Final Draft is without a doubt the industry's leading software for screenwriting. It is used in virtually every writer's room across Hollywood and endorsed by such heavyweights as James Cameron, Tom Hanks and JJ Abrams. However, the reason the software rose to the top spot in the film world is that for years there were no better alternatives. That's changed a lot in the last five or so years, with plenty of cheaper and more feature-rich alternatives popping up on the Mac platform.
As a matter of fact, many in the industry had started to complain that Final Draft was showing its age and it needed to do some serious catching up. And "catching up" is indeed what the company has done with the latest major release of Final Draft -- Final Draft 9. How'd they do? Read on.
New Mac-Only Features
While there are plenty of good scriptwriting software alternatives now available on the Mac, the reason Final Draft has such a strong hold on the industry is because it's a strong cross-platform app, with versions for OS X and Windows. But it seems like the company realized it was going to have to give a little more love to the Mac side of things this time around given all the advances its Mac competitors have made in the four years since the last major version of Final Draft was released.
The most noticeable change you'll see in Final Draft 9 is that it now supports the MacBook Pro's Retina display. This is huge to those writers with a Retina MBP because Final Draft 8 frankly looked like a pixelated mess on Apple's latest notebooks. In addition to supported Retina text, all the buttons and menu items have also been Retina-ized.
Other Mac love added to Final Draft 9 includes full-screen support, full Mavericks support and support for OS X 10.9's dictation. Unfortunately, Final Draft 9 doesn't support iCloud's Documents in the Cloud, nor does it support OS X's versioning.