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.
Work on your script remotely in real time with your writing
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
Improved Header & Footer
Add your file name to your Header & Footer automatically.
Improved 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
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
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
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
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 10 is the ability to filter by keyword,
allowing you to see important scene details whenever you need
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
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
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.
And Much, Much More!
Film, Television and
Film Academy Award-winning
screenwriters like James Cameron, James L. Brooks, and Callie
Khouri use Final Draft software. Its ease-of-use and ability to
format to industry standards allows you to focus your creative
energy on the story. Plus, with built-in, industry-approved
screenplay templates, it's even easier to get started with your
Award-winning and nominated shows like Mad Men, Parks and
Recreation, and 30 Rock use Final Draft software. Matter of fact,
nearly every show you see on TV is scripted using Final Draft
software. Our relationship with the studios has allowed us to
provide you with built-in TV templates, so you can easily write an
original sitcom, one-hour TV drama, or your very own spec script
for your favorite TV show.
Theatre Join the ranks
of Tony Award-winners Aaron Sorkin and Julie Taymor and use Final
Draft software to script your next play or Broadway musical. Final
Draft scriptwriting software is also used by some of the world's
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