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Final Draft 5.0 Professional Screenwriting Software by Final Draft, Inc.

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Brand: Final Draft, Inc. Hardware Platform: Mac Operating System: Windows

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Got a blockbuster movie idea floating in your head? Want to break into show business? Final Draft won't put the dialogue on the pages of your screenplay for you, but this CD-ROM will do almost everything else. With plugs on the back cover from such notables as Tom Hanks and Oliver Stone, it's obvious that at least some folks in Hollywood actually use Final Draft for their final drafts.

Writing for stage and screen has its own arcane set of rules. Break them, and your masterpiece is likely to be tossed in the garbage before it ever gets considered. Courier is the only typeface that's acceptable, dialogue must be centred, “foreground” is abbreviated f.g., while “interior” is INT. Final Draft promises it will sweat these details for you while you just churn out those magic words that will make box-office millions. The program also converts text to speech, so you can assign different voices to characters and have your computer read your masterpiece out loud. A function called SmartType anticipates what a given word might be, saving writers from repetitive typing. If your script goes into production, the program has a revision mode to create A and B pages. ScriptNotes is another nifty feature that allows writers to create separate windows within a script for notes or comments–without taking up script space.

This isn't really a “how to be a screenwriter” program. The assumption here is that the user already has a grasp of screenwriting basics. This program's format is designed for big screen, stage and television episodics and movies–it won't work for television-news scriptwriting or any other format that requires two columns with visuals on the left and sound on the right. Now get out there and write the next Hamlet. –Anne Erickson


Mac, Windows

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Publisher: Final Draft Category: Video & Music Binding: CD-ROM


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