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Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows

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The Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows from Final Draft is the industry-standard application for screenwriters. Used by such prolific scribes as J.J. Abrams and Oliver Stone, the software automatically formats your words into the proper screenplay format.

Simply put your story to paper, Final Draft will do the rest. It centers dialogue, adds scene headings, keeps track of character names for consistency, and properly paginates pages. You'll be able to add notes and feedback for personal reference, and make notes of script changes made during production.

Story Development

Scene View allows you to outline script ideas and reorder scenes from a high level
Scene Navigator manages and displays important scene details on a floating palette
Scene Properties Inspector tracks story lines and characters via scene titles and color-coding
Outline your story and restructure the script via the drag and drop Index Cards
XML file format allows you to share your script with other applications

Writing & Rewriting

Innovative Panels System allows you to keep your script in sync, working in tandem with the Index Cards and Scene View features
Manage your page count by adjusting spacing
Integrated spell-check and thesaurus
Uses a custom Courier-based font for easy readability
Print your script or export to PDF
Track daily writing goals
ScriptNotes allow you to track feedback and ideas about your script
Formatting is done using the tab and enter keys on your keyboard
ScriptCompare helps you track changes to your magnum opus
Text to Speech system allows you to host a virtual table read
Collaborate with other Final Draft users via the Internet
Format Assistant scans your script for errors
Register your script with the WGAW online registry service

Production

Tagger 2 module breaks down your script for scheduling
You'll be able to track revisions and lock pages during production
Automatically create Title Pages, Cast Pages, and Location Pages
Robust reporting system allows you to track budget, create character sides for casting, and more
Application Screenwriting
Compatibility Windows, Mac
System Requirements Computer: Pentium III; Mac
Operating System: Windows XP, Vista; Mac OS X 10.4.11
Memory: 512MB
Hard Drive: 50MB
Hardware: Optical drive or Internet connection

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Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves performance (11)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Professional quality (7)
  • Highly compatible (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (8)
    • Complex projects (6)
    • In the studio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional artist (6), Film student (4), Business owner (3), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Reviewed by 17 customers

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    4.0

    Quicker than Celtx, But careful editing!

    By Utopia

    from Santa Monica

    About Me Professional Screenwriter

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Navigate

    Cons

    • Multiple Undos Tricky

    Best Uses

      Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

      It is what it says it is, does what it should do. You don't have to wait forever while it saves (like I did with freeware Celtx). Though in a cut and paste session, when I tried to undo several times in a row to restore to how I started, and disparate scenes ended up all over the place and it took 45 minutes to get everything back the way it was supposed to be! So it's sleek, but watch your edits!

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Final Draft 8 Review

      By Marco

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Writer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Improves Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

        I came back to writing after 5 years of dormancy and wanted try out screenplay writing. Final Draft 8 was super easy to use and makes formating a no brainer.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice & Easy

        By Ken

        from NJ

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

          Very eay to use right out of the box. Makes script writing much easier, after just a few pages your feel like an expert writer. Wish I bought this years ago...

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          IT'S LIKE HAVING A WRITING PARTNER

          By WOLF

          from PACIFIC GROVE CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

              A GREAT HELP, ALLOWS THE WRITER TO CONCENTRATE ON WRITINGEASY TO USEEFFECTIVE SOFTWAREAND GREAT PRICE FROM B&h

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              5.0

              Amazing Writing tool

              By Writer/Producer

              from New York, NY

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                  Easy to use, and formats everything perfectly.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  hollywood, here i come!

                  By joey

                  from newark, DE

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                      when it comes to writing screenplays there is'nt anything out there that can touch it.

                      the software is self formatting and it's a breeze to use.

                      there are absolutely no flaws in this product.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      professional software

                      By will

                      from trinidad , port of spain

                      About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                        im using this software for the first time for a feature that im doing , its very easy to use especially with the templates which helps you layout your script even if its your first time .

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        My movie came together seamlessly

                        By Dave

                        from Baltimore, MD

                        About Me Big screen able, Multimedia Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Powerful
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Hot
                        • Much read navigate

                        Best Uses

                        • Dorm Room
                        • Multimedia
                        • Private studio

                        Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                        My movie script was so easy to put together. The formatting was the best real professional. I had to study the navigation but once learnt it was great to work with thus must have a big commitment.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Product

                        By RPK

                        from Oakland, CA

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home

                          Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                          [...]product was much cheaper at B&H than any other provider. Thank you and I'll be back.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          This is the industry standard

                          By Sean

                          from Hollywood, CA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Never Freezes
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                              I use this for screenwriting and playwriting, and have found it to be intuitive and easy to use.

                              I just wish that it came bundled with the AV software instead of having to buy that stuff separately.

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                              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Wow!

                              By ardsnarf

                              from Youngstown, Ohio

                              About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Complex Projects
                                • Independent Films

                                Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                                Of all the script writing software, this one is feature rich, simple to use and makes your formatting effortless. A+

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                                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                The Writers Standard

                                By Chris

                                from West Palm Beach, FL

                                About Me Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Improves Performance
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                                  If you are looking to be a pro writer then there is no other software to use. It takes a little time to understand all the different functions that it has to assist the writing process. I have used the free celtx and movie magic screenwriter; and though these two programs are effective at writing a screenplay Final Draft makes it the most efficient.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Essential For Serious Writers

                                  By Spence

                                  from Detroit, MI

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Scripts

                                    Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                                    I'm currently writing a screenplay and Final Draft has made the process exponentially more effective and prosperous.

                                    As someone whose knowledge of screenwriting and film is entirely organic, this program made completing my script less daunting and I'm not sure what I would have done without it.

                                    If you have a notebook full of ideas and finally need to get them organized in print, this program will help your progress immediately.

                                    If you want to write a script but have no idea where to start or how to execute your plan, you NEED Final Draft.

                                    I received this as a gift so I'm not sure of the exact price, but it's a bargain at any price because anybody truly serious about screenwriting can't put a price tag on realizing their dreams!

                                    5 Stars, without a doubt.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • Yes

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                                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great Program

                                    By Rocco

                                    from Los Angeles

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Navigate
                                    • Fast and Powerful
                                    • Great Features

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                                        Easy to use and everything you need to get your story down on paper. I love this program!

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Final Draft 8.0

                                        By Nashphoto

                                        from Nashville, TN

                                        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Improves Performance
                                        • Professional Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Complex Projects
                                          • Independent Films

                                          Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                                          Final Draft 8.0 seems like a really great solution to screenwriting. This is the first application I have bought for screenwriting but from everything I have heard and asked of my friends, it is the way to go. One of the features that I think is really cool is that you can assign voices to the characters. This way, you can let your computer read your script to you and envision the different characters reading their lines.

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                                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          this product is amazing

                                          By Nel

                                          from Denver, CO

                                          About Me Film Student

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact Design
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Highly Compatible
                                          • Improves Performance
                                          • Professional Quality

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Complex Projects
                                            • Home Movies
                                            • Independent Films
                                            • In The Studio

                                            Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                                            It's easy to use, a good time saver also.

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                                            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            A step further in writing

                                            By Dan

                                            from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                                            About Me Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Improves Performance
                                            • Professional Quality

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Complex Projects
                                              • Independent Films
                                              • In The Studio

                                              Comments about Final Draft 8.0 Screenwriting Software for Mac and Windows:

                                              There is no screenwriting software that increases criativity, but Final Draft gave me the right tools to work with mine. Having a correctly formated screenplay helps cast and crew to see not only their parts but the film as a whole. As a writing tool, such facilites as the SmartType, spelling checker in several languages, Dual Dialogue option, and many others make the writing easier. In literature, the text is the final step of the creative process, but in film and tv, the text is the first one. So, in order to make a good first step, Final Draft 8.0 was essential to me and shall be to whoever wants/has to write professionaly or just to take a hobby seriously.

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