Fi­nal Draft Writer 2

(Al­most) all a screen­writer needs

Mac Format - - IOS APPS -

£14.99 Devel­oper Fi­nal Draft, fi­nal­draft.com

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 2.0.1 Fi­nal Draft is one of those rare apps that com­pletely owns its mar­ket: screen­writ­ing. The full ver­sion is a main­stay in just about any stu­dio you can claim, and the desks of hope­ful writ­ers around the world. Its iPad sib­ling is just as es­sen­tial on the go. It’s not sim­ply a place to put words, but one that un­der­stands the needs of pro­duc­tion – coloured pages for in­stance, track­ing re­vi­sions, high­light­ing char­ac­ter names for easy track­ing and ac­tiv­i­ties like ta­ble reads, and ex­port­ing use­ful data, like how much a spe­cific char­ac­ter speaks dur­ing the script and what all of their lines are.

While in­tended as a com­pan­ion app, it’s got ev­ery­thing you need to ac­tu­ally write a script, as well as handy fea­tures from the desk­top edi­tion like au­to­mat­i­cally fill­ing in of char­ac­ter names so that you don’t have to keep do­ing so, and ex­port­ing the fin­ished work to ei­ther its own for­mat or PDF.

For the amount that you can tweak and toy and write on the fly, £15 is noth­ing. For com­par­i­son, the desk­top ver­sion costs £160. Of course, it does have some omis­sions, such as the cork­board view. How­ever, it never feels like corners have been cut, with the fea­ture set through­out gen­er­ally feel­ing com­plete. Richard Cob­bett

Sadly, it doesn’t come with a three-pic­ture movie deal.

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