Final Draft (software)

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Final Draft
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Final Draft 8.0 on Windows 7 Ultimate RC1, the Final Draft 7 logo is the top image.
Developer(s) Final Draft, Inc.
Stable release 9.0.4 / August 2014
Operating system Windows / Macintosh
Size 35-50 MB
Available in English (American English)
Type Screenwriting software
License Proprietary
Website Official Final Draft

Final Draft is a screenwriting software for writing and formatting a screenplay to meet the screenplay submission standards set by theater, television and film industries. The program is developed and owned by Final Draft, Inc., headquartered in Calabasas, California; the company also published Script magazine until 2011.[1] It can also be used to write other documents such as stageplays, outlines, treatments, query letters, novels, graphic novels, manuscripts, and basic text documents.

The current version, Final Draft 9.0.4, was released in August 2014. It contains over 50 movie and television templates, and also allows users to assign computer generated voices to their characters, who then read the script aloud.[2] Final Draft AV is a similar script-writing program which is designed for writing television videos, reality television, news, commercials, corporate and training videos, documentaries, and presentations. First released in 2001, it uses the split-page, two-column audio and video format. Final Draft AV is no longer available for sale or supported by the company. Final Draft companion applications for the iPad and iPhone are available.[3][4]

According to Final Draft's website, co-founders Ben Cahan and Marc Madnick (currently the CEO) developed the software in 1991 to help aspiring screenwriters because he found that studios' rigid formatting regulations made screenwriting difficult.[5]

Final Draft's main competitors are Movie Magic Screenwriter, Celtx, and Fade In.[6]


  1. ^ Stefanie Botelho (12 December 2011). "F+W Media Acquires Script Magazine from Final Draft Inc.". Folio. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Final Draft Products
  3. ^ "Scripts Pro - Screenwriting for iPhone & iPad". Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  4. ^ "FDX Reader - Read Final Draft files on the iPhone & iPad.". Quote-Unquote Apps. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  5. ^ "Company Info". Final Draft. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  6. ^ "Screenwriting Software Review". Retrieved 2015-05-08. 

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