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Final Draft is the world’s leading scriptwriting software. It automatically formats and paginates scripts (for film, TV, and theatre) to entertainment industry standards. Final Draft is what professional scriptwriters use, and it’s used by nearly every TV show, feature film, and theatre production.
Using Final Draft is like knowing the insider handshake. It enables an aspiring writer to create a professional-looking script like those passed around in the entertainment industry.
New and Improved Features
This new pre-writing tool gives you a high-level view of your story that allows you to easily lay out and structure your script.
Gives you total freedom to organize your ideas as they come to you completely within Final Draft.
Create your screenplay’s structure with this versatile tool that conforms to your unique writing preferences.
Work on your script remotely in real time with your writing partner(s).
Alternate Dialogue Feature
Store alternate lines of dialogue within the script for easy reference while preserving accurate pagination.
Scene Numbering Options
Number your scenes the way you want and in line with current industry standards.
Header & Footer
Add your file name to your Header & Footer automatically.
Revision Menu Options
This improved production feature allows you to add bold text to your revision sets.
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 in your computer.
The Panels System
Like most writers, you probably need to 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.
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 3x5 or 4x6 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.
Page Count Management
Final Draft offers several ways to manipulate the page count, if necessary: paragraph leading, global line spacing adjustment, global and local indent adjustments and page margin settings.
Organizing your story has never been easier with the Final Draft 10 Navigator. 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.
Manage the pace and ow of your story and keep track of every scene’s information with this sortable, customizable floating palette. New in Final Draft 10 is the ability to filter by keyword, allowing you to see important scene details whenever you need them.
This updated stand-alone application reads any Final Draft script and enables you to “tag” elements within the script [cast, costumes, props, etc.] and export the results into most scheduling applications. 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. It’s also great for stage production.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Standardized Paper size
Each FDX file maintains its own correct paper size (either A4 or US Letter) no matter where it’s opened.
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.
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.
The Final Draft 10 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.
Macintosh® System Requirements:
• Mac OS 10.9 or higher
• Minimum 2 GB RAM
• 60 MB available hard drive space
Windows® System Requirements:
• Windows 7 Minimum OS
• Minimum 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit) • 60 MB available hard drive space