REVIEWS - Final Draft Version 8ViewUserReviewsAverage Customer Rating3.9 out of 5Product FeatureFinal Draft 8 combines powerful word processingqwith professional script formatting in oneself-contained,Easy-to-use package specifically designed forqwriting movie scripts, television episodics andstage playsTelevision show, screenplay, stage play andqgraphic novel templates are included to help getyou startedHave your script read back to you by assigningqdifferent male and female voices to each of yourcharacters with text-to-speechNew XML file format for compatibility with a wideqvariety of other productsNo need to learn about script formatting rules.qFinal Draft automatically paginates and formatsyour script to industry standards as you writeRead moreqProduct DescriptionFinal Draft version 8 Prof scriptwriting software Read moreProduct DescriptionUse your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is thenumber-one selling application specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics and stageplays.
It combines powerful word processing with professional script formatting in one self-contained, easy-to-usepackage. There is no need to learn about script formatting rules--Final Draft automatically paginates andformats your script to industry standards as you write.Its ease-of-use and time-saving features have attracted writers for almost two decades positioning Final Draftas the Professional Screenwriters Choice. Final Draft power users include Academy, Emmy and BAFTA awardwinning writers like Oliver Stone, Tom Hanks, Alan Ball, J.J. Abrams, James Cameron and more.New in Final Draft Version 8Scene NavigatorManage and view all the important details of your scene in this sortable floating palettePage Count ManagementNow you have even more control about what fits on a pageFile Format (now XML)Outline your script ideas in story development software and seamlessly read them into version 8Scene Properties Inspector (SPI)Add scene titles and colors to track your story lines, characters, etc.Scene ViewOutline your script ideas and re-order scenes in this high-level overviewRemember WorkspaceNo more searching for the correct draft you were just working onStory Development FeaturesScene ViewOutline your script ideas and re-order scenes in this high level overview.With the Scene View you can look at your script from a 5,000 foot view and select, drag and drop one or morescenes to reorganize your ideas as you outline. Insert new scenes easily, and hide or show informationimportant to you such as the scenes action, title and summary. Scene View also displays a scenes color so youcan quickly identify one scene from another. Print your Scene View or just view it alongside the script. With adouble-click you can sync the script to instantly go to any scene youve selected in Scene View.Scene Navigator
Manage and view the important details of your scene in this sortable floating palette.Manage the pace and flow of your story and keep track of up to 9 categories of information related to yourscenes. The Scene Navigator is a sortable, customizable floating palette that displays details about your scriptsuch as a scenes title, color, page number, length and location, and best of all it syncs with the script with asingle-click. As your script progresses you can pick and choose the columns of information that are relevant forthat phase of writing.Scene Properties Inspector (SPI)Add scene titles and colors to track your story lines, characters, etc.Track data specific to each scene in this new floating palette such as the scenes story beats that willeventually make up the Action, Characters and Dialog of the scene. Add and edit your scenes title such asVillain introduced, and add color to the scene to help you track things like storylines, character arcs, andmaterial you need to get back to later. Like the Navigator, the SPI will display the details of whatever sceneyoure working on in your script so that you have your summary notes handy as you need them.Index CardsEasily outline your story and restructure your script by dragging and dropping multiple scenes at atimeThis improved feature has double-sided cards that display the scripts scene on one side and the summary onthe other. The Summary View allows you to enter ideas directly into the index card such as your basic outline,notes, sequence or act markers, comments, locations, blocking... anything you need to build and organize yourstory. You can also color your Index Cards to help organize themes, character arcs, A and B stories, etc. Selectand rearrange multiple cards at once if you need to re-order your scenes or print your Index Cards directly on3x5 or 4x6 cards for use in the traditional way if you want to visualize and organize scenes outside of theapplication. Double-clicking on a card in Split Panel View will automatically sync the scene selected with yourscript.File Format (now XML)Other software now works seamlessly with the new Final Draft .fdx file format.Final Draft version 8, has a new file format that we have shared with a number of technology partners to makethe writers overall experience better. Now you can save to the new Final Draft file format in a variety ofproducts. Your information can then be opened directly in Final Draft with perfect format and structure. Nomore reformatting in Final Draft and no more re-typing or lost information!Final Draft Testimonials"My entire writing staff uses Final Draft. Even if you dont own a computer, I recommend buying Final Draft."J.J. Abrams--Writer / Director / ProducerWhat do other Hollywood professionals have to say about Final Draft? View testimonials (PDF format).Writing/Rewriting FeaturesThe Panels SystemKeeps your script in sync with Index Cards and Scene ViewLike most writers, you probably need to keep a lot of ideas at the front of your mind while youre writing. With
the Panels System, you can split your screen into separate panels and view your script pages in one panel whileyou view another section of the script, your Index Cards or Scene View in the other panel. With the PanelsSystem you can compare two scenes dialog and pacing side by side even though they may be separated by avast number of pages. If you want an overview of each scene, use the Index Cards or Scene View on one sideand the script in the other. A double-click in any scene will keep the panels in sync.TemplatesJumpstart your writing by using one of our built-in templatesTelevision show, screenplay, stage play and graphic novel templates are included to help get you started.Looking for an old series no longer on the air? The Final Draft Online Template Library is updated regularly andallows registered users to download additional templates directly from finaldraft.com.Page Count ManagementNow you have even more control about what fits on a pageOur new Leading Style in version 8 allows you to adjust the spacing of the entire script or you can selectindividual sections of text and adjust their spacing to help manage your page countBuilt-in Spell-Checking and ThesaurusNow you have the ability to select an additional languageThe vastly improved spell-checking engine comes with English (US) and a built-in thesaurus plus the option toinstall one of 15 additional language spell-checkers and thesauri. The application provides real time auto-spellcheck, catches capitalization errors and will assist you in finding synonyms. With definitions for 80,000 pluswords from Merriam-Webster and a full thesaurus, you have all the tools at your fingertips. In addition, all thewords you added to your user dictionary from version 7 will automatically populate your user dictionary whenyou install version 8.Remember WorkspaceNo more searching for the correct draft you were just working onIts important if you are working among multiple drafts to make sure that you are editing the correct one. Withthe new Workspace preference, you can have Final Draft open all the files you had open, in the order you wereworking on them, the last time you worked in Final Draft.Final Draft Courier FontAn improved appearance at high magnification helps your eyes during those long rewrite sessionsHaving a consistent page count that production companies and studios can depend on to help them estimatetheir budgets is crucial when working on a script. Thats why Final Draft offers its own font that will ensureproper pagination on both Windows and Macintosh. With version 8 we have made the font easier on the eye soyou can better endure when youre writing for long periods of time.Printing and PDF OptionsGreater flexibility, more options and improved printing interface put you in the driver seatNow, not only can you print your script in its entirety, you can choose which sets of revisions you want to printand you can print other views such as the Scene View and Index Cards. Weve added the ability for you to printdirectly on 3x4 or 4x6 index cards and print your script directly to PDF so you can decide whether to send a fullscript or subset of pages to someone via PDF. The Title Page is also conveniently available as an option toinclude in your PDF or printed output.Writing ManagementTrack your daily writing goalsUse the Statistics Report to check how much content youve completed in a writing session to help you manageyour writing goals. You can also track things such as your ratio of Action to Dialog and whether there may besome unnecessary profanity in your script if youre attempting to clean it up.
ScriptNotesKeep track of ideas and feedback about sections of your scriptThese effective pop-up windows hold your ideas, suggestions or scene fragments that youve cut but dont wantto toss without taking up space onscreen. Use ScriptNotes to provide feedback on a particular scene whenreviewing your partners script or print your ScriptNotes as a report for easy reference when reviewing yourscript.Tab and Enter functionsSimple keystrokes make learning Final Draft a snapYou can install and start using Final Draft within minutes due to the easy-to-use Tab and Enter functionality thathelps format all of the various types of script elements to Industry Standards.ScriptCompareEasily track your changes between drafts of your scriptCompare two drafts of the same script (.fdr or .fdx) and Final Draft will highlight any changes, allowing you toeasily see the differences from one file to the next.Text to SpeechHave a table reading anytime you wantHave your script read back to you by assigning different male and female voices to each of your characters.You can even assign a narrator for action and other non-dialog script elements. Powered by the text-to-speechengines built-in to Windows and Mac OS -- its like having a live script reading in your computer.CollaboWriterWrite with other Final Draft users anywhere with an Internet connectionWrite, edit and discuss a script with other Final Draft users in real time, over the internet, anywhere in theworld. You can transfer control back and forth between individuals so that one person makes changes at atime, ensuring that information isnt lost during rewrites.Format AssistantScan your script for any errors--its like having a copy editor at your sideThis useful 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.100% Cross-PlatformShare your script files with Mac or Windows usersFinal Draft scripts are identical on both Windows and Macintosh platforms and can easily be exchangedbetween both.Script RegistryDirect access for registering your workFinal Draft is a preferred file format and the only scriptwriting software with an authorized agreement with theWGAW online registry service.Production FeaturesFinal Draft Tagger 2Break down your script and prep it for scheduling applicationsThis updated stand-alone application reads any Final Draft script and enables you to "tag" elements within thescript [cast, costumes, props, etc.] and export the results into most scheduling applications. Tagger allows youto select text from the script and add any element with a click of the mouse in any category for that scene--or
for any or all scenes where that element appears. The element text is highlighted and color coded, and can becustomized to suit the way you like to work. Created with the help of veteran Assistant Directors, Producers andUnit Production Managers, Tagger means no more going over a paper script again and again with highlighters.Revisions/Page LockingEasy-to-use tools for handling script changes once you go into productionFrom the ability to omit scenes, lock pages and A-pages as well as set your revision colors, version 8 providesyou all the tools youll need to take your script through production. With version 8, weve created a new featurethat will automatically track the page headers revision color so you can issue one set of revisions or all of themas needed. Merging pages that have been cut once a script is locked is also a snap. With new how-to tutorials,you have step-by-step instructions on how to merge pages without affecting your overall page count. FinalDraft also includes standard revision colors in each film and television template.Title Page, Cast Pages and Locations PagesCover pages come pre-formatted for industry standardsAll of the Final Draft Television Templates come pre-set with easy-to-use information for each series such as thespecific cast list and typical sets/locations. Our Standard One-Hour and Half-Hour Templates will also help youget started on pilots by providing what information should appear in the finished product. The added bonus isthat the Title Page uses its own numbering for tracking the following pages so it wont add to your overall pagecount.Customizable ReportingGet immediate stats to help you develop your script and keep it on budgetFinal Draft offers seven different reports to give you quick facts about your script. The Scene Report, forexample, provides a snapshot of the scenes length, cast, starting page number and location. The LocationReport will inform you how often a location is used and will group the scenes by INT/EXT. The Character Reportincludes an appearance summary so you know how frequently one character speaks, versus the othercharacters, as well as the total word count for the character. Use the ScriptNotes Report to get a quick scan ofall the notes in your script based on each scene and page. The Statistics Report will allow you to track dailywriting goals by displaying how many words youve written along with details on the types of elements youused and what percentage of the script they make up. Need to cast your characters? You can instantly createthen print or email Character Sides for any speaking parts in your script.Read moreYou May Also LikeThe Screenwriters Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your ScriptSave The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting Youll Ever NeedScreenplay: The Foundations of ScreenwritingHow to Write a Movie in 21 Days: The Inner Movie MethodThe Screenwriters Workbook (Revised Edition)