Final Draft 10
At a Glance
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 10, the number-one-selling software 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 10 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 10, you'll enjoy many new and improved features, plus a fresh look and feel for both Mac and Windows users.
NEW AND IMPROVED FEATURES
There's never been anything like this story-planning tool! Not only does it offer you a high-level view of your story, it also makes it easier than ever to preview and navigate to individual scenes. Story Map gives you the option to view your beats, via Beat Board, against story scenes.
Beat Board and Story Map work hand-in-hand. This brainstorming tool gives you the freedom to organize your ideas as they come to you, keeping your thoughts collected within you FDX file. Beats can easily be previewed, moved, and color-coded. You can organize your beats by dragging them into Story Map and arranging them there.
Are you one of the many writers who prefers to work on a team? With Collaboration, you can now remotely work on a single script with your writing partners! Collaboration works in real-time and it provides a chat feature so that you can communicate fluidly with your team while you write. Plus, if you want a friend or colleague to proofread one of your scripts, you can simply pass control so that another Final Draft user can access and edit your document!
It can be hard to choose between different lines of dialogue. With Alt Dialogue, you don't have to make that choice right away, or ever! Multiple versions of a single line can be stored within your script and revisited by either toggling through the options or viewing them in an easy-to-access table.
Forget the days of navigating between your outline and your FDX file, or, horror of horrors, losing the paper or notebook that contained your script's structure. Structure Points are here to make outlining more accessible. You can color code Structure Points, move them around your Beat Board, and view different Structure Points within your Story Map. If you're new to screenwriting, the Final Draft structure templates can help you get started. By using split view, you can even view your Beat Board and screenplay simultaneously!
Scene Numbering Options
Final Draft 10 offers new and improved Scene Numbering Options, revamped to industry standards. You now have the option to choose between the 1a and a2 formats.
Header & Footer Improvements
File names are now automatically included in the Header or Footer of your script. Headers and Footers can also include a myriad of other information, such as the date, scene, label, page number, and more.
Revision Menu Options
The Revision Menu now contains the option to bold text. The menu retains its previous functions as well, such as underline, dotted underline, strike out, text color, and more.
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 while retaining the proper casing. The change in name will include all metadata, such as SmartType lists and the Navigator.
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.
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.
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.
Standardized Paper size
Each FDX file maintains its own correct paper size (either A4 or US Letter) no matter where it's opened.
Checking your work has never been easier - SmartType list words are automatically integrated in the spell-checker, which features more than 300 new words. Additionally, the thesaurus is located in the context menu, so a right-click will give you alternative words to help make your description as vivid as possible.
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.
The Final Draft 10 user has the option to select the Windows ribbon look, with special buttons, backgrounds, and menus, or enjoy 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, which 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 iOS (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, stage play, 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 inside 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, Beat Board or Scene View in the other panel.
Track the progress of your writing goals with the Statistics report, which checks how much content you've completed in a writing session. You can also track things such as 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 simply view it alongside the script. With just 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 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® winnerTrue 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® winnerFlight, Mars Needs Mom, Beowulf, The Polar Express, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future
Mac System Requirements:
- Mac OS X 10.9 and above
- Minimum 2 GB of RAM
- 60 MB available hard drive space
- Internet connection required during installation
Windows System Requirements:
- Microsoft® Windows 7 and above
- Minimum 512 MB of RAM
- 60 MB available hard drive space
- Internet connection required during installation
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