If you are looking for software for script writing for movie, TV, or other genre, there are 6 software that are usually mentioned on the web. They are Final Draft, Celtx, Scripped, Scrivener, Plotbot, and ScriptBuddy.
A frequent question people have before making a decision of what script writing software to use is “what is the best script writing software?”. A few years ago, an easy and immediate answer must have been Final Draft, as the most used software, had no serious competition. However, with more good software for script writing showing up in recent years, the question, nowadays, should be to find a software that suits each scriptwriter’s purpose.
There are tons of reviews out there about each software. I tried in my review to provide a comparison of major features of each software to help you with choosing a good one.
1. Major script writing software
A. Final Draft
According to its developer, Final Draft is NO.1 selling script writing software in movie and TV industry. Undeniably, this is a compelling reason to use the software.
Scripped presents itself as NO. 1 in online community for scriptwriters and the best online software for script writing.
Celtx describes itself as the first choice for media pre-production meaning it is not only for writing scripts but can be used to manage the entire process of producing movie and other media.
2. Types of media supported
A. Final Draft
Film, Television, Stage play
Film, stage play, TV, audio play, and comic book
Film, stage play, documentaries, music video, advertising, audio play, comic book and novel
Film, stage play and comic book with export as Final Draft format
3. Online script writing software
There are 3 major web-based software for script writing.
Scripped has more online features than other software. It supports online collaboration in realtime, creation of writing groups, online writer with tab and enter shortcuts, online contests promoted by producers, and offline script writing.
From the beginning, Plotbot was developed for collaborative script writing. It supports simulateneouls collaboration on a script, track recording of who wrote what and reverting to earlier versions.
ScriputBuddy offers online screenwriting and a community where people can leave feedback.
4. Free script writing software
Celtx is free. You can buy add-ons for more functions like index cards, full screen mode and etc.
Basic version is free. There is pro version with cost but the website gives no detailed pricing information.
Scripped comes in three options in terms of price, which are free version, pro monthly ($9.95), and pro lifetime ($89.95).
E. Final Draft and Scrivener
Both software have no free versions. Final Draft costs $249. Scrivener costs $40 for Windows and $45 for Mac.
5. So, what is the best script writing software?
If you want to pursue a commercial career as a scriptwriter as soon as possible, Final Draft seems to be the best choice with its status as an industry standard.
If you are a bunch of writers working on a script together, Scripped would be the best software to use. If your budget is limited, Plotbot would be a good alternative.
For people who are not just writing a script but needs a software to manage the whole process of media production, Celtx would be a good choice.
If you are trying various genre or want to adapt your existing novels for a screenplay, Scrivener is recommendable.
6. Now try the software
You can click the following links to download or try each script writing software.
B. Final Draft