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Final Draft

Software for creating, editing, and sharing script drafts

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Final Draft Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Final Draft product overview

Price starts from

199.99

One-time payment

Other

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

Final Draft pricing information

Value for money

3.6

/5

14

Starting from

199.99

One-time payment

Other

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

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Final Draft features

Functionality

4.2

/5

14

Total features

18

1 categories

Most valued features by users

Collaboration Tools
Document Storage
Content Management
Commenting/Notes
Data Import/Export
Customizable Templates
Flowchart
Brainstorming

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Final Draft users reviews

Overall Rating

4.4

/5

14

Positive reviews

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7.79/10
Rating distribution

5

4

3

2

1

9

2

3

0

0

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.

MB

Mack B.

All in all it is the best writing app I have used so far. It's flexible and user friendly interface makes it a very good software.

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Samuel C.

Shortcuts allow you to remain the flow once inspiration strikes. The customer service experience is exceptional and the best I have ever dealt with for any software.
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Skyler B.

Cons
You will break even with price and have more of a reason to write now that you're forced to in a class.

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Bryn H.

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.
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Skyler B.

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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Anonymous Reviewer

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Overall Rating

Final Draft User Review

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Gerald W.: My name is Gerald. I'm a script writer. I give Final Draft a four rating. And for more reviews,...

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

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Best collaborative writing

Reviewed a year 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

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Final Draft is the best screenwriting program - if it's within your budget.

Reviewed 5 months ago

I love using Final Draft. Unfortunately I don't use it enough to validate spending the money for it but it is definitely the best screenwriting program on the market.

Pros

The flawless integration and various exports are the best features. This program makes it so easy to keep tracking of ideas and completed acts.

Cons

The price is least attractive thing here as the program itself works great.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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Once the standard for screenwriting, but now...

Reviewed a year ago

I find Final Draft fairly easy to use, but given that there are competitors out there that do the same things at a fraction of the cost of Final Draft make it hard to justify purchasing this software

Pros

Final Draft offers ease in writing scripts without having to worry about formatting.

Cons

It’s overpriced, for starters. It’s distinguishing features from comparable competitors aren’t really game changing features, especially in this day and age. For example, it’s collaboration tools for writing partners just isn’t all that compelling when compared to other similar offerings. Having features like this integrated isn’t really a plus here.

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

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The only writing software you need

Reviewed a year 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.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Streamlined Imagination at Your Fingertips

Reviewed a year ago

Used this personally in film school and then professionally for plays, screenplays, and comics.

Pros

The ease of use and non-existent learning curve of this software makes someone getting into play writing or screenwriting feel entirely comfortable. The intuitive functionality of this software makes writing an absolute dream. When on a roll, having your muse screaming in your ear, it will often be hard to keep up but shortcuts and keystrokes of the software can match any speed serendipity.

Cons

You pay for what you get and that carries with it a high price tag whereby upgrades to newer software isn't included. My advice is to spend money on a community college film/tv writing course and then use that to get an education discount on Final Draft by linking the school email address to your software registration. You will break even with price and have more of a reason to write now that you're forced to in a class.

Final Draft FAQs and common questions

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

Final Draft has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $199.99
Pricing model: One Time License


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 support mobile devices?

Final Draft supports the following devices:
iPad, iPhone


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

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