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Final Draft Writer

By Final Draft, Inc.

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The makers of Final Draft – the #1-selling screenwriting software in the world – now bring you the Final Draft Writer™ app for the iPad.

Final Draft Writer lets you write, edit and read Final Draft scripts on your iPad. Create new scripts or edit existing ones with easy-to-use features such as Tab and Enter navigation, ScriptNotes™, SmartType™, and more. Easily move your Final Draft 9 scripts from desktop to iPad and back again. Your scripts will appear perfectly paginated and formatted to industry standards every time.

*Professionally formatted TV, Film and Stageplay templates to help get you started
*Automatic More's and Continued's
*SmartType remembers your Character Names, Scene Headings, and more
*Quickly change elements with Tab and Enter quick-navigation
*Go paperless and carry all your scripts with you everywhere you go
*Character Highlighting allows you to keep track of your characters for table reads or character development
*Shows Active or Collated Revisions with Colored Pages
*Includes production features like Scene Numbering and Locked Pages
*Quickly switch from one revision set to another
*Add, categorize, and edit ScriptNotes™
*Add, categorize, and edit General Notes™
*Easily add text and paragraph styles to your script
*Track key information with Cast Reports, Scene Reports, Location Reports, and more
*Export to PDF
*Bluetooth keyboard compatibility
*Prints/pdf's Watermarks created in Final Draft 9
*Preserves new Final Draft 9 data such as Cast List, Character Arc Beats, and more!

“Where has this been all my career?!? I put it through its paces doing a rewrite on the go-go-go. Does a great job. This is a real step forward! What more do you need on the road? (Maybe a chauffeur?)”

David Seidler – Writer / Academy Award® winner
The King's Speech, By Dawn's Early Light, Tucker: The Man and His Dream...

What's New in Version 1.5.4

Further improvements regarding iOS 8
Fixed an issue that caused QuickType not to insert text after SmartType was dismissed
Fixed an issue that caused the elements bar to become inaccessible when using a split keyboard
Improvements to feedback submission, under the app settings menu

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Customer Reviews

Officially rooting for FD's demise.

I had switched to Movie Magic sometime ago and have happily never looked back. With that being said, I thought I would give Final Draft a second chance since I wanted to write on my iPad.

This app is functional, though unremarkably so, but its fatal flaw is its CONSTANT crashing. In the past five minutes, it's crashed twice, erasing nearly a page of my writing.

Final Draft has long been the industry standard, but their poor upkeep, mediocre management and complaisance is threatening that. Other better and cheaper apps are gaining on them and it's only a matter of time until they are usurped from the number one spot. Fool me once, boys.

For a testament to their ineptitude, listen to the Scriptnotes when the guys running the company are eviscerated by two of the industry's most in-demand screenwriters. Their only tangible response to all their criticism? Aw, come on, we've been around forever and it's harder for us to keep up, so give us a break and keep paying our outrageous prices.

I'm not the type to write nasty reviews. In fact, I'd rather be working on my screenplay right now, but at least I can rest easy knowing that the App Store isn't going to crash and erase everything, which is certainly more than I can say for "Final Draft Writer."

Take my money and run, boys, because your days at number one are limited.

Not bad

I wanted to move a lot of my writing to my iPad, since I recently got a great keyboard for it and am tired of lugging around my laptop and trying to find a place to plug it in. I use Final Draft on my laptop, but also used the web based WriterDuet for some collaborations I do. However, WriterDuet doesn't work whatsoever on the iPad, so I went looking for a new system. There is a lot of bad reviews for Final Draft, so I emailed them with some concerns, mostly if there was a local saving function for when I don't have wifi. (It normally syncs with Dropbox.) There IS a local saving function which is fantastic! There are a few bugs to work out (importing scripts in various fonts make typing impossible), but otherwise it's a really great app.


I use this with a bluetooth keyboard, as I assume most do. Why is it that when I hit "return" twice, I don't get the shortcut window to select the next element type as you do with the desktop version? The fact that you have to constantly touch the screen to change elements in a keyboard-driven program is absurd and a pretty obvious design flaw that should have been corrected by now. It seriously slows down the writing process.

Also, every time I hold down the "delete" button on my keyboard to delete a string of text, the program crashes. Every. Time. I can't believe this has not been remedied by now.

Final Draft Writer
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  • $29.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 1.5.4
  • Size: 11.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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