically formats and paginates screenplays and teleplays to entertainment industry standards
- Industry giants such as James Cameron, JJ Abrams and Aaron Sorkin recommend using Final Draft to write your screenplay
- Final Draft is the market leader and the preferred file format of the Writers Guild of America, West Online Script Registration
- Final Draft is the proud recipient of a Primetime Engineering Emmy Award
- Scripts created in Final Draft 9 on Windows, Macintosh or in the Final Draft Writer app for iPad look exactly the same
Final Draft 9
Use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling application specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics and stage plays.
Scene View gives you a high-altitude look at your script and you can move scenes around to further refine your story. Insert new scenes easily and hide or show information important to you such as the scene’s action, title and summary. Assign colors to each scene by any criteria, such as storyline, character, location, time of day, and more. Print your scene view or just view it alongside the script. With a double-click you can sync the script to instantly go to any scene you’ve selected.
Final Draft has double-sided cards that display the script’s scene on one side and the summary on the other. The summary view allows you to enter text directly into the index card – plot points, notes, sequence or act markers, comments, locations, blocking – anything you need to build and organize your story. These notes sync with the Scene Navigator, so any information you add there will automatically appear on the corresponding card. Select and rearrange multiple cards at once if you need to reorder your scenes. Print your index cards directly on 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 cards for use in the “traditional” way if you want to visualize and organize scenes outside of the application. Double-clicking on a card in split-panel view will automatically sync the scene selected with your script page.
Tab and Enter Functions
You can install and start using Final Draft in minutes due to the easy-to-use Tab and Enter functionality that formats the script’s elements to industry standards.
Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts
If you prefer keyboard shortcuts and macros you’re already used to, Final Draft allows you to customize your workflow for your writing needs.
Final Draft Courier Font
Production companies and studios need consistent page counts when they’re budgeting a script. Final Draft uses its own Courier font to ensure identical pagination on Windows, Macintosh, and the iPad.
In addition to the standard templates that are included in the software package, the Final Draft Template Library is updated regularly and allows registered users to download over 100 classic and current television shows, screenplay, stageplay, and graphic novel templates.
This writing tool checks your script for common formatting errors such as missing dialogue, extra spaces, carriage returns, and blank elements. You can set it to run every time you print or only when you want it to.
Text to Speech
Have Final Draft read your script back to you – you can even assign different voices to your characters. It’s like having a live script reading on your computer.
The Panels System
You probably keep a lot of ideas at the front of your mind while you’re writing. With the Panels system, you can split your screen into separate panels and view your script pages in one panel while you view another section of the script or your Index Cards or Scene View in the other panel. A double-click on any scene will keep the panels in sync.
Use the Statistics report to check how much content you’ve completed in a writing session to help you reach your writing goals. You can also track things such how often Character A interacts with Character B.
If you are working with multiple drafts, it is important to make sure you are editing the correct one. With the Workspace preference, you can have Final Draft open all the files you had open in your last session, in the correct order.
New and Improved Features
(New) Navigator Features
No longer just a Scene Navigator, the new Navigator also displays ScriptNotes and Characters arcs. Run a filtered search by keyword, create ScriptNotes and General Notes or construct a character’s arc via individual Character Beats attached to particular scenes.
(Improved) Scene Navigator
Manage the pace and flow of your story and keep track of every scene’s information with this sortable, customizable floating palette. New in Final Draft 9 is the ability to filter by keyword, allowing you to see important scene details whenever you need them.
(New) ScriptNotes Navigator
One of the most useful Final Draft features is back with a brand-new look and enhanced functionality. Sort and filter the ScriptNotes and general notes while you organize by name, type and color. The color-coded anchored ScriptNote markers now appear in the right margin (not in the text) so they won’t affect the script pagination.
(New) Characters Navigator
Keep track of all of your characters’ arcs via individual Character Beats assigned to particular scenes. Non-speaking characters can be added to or deleted from any scene, helping you keep track of everyone even if they have no lines in a certain scene.
(New) Replace Character Names Globally
No longer do you have to “find and replace” to change a character name – Final Draft will globally change a character’s name in script elements like dialogue and action and will retain the proper casing. It will also change the name in all metadata, such as SmartType lists and the Navigator.
(New) Character Highlighting
Planning a table read of your screenplay? Character Highlighting will come in handy to easily distinguish all characters’ dialogue. It is also a great feature for tracking a character’s dialogue to see if they are being too verbose or too shy.
(New) Colored Revised Pages
Final Draft is going green, giving you the ability to distribute your script electronically with the colored revised production pages. When you export to PDF, revised pages are a solid Blue, Pink, Yellow, Green, etc. When you’re working in an FDX file, the revised page will have the revision set’s color on the left and right borders only. Writing in clean white is easy on the eyes but there will be no doubt as to which revision set you’re working in.
(New) Watermarking in Printing or PDF
Protect your script by identifying the recipient via a customizable watermark that displays in PDF and on the printed pages.
(New) Standardized Paper Size
Each FDX file maintains its own correct paper size (either A4 or US Letter) no matter where it’s opened.
(Improved) Spell Checking
Checking your work has never been easier – SmartType list words are automatically integrated in the spell-checker that features almost more than 300 new words. Additionally, the thesaurus is now in the context menu, so a right-click will give you alternative words to help make your description as vivid as possible.
(New and Improved) Mac Enhancements
Mac users will benefit from the convenience of distraction-free writing in full-screen mode, as well as Retina display compatibility. Additionally, Mac’s built-in dictation feature works with Final Draft, allowing for hands-free writing that’s as fast as your ideas.
(New and Improved) Windows Enhancements
The Final Draft 9 user interface is updated to the new Windows ribbon look with new buttons, backgrounds and menus, but longtime users can have the same experience they’ve come to love by switching back to Classic mode.
Operating System Requirements:
- Windows XP or later
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
Operating System Requirements:
- OS X 10.7 or higher
- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
- Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
- Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
- Mac OS X 10 Yosemite