Final draft is the best software for UK based residents.
Sorry, this is not the "correct" attitude-go for "x" software essentially because it's free.
For beginning screenwriters, Celtx is actually bloated with a lot of functions that they will never need. The script writing component is a small part of the total 'package', which is really geared toward pre-production, and use by production people (obviously).
If it is free that is most important to you, there are other more suitable scriptwriting software applications which deal only with screenwriting: Roughdraft, Page2 Stage.
There are other on-premise screenwriting software equally as good which cost only a small amount of money:screenpro ($10-$20), scriptgenie ($30).
Final draft is the best software for UK based residents.Final Draft is screen writing software for writing and formatting a screenplay to meet the screenplay submission standards set by the theater, television and film industry.
Best free software: WriterDuet.
Best paid software: Fade In Pro $50 USD
Best software to date for screenwriting: Fade In Pro. I does so much and if there's a problem, there's free support the developer answers/fixes/listens to anything/everything to improve the software.
That post was from 3 years ago. FIP had just launched, and WD didn't exist yet.
On top of that, neither program has TV templates for different types of sitcom and hour drama as Movie Magic and Final Draft do.
I hope you pay better attention to your writing than you do to message board posts.
The best software, of course, is what works best for you.
Yes, this thread is old, but as Derek said, a question about which software to get is a perennial one. I have used the following:
I recommend Fade In Pro for various reasons:
- Final Draft (all versions starting with 4.x).
- Movie Magic Screenwriter (including the now antiquated but still most recent version, MMS-6).
- Fade In Pro (this is what I have been using more recently).
Again, though, the best software is what works for you. Download the free trials and see what makes the world spin for you.
- It is fast, really fast.
- It lets you develop your own additional styles (helpful in some situations, especially stage plays).
- It is Unicode compliant.
- It imports and exports other formats well. In particular, it will import a .fountain file, which is a text file with minimal formatting and markup. This means that you can write with a text editor and import the file into Fade In Pro, which will store the file in its native .fadein format. You can then export to Final Draft format if you need to. By the way, the .fadein format is really an .xml format, similar to Final Draft .fdx, but the Fade In Pro file is zipped. In other words, .fadein is really a zip file. This is not anything that you have to worry about or even be aware of as a user.
- You can import a PDF from Final Draft and Screenwriter if the PDF was created with the built-in PDF driver of Final Draft or Screenwriter. (However, PDF files created with other drivers do not import so well.)
- Fade In Pro only costs something like $49, which is a very reasonable price, especially since the license allows you to use it on all of your own computers.
By the way, sometimes when I go to the Fade In Pro website, I get a malware alert from my McAfee antivirus software. I do not know why this happens, but I just ignore it, and I have been going to the site for a long time without having any problems. If you download the software, be sure to download the Courier Screenplay font also. It may come with the program (I do not remember), but you can download it as a separate download. There is also a Courier Prime font, but I do not see that it offers any advantage over Courier Screenplay, and it has an italic face that I do not like as much as I do the italic in Courier Screenplay.