Final Draft

Category: Writing Tools

Industries: Writers, Students, Educators

The Final DraftTM Mobile app for iPad and iPhone is now available from the creators of Final Draft, the world’s best-selling screenwriting program.

You may compose, edit, and view Final Draft scripts on your iPad or iPhone with Final DraftTM Mobile. With simple features like Tab and Enter navigation, ScriptNotes, SmartType, and more, you may create new scripts or change ones that already exist.

iCloud, Dropbox, or email are simple ways to transfer your Final Draft 12 scripts from your desktop to your iPad or iPhone and back again. Every time, your scripts will be precisely paginated and formatted in accordance with industry standards.

• Eliminate paper from your life and always have your scripts with you.

• Share or send your Final Draft FDX file around all of your PCs and devices. Stay in sync all the time using iCloud, Dropbox, or OneDrive

• Easily switch between script elements using the standard Tab and Enter keyboard shortcuts, the Elements bar on an iPad, or the Menu (iPhone)

• Character names, scene titles, and more are all remembered by SmartType

• Support for several languages: Write in over 95 different languages

• Support for Bluetooth keyboards

• You can maintain track of your characters for table reads or character development by using character highlighting.

• Include, label, color-code, and modify ScriptNotes or General Notes.

• Perfectly paginates to normal European (A4) and US Letter page sizes

• Utilize the app to instantly send feedback.

• Templates for TV, movies, and stage plays that have been expertly structured to get you started.

• Look for characters, settings, or other script components across the entire document.

• Export scripts to PDF via email, Dropbox, or iCloud.

• Allows you to quickly return to the previous page you were working on by saving it.

• iPhone Page View displays pagination, formatting, and line breaking in full accuracy for the Final Draft.

• Automatic Continues and Mores

• TV production scripts can accommodate multi-page Title Pages.

Scene Numbering, Omit Scenes, Colored Pages, and Locked Pages are among the production features that are included.

• Displays Colored Pages for Active or Collated Revisions

• Quickly transition between revision sets.

• Monitor significant details via cast reports, scene reports, location reports, and more.

• The iPhone Scene Navigator makes it simple to switch between scenes in your screenplay.

• Utilize the iPhone Tools Menu to gain access to all the tools you require while preserving context for your script.

• Change the header and footer.

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Well-tailored for screenwritersBest autosave option is once every three minutes
Powerful tools for both writing scenes and crafting the larger storyExpensive
Plenty of view optionsCrashing occurs


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Final Draft reviews

This is a wonderful app. And mind you, how much the desktop version costs. First off, The Final Draft people were the FIRST to make screen writing software...back when the Mac was just beginning with a 9 inch screen. That means they worked out all the bugs. Also, Final Draft Mobile uses a custom scrolling feature that specifically shows you where you are in the the you can quickly find what you’re looking for. And to all those people who say “It doesn’t hav Dark Mode” or “It doesn’t have Night Shift” or “It doesn’t have dictation,” as the Final Draft technicians have said, that’s a part of your system if it supports it. All three are supported in iPadOS 14. In iPadOS 14, just choose the “Display and Brightness” heading in the Settings app to enable Dark Mode or Night Shift systemwide. And if you want to dictate in Final Draft Mobile, it’s in the keyboard. As I only have iPadOS 14, I cannot speak for any other IOS systems. It exports to .FDX and .PDF. Prints with Apple’s Air Print feature. Emails from within the program.

- Lachlan S

Cursor behavior on iPad On my iPad Pro (2020), I'm getting weird cursor behavior with Final Draft Mobile. When I click after the last sentence in a dialogue section, the blinking line appears to the left of the period. If I start typing it acts as if the cursor was actually to the right of the period, so it's kind of okay. A much worse behavior is in trying to highlight a section of text. The way I usually do it is to click at one end of the selection, then shift-click at the other end. It works on every editing app I've ever used. Not this one. The cursor just moves to the other end, with no highlighting. The workaround would be to shift-click-drag, but that doesn't work either. It just moves the cursor without any highlight. I've contacted Final Draft support about this. Apparently their iPad acts fine. For me, it makes the mobile version almost unusable. I have to say, the desktop version, much pricier, has none of these problems. Since I do my work half-and-half on my Mac and my iPad, it will probably keep me from using Final Draft as my main editor. Too bad, because it has several nice features. Same behavior exactly on my 2015 iPad. Further research indicates that Final Draft expects you to double click a word, and then drag the little wings out to select a section of text. Then they provide a (Copy/Cut) balloon above. This is not good. One needs to be able to use the built-in editing capabilities on Apple products, IMHO.

- CalifJack

Update April 17th, 2022: in addition to the app crashing when working directly out of Dropbox (it is better with this issue when files are stored directly on the iPad Pro - which contradicts the ‘mobile’ point), the mobile app also turns ‘characters’ into ‘actions’ on occasion. I work on iPad Pro and have the Windows 10. I have been a Final Draft customer for almost 25 years. The short script is this; it crashes periodically when working with files in Dropbox, even with documents made available offline. It freezes… I quickly have to screenshot what I have done to ensure I don’t lose my latest work… then it crashes. I’m working on a current iPad Pro. I have Final Draft 12 on my computer, but use this mobile version when traveling or working away from home. Update: To FD - your ‘templated’ response is disappointing. Many people are currently having issues with FD Mobile. The Dropbox problem is very real. It makes this particular process frustrating and the app impractical to use. Instead of writing ‘99% of users are crash-free’, why not look into the actual problem?

- British Paul

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