Which screenwriting program do you use? If you've tried more than
one, which do you prefer? If you're a professional, which program
seems the most common? Please let me know.
I have tried Hollywood Screenwriter, MovieMagic 2000 4.0, Sophocles Beta and Final Draft 6. (shakes the dice in the cup and out rolls Final Draft). No problems with it whatsoever, pdfs easily done, importing smooth...it just feels right. Sit in a BMW, Audi, Porsche. All fine European engineering, all have headlights (maybe the switch is in a different place), cup holders different size but they all get you from Point A to Point B in comfort. Basically it's all in the feel of the seat...
I know there's been a lot of bagging on FD lately. But, I have to say that I've never really had a problem with it outside of the minor bug every now and then. I've also tried Screenwriter and I have to say that FD just feels far more intuitive and I prefer the Mac-like interface. If there are more features in Screenwriter then they are features I just wouldn't use.
Industry-wise, my production company gets about 90% of our scripts in FD. Actually, I should say used to get, because almost everything we're getting lately is PDF. But, generally speaking, those scripts have been converted from FD.
I have to say I like MM2k myself. I do own both pieces of software, but I just like the interface a bit more than FD7.
movie magic. I find FD chokes up on you in production
I'm an overseas writer and I chose Sophocles a few years ago for affordability. I have no complaints and love the current Beta version.
I've been using FD for so long, nothing else seems natural. I've never had a problem with it, either.
Movie Magic. I find FD somewhat temperamental.
I grew up on MM but it's nice to have the FD reader around for pals who prefer it. I don't think it's a Mac/PC thing, it's more of a Coke/Pepsi thing. It's whatever you started with.
I got Movie Magic because that's the software the Finnish (Europe, Scandinavia) production companies use. I've used it almost daily for 3 years on my Macs and after the newer versions stopped the unexpected quitting, I haven't had any real complaints, really.
Can't comment on other programs but I have Final Draft 6 and Final Draft 7 and FD6 is the way to go...
The features and intuitive use of Sophocles Beta are far beyond that of Final Draft 6, which I used all last year. I'm never going back.
I'm a Windows user, in case that makes any difference.
I also tried Movie Magic on Windows, which I found buggy.
I am really disappointed in Final Draft. But Sophocles has changed my dread of software completely. It's a great program.
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