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Final Draft Reader coming to iPad on February 16th

updated 11:20 am EST, Tue February 14, 2012

Main functions limited to reading, annotating

Developer Final Draft has announced that the company's first iOS app, Final Draft Reader, should launch on February 16th. The iPad title is a companion to Final Draft 8, an industry-standard screenwriting application. Reader users can import FDX files via email, iTunes, or Dropbox.

The app is designed mainly for reading scripts though, not editing them; documents are paginated to US Letter and A4 sizes, and viewable in portrait or landscape. Bookmarking, search and page navigation options help jump to different sections, and the app carries over special formatting in production scripts, such as colored pages, scene numbering, and multi-page title pages. Output options include email and AirPrint.

The one editing function in the app revolves around ScriptNotes, which can be created, edited, and categorized on an iPad and carried over to Final Draft 8. Final Draft Reader will cost $20.

by MacNN Staff





  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They sure took their sweet time...

    For a dominant de-facto standard in Hollywood, Final Draft apparently felt they can afford to be lazy and take their time with this. While they were asleep at the wheel (or tinkering away at the iOS app), Celtx had put together an iOS version years ago. Meanwhile, TV producers ended up using PDFs to open their scripts on iPads.

    I have no doubt this will be wildly popular app, simply because literally everyone in TV and movie business uses Final Draft, and likely majority of them will need to have their scripts accessible on the iPad.

  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $20,- ????

    For a READER? Come on...

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