Final Draft Writer For iPad

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Now you can write properly-formatted scripts on your iPad.

Final Draft is the Microsoft Word of the screenplay world: users hate it, but it’s the industry standard, and if you don’t submit your draft/edits in .FDX format, you’re about as popular as Ben Stiller after an award acceptance speech.

Still, in the same way that we all want Word on the iPad, we all want Final Draft Writer on the iPad too. And while it has been a coupleof years in the making, FD is now on iOS.

The app will let you edit, read and create scripts, and has most of the desktop tools that you’ll need – “smart type” to automatically complete character names; revisions; character highlighting.

The most important part is that you can move your scripts back and forth between desktop FD and the iPad version.

This app will probably be especially good for script readers, those people who have to burn through a zillion scripts and write reports on them so their bosses can present them to their bosses. Now they can at least do their job from the comfort of a hi-res iPad screen.

Writing is another matter. There now exists a markup format called Fountain, which is like Markdown for scripts, and it compiles .FDX-compatible files from plain text. My text editor of choice (Writing Kit for the iPad) can write in Fountain, and costs a fraction of the asking price for Final Draft Writer, which is $50 (currently on sale for $30).

  • Ian Bradley

    I use Celtx for desktop (free) and IOS (got it cheap for 60p), and I can also use it online for free if I have no access to the other two. It’s a fantastic and worthwhile alternative to shelling out over 200 quid; something I’d recommend if you’re just starting out….

  • macberry

    I used to use Final Draft but now use Celtx (like Ian Bradley) and I couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s Cloud enhanced, the main package is free and filled with great features and the ios version is very cheap. Both sync together with ease. I recommend Celtx over FD – I believe you can also save in FDX but I always use PDF and old skool paper ;-) so haven’t tried :-)

  • technochick

    It’s a fantastic and worthwhile alternative to shelling out over 200 quid; something I’d recommend if you’re just starting out….

    Umm, this app isn’t 200 quid. And would be perfectly fine for those starting out like students that probably got an iPad from mummy and daddy.

    The fact you tried to FUD the pricing just makes your comment come off like spam.

  • Ian Bradley

    Umm, this app isn’t 200 quid. And would be perfectly fine for those starting out like students that probably got an iPad from mummy and daddy.

    The fact you tried to FUD the pricing just makes your comment come off like spam.

    The app for iPad is 30 quid but the full-on desktop software is nearly 200 quid; buying the ipad app would send it over the 200 quid mark.

  • MattBlackWriter

    I’ve a week with the Final Draft Writer app and I think it’s awesome. Like this reviewer says, you could write an entire script on your iPad if you needed to. If you write for television, then you probably WILL need to at some point… http://www.squidoo.com/final-draft-writer-review-for-ipad

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