The PC version of Final Draft is possibly the most comprehensive bit of kit for embarking on this screenwriting malarky, but MovieWriterPro is worth having as a backup, or even as a cheaper alternative. Oddly enough, it loads up with a hideously written demo. The first thing to do is erase it, as it appears to be written by someone who has just emptied a tin of alphabetti spaghetti all over your monitor. But once you remove the graffiti, MovieWriterPro does have all the nice little features which are very helpful to those of us who are terrible at organising their work. Simple things such as character profiles, backgrounds, objectives etc. are all neatly catagorised so the author can drop in and out and tweak / save progress with relative ease. All the basics for screenplay writing are drawn from the rather simple, yet effective template. You can insert 'INT.', 'EXT', 'DAY', 'NIGHT', 'LOCATION' etc. into each portion of text with simple clicks of the mouse. Stuff like that might sound marginal, but it does help speed things up. You can use this software without the need for any extensive tutorial, so it's basically straightforward. I can't say I'd use only this to write a screnplay, as that would involve being stuck at the monitor too long, and that apllies to the desktop version of Final Draft too. I personally find using the iPad version of Final Draft the most practical, although it's features are limited. But I would recommend MovieWriterPro as a helpful assistant, as you can keep plenty of helpful information nicely and neatly filed, for any project.
Posted: December 26th, 2013