Final Draft Mobile

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The makers of Final Draft – the #1-selling screenwriting software in the world – now bring you the Final Draft™ Mobile app for iPad and iPhone.

Final Draft™ Mobile lets you write, edit and read Final Draft scripts on your iPad or iPhone. Create new scripts or edit existing ones with easy-to-use features such as Tab and Enter navigation, ScriptNotes, SmartType, and more.

Easily move your Final Draft 11 scripts from desktop to iPad or iPhone and back again via iCloud, Dropbox, or email. Your scripts will appear perfectly paginated and formatted to industry standards every time.

• Go paperless and carry all your scripts with you everywhere you go
• Send or share your Final Draft FDX file between all your devices and computers. Always be on the same page with Dropbox, OneDrive, or iCloud
• Easily change script elements with classic Tab and Enter functionality or through the Elements bar (iPad) or Menu (iPhone)
• SmartType remembers your character names, scene headings and more
• Multi-language support - Write in over 95 different languages
• Bluetooth keyboard support
• Character Highlighting allows you to keep track of your characters for table reads or character development
• Add, color-code, label, and edit ScriptNotes or General Notes
• Perfectly paginates to US Letter and standard European (A4) page sizes
• Send feedback directly through the app
• Professionally formatted TV, Film, and Stage Play templates to help get you started
• Search your entire script for characters, locations, or other script elements
• Export scripts to PDF via Dropbox, iCloud, or email
• Saves the last page you're working on to get back to work quickly
• iPhone Page View shows 100% accurate Final Draft pagination, formatting, and line breaking
• Automatic More's and Continued's
• Multi-page Title Pages are supported for TV production scripts
• Includes production features like Scene Numbering, Omit Scenes, Colored and Locked Pages
• Shows Active or Collated Revisions with Colored Pages
• Quickly switch from one revision set to another
• Track key information with Cast Reports, Scene Reports, Location Reports, and more
• iPhone Scene Navigator allows you to easily jump to different scenes in your script
• Access all of the tools you need while maintaining context in your script in the iPhone Tools Menu
• Edit your Header and Footer

“Where has this been all my career?!? I put it through its paces doing a rewrite on the go-go-go. Does a great job. This is a real step forward! What more do you need on the road? (Maybe a chauffeur?)”

David Seidler – Writer / Academy Award® winner
The King's Speech, By Dawn's Early Light, Tucker: The Man and His Dream...

Final Draft Mobile App Description & Overview

The applications Final Draft Mobile was published in the category Productivity on 2012-08-28 and was developed by Cast & Crew Production Software, LLC. The file size is 136.74 MB. The current version is 5.2.0 and works well on 12.0 and high ios versions.

• Improved SmartType
• Bug fixes

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Final Draft Mobile Reviews


Crashes constantly  Speedlet  1 star

This app crashes every few keystrokes on the iPad Pro. Unusable. They should not be charging money for this.

Bronx Juan

Dark mode, please !!!!!  Bronx Juan  5 star

Please make a dark mode for night writing sessions!


Not great  MHMH>>>MHMH  1 star

Pretty unusable if you want to do anything more than type. Selecting text is very hard. Can’t select more text than what you see in your screen at one time so copying any large bodies of text within your document is tricky. Copy and paste options are weak as a whole. You cannot copy from a pdf and paste into fdx for some reason. You will spend more time battling formatting and the program not doing simple things that any text document should be able to do than being creative.



Updated: JFC I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW OFTEN THIS APP LOSES MY WORK. I thought I had figured out its quirks but just now I opened a doc I edited yesterday, and found two half pages worth of material missing from two General Notes. And this is after a problem - which FD support did not respond to - where my file suddenly started doubling in size every time it saved, until I stopped using it when it hit 72MB. AND THEN RIGHT AFTER WRITING THIS REVIEW, AS I WAS TRYING TO REWRITE THE LOST MATERIAL, THE APP CRASHED! —- It’s amazing to me that this buggy crash-prone app (both mobile and desktop) is the industry standard. I’m using it because everyone else is using it, and it does offer some conveniences, but it’s so unreliable that I live in constant fear of losing my latest work, or even ALL my work.


Loving this APP!  TrumpetTomm  5 star

Makes writing scripts and sharing so easy!


Google Drive  Gravettk  3 star

It’d be useful if we were able to export to google drive


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This app crashes SO MUCH!!! WHY?!!!😖😫🤬 keeps FREEZING then I lose EVERYTHING!!!🤦🏽‍♂️ WHY?!!!


Seamless Experience  riffleca  5 star

This app works great between the desktop and mobile version. I personally like using Dropbox to keep things saved and working well between the two. I find it helps to be able to have the app on me at al times in case inspiration strikes somewhere that I am not with my computer!


Hours of work - FUBAR’ed  kegger19  1 star

I got the app to test FD11 before buying. I imported my old scripts, started revising one, got the first draft completed, started editing, and now, I open the file and it’s all jammed up - action lines spliced with scene headings, dialog mixed with character names, etc. I tried backing out and saving what was there and contain the errors; but scrolling further I see the errors keep going. I see saved versions from days ago, but nothing from yesterday when I at least finished the first draft. My measly $10 back would be nice, but the 30+ hours of work would be nicer.


Love the app  CyrusNK19  5 star

I love this app. However, since I’ve updated it the export to my Dropbox is no longer working. There is no option for it. I only see “on this phone” and “cloud”. When I go to my settings it does say that my Dropbox is already installed... trying to log into FD website to get customer support has failed multiple times as well...

Be warned  1 star

I’ve used FD for years on my laptop, but was enjoying the freedom of FD Mobile for easy use on my iPad and phone, syncing via Dropbox. It’s a bit buggy but was okay until randomly corrupting two of my active files today. They no longer open and deliver a ‘not compatible’ message on the app, despite being written in there. A couple of weeks work lost. Contacting the help desk online was what made my disappointment become anger. The response was little more than ‘wow, sorry, next’. When I pushed for an explanation, they said these things can happen if you copy and paste from other files or emails, even other FD files (as I did). But really it was my fault for not making constant backups, emailing copies to myself after every writing session. Yes, I have done that in the past when only using my laptop. But I stupidly began to trust their Dropbox management system. And the entire point of FD Mobile was to have one active file that I could work on from multiple devices during each day. I’d argue a free app can probably do what this does just as unreliably. And without you being made to feel patronised and cheated.

Alan writes

Great to have  Alan writes  3 star

Really great for reviewing and minor amendments. Could be better with the iOS predictive text ribbon where character headings can be joined to dialogue words. Will be great when it’s better integrated with Siri.

Pensive Penguin

If you're serious about using the iPad to write a screenplay, do not use this app  Pensive Penguin  1 star

Slow, laggy, virtually unusable for churning out pages even with a bluetooth keyboard, which is how I use it. So disappointed with this purchase - have been using Final Draft for years, and am more impressed by Celtx's app, which is clean, simple, and most importantly, not laggy. The Final Draft app was a total waste of money.


Looks terrible on iPhone7+  engelberthumperdink  2 star

For such an expensive app you'd expect it to perform well on Apple's flagship iPhone. It doesn't. Text cut off. UX buggy. I expected much more.


IPad yes iPhone no  Be-He  3 star

This is a wonderful app. It's works perfectly on the iPad. Writing is fast and the formatting is seamless, 10 out off 10 on the iPad. However on an iPhone and even iPhone plus ( bigger screen ) they've messed it up. It's clunky and looks terrible. The formatting is just cumbersome and fidgety. I understand that it's because of the smaller screen size compared too the iPad screen size. But it would be good if the option for the 'original layout ' view was there. It's not very good on iPhone, but iPad it's awesome.


Crashes A LOT  Tangles-112  1 star

This would be a fantastic app if it didn't crash every 10-15 mins. Love the layout and formatting, but the CONSTANT crashes make this a bit of a rip off. $30 bucks for a crashy 'professional' app? Come on FD, you can do a lot better..


Optimised for my iPhone 6s Plus!  *iSub*  5 star

One of my favourite iPhone apps! Love it! Now we just need iCloud sync between iOS and Mac versions…


Mr  NoahThomasAlexanderSoutham  5 star

Recently, the FD Writer app on my iPad has been acting up. Every time I open it, it shows up for a few seconds before crashing. I recently updated to iOS 8.4, but I don't think that's the problem. It's also not a storage issue because my iPad has plenty of extra space. Normally I would delete the app and download it again but I'm afraid I would lose all of my work. Up until today, FD Writer has been working wonderfully. (My only other criticism is that the app slows down when I write in stage play format.)


crashes constantly  DJVerseyVerse  1 star

The iPad app worked ok for a while but is now unusable. Crashes with seconds of opening. Pretty atrocious for what they charge.


Now with Dropbox sync  elturno  3 star

The app is pretty good now that it has Dropbox sync. Both the iPad and desktop versions work together seamlessly.


Great on iPad, not so much on iPhone  Xxbbgg  3 star

I get that the phone is a last resort to write a script due to the screen space and other reasons. However the app is available for mobile devices and should perform the same on any other device. I’m not sure if its a sensitivity issue with the touch screen but on several occasions I found myself typing dialogue and the cursor will jump somewhere else on the script. It happens a lot. There’s also a glitch where the automated feature for capitalizing character names is intermittent. When you tap the characters name the app realizes its a character but you have to erase the un-capitalized name and rewrite it. ‘I feel a software update for glitches with mobile devices should do the trick 🙏🏾


Some problems  Zoeas  3 star

How do I do a find and replace without having to manually approve of each instance? How can I change the title of the script? Why cannot I not select all and change alignment that way? Or set all action to be italicized? Am optimistic that the developers will respond at least..


Disappointed - buggy app  yodelali  1 star

I’ve tried repeatedly to use this app, however it constantly freezes and I loss my work. I’ve got a brand new iPhone so I doubt there’s any issues with my device, as this is the only app that gives me trouble. Wish I had never purchase it.


Just needs a few improvements  Ffildoow  4 star

It’s not bad for a Final Draft lite. I can’t stand how the page snaps into place when you push where you want the cursor to go. It’s infuriating. I also have this really frustrating bug where “CONT’D” keeps appearing next to my characters name, even though it’s not at a page break and that character isn’t speaking another piece of dialogue after a non dialogue line is written.

George M'Harris

Useful but buggy  George M'Harris  4 star

FD mobile is great for working on the go, but the tab feature, allowing you to quickly move to dialogue, character, and so forth often malfunctions. If you use Dropbox to save your work it has a tendency to become unsynced often. Great tool if you don’t mind the bugs!


Fast developer response to bugs.  nicolasd  5 star

Long time FD desktop user. I recently got a (new) iPad Pro 11” with the idea of using it for writing. Downloaded FD mobile and could not view any text. Within days, FD released an update fixing *my* issue. It’s crazy that this app is only $10. I’d pay much more for it.


Good update except...  thenugespeaks  4 star

I like the new version. Much faster and no more cursor quirks which was driving me crazy in previous versions. The only issue I have is there is only one font style and no way to change it. I edit my scripts on this and I use a different font (verdana) but when I make revisions the app uses courier. So then I have to reformat everything on the desktop app which defeats my purpose for using this app. I hope this fix is on your roadmap for the next update.


This app is amazing but could be better!  apple_dude01  5 star

This app works seamlessly with Final Draft 11. I love how I can work directly off my saved fdx files within iCloud so that I can pick it up from where I left off on the desktop. Right now it seems like this is a mobile minimalist app to accompany the full software. I would love to see more of the features on here or just even a full version of Final Draft but for iOS. So, those of us who own or buy the full version could have a special key that allows us to have the iOS “full” version. You could have a minimalist low cost version and then a full fledged version for people who own the the actual software.


Good app, but there is still a lot of room for improvement the users experience  EduardoAyres  3 star

Your app is really good, but small things makes it less user friendly. I have some suggestions for your mobile app. When talking with fellow writers, it seems pretty clear that those suggestions will improve the user experience. Here it go: 1. So far you have the PDF export and cloud server only to Dropbox and ICloud. I strongly suggest to allow PDFs to be exported to most of the apps that are in my iPad (it allows me to send it to Gmail, to Goodnotes, Send to Files, etc.) Most other apps have it, and will be great to use it with other apps and not just a simple option as Email PDF (which force me to use the Mail App from Apple) 2. When exporting the PDF, it increases the sides of the page to non-standard settings. It adds some millimeters to it. Producers noticed that it is not in the industry format. It is very easy to notice that when you export a PDF and compare it with the format of the script inside Final Draft. I believe this needs to be addressed. 3. We need to have a option to export a certain number of pages. Sometimes I just want to export the First Act, not the whole script. 4. The feedback option in the app needs to be more user friendly. When I tried to send a feedback, it send me to a website instead to a form. This needs to be simplify, please. 5. The registration through the app doesn't seem to work. Again, I suggest you guys to not send us to a website, but rather create forms inside the app for a better user experience. 6. I haven't found the option to prevent widows and orphans. 7. Add a list of scenes section, so I can navigate easily through my script. 8. Another very important thing for me is to allow me to zoom out on the pages of my script. I feel claustrophobic the way that the page margins got set with the exactly proportions of my iPad. I need to see and work as a print layout, and I want the page to be smaller. I use an iPad Pro 12.9 and the words are too big. Please add a “zoom out” option so I can see the page from "distance". 9. I suggest to add more options to your App Settings: a. Create categories or ways to organize my scripts, and not just a list with all of them. b. Add the "Import" option to import scripts to the app c. Add a "Trash" section d. Add a "Starred" category at least. e. Add the possibility to register with a Google Account or Facebook account, and have this accounts connected with my Final Draft. f. Add a "Night Mode" changing the colors to black. I spend hours on Final Draft and it will help me to have this option. g. Add a "Help" bottom, so I can communicate with your customer service better or even find answer to my questions without leaving the app. 10. Last suggestion, and I know it is not an easy one, but I would like to use my Apple Pencil with it. Have a option where I can write the script and your app will recognize my hand writing (as Goodnotes, Notesplus, Nebo, etc.) And it will automatically convert it into text and format. Hope that help you guys. Keep the good work.


90% of the full version.  MH2797  5 star

Most iOS apps of full OS programs are “mobile” versions that often leave out 50% of the features you need to do real work. FD Mobile is not one of these apps. I have reviewed this app a few times and have gotten a response from the developer in a timely manner each time. (I can’t find my last review to edit for some reason, so I am writing this one.) Even more amazingly, fixes for issues I mentioned were implemented in a relatively short time frame. Features I didn’t even mention were also added. This app has about 90% of the features of the full Final Draft software. The remaining percent are new, non-core features, such as Collaboration and Alternate Dialogue, that I asked about and received a reply that they were up for consideration. From time to time, a bug or two might pop up as iOS updates. I can confirm that as I am writing this review, I do not face scrolling or tracking issues. Exporting an .fdx or .pdf script is functioning as expected. I use iCloud, so I can’t attest personally to Dropbox usage. The location of elements, tools, and settings is different than the full version, so switching back and forth will require some “getting used to.” Other than that, perhaps “Mobile” will be dropped from the app name in the near future as iOS transitions into a proper OS.


Great app, needs more support.  Maloney57  4 star

This is a great app for both beginners and professionals. Quick and easy to use. Ideal for travelling. A must for those with an IPad mini. The only issue is the lack of trouble shooting options, eg there's no way to change the format once you have started writing a script.

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