Final Draft (software)

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Final Draft
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Final Draft 8.0 on Windows 7 Ultimate RC1, the Final Draft 7 logo is the top image.
Developer(s) Final Draft, Inc.
Stable release
10.0.1 / December 2016
Operating system Windows / Macintosh
Size 35–50 MB
Available in English (American English)
Type Screenwriting software
License Proprietary
Website Official Final Draft

Final Draft is a screenwriting software for writing and formatting screenplays.


According to Final Draft's website, co-founders Ben Cahan and Marc Madnick developed the software in 1991 to help aspiring screenwriters because they found that studios' rigid formatting regulations made screenwriting difficult;[1] in February 2016, the company was purchased by Cast & Crew Entertainment Services.[2][3]


The program is a screenwriting software for writing and formatting a screenplay to meet the screenplay submission standards set by theater, television and film industries, the program can also be used to write documents such as stageplays, outlines, treatments, query letters, novels, graphic novels, manuscripts, and basic text documents.

Final Draft's main competitors are Movie Magic Screenwriter, Celtx, and Fade In.[4]


  1. ^ "Company Info". Final Draft. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  2. ^ McNary, Dave. "Screenwriting Software Leader Final Draft Bought by Cast and Crew". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Screenwriting Software Company Final Draft Gets New Owner". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Screenwriting Software Review". Retrieved 2015-05-08. 

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