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Final Draft Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.4

/5

28

Total features

38

2 categories

Final Draft features

Auto-Save
Autofill
Automatic Backup
Brainstorming
Chat/Messaging
Collaboration Tools
Commenting/Notes
Content Management

Common features of Mind Mapping software

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Action Management
Activity Tracking
Assignment Management
Brainstorming
Chat/Messaging
Collaboration Tools

Price starts from

249.99

One-time payment

Flat Rate

Pricing options
Free plan
Subscription
Free trial

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Contenders comparison

Functionality

4.4

/5

28

Price starts from

249.99

One-time payment

Total Features

38

Unique features

  • Script Formatting

  • PDF Conversion

  • WYSIWYG Editor

  • Scene and Page Number Locking

Functionality

4.6

/5

1.5K

Price starts from

10

/user

Per month

Total Features

246

Features in Common

25

Unique features

  • Org Chart Creation

  • Data Management

  • Gamification

  • Backlog Management

Functionality

4.5

/5

366

Price starts from

7.95

/user

Per month

Total Features

114

Features in Common

23

Unique features

  • Project Time Tracking

  • Third-Party Integrations

  • File Management

  • Project Management

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Trey L.

Entertainment, self-employed

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • 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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Hospital & Health Care, 11-50 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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Once the standard for screenwriting, but now...

Reviewed 3 years 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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Vanessa P.

Writing and Editing, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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

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Very Satisfied

Reviewed 2 years ago

I use Final Draft every day and like that their website has a lot of tutorials for how to navigate new features.

Pros

Final Draft 12 has a lot of great new features and learning tools that are easy to use. Importing or converting files from older versions is much better and there are more tools for outlining, etc. It also has a template for single-cam scripts rather than calling them multi-cam or one-hour.

Cons

The price is a bit too high and it could have better "Text" templates.

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Gregory Z.

Entertainment, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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

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Industry standard

Reviewed 7 months ago
Pros

This product is the standard. If you want to work in the business take the time and learn this product inside and out.

Cons

I would like the tagging and scheduling export feature to improve a lot.

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Dan C.

Motion Pictures and Film, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Final Draft is the loaded with features for scriptwriting and for moving into production

Reviewed a year ago

Final Draft is the industry standard for a reason. No plans to change now.

Pros

Final Draft does all of the things it claims to do. It makes screenwriting easy and relatively automatic, once you learn the interface and keyboard shortcuts. It is very deep with tools to help creativity (beat boards, etc), formatting (formatting checkups before printing are a great last-step tool), and organization. Versioning is a must in screenwriting, and FD has a decent scheme for that. The ability to use the Navigator to search by character, scene, and notes is killer. And the REPORTS section is wonderful, with breakdowns by character, dialogue, scenes, etc.

Cons

Volume licensing can be a little cumbersome. FD uses a "customer number" system with annual renewals that, for us, at least, have often come at odd times and with a bit of a process if someone is moving from one computer to another, or moving a license from one user to another.

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Entertainment, self-employed

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Buggy on Windows machines

Reviewed 3 years ago

Despite the weird issues, I'll keep using it. Not only will I use it, I plan to buy an imac mini when I have the money so I can use it without all the bug issues. Overall it's good software, just wish they'd work out the issues on Windows.

Pros

It's the industry standard so there are a lot of people to ask for help when I get stuck. There are also a lot of videos online.

Cons

It can be very buggy on windows. Apparently these issues don't happen on the Mac version. For instance, if my friend edits a FD file while using two monitors and sends it to me, the file won't show up because it's on a second monitor that doesn't exist. Talk about a weird bug!

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Gentian G.

Design, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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The best tool for screenwriters

Reviewed 2 years ago

When I write in Final Draft, things become easy, I go with the flow of my thoughts, having fantastic support from a consolidated program, which makes writing a breeze.

Pros

Very easy to use and automated formatting is superb. You have to focus on creating. It’s Final Draft that takes care of the rest. It is the industry represented in words

Cons

The main difficulty resides in using special letters in other languages than English. For instance, the letter “ë” undergoes several modifying tools to be implemented. Even then, it’s only in uppercase.

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Samuel C.

Broadcast Media, self-employed

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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FINAL DRAFT REVIEW

Reviewed 3 years ago

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.

Pros

Features on final draft are very easy to use. When I first purchased the software it took me less than a day to be conversant with it and its features. Also it allows you to import a screenplay that was typed with another app in a text form. Lastly it gives you the flexibility to work on two or more projects at a time and that helps in revision a project or adaptation.

Cons

However, what I dont like is the fact that it is not available on google play store. It is although available on IOS. Also, the software is expensive. Lastly, it work better on pc's with good specs.

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Monica W.

Marketing and Advertising, self-employed

Used other for 2+ years

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

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My Final Draft Review

Reviewed 4 years ago

There are many different professional templates (for television, novel, musical theatre, etc.) that can be used depending on the need. Overall it's a great writing app.

Pros

Final Draft is easy to use, it's a great writing app. It automatically fills in the names of characters, which makes things go along smoothly. I like the many different templates to use.

Cons

It's a little expensive. The price of the software is a little high, but it can be installed on two computers which makes collaboration possible. The other issue is the work has to be saved quite frequently.