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.


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US$249.99
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Reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5
(27)
Value for Money
3.6/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Evelyn
Evelyn
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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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

StudioBinder and 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.
Paul
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Essential Software

Reviewed on 23/09/2022

I’ve had a good time using it as I sold a script. Wouldn’t have been possible without it.

I’ve had a good time using it as I sold a script. Wouldn’t have been possible without it.

Pros

Absolutely essential for screenwriting. So once I made the leap and spent the money ($200) it was incredibly easy to write my script. The one time I needed support it was personal and solved my problem

Cons

Just a bit of a learning curve with not much instruction. You have to kind of intuitively figure it out

Trey
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

The biggest brand, but not the greatest value

Reviewed on 18/11/2022

I loved what I accomplished with it. Seeing the scripts and really getting a knack for the craft...

I loved what I accomplished with it. Seeing the scripts and really getting a knack for the craft that brought them to life. I was unfortunately rubbed the wrong way by the way my script fell apart and being told the only way to save my work was to buy the incredibly expensive, new version of the software. This led me to a much more cost-effective alternative that I have been incredibly happy with since.

Pros

There was an incredible thrill seeing a software that easily and smoothly formatted my words into industry standard screenplays -- ESPECIALLY after having done it for quite some time manually in a more commonly used word processor. The ease of use and the quality of the final document was a true thrill when I was beginning my career.

Cons

The list is long. Numerous features never worked for reasons that as far as I can tell were due to the compatibility of different software versions. While that might sound reasonable, the updates were frequent and always cost substantial amounts of money (for just an update!). This led to several collaborators having a different version of Final Draft that couldn't communicate with each other. While I understand the need for updates, I do not understand the frequency and the fact that it would knock out certain features such as the writer collaborating feature (which can now be easily replicated with online websites). I also reached a point where my software was working fine, but told that I needed to update it in order to work with my new computer. I went along with this, yet the update completely crashed my software, leading me to find alternative options.

Juan
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  • Industry: Outsourcing/Offshoring
  • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

The Pro way to Go

Reviewed on 26/01/2024

I use Final Draft to work with some productions, especially when having a big budget and team. I...

I use Final Draft to work with some productions, especially when having a big budget and team. I love that I can work my preproduction with ease, using reports, production summaries, script breakdowns, etc.

Pros

My favorite feature is the ability to make production reports.

Cons

I find it expensive over other software when working on low-budget productions.

Rabee
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 5,001–10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • 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.

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Final Draft offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$249.99/one-time
  • Free Trial: 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

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Final Draft offers the following support options:

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

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