Features & Info
"Final Draft has eclipsed all of its competitors because it is the best. It does everything you could possibly think of and then you can write and not think of it at all."
Matthew Weiner — Writer / Producer / Director / Emmy® winner
Mad Men, The Sopranos, Becker
The Industry Standard
- The number-one selling screenwriting software in the world
- Over 100 templates that format and paginate screenplays, teleplays and stage plays
- Scripts on Windows, Macintosh, or in the Final Draft Writer® app for iPad look exactly the same
The Choice of Professionals
- Industry giants such as James Cameron, JJ Abrams, and Aaron Sorkin recommend using Final Draft to write your screenplay
- The market leader and a preferred file format of the Writers Guild of America West Online Script Registration
- The proud recipient of a 2013 Primetime Engineering Emmy® Award
Organizing your story has never been easier with the Final Draft 9 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 flow of your story and keep track of every scene’s information with this sortable, customizable floating palette. New in Final Draft 9 is the ability to filter by keyword, allowing you to see important scene details whenever you need them.
One of the most useful Final Draft features is back with a brand-new look and enhanced functionality. ScriptNotes are designed to hold your ideas, suggestions, or scene fragments that you've cut but don't want to toss - even hyperlinks to important information. You are able to see, sort and filter ScriptNotes and General Notes while you organize by name, type and color. The color-coded ScriptNote markers appear in the right margin without taking up space within your script, while General Notes appear in your Navigator for easy reference.
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.
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 bring you to that page in the script.
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 instantly go to any scene in the script you’ve selected.
Send to Script
Select one or more individual Index Card Summaries and copy the content directly into the script. If there is only a Scene Heading, the content will appear directly below the Scene Heading as an Action element. Otherwise, the text will appear at the end of any previously existing content in the scene.
Use your creative energy to focus on the content -- let Final Draft software take care of the style.
Over 100 Templates for Film, Television and Theater
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. In addition to the built-in, industry-approved standard templates, see how shows such as Mad Men, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother and more format their specific shows.
Final Draft software automatically formats and paginates to industry standards such as using Character, "More's and Continued's," and Scene Continued's.
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.
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.
All Final Draft templates come with industry standard Title Pages that are easy to modify, save, and print or save to PDF.
All of the Final Draft Television Templates come preset with easy-to-use information for each series, such as the specific cast list and typical sets/locations. Our Standard One-Hour and Half-Hour Templates will also help you get started on pilots by providing what information should appear in the finished product. The added bonus is the Title Page uses its own numbering for tracking the following pages and will not add to your overall page count.
Courier Final Draft 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.
Standardized Paper size
Each FDX file maintains its own correct paper size (either A4 or US Letter) no matter where it’s opened.
From inspiration to Fade Out, Final Draft software helps you every step of the way.
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.
SmartType remembers and automatically fills in character names, scene headings, transitions, locations, and more. All you need to do is type the first few letters and SmartType will instantly fill in the rest.
Replace Character Names Globally
Final Draft will globally change a character’s name in script elements like dialogue and action and will retain the proper casing without having to do a "find and replace." 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.
Dictionary and Thesaurus
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 in the context menu, so a right-click will give you alternative words to help make your story as vivid as possible. They are available in English, UK English, Canadian English, Spanish, French, German, and several other languages.
Tab and Enter
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. You can also use the Command (Mac) or Control (Windows) key to display the numbered shortcut keys for the different script elements and choose to move quickly through your script that way.
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.
The work isn't finished when you type "The End." Final Draft production features help bring your story from the page to the screen.
Watermarking in Printing or PDF
Protect your script by identifying the recipient via a customizable watermark that displays in PDF and on printed pages.
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 and there will be no doubt as to which revision set you’re working in.
From the ability to omit scenes, lock pages and A-pages, as well as set your revision colors, Final Draft provides you all the tools you’ll need to take your script through production. You can even track the page header’s revision color so you can issue one set of revisions or all of them as needed. Merging pages that have been cut once a script is locked is a snap. Also included are standard revision colors in each film and television template.
Within Final Draft there are seven different reports to give you quick facts about your script. The Scene Report, for example, provides a snapshot of the scene's length, cast, starting page number, and location. The Location Report will inform you how often a location is used and will group the scenes by INT/EXT. The Character Report includes an "appearance summary" so you know how frequently one character speaks versus the other characters, as well as the total word count for the character.
Use the ScriptNotes Report to get a quick scan of all the notes in your script based on each scene and page. The Statistics Report will allow you to track daily writing goals by displaying how many words you've written along with details on the types of elements you used and what percentage of the script they comprise. Need to cast your characters? You can instantly create then print or email Character Sides for any speaking parts in your script.
In Revision Mode, you can track and review all changes from your first draft all the way to your final draft. From the ability to omit scenes, lock pages and "A" pages, as well as set your revision colors, Final Draft software provides all the tools you need to take your script through production.
But wait, there's more!
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 9 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.
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.
Import scripts from other word-processing programs
Import a script written with another word-processing program directly into Final Draft and our software will attempt to format that script correctly. If an element is not formatted correctly, you can easily reformat it using the Final Draft keyboard or menu shortcuts.
Format dual dialogue to exacting industry standards with just a simple keyboard or menu shortcut.
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.
And even more Final Draft features:
- More and Continued element including dialogue and Scene breaks.
- SmartType by characters, extensions, scene introductions, locations, times, and transitions.
- Toolbars so the elements you use the most are right on your desktop.
- Spacing in your script.
- Any and all script elements including fonts, paragraph and page styles, shortcut keys, spacing, and indentation.
- Header and Footer including page #, date, scene #, active or collated revisions, and any other label you create
- Macros which are shortcut key combinations for text which is entered repeatedly throughout any script
- Automatic backup folder ensures you never lose your latest script.
- Type and Print your script with the exclusive Final Draft 12-point Courier font.
- Zoom your Script up to 300% for easier viewing and editing.
- Set Bookmarks in your script so you can always find a certain scene or line of dialogue.
- Check your spelling in U.S. English, U.K. English, Canadian English, and 10 other languages. Easily add custom words to Spell-Check.
- Save or Print in PDF.
- Register your script with The Writers Guild of America and other writing organizations.
- Backup your files automatically so you never lose a script.
- Print Script Sides by Character Name
- Print revisions in color.
- Email your Final Draft file from within the program
- Find and Replace words throughout the entire script or just by elements.
- Automatically generate a cast list.
- Normal View: View your script with no spaces between pages.
- Page View: View your script with spaces between pages.
- Speed View: View your script with no breaks or spaces.
- Scene - View Scenes by alphabetical order, longest scene, shortest scene, or script order.
- Location - View locations by time of day, most occurrences, least occurrences, scene introduction, script order, or alphabetical order
- Character – Appearance Summary: Choose a character and view number of times character speaks, how many words character speaks, character she or he most interacts with.
- Character – Scenes and Dialogue: View all scenes and dialogue isolated by character.
- Cast – View how many total dialogues, speaking scenes, and total scenes separated and summarized by character.
- Script – Select and view just the chosen elements in your script such as Scene Headings, Action Lines, or Dialogue.
- ScriptNote – Print out all ScriptNotes marked in your script or view just those ScriptNotes you select.
- Statistic – General Statistics: View total number of words and paragraphs in your script.
- Statistic – Element Statistics: View number and percentage of elements in your script.
- Statistic – Character Statistics: View each character’s number of lines, words, and in which scenes he or she appears.
- Names Database – Find that perfect character name from our list of 90,000 names and add it to your SmartType list of character names.
Final Draft is the #1-selling screenwriting software program in the world.
Dictionary, Spell-Check, and Thesaurus
While the Final Draft application is English-only, we have spell-checkers, thesauri and dedicated customer pages in several other languages. Additionally, our Knowledge Base has the ability to translate questions and answers in 20 different languages and/or dialects.
United Kingdom - UK-English Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Visit our United Kingdom customer page
Canada - Canadian-English Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Visit our Canada customer page
Australia - UK and US-English Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Visit our Australia customer page
Germany - German Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Visit our Germany customer page
France - French Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Visit our France customer page
Ireland - UK and US-English Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Visit our Ireland customer page
Italy - Italian Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Visit our Italy customer page
Mexico - Spanish Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Visit our Latin America customer page
Spain - Spanish Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Visit our Spain customer page
New Zealand - UK and US-English Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Visit our New Zealand customer page
Brazil - Brazilian Portuguese Spell-Check. (No Thesaurus)
Denmark - Danish Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Netherlands - Dutch Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Norway - Norwegian Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Portugal - Portuguese Spell-Check. (No Thesaurus)
Sweden - Swedish Spell-Check and Thesaurus
Switzerland - Swiss-German Spell-Check and Thesaurus
With your Final Draft purchase, you get free chat support, access to hundreds of questions in our Knowledge Base and Interactive Troubleshooter, and email technical support from our specialists.
Whether you are a first-time screenwriter with a question about a certain element or a television show experiencing difficulties during production, we are here to help you.
Visit the Final Draft Support page if you need help now.
The best screenwriters, directors and producers in the world use Final Draft Professional Screenwriting Software.
Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem For A Dream, Pi
J.J. Abrams— Writer / Director / Producer / Emmyd® Award-winner
Star Trek, Mission: Impossible 5, Star Wars: Episode VII, Fringe (TV), Lost (TV)
Robert Zemeckis — Writer / Director / Producer/ Academy Award® winner
Forest Gump, Back to the Future
Callie Khouri — Writer / Director / Producer
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Something to Talk About, Thelma & Louise
Matthew Weiner — Writer / Producer / Director / Emmy® winner
Mad Men, The Sopranos, Becker
Oliver Stone — Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® winner
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, W, JFK, Scarface, Platoon
Also endorsed by...
JJ Abrams • Michael Bay • James L. Brooks • James Cameron
Sofia Coppola • Wes Craven • Guillermo del Toro • Geoffrey Fletcher
David Goyer • Tom Hanks • Nancy Myers • David Milch
Aaron Sorkin • Ben Stiller • Audrey Wells
See what industry leaders say about Final Draft software:
Final Draft is a cross-platform program that works on both Macintosh and Windows, as well as iOS with the purchase of the Final Draft Writer app for iPad. Any Final Draft file can be saved and opened by any of the above operating systems with no loss of formatting.
Mac System Requirements:
- Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 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 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista™, or Windows XP (32 and 64 bit versions)
- Minimum 512 MB of RAM
- 60 MB available hard drive space
- Internet connection required during installation