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.

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).


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. What is the deal?

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.

Constantly freezes

I’m starting to look into other screenwriting apps since this one constantly freezes for minutes at a time, then chimes in for maybe one minute and freezes again for a few minutes. It’s a constant vicious cycle that has stifled my ability to write ever since this started a few weeks ago. Sometimes it crashes and deletes what I had been writing prior to the latest freeze. I kept checking to see if another update to fix this if others were having issues, but I haven’t seen anything yet. I’m afraid of uninstalling and re-installing it for fear of losing the work that I’ve done. I hope that y’all fix this issue soon, or I’ll have to use a different app to write.

Cannot access OneDrive files

No access to OneDrive. Microsoft is a big company with global users.

Page numbers don’t show up!

Very frustrating! I cannot insert page numbers! It does not work. Fix this!


Typing a double dash — makes the app crash. Too much.


I called tech support twice and got a snarky person on the phone trying to pawn the problem off on iCloud. The documents don’t open from either Dropbox or iCloud but they claim somehow claim it’s not the app. If you can’t open documents in the cloud and then save that progress then it renders this app basically useless and final draft won’t stand by it. I wish I could leave it zero stars but it’s literally a useless app.

Great app

This is a great app. Well-designed, functional, and intuitive. Final Draft is the industry standard!

Thanks for updates (still some bugs but they're working on it)

UPDATE IN RESPONSE TO DEVELOPER RESPONSE: Adding undo/redo and command-key functionality for Apple's or any external keyboard is incredibly simple on iOS (I have a coding background and assigning shortcuts is easy as pie, just tie it to the Final Draft's existing proprietary undo/redo functions, whereas it currently is unassigned and therefore tied to iOS' default undo behavior, which creates undo-redo history problems in Final Draft). Saying that the iPad app is only designed to work with the onscreen keyboard is absurd. Why make a Final Draft Writer app - whether it's designed as a companion app or not - if you can't WRITE on it? You expect professional film and TV writers to only type with a hunt-and-peck onscreen keyboard? That's impossible. I appreciate the fast response but not having basic undo/redo command functionality accessible via an external keyboard like Apple's own iPad Pro keyboard is crazy, especially when it's a change that can be made in Final Draft Writer's code in less than ten seconds. -------- PLEASE ADD "REDO"!!! If I undo typing something, I want to be able to redo. It's very frustrating to accidentally undo one too many times, lose a bunch of dialogue that took time to craft and never be able to get it back again. Redo seems like basic functionality that should be in the app by now. (I'm using a Smart Keyboard and maybe this is an issue with using command-Z and command-shift-Z to undo and redo, respectively). SCENE HEADING BUG IS STILL HERE: Scene headings change arbitrarily all the time. You type a scene heading, you hit return and sometimes, especially if you have multipart scene headings (e.g., "BEDROOM - JOHN DOE'S HOUSE - DAY"), the scene heading changes to some other random scene heading that the app selects from the SmartType list of scene headings (in my example above, the whole line is deleted when I hit return and the scene heading just reads "- DAY"). On top of which, this doesn't behave like the desktop app at all and then when I hit undo, sometimes it will undo more than just the scene heading, and as noted below, there is no "redo", so now I've just lost whatever was "undone" forever. I also still wish that the keyboard shortcuts (I'm using Apple's Smart Keyboard) were a little more consistent with desktop. I especially would love command-F to open up find and replace - I use it ALL THE TIME on the desktop version and miss being able to quickly search in the iOS app. Instead, I have to drill down using options on the screen to get to find and replace. Final note/request: I very, very much appreciate the attempt at better Dropbox and iCloud integration but it's still odd to me that this forces you to use a specific Dropbox folder designated by Final Draft. I have my own Dropbox folder structure and wish I could just navigate my full Dropbox folder hierarchy (which I've built up over several years of work and works for my workflow) rather than Final Draft Writer trying to force me to use a specific folder they've created in my Dropbox. So this version still has issues for me but I'm very appreciative of the Final Draft engineering team lately. They're working to address issues and working much more quickly than they have in the past with the iOS version. Thanks!

Can't Save Progress

Can't save progress on scripts imported from iCloud

Tired of Corrupted Files

It seems that every time I get going on a file that is saved either on Dropbox or iCloud that it gets corrupted and the coding gets all scrambled. I have also run into the problem where you can't enter a new scene heading followed by the time of day. I've read the developer's responses and it irks me that they are acting like there's no problem. I've been down this road before with this app and I'm tired of cleaning files only to have them corrupted again. Time to give it up.

Great app

This has been a lifesaver especially cause I can work on the go.

Still formatting issues

I first bought this app when it was still $50 back in 2014, my power charger to my laptop broke so being in film school at the time I had no option but finish all my scripts on this app. Despite for the spell checker not begin anywhere near the PC version it held up and got me through it. I would rate the 2014 version 4/5 stars. This review is based on its current 2017 version. The good news first, the spell checker is much better, even better to the PC version I would say. This time around I had similar issues to 2014, this time my laptop blew up and had to revert to this on the longest most important script so far. So in an effort to get my script to this mobile version, I had to plug my external drive to a library computer and sent the version of the script to my email. I then took my iPad and went to my mail app and long pressed the attachment of the script and when the apps popped up to choose, I chose Final Draft Writer and the something odd happened. Once it appeared in the Final Draft Writer and after I tried to open it a message popped up, it said this: "looks like the xml in this file has been improperly formatted by a 3rd party application, should we attempt to fix it for you". Which for one was in correct, because there were no 3rd party apps, only final draft PC version and this mobile version. Once you hit ok because that was the only option to enter the script, everything was improperly formatted. By that I mean Character, Character Dialogue, Scene Heading, everything excluding action is under General Heading, so in order fix it you would have go individual into each one, and one by one fix all of them into the proper setting. On top of that all the script notes disappeared. I then called final draft customer care and I spoke to the same customer rep and he found the issues odd as well. He did go above and behind to try to help me, however he was unsuccessfully. He asked me to send him version of the script from the hard drive, once I did, he sent them back to me formatted. However the page number and word count was different from the original script file, so I don't know what was that about. Maybe the formatting he used either counted the page and word count differently or it may be that part of script unintentionally deleted when he was trying to format it and there were no script notes on his file that he formatted and sent to me. He then offered to send me my script notes from the script in a separate file, once he did I could not open them because the format was not supported on Final Draft Writer, so that didn't work either. So in the end I was stuck. I had incorrectly formatted files from the rep and my files incorrectly formatted by the app and a busted computer so I was stuck. Luckily like my character in my script, I never gave up, I spend close to 6 hours and two days messing around with the app and the files, resending them and I figured out the solution and it's a strange solution at that. I'm going to write it here in case anyone reading this has the same issues. This is only assuming you have your script file on a hard drive and sent it to your email. On your mobile device, preferable an iPad. I don't know what the problem was but here is the recipe: 1. You go to your email on the iPad 2. Press and hold on the script attachment till the app windows pop up to chose an app. 3. Choose final draft writer, then it will appear on your final draft writer, DON'T OPEN IT YET. 4. Then the left of the script file there is mark to slide, slide the file and options will appear to rename and move and etc. choose move. 5. You'll see more options in the move option, like iCloud, iPad will be grey since it's already on it. The option that you want to choose is Cancel, your not actually picking an option, strange I know. 6. Once you hit cancel go into your file and it will be properly formatted and all your script notes will be there just like it was on the PC version. Aside from this issue Finally Draft still has a long way to go with its options. I would pick Storyist, this problem didn't occur with Storyist on top of that you can color code text, which I do all the time. Final Draft you can't color the text only the notes, which is odd. On top of that if you have multiple notes in the same spot there is no way to tell if you have more than one note in one spot, in Storyist, it tells you. Who knows if these things will be added in later version , Storyist has those options and much much more and you can easily send files to Final Draft from Storyist.

Maybe it's just me.

I can see from other reviews that there seems to be big issues with the running of the app. I'm new to screenwriting so I'm still learning the application from the inside out, as well as learning the format as I go along. I've had the application and my iPad Pro for just about a month now and I'm very happy so far with how the app has been running for me. No problems with scene headings or anything like that. I hope for those who know the full writing software continue to voice their opinions with problems on the app so those like me who are learning will realize when there is an issue that needs to be addressed.


How can such well known writing software be reviled on the iOS? Whoever is coding the app should really adapt to the ipad features. Split screen functionality should be standard. The app is unusable when put in split screen. The saving features, I am scared to death of. Reading other people's reviews and how they're saying they're losing their work thanks to the updates and saving, I'm afraid im going to turn on the app, one day, and have all my work gone, for some reason. And the company won't do anything about it.

Not a fan, better than nothing

Still no support for Google Drive. That's the biggest gripe I have. There is a lot of functionality in the Mac version that is sorely lacking from the iPad version. It would be a stellar tool for those on the go if they'd just make it a little more robust and capable.

Shares Your Writing

This app completely violates your privacy and shares your content with 3rd parties. Ban this app.

There is still a Scene Heading problem!

For the past few versions, I have had a problem with scene headings. For example, if I type EXT. HOUSE - ROOM - DAY and hit ENTER, the heading changes to some old heading, and I can't add the new heading. I contacted support a few months ago, but the technician said it was an isolated incident and may be a problem with my IPad, but I see that another user has this problem. This issue happens with and without my Smart Keyboard, so it is a software issue, not a hardware one. Please fix this, this shouldn't be happening to a professional screenwriting software.


Installed it on my iPad Pro. Wrote half a scene and it froze my iPad. I have never had an app freeze on my iPad. Congrats Final Draft, you managed to freeze my iPad. And, I lost all that I wrote.

Broken again

The most recent update finally allowed iPad Pro 10.5 inch users to actually type in their documents, but now the "Email PDF" function is broken and does absolutely nothing. I really wish the dev team would actually bug test their updates before releasing them - this is getting ridiculous.

New update nightmare

Everything has been great with this app until I updated this week. Doing so somehow erased my last 3 months of work. When I attempted to edit off a backup I thankfully had, the app crashed, then reformatted 65 pages of script into paragraph form. 65 pages. I can't recommend the current version until they fix it.

Really awful.

I downloaded this app - which frankly should embarrass the daylights out of its creator - so I could work on a script (for which I face a very tight deadline) while I was stuck on a boat. The app is INCREDIBLY SLOW. When I touched the screen on my iPad Air 2 to place the cursor, it took over 5 seconds for the cursor to reposition. When I type, I am at least seven words into a line when the letters begin appearing in staccato. And if you make a mistake and backspace, you will ALWAYS backup too far and erase something you didn't mean to. I just spent $19.99 on this utter fail of an app. I'll come back and give it TWO stars if I miraculously get my money back.

No Google Drive

No Google drive support. I keep all my files there and it'd be super nice to pull them from there so I don't have to make copies in Dropbox or iCloud.


Pity. Clumsy, laggy and generally inferior to a host of other applications. Even on the new iPad Pro. Seems FD always lag behind, for the function of writing look elsewhere, if formatting is a must use your laptop. Leave this clumsy trash alone.

Doesn't sync

It doesn't seem to sync with final draft on my computer. Can't seem to bounce back In forth between my phone and my computer. Basically ruins the whole point of the app if they don't sync together like pages and keynote does. If this would work I would love this app. But sadly it doesn't. I can't work on the go without my laptop. Phone app is useless without the sync. I want my money back please.

Subpar - avoid

This doesn't work as iOS apps should, and often doesn't work period. Not recommended. Selection is especially horrific, as the selection scroll jumps half a screen or so if you drag beyond a set point leading to endless missed ends of paragraphs. All in all, pure frustration. The app also doesn't accept Unicode characters or import from Word or Pages formats. I often write while mobile and had hoped this would smooth the process on iOS, but it truly doesn't. 1 star for the lowest rating possible and add a star for to honor the automatic mores, continues, indents and margins.

Affordable and powerful

Thanks so much for this affordable and powerful tool to help me on my screenwriting adventure. It's a great way to test my skills without breaking the bank.

Pages are blank; no reply from support - fixed "ish"

I have been a Final Draft user for decades (at least it feels like decades.) I just purchased an iPad Pro and was excited to use the program on my new device. While not the cheapest app in the App Store, the price is very fair compared to the price of the OS program. Only problem is I can not read ANYTHING. Even the test documents included with the download. If I grab the scroll bar I can momentarily see the scene heading from scripts. But otherwise there is no text on screen. Compounding this is I emailed Customer Support days ago (I am in Asia and thus keep on missing their live Chat or Phone support) and have received no response. Very disappointing. Much different than the early days where it all felt very personal. UPDATE: well, now it works. So that's a good thing. But when I scroll is it very jittery. I thought this is what the iPad 10.5 improves upon. Must be the app. Final Draft tech people: hello.

Thanks Devs

Thank you guys for the fix.

The Potential is High, So are the Bugs

Edit (6/23/17): Almost there, one small problem. I am grateful that you actually listen to your users. The pages come up and I can make adjustments, however, there is a strange formatting problem. The page count for the file is different on the iPad than it is on the desktop. It's added almost two full pages to my script. It's 112 pages on the desktop and 114 on the iPad. As you know, page space is like gold when it comes to a screenplay. Please give me my gold back ;)... but seriously, fix this lol. ___________________________________________________________________ This version deserves 1 star. However, there potential for the app to be 5 stars, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt with 3 stars. The potential for this app is unbelievably high; as shown by the usefulness of the standard desktop version. However, the iPad version currently has A LOT of bugs -- particularly for the new iPad Pro 10.5 inch. I imagine the slight screen adjustment probably messed up a lot of developers who weren't ready for the adjustment. Currently, when I try to load a document all the pages come up as blank. The cursor works, the page count show that it's there, I can theoretically type on the page, but nothing shows on screen. For $20 I don't expect much, but at least make it functional lol. Until that's fixed I can't fully review the app. Also, it is a little bit of a process to import files from the iCloud.

Fixed for iPad Pro 10.5

I am a big fan of this app. I use it all the time. I almost never work on my laptop anymore since this app came out. Recently I have been complaining because the app was not working on iPad Pro 10.5. They have fix this! So happy to have this work. Highly recommend

The App is fixed and working like new!

UPDATE: The App is Fixed!!! Thank you! This App helps me out a lot when I'm on the go on my iPad. I'm sure you can work on it on your phone too but definitively makes it easier with a keyboard.



Doesn't work... at all

Purchased and reinstalled twice now... this app is DOA. The pre-loaded sample scripts show up as blank documents, and when I attempt to start a new document, typing doesn't work... A small header window occupies a corner of the screen, but nothing works. I am astonished that this is even available for purchase. How do I get a refund??

Scripts show up as nothing

I get nothing but blank pages when I try to open a script. Used to be a big fan. Hope this gets resolved quickly.

It works!

It works, sometimes it gets glitchy so i restart it. If I had a thing that comes to mind that they should add is the WATERMARK feature.


I'm giving this app 1 star for a very important reason. Yes, it has all the basic features to write a screenplay, but any screenwriting app should, so it gets no points just for being what it says it is. My problem comes when writing dialogue, the cornerstone of any script. After writing the dialogue from one character, when you push enter it goes back to action every time. So instead of the natural flow of: character, enter, dialogue, enter, another character, enter, dialogue, enter, etc.. It goes: character, enter, dialogue, enter, automatic switch to action which makes you have to push the character button again, character, enter, dialogue, enter, automatic switch to action which makes you have to push the character button again, and on and on. This seems to me to be one of the most basic functions when writing, not having to push the character box over and over again just to write dialogue. When I'm writing I have a certain flow, and this app is completely unintuitive to that flow. And this app assumes that every time I write one persons dialogue I'm going to write an action. Why? I don't know, but if this is a common writing flow then there should at least be a setting you can change. I spent $20 on this app and I consider to be almost useless because of this feature. It kills my creative flow. Would really appreciate this being fixed.

Wonderful... until it doesn't work.

Huge fan of the computer app. I WAS a fan of this app as it was working better than the other script writing phone apps I've used. But now, I can't work on a script longer than five pages without it crashing on me. Maybe it's because I switched to an iPhone 7 plus from a 5s. Maybe it's because I'm syncing it with Dropbox. I don't know. Either way, I'm frustrated that I can't use this otherwise easy to use to app with my main projects.

Love this app

I love this app. Although you can't do everything you can do with the desktop version, but it's ideal if you're on the go or on the road. I do wish they would make a few tweaks: 1) make it compatible with Apple Pencil. It would make it so much easier to use and make notes. 2) Ability to highlight text preferably with different colors. Overall highly recommend it. Good job

Works well. Highlighting text needs a fix.

I generally like everything. Automatic formatting saves you a great deal of time and effort trying to make sure everything is in industry standards. One important thing that bugs me is highlighting text, which is a truly arduous affair. The pages scrolls on its own, even with only highlighting one line. If I suddenly feel like moving large portions of text for a scene that I feel should go somewhere else, I have to fight with UI to get the exact lines of text highlighted for a copy/cut and paste. It happens often enough so that I become extremely aggravated. There may be other problems I have yet to discover, but this text selection bug is my biggest problem.

App stresses me out

Great when it works but won't open scripts most of the time and glitches every time I use it. Feel like I wasted 20 bucks but wouldn't feel like that if it worked all of the time :(

Doesn't sync with desktop iCloud

App creates a Final Draft Reader folder on iCloud Drive but that folder is not accessible on desktop so can't work interchangeably front full "desktop" version to "writer" version.

Needs PDF export

Have not used the app in some time. Used new version recently and it's unusable. Crashes whenever I try to open one of my screenplays or a new one I created.

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