Final Draft Writer App Recensioni

Buona, ma bug!

Allora, costosissima, buona, ma bugga come chissà cosa, al momento vale 0, perchè ogni volta che vado a capo dopo una transizione, lapp si chiude. Da migliorare perchè ora non vale nulla, ora non si può neanche usare! Miglioratela.


When an idea comes to mind, it’s extremely convenient to open up the app and work on the script wherever, whenever.

Must more language support

Please support Arabic language


Editing my initial review because after months I hate it even more. This app is simply awful. I would rather try to type a screen play on windows 95 text editor.

It’s OK

You can do small tweaks on your iPad on set... But any heavy lifting needs to be done in the main program on your computer. Cutting scenes and trying to move them makes the app crash... Wouldn’t waste your money unless you just want to use this as a reader.

I want my $10 back

Absolutely horrible. Will not allow anything to be moved from DropBox or iCloud. Absolute garbage.

5 stars

My DP’s recommendation. So far, so good

It’s okay but title page has a major glitch

I need a title page a few months ago and when I revisited my project it had a title page that was 59 pages long. Why not just keep it simple and make the one title page like I originally had it. Cut the crap and give me something simple.

Maybe Change Overall Format

So, I’m a writer, and I’ve recently gotten into screenwriting, and although I’m getting the hang of it, I would love to be able to read samples from other authors on the app, maybe even linking to websites with famous movie manuscripts, but that would just be something to add. I’m actually surprised with how happy I was getting this app. The format when writing is the best I’ve seen, contrasting with cheaper options. However, I do believe that the layout of the app, overall, could be changed. It really feels like an older app that needs an update and it’s kind of “boxy” instead of flowing, if that makes any sense. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t hard to navigate, but it’s a little annoying, seeing as it was $10. For example, when you open the app “Bear”, it seems open and gives you more of a welcoming vibe that you really don’t get from this app. Besides that, I’m completely happy with it, and it is worth the money.

Turkish fonts?

Unable to use some Turkish fonts. Are you planning to add them to the app anytime soon?

Very good

The app is working pretty well so far. However, I’m in the process of revising a script, and it’s not allowing me to color-code the pages. Can someone please help?

Simply the best.

I’ve enjoyed final draft ever since I bought out of the first office— there garage in Westwood. Thanks!

Fix the very basics, please.

The worse thing about this app is the very basics of placing the cursor, selecting text, copying and pasting... really terrible.

Very good

I see it supports General Notes, awesome. But I’d like it to support ScriptNotes as well. Nice piece of software guys.

Convenience, yes. Performance, no.

I'm a Final Draft user since it was first released. It’s a great program. However, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Final Draft Writer. I'm using an Air 2 / iOS 11.2.2 and I find FDW 3.02 to be sluggish and awkward in its performance. Just deleting text feels like a chore. FDW can't select text clearly and cleanly without repeated application and delay. It’s frustrating. I'm working on a script now using both my MacBook and iPad. Long story short, FDW is no joy. Prior versions seemed to perform better.

Just doesn’t work on iPad

After dropping $10 (which is a bit high-frequency an app), I was expecting it to work. I could not load any of the file or create new ones. Well.. idk what to say. I am going to call Monday to see what’s going on. Then ask for my refund.

Can’t open fdx files SAVED ON THE IPAD

I can open FDX files that are saved on the iCloud, but not saved on iPad. Files I could open a few months earlier, fine, but now I can’t. Please fix this.

Great App

Does the job properly and is a generally good app. A bit of lag sometimes, though.

Gets better over time

Wish it was full functional like desktop but has gotten better. With iPad split works really good for editing, etc.,


I bought it, it works alright, it seems too complicated to switch to something else. The iCloud settings just do whatever they want, including just randomly removing files from your device completely and storing them in the cloud. Also, never ever highlight anything, you’ll start on page one, then it will jump to page 50 in .3 seconds and you’ll end up throwing your device against the wall. It would be a good program if it just even had the functionality of Apple notes, but I have something like 500 pages invested in it and.. eh..

Great site

I love this site I would be able to work without it, there are some small glitches with placement of your commands to move around when trying to fix typo’s but you could work around it, hopefully it will get fixed soon, other wise then that this is the leader in writing for anything, I would be lost without it !!

iPad app: Good in final edits

This iPad app is great for final edits, or on the run, for making minor changes as the ideas come. This is not a good early or middle development tool, but simply a companion to the desktop program. That said, I haven’t worked on the desktop in awhile, as I am at the end of this project. Nothing like pulling out a tablet in a flash and changing a line of dialogue


I am using the app and I am glad to have it on my iPad and I am hopeful that the issues will be cleared up in the future. For instance Opening a FDX file is not alway successful . The formatting is lost. Other times though it does it perfectly. Page numbering is not automatic, though formatting your footer with page number is fine. There is no help with spelling that I know of. The interface for saving is fingers crossed. There is no save as. Inserting a word or editing in general is clunky and frustrating. The magnifying scene navigation takes precedent when trying to insert and the cursor jumps around. All that being said, it’s good to have it, and I look forward to the improvements in the near future. I must add that today I had a great 3 hour session on a script and I took a break to eat lunch. When I got back to it all that work was GONE. Geez. Update Things are better. Usable, stable. Glad to have it! What is the deal?

New Update...

I just installed the new update and now I can’t open up a project file I have synced in Dropbox. I was just using it fine on the older version. I’d really appreciate any quick assistance with this. Thanks! — Darnell

Solid if used properly

I have been using this app since Beta testing. The app just gets better and better. I use Dropbox for sink between multiple iOS devices and a Macbook 12 inch and a MacBook 11 inch. It is very important to sink before modifying any file and to make backups every time you close your work! You should only work on a single device at a time or you will have sink issues. Works like a charm! Cheap for the work it does.

Great for the most part!

Love this system for writing! Only issue I have is when I need to move the cursor the screen tries to run away instead of allowing me to select a location. The other issue that is kind of bugging me is that, while it memorizes scenes and character names and the like which is great, it doesn’t allow you to remove them if you made a mistake. That mistake stays memorized in it system. So for the most part this is a GREAT writing system, with a few bug fixes I would say amazing!

Pretty impressive

I am very impressed by the Ipad version of this program, in fact I think I like it more than the PC version because it is a bit simpler to use. I do have one question, are there more templates we can download? I am particularly looking for a comic script. I guess I can use the screen play script but I like the comic script in the full version not a big deal but would be cool to have.

The most functional

I enjoy using final draft. It was required for school but after not having any type of writing software, I found this to be easier than me setting tabs and such. I can even use the voice dictation when using my iPad. I’ve registered a couple of my scripts directly from the software. Very practical and easy to use.

As an iPhone app it's average, as an iPad app it's great.

Final Draft on the iPad is an excellent companion to the desktop app, and in many ways, is also superior. Even as a standalone all, you'd have all the basics covered and may not even need the desktop version. It would be great to have scene views and reports as well, but in terms of getting a story on the page, this the best-in-class for iPad screenwriting.

Very good solution for iPad users

Early reviews had me concerned but I have mostly enjoyed my use of the recent version of Final Draft Writer. Many of the problems discussed most likely come from the awkwardness of the transition of the iPad from a tablet to more of a notebook style computer. I would not want to exclusively use Final Draft on an iOS devise as it can be cumbersome even on an iPad Pro, but it works well for me as a secondary option. Over time, as users forsake pricier/outdated Airbooks and MacBooks, this product will need to improve to incorporate some of the excellent features of the desktop version, such as a scene view, notes, etc. Then, of course, it will most likely cost more as well.

Very good software! Save Frequently!

I used Movie Magic Screenwriter for years and mainly avoided Final Draft because of the price point. I’m very pleased with the software. It’s just as responsive, as MMS with all those bells and whistles such as auto-formatting, spell-check, etc. But I don’t see a way to do simple tasks like permanently remove character names. It has crashed a few times so Save and send copies of your scripts to yourself frequently!! Yes, the program does auto-save copies but better be safe rather than lose pages of inspired dialogue.

The G.O.A.T

This app is great due to its convenience and able to sync with drop box it saves me a substantial amount of time when writing projects.

Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible...

Final Draft lost 3 important projects I had been working on for months. They’re telling me that when you receive the error message “Not compatible with...” this means your script is corrupt and is unrecoverable, all because I went between iPhone while I was on the bus, and iPad and PC while at home. I thought this was what the software was designed to do. I guess not. This is heartbreaking beyond repair. Months of hard work down the drain. Looking to replace this app, effective immediately, and will transfer the rest of my files elsewhere.

Simple, easy, worth it, love it, GET IT..!

I am no writer at all, but i decided to write my own script since I am an Actor and I want to be more in the eye of the audience and directors and producer ...etc Friends told me this program cost $300 in the time they wanted to write but I found it in the App Store for $10.00.., maybe the price will change later. I also found it online for my MacBook for for like $129.00-$199.99.., this app you can use it on an iPod Touch or iPad or apple phone. It’s super simple to use I love it, this is my first app I have to actually ever write and it’s a really great investment. If you want to invest in your future get this app. ... Instagram: @iampedrohollywood Facebook: Pedro Hollywood

Fast customer support

My last review for this app which didn’t seem to work correctly was pretty harsh. Since then I have run into some pretty awesome customer service support from the developers and have updated my review. The app is back to the way it was for now and I am back to work again.

No new functionality, forcing us to pay again!

I did not ask for this upgrade. I already paid $50 for this app. Now you’re asking for another $10 to continue to use it, with no tangible increase in functionality. This is outrageous. Deleted it, switching to Fade In. UPDATE: Problem fixed with an update the next day. Thumbs up for that, thumbs down for releasing a major update with such a big bug!

What a joke. These people are LIARS

Update: Version 3 says if you’ve previously purchased you will get writing/editing functionality for free. Downloaded and guess what, no wait you don’t have to guess with these guys, Restore doesn’t work and they require that I pay. Liars! Now you can’t even delete a file in portrait mode, and only barely can in landscape. Moving to slugline.

So So Happy

¡Awesome and Soooo easy to use !!!

Crashes within seconds

Before the update, I'd been able to use this for working on my screenplay. Now, it crashes almost instantly after I open the app. When I am able to start writing, I only get a couple words before crashing. I rely on this app for screenwriting, and will be waiting impatiently for another update.


I love the idea of writing on my iphone but edits are impossible. I was trying to split dialogue with action but the tab refused to create the action line. It is fine writing forward but going back to shift space in lines of action and dialogue is not happening. I have to use a laptop now to finish my script and it cant open pdf. Only its own file type

Do not buy

Same issues as the other reviews. A nightmare compared to the desktop version of Final Draft. I’m surprised that the development team gave a green light to this app, as it has so many bugs and is so difficult to use in a streamlined way.

Dropbox keeps freezing

I was having problems with syncing my scripts from my Dropbox when I didn’t have connection and I was only on WiFi. I thought it was my iPhone. But after I got the new one. Same problem. It never syncs right. Then it doesn’t recognize the files or the formats are blank . . It’s really frustrating for a New Yorkers that’s on and off of areas with reception. I’m giving up on the app.

Crashes within seconds

I’m a writer. That’s what I do. I have several scripts that I want to work on and my computer broke. I thought I was fine to work on my iPad but that’s not a possibility. Every time I open a script, within seconds the app crashes and the whole thing shuts down. I paid a bunch of money for this program in particular because of it’s ability to work with the same script on multiple platforms. The app‘s been like this for a couple of patches now, haven’t been able to work on my iPad for months. At this rate, I think I’m going to just go buy scrivener.

New update still unusable on iPad Pro

I was very excited to see a new update, expecting the selection bug to be fixed on my iPad Pro. But it’s not. The same frustrating and dangerous selection behavior is still there. When I tap on a word and try to expand the selection to the rest of the sentence or paragraph (a very common action), the selection will immediately start scrolling out of control and select text across dozens of pages. If I then make the mistake of pressing any key. Boom. I lose dozens of pages of work. On top of that the app crashed in the first minute of use. Also every time I select anything, the page scrolls up for no reason, quickly pushing my selection to the top of the screen. One return and the text scrolls out of view. So I’m constantly writing on the very top line of the page and continually scrolling down to compensate. Infuriating. I’m at a loss why basic word processing behavior that has worked fine on every other iOS app for a decade is so elusive to these developers. This is supposed to be the best, most legitimate screenwriting app on the market. Yet it’s unstable, unusable and destructive. How can Final Draft allow such poor development of their famous software on iOS? Anyone thinking of buying this for their iPad - Please stay away until these issues are resolved. Unfortunately after years of disappointing updates, I doubt this will ever happen.

Good App but Very Annoying

I want this app to be great, but every time I type, the screen scrolls further and further down until I can’t see what I’m typing. It’s very annoying to have to keep trying to center my text after it keeps automatically scrolling too far. If this scrolling issue is fixed I’ll raise my rating to 5 stars, but you’re better off using another screenwriting app in the meantime.


Among the other things that I’ve posted (that haven’t been addressed), this app doesn’t automatically capitalize the letter “i”. That’s ridiculous. THEN, when you do aa search and replace, this app doesn’t let you search specifically for only the letter “i”, it finds EVERY letter “i” in the Text which makes it useless. This is not a good companion piece to Final Draft which I have used since 2001 - it just isn’t. There are other free apps that you can use and then feed the doc right into your home Final Draft and boom, you’re good. Don’t waste your money. Until they address all of my issues, then it ain’t worth the $20 (or however much they lower the price, ‘cause they will).

Issue with selecting

It’s been really hard to work because the selecting lines to cut or copy works very poor. Hope this can be fixed. Hope to hear some recommendations. Thx

They have dropped the ball

This app is no longer acceptable if you are a professional writer working on a deadline. FD was clearly not ready for iOS11. I used this app as my main writing tool before the update. Now it constantly freezes and crashes. And the customer service response has been nothing but “it’s apple’s fault.” Sorry FD. If I have to go buy a laptop now, you can bet I’ll be using MovieMagic going forward.

Needs fixing

I can’t use icloud to save scripts, they only save onto the phone. Can’t paste things from my notes app since the newest update, and it freezes a lot. Kind of a rip-off since I paid $20 for this thing. Fix it or reimburse me

Almost there

I first tried this app years ago when I got my iPad 2. At the time, as functional as it was, it just wasn’t practical. Too much scrolling, zooming, tapping... It was great for meetings where I had to make quick edits, but not for actual writing. Flashforward to now, things are much improved. With an iPad pro and bluetooth full-size keyboard I can actually work at page size with relative ease. I’m in a TV writer’s room and it’s been a great stand-in for my laptop in terms of weight vs. screen real estate— mainly, in that on my desktop I can look at a full page at once, but on my laptop I could not. Now I can turn the iPad vertically to see a page in true size and easily scroll. My only two complaints are big ones though, and they are both features that come naturally to the computer version. First, highlighting large bodies of text is a nightmare. With no mouse you have to double tap a word, then drag your finger. The problem is when you get about 3/4 of the way down a page the scrolling jumps to super-fast mode and you’re suddenly 4 pages down. Basically, if you have to drag near a page break, it makes giant leaps ahead. Second, and this is probably an IOS limitation, no command keys really slows me down. It would also be great if script notes were accessible, but I understand that the mobile version can’t have everything the desktop version has.

Works great with the new update.

I’ve been using final draft for several years. Some updates made it bad some made it better including the latest update for iOS 11. The iPad and phone version are the compact version of the full desktop software which is top notch. I recommend for all the users having issues with this app to listen to the developers help because they are efficient and do care about making the everything better. Top notch on the go app and name brand software.

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