Final Draft 9 Educational Screenwriting Software (DVD)

Final Draft 9 Educational Screenwriting Software (DVD)

Final Draft 9 Educational Screenwriting Software (DVD)


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  • Format Assistant & Pagination
  • Scene/ScriptNotes/Characters Navigator
  • Index Cards, Scene View, Title Pages
  • Courier Final Draft Font
  • Standardized Paper Size
  • The Panels System, SmartType
  • Dictionary & Thesaurus
  • Watermarking in Printing or PDF
  • Over 100 Templates
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
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Final Draft FD9-EDU Overview

  • 1Description

The Final Draft 9 Educational Screenwriting Software provides over 100 templates that are formatted and paginated for screenplays, teleplays, and stage plays. The scripts written in Final Draft 9 appear the same across several platforms, including Windows, Mac, and even the Final Draft Writer app on the iPad. Final Draft 9 provides the features you need to get started on your script.

Please note that Final Draft 9 is a single user license.

Once your order is processed you will receive an email with instructions to verify your academic status. Once verified, you will receive your license code via email to activate the program.

Story Development

Scene Navigator
Manage the pace and flow of your story and keep track of every scene's information with this sortable, customizable floating palette. New in Final Draft 9 is the ability to filter by keyword, allowing you to see important scene details whenever you need them.
ScriptNotes Navigator
ScriptNotes are designed to hold your ideas, suggestions, or scene fragments that you've cut but don't want to toss - even hyperlinks to important information. You are able to see, sort, and filter ScriptNotes and General Notes while you organize by name, type, and color. The color-coded ScriptNote markers appear in the right margin without taking up space within your script, while General Notes appear in your Navigator for easy reference.
Characters Navigator
Keep track of all of your characters' arcs via individual Character Beats assigned to particular scenes. Non-speaking characters can be added to or deleted from any scene, helping you keep track of everyone even if they have no lines in a certain scene.
Index Cards
Final Draft has double-sided cards that display the script's scene on one side and the summary on the other. The summary view allows you to enter text directly into the index card - plot points, notes, sequence or act markers, comments, locations, blocking - anything you need to build and organize your story. These notes sync with the Scene Navigator, so any information you add there will automatically appear on the corresponding card. Select and rearrange multiple cards at once if you need to reorder your scenes. Print your index cards directly on 3x5 or 4x6 cards for use in the "traditional" way if you want to visualize and organize scenes outside of the application. Double-clicking on a card in split-panel view will bring you to that page in the script.
Scene View
Scene View gives you a high-altitude look at your script and you can move scenes around to further refine your story. Insert new scenes easily and hide or show information important to you such as the scene's action, title, and summary. Assign colors to each scene by any criteria, such as storyline, character, location, time of day and more. Print your scene view or just view it alongside the script. With a double-click you can instantly go to any scene in the script you've selected.
Send to Script
Select one or more individual Index Card Summaries and copy the content directly into the script. If there is only a Scene Heading, the content will appear directly below the Scene Heading as an Action element. Otherwise, the text will appear at the end of any previously existing content in the scene.


Over 100 Templates for Film, Television, and Theater
The Final Draft Template Library is updated regularly and allows registered users to download over 100 classic and current television shows, screenplay, stage play, and graphic novel templates. In addition to the built-in, industry-approved standard templates, see how shows such as Mad Men, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, and more format their specific shows.
Final Draft automatically formats and paginates to industry standards such as using Character, "More's and Continued's," and Scene Continued's.
Page Count Management
Final Draft offers several ways to manipulate the page count, if necessary: paragraph leading, global line spacing adjustment, global and local indent adjustments and page margin settings.
Format Assistant
This writing tool checks your script for common formatting errors such as missing dialogue, extra spaces, carriage returns and blank elements. You can set it to run every time you print or only when you want it to.
Title Pages
All Final Draft templates come with industry standard Title Pages that are easy to modify, save, and print or save to PDF. All of the Final Draft Television Templates come preset with easy-to-use information for each series, such as the specific cast list and typical sets/locations. The Final Draft Standard One-Hour and Half-Hour Templates will also help you get started on pilots by providing what information should appear in the finished product. The added bonus is the Title Page uses its own numbering for tracking the following pages and will not add to your overall page count.
Courier Final Draft Font
Production companies and studios need consistent page counts when they're budgeting a script. Final Draft uses its own Courier font to ensure identical pagination on Windows, Macintosh and the iPad.
Standardized Paper size
Each FDX file maintains its own correct paper size (either A4 or US Letter) no matter where it's opened.


The Panels System
With the Panels system, you can split your screen into separate panels and view your script pages in one panel while you view another section of the script or your Index Cards or Scene View in the other panel. A double-click on any scene will keep the panels in sync.
SmartType remembers and automatically fills in character names, scene headings, transitions, locations, and more. All you need to do is type the first few letters and SmartType will instantly fill in the rest.
Replace Character Names Globally
Final Draft will globally change a character's name in script elements like dialogue and action and will retain the proper casing without having to do a "find and replace." It will also change the name in all metadata, such as SmartType lists and the Navigator.
Character Highlighting
Character Highlighting will come in handy to easily distinguish all characters' dialogue. It also helps track a character's dialogue to see if they are being too verbose or too shy.
Dictionary and Thesaurus
SmartType list words are automatically integrated in the spell-checker that features almost more than 300 new words. Additionally, the thesaurus is in the context menu, so a right-click will give you alternative words to help make your story as vivid as possible. They are available in English, UK English, Canadian English, Spanish, French, German, and several other languages.
Tab and Enter
You can install and start using Final Draft in minutes due to the easy-to-use Tab and Enter functionality that formats the script's elements to industry standards. You can also use the Command (Mac) or Control (Windows) key to display the numbered shortcut keys for the different script elements and choose to move quickly through your script that way.
Writing Management
Use the Statistics report to check how much content you've completed in a writing session to help you reach your writing goals. You can also track things such how often Character A interacts with Character B.
Remember Workspace
If you are working with multiple drafts, it is important to make sure you are editing the correct one. With the Workspace preference, you can have Final Draft open all the files you had open in your last session, in the correct order.


Watermarking in Printing or PDF
Protect your script by identifying the recipient via a customizable watermark that displays in PDF and on printed pages.
Colored Revised Pages
Final Draft is going green, giving you the ability to distribute your script electronically with the colored revised production pages. When you export to PDF, revised pages are a solid Blue, Pink, Yellow, Green, etc. When you're working in an FDX file, the revised page will have the revision set's color on the left and right borders only. Writing in clean white is easy on the eyes and there will be no doubt as to which revision set you're working in.
Revisions/Page Locking
From the ability to omit scenes, lock pages, and A-pages, as well as set your revision colors, Final Draft provides you all the tools you'll need to take your script through production. You can even track the page header's revision color so you can issue one set of revisions or all of them as needed. Merging pages that have been cut once a script is locked is a snap. Also included are standard revision colors in each film and television template.
Customizable Reporting
Within Final Draft there are several different reports to give you quick facts about your script.
  • The Scene Report, for example, provides a snapshot of the scene's length, cast, starting page number, and location.
  • The Location Report will inform you how often a location is used and will group the scenes by INT/EXT.
  • The Character Report includes an "appearance summary" so you know how frequently one character speaks versus the other characters, as well as the total word count for the character.
  • Use the ScriptNotes Report to get a quick scan of all the notes in your script based on each scene and page.
  • The Statistics Report will allow you to track daily writing goals by displaying how many words you've written along with details on the types of elements you used and what percentage of the script they comprise.
  • Need to cast your characters? You can instantly create then print or email Character Sides for any speaking parts in your script.
Revision Mode
In Revision Mode, you can track and review all changes from your first draft all the way to your final draft. From the ability to omit scenes, lock pages and "A" pages, as well as set your revision colors, Final Draft software provides all the tools you need to take your script through production.

Additional Features

Mac Enhancements
Mac users will benefit from the convenience of distraction-free writing in full-screen mode, as well as Retina display compatibility. Additionally, Mac's built-in dictation feature works with Final Draft, allowing for hands-free writing that's as fast as your ideas.
Windows Enhancements
The Final Draft 9 user interface is updated to the new Windows ribbon look with new buttons, backgrounds and menus, but longtime users can have the same experience they've come to love by switching back to Classic mode.
Text to Speech
Have Final Draft read your script read back to you - you can even assign different voices to your characters.
Import Scripts from Other Word-Processing Programs
Import a script written with another word-processing program directly into Final Draft and our software will attempt to format that script correctly. If an element is not formatted correctly, you can easily reformat it using the Final Draft keyboard or menu shortcuts.
Dual Dialogue
Format dual dialogue to exacting industry standards with just a simple keyboard or menu shortcut.
Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts
If you prefer keyboard shortcuts and macros you're already used to, Final Draft allows you to customize your workflow for your writing needs.
  • More and Continued element including dialogue and Scene breaks
  • SmartType by characters, extensions, scene introductions, locations, times, and transitions
  • Toolbars so the elements you use the most are right on your desktop
  • Spacing in your script
  • Any and all script elements including fonts, paragraph and page styles, shortcut keys, spacing, and indentation
  • Header and Footer including page #, date, scene #, active or collated revisions, and any other label you create
  • Macros which are shortcut key combinations for text which is entered repeatedly throughout any script
  • Automatic backup folder ensures you never lose your latest script
  • Type and Print your script with the exclusive Final Draft 12-point Courier font
  • Zoom your Script up to 300% for easier viewing and editing
  • Set Bookmarks in your script so you can always find a certain scene or line of dialogue
  • Check your spelling in U.S. English, U.K. English, Canadian English, and 10 other languages as well as easily add custom words to Spell-Check
  • Save or Print in PDF
  • Register your script with The Writers Guild of America and other writing organizations
  • Backup your files automatically so you never lose a script
  • Print Script Sides by Character Name
  • Print revisions in color
  • Email your Final Draft file from within the program
  • Find and Replace words throughout the entire script or just by elements
  • Automatically generate a cast list
View Script
  • Normal View - View your script with no spaces between pages
  • Page View - View your script with spaces between pages
  • Speed View - View your script with no breaks or spaces
  • Scene - View Scenes by alphabetical order, longest scene, shortest scene, or script order
  • Location - View locations by time of day, most occurrences, least occurrences, scene introduction, script order, or alphabetical order
  • Character - Appearance Summary: Choose a character and view number of times character speaks, how many words character speaks, character she or he most interacts with
  • Character - Scenes and Dialogue: View all scenes and dialogue isolated by character
  • Cast - View how many total dialogues, speaking scenes, and total scenes separated and summarized by character
  • Script - Select and view just the chosen elements in your script such as Scene Headings, Action Lines, or Dialogue
  • ScriptNote - Print out all ScriptNotes marked in your script or view just those ScriptNotes you select
  • Statistic - General Statistics: View total number of words and paragraphs in your script
  • Statistic - Element Statistics: View number and percentage of elements in your script
  • Statistic - Character Statistics: View each character's number of lines, words, and in which scenes he or she appears
  • Names Database - Find that perfect character name from our list of 90,000 names and add it to your SmartType list of character names


Dictionary, Spell-Check, and Thesaurus
While the Final Draft application is English-only, it has a dictionary, thesaurus, and dedicated customer page in several other languages. Additionally, the Final Draft Knowledge Base has the ability to translate questions and answers in 20 different languages and/or dialects for several different countries.

  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • New Zealand
  • Brazil
  • Denmark
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
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Final Draft 9 Educational Screenwriting Software (DVD)
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    Final Draft FD9-EDU Specs

    Mac System Requirements Mac OS X 10.7 / 10.8 / 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11
    2 GB of RAM (minimum)
    60 MB of available hard drive space
    Internet connection required during installation
    Windows System Requirements Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32 and 64 bit versions)
    512 MB of RAM
    60 MB of available hard drive space
    Internet connection required during installation
    System Requirements A computer with an optical drive
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    Package Weight 0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.6 x 5.5 x 1.2"

    Final Draft FD9-EDU Reviews

    9 Educational Screenwriting Software (DVD) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good/Solid Product I am new to screenwriting and this product. I've used it to 'convert' and revise my Celtx screenplay. I feel that I have more options with formatting in Final Draft. I like having a physical copy and having the program installed on a desktop/laptop. The program feels very solid. It is trusted by the top entertainment industry professionals, so I decided to give it a try. That kind of backing gives me comfort that this is the program to continue learning on. The provided templates and PDF documents really help in the learning experience.
    Date published: 2015-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish had an endless supply of this product I use Final Draft 9 for writing my screenplays, stageplays, and way more. It has EVERYTHING you need for a good film/play/graphic novel. If you have absolutely NO idea how to write a film, Final Draft will show you how with different templates and examples. I don't find anything bad about it. An author, that writes books and wrote some episodes for the show General Hospital, recommended Final Draft 9 to me and told me some of the features. Also his daughter (she writes musicals) helped me out through it when I needed help, and I did a trial for Final Draft 9. On the first day I fell in love with it and always wrote. When my trial ended my wonderful grandpa bought it for me on my birthday. When I got it I continued to write and still am writing what I want to be a feature film. I totally recommend Final Draft even if you don't know how to write a screenplay, it's totally worth it!
    Date published: 2015-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SCRIPT WRITING MADE EASY If you are a serious script writer this is the program for you. It is user friendly and does all the hard stuff for you. it automatically spaces, scene heading, characters, dialogue...etc for you. All you have to do is type it in, choose what you're doing such as dialogue or character and it places it in the correct position for you. It's a very....very easy program to work and it takes your mind off of semantics and allows the writers creativity to flow.
    Date published: 2015-03-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aspiring Screenwriter Gets Software He Needs You need to get it if you're a screenwriter, actor, director, producer, or PA. As a film student, I know it will come in handy. I've already begun work on several projects I've had in my mind for a while. It is inspirational and does the formatting for you so that you can focus on creating the next Good Will Hunting.
    Date published: 2015-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great update Works as expected, I was using a 10 year old copy of the software that was no longer compatible with Windows 10.
    Date published: 2016-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOWEST PRICE OUT THERE I searched and searched for this product at a low cost and found the best price was at B&H - great product!
    Date published: 2015-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Amazing and just as expected
    Date published: 2017-02-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect This product is almost perfect. Right off the bat there was a huge issue. In order to activate the product for use you need a customer number, however this does not come with a customer number, it comes with a product number. You are then re-directed to Final Draft's website where you need to input your product number in exchange for a customer number. But, on the website there is no place to input the product number so I needed to email Final Draft and after several emails and several days I received my Customer Number and was able to activate my product. Other that that the application itself is amazing. There are a few issues thou. The spell check is not the best. You need to assist the application in learning many words. While this is not terrible it is very time consuming if you hate the little red line that appears under incorrect words. I purchased this for the ability to convert from PDF to a script. Final Drafts is not perfect. When I converted it is changed several characters to actions and added large page long spaces during some scene headings. It also deleted all of the numbers. I cannot hate on Final Draft for this thou, because this technology just doesnt exist. And re formatting is a million times better then re-typing. Other than that this product is amazing. Its beautiful streamlined design is so much better than any other software. I especially love the ability to search for characters, locations, and objects makes searching through the script very easy. I also love the ability to send the script directly to the Writers Guild when you are finished with this. While it is not perfect, it is by far the best screenwriting software out there and I definitely recommend it for any screenwriter from aspiring to professional.
    Date published: 2016-01-05
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