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Overview

Celtx is an all-in-one solution for film, video, and game production that allows customers to utilize a creative platform for script writing.

Final Draft is an on-premise software designed to help professional screenwriters and filmmakers create, edit, and manage...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
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  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
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  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

15

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

199.99

One-time payment

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.7

19

5

4

3

2

1

15

2

2

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
94%
would recommend this app

4.4

14

5

4

3

2

1

9

2

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
93%
would recommend this app

Pros

The ease in ability to separate between all the different styles within a screenplay. The name save feature is great.

MJ

Mike J.

The ability to change formats (from novel to screenplay to graphic novel to stage play) - this is the most unbelievable benefit of Celtx. A one-stop shop for story development.

MB

Miquiel B.

It is very user friendly by making the complicated-looking script format look very easy. I would recommend Celtx to beginners or experts that have been writing scripts for 20+ years.
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Andrew P.

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.

SC

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

And other of the failures that i see is that just is available en english. Any scriptwriter from other language can find it confuse.

CS

César S.

There is no celtx app for the ckmputer anymore and everything is online. I miss the days when there was a computer platform.
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Natalie C.

Sometime the interface is annoying, especially when trying to switch between formats, e.g., scene direction vs. dialogue.

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Chris C.

Cons

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

BH

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.

AR

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Key features

  • Total features71
  • @mentions
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Brainstorming
  • Budget Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Content Management
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Flowchart
  • Gamification
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Idea Management
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Multiple Projects
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Performance Metrics
  • Planning Tools
  • Portfolio Management
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Templates
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-time Updates
  • Remote Update / Installation
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Resource Management
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Strategic Planning
  • Summary Reports
  • Synchronous Editing
  • Tagging
  • Task Planning
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Version Control
  • Whiteboard
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features18
  • @mentions
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Brainstorming
  • Budget Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Content Management
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Flowchart
  • Gamification
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Idea Management
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Multiple Projects
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Performance Metrics
  • Planning Tools
  • Portfolio Management
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Templates
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-time Updates
  • Remote Update / Installation
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Resource Management
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Strategic Planning
  • Summary Reports
  • Synchronous Editing
  • Tagging
  • Task Planning
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Version Control
  • Whiteboard
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations2
  • Adobe Commerce
  • BigCommerce
  • Freshdesk
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Jira
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Pipedrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • SugarCRM
  • Twitter
  • WhatsApp
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk
  • Zoho CRM
  • Total integrations1
  • Adobe Commerce
  • BigCommerce
  • Freshdesk
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Jira
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Pipedrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • SugarCRM
  • Twitter
  • WhatsApp
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk
  • Zoho CRM

User reviews that mention these apps

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

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Celtx

Great Screenwriting Software

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Celtx in my opinion is sufficiently easier to use than Final Draft (not a knock on Final Draft). Both are great. Celtx is just more user friendly.

Cons

Sometimes the margins are set wrong and the page number won't show when you export to PDF or you print.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Celtx

The most amazing screenwriting application.

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

The software is really easy to use once you get used to the shortcut keys. It's like working magic while writing your screenplay and the output is on point. I can export my screenplay as pdf as well as txt for final draft.

Cons

The formatting options are really low. I can't change font type, font size, and spacing between the sentences.

Vendor response

Hi Arfa! All our formatting is industry standard, so the ability to change font type, size, and spacing isn't included in our Studio for that reason! If you'd like to chat more about industry standard formatting, our Support Team can send along some more info; you can reach them at support@celtx.com.

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Celtx

Script writing and formatting made easy.

Reviewed 4 years ago

It's great for writing. The cloud service is a nice option!

Pros

If you've ever written a script, be it for a film, tv show, comedy skit, short video, etc, you know how import getting the format correct is. It helps actors read, gives space for people to take notes, is clean and familiar, and most import...it's the industry standard. You can try to fake it in basic word processing software, but you will never get it just right. Celtx helps you there immensely. Other features such as the Index Cards, character notes, etc, they really help you when trying to revise your script. It's great for a creative.

Cons

The only issue...Final Draft is still the standard. So if you want to share a work in progress, you might run into some issues with writers and producers who prefer the older ways. Also, if you come from that background, you may need to spend some time brushing up on the new ways to get things done in Celtx.

Vendor response

Hi there! We appreciate you sending along this feedback. We're always working on improving our products, and we've made some major improvements since 2018! If you get a chance to check out the Online Studio and have some more feedback to share, you can reach out to our Support Team at support@celtx.com.

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Celtx

Final Draft seems better

Reviewed 5 months ago

The people I have talked to are nice but are to expensive and charge way to much.

Pros

The flow of writing is easier then most for a new comer it would be easier with the free version,

Cons

I am a small studio starting off to make shows and the charged me about $2000 for a years access with 5 seats for collaboration and we couldn’t afford to keep it and lost some of our scripts in the downgrade. Final draft is cheaper and you buy the license for $200 and don’t need to buy anything else unless you want to upgrade

Vendor response

Hi James, thanks for taking the time to write a review. If you'd like to chat further about your experience with Celtx Pro, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at support@celtx.com. We'd love to hear any and all feedback you'd like to send our way.