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Final Draft FAQs

Q. What type of pricing plans does Final Draft offer?

Final Draft has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $249.99
Pricing model: One Time License
Free Trial: Available | (No Credit Card required)

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Q. Who are the typical users of Final Draft?

Final Draft has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business


Q. What languages does Final Draft support?

Final Draft supports the following languages:
English


Q. Does Final Draft offer an API?

No, Final Draft does not have an API available.


Q. What level of support does Final Draft offer?

Final Draft offers the following support options:
Email/Help Desk, Chat, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base

Final Draft product overview

Price starts from

249.99

One-time payment

Flat Rate

What is 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.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Email/Help Desk
Chat
FAQs/Forum
Knowledge Base

Training options

Documentation

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Final Draft features

Functionality

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Total features

38

2 categories

Most valued features by users

Collaboration Tools
Reporting & Statistics
Drag & Drop
Data Import/Export
Commenting/Notes
Content Management
Auto-Save
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Final Draft users reviews

Overall Rating

4.4

/5

27

Positive reviews

81

%

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7.93/10
Rating distribution

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Pros
My overall experience has been great because at the end of the day, it's how well you write, and what you can put out, that wins over the customer service and software issues.
Very easy to use and automated formatting is superb. You have to focus on creating.
I loved what I accomplished with it. Seeing the scripts and really getting a knack for the craft that brought them to life.
Cons
It is more expensive than other screenwriting software, but you get what you pay for. It is the industry standard and the only thing you need besides a laptop to pursue a screenwriting career.
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.
For example, it’s collaboration tools for writing partners just isn’t all that compelling when compared to other similar offerings.

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Gerald W.

Scriptwriter

Entertainment, self-employed

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Final Draft User Review

Reviewed 2 years ago

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Evelyn S.

Entertainment, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best collaborative writing

Reviewed 3 years ago

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

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Paul T.

Entertainment, self-employed

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Essential Software

Reviewed 2 years ago

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

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Trey L.

Entertainment, self-employed

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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The biggest brand, but not the greatest value

Reviewed 2 years ago

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...

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Juan F.

Outsourcing/Offshoring, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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The Pro way to Go

Reviewed 4 months ago

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.

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Rabee I.

Entertainment, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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The only writing software you need

Reviewed 3 years ago

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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