Final Draft 9
At a Glance
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When you’re ready to write a screenplay, you want only the best screenwriting software to help you get to from initial concept to FADE OUT. That’s why you need the all-new Final Draft 9 program, the number-one selling tool designed specifically to write scripts for film, television and theater. Final Draft automatically formats and paginates your script to Industry standards with just two simple keystrokes.
Final Draft 9 retains all of its studio-tested features used by Hollywood giants like Tom Hanks, J.J. Abrams, James Cameron, and Aaron Sorkin, while setting new benchmarks in performance and ease of use. With Final Draft 9, you’ll enjoy over 30 new and improved features, plus a fresh look and feel for both Mac and Windows users.
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New and Improved Features
New Navigator Features
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. Run a filtered search by keyword, create ScriptNotes and General Notes or construct a character's arc via individual Character Beats attached to particular scenes.
(Improved) 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.
(New) ScriptNotes Navigator
One of the most useful Final Draft features is back with a brand-new look and enhanced functionality. You are able to view, sort and filter the ScriptNotes and general notes while you organize by name, type and color. The color-coded anchored ScriptNote markers now appear in the right margin (not in the text) so they won’t affect the script pagination.
(New) 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.
(New) Replace Character Names globally
No longer do you have to “find and replace” to change a character name – Final Draft will globally change a character’s name in script elements like dialogue and action and will retain the proper casing. It will also change the name in all metadata, such as SmartType lists and the Navigator.
(New) Character Highlighting
Planning a table read of your screenplay? Character Highlighting will come in handy to easily distinguish all characters’ dialogue. It's also a great feature for tracking a character’s dialogue to see if he is being too verbose or too shy.
(New) 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 but there will be no doubt as to which revision set you’re working in.
(New) Watermarking in Printing or PDF
Protect your script by identifying the recipient via a customizable watermark that displays in PDF and on the printed pages.
(New) Standardized Paper size
Each FDX file maintains its own correct paper size (either A4 or US Letter) no matter where it’s opened.
(Improved) Spell Checking
Checking your work has never been easier – SmartType list words are automatically integrated in the spell-checker that features more than 300 new words. Additionally, the thesaurus is now in the context menu, so a right-click will give you alternative words to help make your description as vivid as possible.
(New and Improved) 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.
(New and Improved) 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.
Tab and Enter functions
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.
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.
Final Draft Courier 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.
In addition to the standard templates that are included in the software package, the Final Draft Template Library is updated regularly and allows registered users to download over 100 classic and current television shows, screenplay, stageplay and graphic novel templates.
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.
Text to Speech
Have Final Draft read your script read back to you. You can even assign different voices to your characters! It’s like having a live script reading in your computer.
The Panels System
Like most writers, you probably need to keep a lot of ideas at the front of your mind while you’re writing. 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.
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.
If you're working with multiple drafts, it's important to make sure you're 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.
Scene View gives you a high-altitude look at your script so 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 sync the script to instantly go to any scene you’ve selected.
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 automatically sync the scene selected with your script page.
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.
The Choice of Professionals
“Final Draft makes it possible to simply imagine the movie in script form.”
Tom Hanks – Writer / Director / Producer / Actor / Academy Award® and Emmy® winner
The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, That Thing You Do!
“You can’t win a race without a champion car. Final Draft is my Ferrari.”
James Cameron – Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® winner
Titanic, The Terminator, The Abyss, True Lies
“Even if you don’t own a computer, I recommend buying Final Draft.”
J.J. Abrams – Writer / Director / Producer / Emmy® winner
Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III, Lost (TV), Alias (TV)
“I think you’ve finally reached the apex with Final Draft.”
Oliver Stone – Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® winner
W., World Trade Center, JFK, Wall Street, Platoon, Midnight Express
“I’ve tried a variety of scriptwriting software and Final Draft is without question my favorite.”
Alan Ball – Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® and Emmy® winner
True Blood (TV), American Beauty, Six Feet Under (TV)
"The intuitive ease of Final Draft allows the writer to focus on what’s truly important - story."
Robert Zemeckis - Writer / Director / Producer/ Academy Award® winner
Flight, Mars Needs Mom, Beowulf, The Polar Express, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future
Mac System Requirements:
- Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, or 10.7
- Minimum 2 GB of RAM
- 60 MB available hard drive space
- Internet connection required during installation
Windows System Requirements:
- Microsoft® Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, *Windows Vista™, or *Windows XP (32 and 64 bit versions)
- Minimum 512 MB of RAM
- 60 MB available hard drive space
- Internet connection required during installation
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