Final Draft

Software for creating, editing, and sharing script drafts

About Final Draft

Final Draft is an on-premise software designed to help professional screenwriters and filmmakers create, edit, and manage drafts for comics, teleplays, graphic novels, stage plays, screenplays, and more via a unified portal. The application enables teams to visualize, outline, brainstorm, report, and collaborate on writing projects.

Final Draft includes a beat board, which enables users to plot points, location ideas, and character arcs, add stylized images and text, connect elements using flow lines, and share information with team members for discussion. Its ScriptNotes functionality allows writers to flag lines across drafts and view and edit tags. Other features include night and focus mode, speech to script, image uploading, and more.

Pricing starting from:

USD 199.99/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

USD 199.99/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Final Draft

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Features

Total features of Final Draft: 18

  • Brainstorming
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Content Management
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Flowchart
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Multiple Projects
  • Projections
  • Real-time Updates
  • Synchronous Editing
  • Tagging
  • Whiteboard

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5
(12)
Value for Money
3.6/5
Features
4.1/5
Ease of Use
4.2/5
Customer Support
3.3/5

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Evelyn S. Evelyn S.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best collaborative writing

Reviewed on 12/08/2021

I have used Final Draft as a student and then on some companies where I worked. On my new job this...

I have used Final Draft as a student and then on some companies where I worked. On my new job this is the software we use for every script and I find it so comfortable and easy to use and to send the new versions. Is great to collaborate specially when developing tv scripts, I like the option to track the changes and the beat cards.

Pros

Final Draft is the best option when you are a professional writer. Even there are other softwares Final Draft is the one if you are working on the film or tv industry as most proffesionals and producers tend to use this one. The new version is great and the options to write along a colleague and see changes on real time is what I love the most.

Cons

I think is a little expensive for the ones that are just starting. Is not that much intuitive you need to learn trough the practice, but anyways there are plenty of tutorials on their site

Alternatives Considered

Celtx

Reasons for Choosing Final Draft

Final Draft is the software that the industry uses as standar and that makes it easier to collaborate

Switched From

Celtx

Reasons for Switching to Final Draft

Because this is a one payment license and also because it is the standar, also I can use it on my two computers.
Rabee I. Rabee I.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

The only writing software you need

Reviewed on 01/05/2021

Overall, I would not make a switch to another software. I have tried a couple of free writing...

Overall, I would not make a switch to another software. I have tried a couple of free writing software, and we have to pay about $100 or sometimes a little more for Final Draft but it is the best software out there and makes our life very easy without us having to worry about anything.

Pros

I have tried a couple of screenwriting software, but this is pretty much the industry standard, and for a good reason. The Final Draft allows you to just begin writing as soon as you open it without us having to worry about the format. Not to mention the other features like notes taking and working with different drafts of the same scripts is extremely easy. A very user-friendly software.

Cons

In some of the older versions, the ability to collaborate with other writers to work on the same project together is not very possible. However, they did change that in the recently updated versions. Sometimes, we are constantly required to update in order to enjoy the new features in the updated versions, which can be sometimes very costly. But if we just want a standard writing software that is used industry-wise, then Final Draft does the job very well.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 4.0 /10

Once the standard for screenwriting, but now...

Reviewed on 11/02/2021

I find Final Draft fairly easy to use, but given that there are competitors out there that do the...

I find Final Draft fairly easy to use, but given that there are competitors out there that do the same things at a fraction of the cost of Final Draft make it hard to justify purchasing this software

Pros

Final Draft offers ease in writing scripts without having to worry about formatting.

Cons

It’s overpriced, for starters. It’s distinguishing features from comparable competitors aren’t really game changing features, especially in this day and age. For example, it’s collaboration tools for writing partners just isn’t all that compelling when compared to other similar offerings. Having features like this integrated isn’t really a plus here.

Bryn H. Bryn H.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Streamlined Imagination at Your Fingertips

Reviewed on 13/05/2021

Used this personally in film school and then professionally for plays, screenplays, and comics.

Used this personally in film school and then professionally for plays, screenplays, and comics.

Pros

The ease of use and non-existent learning curve of this software makes someone getting into play writing or screenwriting feel entirely comfortable. The intuitive functionality of this software makes writing an absolute dream. When on a roll, having your muse screaming in your ear, it will often be hard to keep up but shortcuts and keystrokes of the software can match any speed serendipity.

Cons

You pay for what you get and that carries with it a high price tag whereby upgrades to newer software isn't included. My advice is to spend money on a community college film/tv writing course and then use that to get an education discount on Final Draft by linking the school email address to your software registration. You will break even with price and have more of a reason to write now that you're forced to in a class.

Mack B. Mack B.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Screenwriting Made Easy

Reviewed on 30/06/2021

My overall experience has been great because at the end of the day, it's how well you write, and...

My overall experience has been great because at the end of the day, it's how well you write, and what you can put out, that wins over the customer service and software issues. I find that once I'm on a plan, Final Draft is the go-to software for screenwriting, and it lasts for some time.

Pros

I liked its ease of use most, thanks to a friendly user interface and fill-in-the-blank feature that finishes headers and character names for you. I also like the layout in that it emphasizes the white on the page, and subconsciously I believe that's a good indicator to the writer to write less, not more. Final Draft also has a number of ancillary features such as notes or trackers to help you progress, which, while not entirely necessary, is always a good thing to have in the backpocket when writing.

Cons

I did not like the customer service and subscription plan for Final Draft. It's hard to get a hold of them--at least it was for me--or get their help in applying older versions of Final Draft that were already paid for to new computers. Final Draft's software updates at too fast a rate for me to keep up and I don't appreciate paying for new plans or adjusting old ones every time they do.

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Final Draft offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: USD 199.99/one-time
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Final Draft has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000

Final Draft supports the following languages:

English

Final Draft supports the following devices:

iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

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Final Draft offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Chat

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