Final Draft

Final Draft

Special Discount for Gotham students, $120 savings

Gotham students may purchase the download version of Final Draft at the special educational rate of $129, a savings of $120 off the regular price. This discount price is only available with proof of educational status, which applies to any Gotham student, past or present.

You may choose any of these methods to order:

  • Call Gotham at 212-974-8377
  • Click the Add to Cart button at the bottom of this page
  • Add Final Draft when you register for a Gotham class in Screenwriting, Playwriting, or TV Writing.

About Final Draft

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.

Final Draft Features

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.

Format Assistant

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 read 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.

Writing Management

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 as how often Character A interacts with Character B.

Remember Workspace

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

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 scenes 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.

Index Cards

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.

Mac System Requirements

Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8, or 10.7
Minimum 2 GB of RAM
60 MB available hard drive space
Internet connection required during installation

Windows System Requirements

Microsoft® Windows 8, Windows 7
Minimum 512 MB of RAM
60 MB available hard drive space
Internet connection required during installation