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Organizing your story has never been easier with the Final Draft 9 Navigator. No longer just a Scene Navigator, the new Navigator also displays ScriptNotes and Characters arcs.

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Organizing your story has never been easier with the Final Draft 9 Navigator. No longer just a Scene Navigator, the new Navigator also displays ScriptNotes and Characters arcs.


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Final Draft, Inc.
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Writing Director
Media Production
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This is hands down the best TV writing software I have used. I do not know any production company or major Hollywood Studio that I have worked with in the last decade that does not use Final Draft. The software is intuitive and easy to use. Adding notes to the document in a discrete manner makes it very valuable when there are more than one person implementing notes. I would recommend it without question, if you're ever serious about TV writing, then get Final Draft ! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's not possible to convert from a word document. Some small production companies do not work with Final Draft and it's not possible to write in Final Draft and then save the formatting into a word document. It would be good to add this feature. It is almost impossible (and a great waste of time) to format a script in a word document. Having this possibility (to convert from Final Draft to Word) would certainly facilitate my work as a writer, as well as the production work of smaller companies. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do not hesitate!! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The input of notes from various partners on a script if the feature that is the easiest to use. It is really helpful as you can see who placed a note and when, in a collaborative and easy-to-see way. The notes do not limit the readability of the script. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The easy format it always gives me. I’m able to work knowing Final Draft is the standard for writing and exceeds all expectations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It’s not very different from the previous model I believe. Minor changes, so not much a dislike. More as it still functions the same as any other Final Draft. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I want to be a Screenwriter. So using Final Draft is not only important to me, but it’s essential to be a writer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Scripted Development Intern at BET
Entertainment
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
UO
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Final draft is simple and easy to use. I learned how to write scripts while using Final Draft and it really helped me speed up the process. I love the key shortcuts, in script notes, search and find features, and the editing features. The reports are a nice plus. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The downside is that the reports and other features are minimum. I would have to have options for call sheets, props, etc. While it does do that for characters and locations, I wish there was more. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Final Draft gives me the reliability that I think some online free softwares do not have. A great benefit of Final Draft is that you can be confident that it is industry standard. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Marketing strategistic
Public Relations and Communications
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The best feature of Final Draft is the simplicity of the program and how easy it is to quickly pick up all the features and functions. There's no need to look up tutorial videos in order to start writing your script. It's already formatted correctly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the scarcity of updates given to Final Draft, although this is a small dislike. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are using Celtx and on the fence about purchasing Final Draft, you might as well do it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main problems I've solved using Final Draft have been the organization of scenes and characters. Final Draft compiles all the important information in an organized format to allow you to keep track. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Project Development Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like this software because it gives me a unique ease of use. This program is for professionals of the industry in the creation of scripts, is able to give me all the tools to create good stories loaded with good content, without a doubt I love this because it provides me with an automatic and precise format.

Final Draft gives me all the features in some very advanced cases, which writers like so much, this system provides everything necessary for the construction and development of a good scriptural standard narrative.

This system also provides you with a complete report of the advances made by giving you the correct organization to compose your script. With a suitable textual style, among other things. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

At first, it took me a while to adapt to the system, but thanks to the technical support team, I was able to solve the errors that arose. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Its price seems great and is perfect for any type of creative writer, especially for movie scripts or theatrical novels. It offers some tutorial videos that will allow you to understand the system in a matter of minutes, this software is oriented for all kinds of creative professionals, capable of providing the creation in standard format. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of the benefits that I have had using this system is that it has given me As currently the ease of creating a complete narrative script and done well in the shortest time possible, I also find this tool as an essential factor for what I do in my business . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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producer/director
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

For someone who never had to use a typewrier, the implemented standards of formatting script pages are of golden value. The software itself is an industry standard and you simply can't make a mistake with it. With years it evolved, but exactly to the extent it should have, not reaching out to direction or production with its tools, but focusing on the screenplay. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The software engineering and UI design could follow up with modern times a bit more quickly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Set and character lists, with statistics, easiness of writing and good revision mode. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I love how it has a perfect structure so writers don't need to worry about that. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It crashes sometimes and my Final Draft 9 stopped working after I updated my laptop.

I'm also not sure about the collaborating feature. It seems to me that we constantly need to reconnect after closing the laptop. I wish it could be more like Google Doc where you can reconnect automatically. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Writing screenplays with perfect structure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

That it is so natural to set up exchange in Final Draft. From illustrating to storyboarding and keeping a full exhibit of notes, Final Draft has everything! It is particularly vital to report the majority of your pre-generation procedures and I feel like Final Draft enables you to effectively do as such. It is exceptionally simple to utilize. Simply open a report and you have the correct organization to compose your screenplay. The right textual style, edge and shortenings are directly there. You needn't bother with an instructional exercise as is extremely natural. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't care for that it is so costly to buy and the sharing alternative still appears as though you could utilize some work for when your co-composing on an undertaking Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

In case you're searching for the expert programming that different screenwriters use, you'll need to pick Final Draft! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Screen composing and arranging shoots, altering contents and archives, sparing to PDF in a fast and advantageous way, and sending records to different representatives effectively. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Makes it relatively easy to write a screenplay. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Lots of bugs, lots of obvious things missing, not a lot of innovation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's the industry standard, so it's a solid option. but writer duet has much better collaboration tools. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Final Draft solves the need to easily write things in a standardized screenplay format. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Founder and CEO
Media Production
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Final Draft is simple to use, as soon as you open a document, everything is formatted correctly. It is professional and without a doubt the industry standard for screenplays. It's easy to focus on creating a good story and good content when all the formatting is automatic and accurate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only dislike is the price. Final Draft is a little pricey, especially compared to Cetlx. However, it truly is the industry standard and there's no other software that can compare to it's simplicity and reputation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's worth the hefty price tag. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Final Draft solves benefits my company by allowing us to create professionally formatted scripts and screenplays. Final Draft is a breeze to use and truly is the best in the industry. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

My favorite features are the ability to convert text files into screenplays, edit elements line by line, and night mode. The former are useful when I'm editing a screenplay and the writer has written their script in another program. Final Draft is intuitive and includes more features than you'll usually even need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

If you are writing anything besides a feature film, this is where the other templates suffer - even for a television script. I have multiple screenwriting programs in rotation for this reason alone. That said, if for some reason I needed to delete all but one screenwriting program off of my computer, I would keep this program. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Spend the money. It'll be worth it when your machine crashes hours before the contest deadline, or when you want to be taken seriously. Final Draft will get you there. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Screenwriting is easier when you have the right software. Previously, I have struggled with programs that crashed often and erased data, didn't have all the tools I needed, or could not be used without an internet connection. I bought the bullet and invested in Final Draft and I couldn't be more glad that I did. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Final Draft has all the basic features, and many of the advanced, that screenwriters, both professional and beginners need in the construction and development of industry standard narrative writing. Its simple layout and accessibility, added to its advanced option features make it the go to resource for writers working within the film business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is very little, practically, to dislike about what is in effect an industry-leading software. Most of the issues with it, given its US-centric customer support, relate to the ability to resolve problems, or gaining advice on use of little used or unfamiliar features, of which there are many. Other than that, perhaps making it more financially viable with extended licencing or cost-free multi-installations, might make it even more broadly appreciated, especially since competitor programs such as CeltX, are being offered at lower price points, or, as with CeltX, for free. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't waste time on other options, plump for the industry leader. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I currently write at least one full narrative screenplay per year I find its use as a primary creative tool something I could not rightly do without. It is my standard go to tool in my creative discipline notwithstanding the trials conducted with competitor programs such as Sophocles and CeltX. Its simplicity of use means I'm never struggling to navigate my way around the program, and its regular backup facility means multiple draft saves are done without planning or concern. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Entertainment
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I’ve been using it for so long that I’m used to it and it seems very intuitive. I love that you can now voice transcribe and the new beat board is great Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The sharing option still seems like you could use some work for when your co-writing on a project Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Are use it for screen writing and planning shoots Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Writer
Writing and Editing
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

As far as formatting screenplays goes, Final Draft is still an easy to use way to get your screenplay on the page. It's ability run reports for characters and locations can be handy when scanning your script for budgeting reasons. Exporting as PDF works well and is necessary if you want to send to anyone who does not have Final Draft installed on their computer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The application is rarely updated and many of the features (such as the Names Database) don't work on my computer (MacBook running High Sierra). Additionally, there are many more cost effective/free solutions to screenplay formatting (CeltX, Highland) that make it hard to justify spending over $100 on Final Draft. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try the free options first. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For years, I used Final Draft to format my screenplays largely because there were not many alternatives. It has done and continues to do the job it advertises. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

If you write screenplays for a living, this is the only software you need. Once you learn how to use it (which takes 10 minutes), you'll find it remarkably simple and user friendly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's not cheap and sometimes when either Final Draft and/or Apple do software updates, they are (at least temporarily) incompatible! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's essential Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Not problems, per se. But no one will take you seriously if you don't use it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

What I like best about final draft is that it has brought together a community of writers and filmmakers by by far being the most popular in Hollywood. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike is that it is a bit dated compared to its new competitors Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems we are solving is having quick rewrites ready for on set even overnight at times Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Founder & CEO
Consumer Services
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's great that your script can be tied into soooooo many different tools to help produce the film, not just write. Trying to do all things like breakdowns, shot lists, etc separately would be a nightmare. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't like how complicated it is. I feel like I need to go to college to learn how all the tools like the navigator work and I need to have a dictionary available to know what the labels mean. I'm sure a very experienced writer would get it, but not me. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're not super experienced, there are many other writing tools out there that are easier and more simple to use. This has everything, but it's not very useful unless you know the lingo and how to use it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm trying to write a short film/demo. Well, with FinalDraft 9 I haven't realized any really. There are simpler script writing tools out there. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This software makes screenwriting a breeze. It walks you through everything and is very collaborative. I’ll only use this industry standard! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I love everything about Final Draft. It meets all of my screenwriting needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to write a screenplay. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is the industry standard in screenwriting so it helps me accomplish my job. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Actress
Entertainment
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The various templates, I have personally used the Stageplay and Screenplay templates the most and can attest that they are industry standard. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Honestly, nothing. It's a well designed piece of software! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Well worth the price, perfect for any creative writers, particularly for Scripts, Screenplays and Novels. Well produced tutorial videos allow you to get a basic understand of the software in a matter of minutes, and while it is geared towards creative industry professionals, the ease of use and industry standard formatting are great for someone who is just starting out as a writer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The templates are all industry standard, so regardless of personal experience my work will at least always look professional! The story map and beats function allows me to write in a non-linear way, but still keep everything organized. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It’s the industry standard so the commonality is important, the outlining feature is easy to use as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No way to collaborate with other writers other than emailing files back and forth and no typewriter mode. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Writing screenplays in industry recognized format Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I can customize the menu, with is needed Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

When I paste the scene, it removes format Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use Courier 10 Pitch font for better experience Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating screenplays fastly, as other members can work over it in their computers Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I love how easy it is to set up dialogue in Final Draft. From outlining to storyboarding and keeping a full array of notes, Final Draft has it all! It is especially important to document all of your pre-production processes and I feel like Final Draft gives you the ability to easily do so. Definitely consider trailing or watching video tutorials of Final Draft before making a decision to purchase a different screenwriting software. I am sure that a thorough vetting of the available screenwriting softwares will give Final Draft the edge. A must use product! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Final Draft is a bit intricate and takes some time to used to, but ultimately proves to be a great screenwriting software. The fact that Final Draft has a higher learning curve simply proves that its superior to most screenwriting software. It is rich with important information and easy-to-learn keyboard shortcuts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend Final Draft for all upcoming screenwriters who are trying to take their writing game to the next level. This product makes it easy to document your entire outlining process while you continue to write drafts of your script. You can also write specific types of scripts like A/V and film. It's worth taking a deeper look into Final Draft if you are between two different types of screenwriting software. I highly recommend this screenwriting software! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am simply attempting to streamline my entire screenwriting process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is very very easy to use. Just open a document and you have the right format to write your screenplay. The correct font, margin and abbreviations are right there. You do not need a tutorial as is very intuitive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do not like that I had to buy a new final draft when I got my new computer as the older version wouldn't work. And is a little bit pricey. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Final Draft is the tool you need if you want to write a script. Like they said you just need to add the words. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When we started writing scripts we used to use microsoft word because it was the software we had available at that time but the script didn't look professional enough and it took as for ever to make a good template. It was very time consuming and the final product didn't great. Everything changed when we started to used final draft. The process of actually writing the script became much easier, we saved a lot of time and the final product looked much better. We used these software two write 2 scripts two feature films that premiere in theatres in 2007 and 2014 and many shortfilms and scripts that still in development. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Executive Assistant, Consumer Products
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I like that it's easy to use and every feature I need is accessible and convenient with shortcuts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that it's so expensive to purchase. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Even though you must pay for it, the features it provides does make it a superior program to other free ones out there. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Benefits include: editing scripts and documents, saving to PDF in a quick and convenient way, and sending documents to other employees easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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