The Best Screenwriting Software for 2021

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We’re almost halfway through 2021 – and whether you’re team It’s Gonna Be May or Just So Typically May, we’re here to help you get that screenplay done!

To make your script look professional, you’ll need one of the best screenwriting software programs. Below are your options:

Final Draft

Probably the most well-known screenplay writing software program is Final Draft.

Final Draft automatically formats your script to adhere to industry standards. It also contains over 300 templates for screenplays, teleplays, comics, immersive storytelling, graphic novels, and stage plays.

Now on version 12, Final Draft is available for both macOS 10.14 Mojave or higher or Windows 10. It also lets you write using Windows, Mac, or in the Final Draft Mobile app for iPhone & iPad (app sold separately).

Final Draft also has special features for making notes or organizing your script’s outline.

The entire program will run you $200, with the upgrade at $80 and the Teacher/Student version at $100.

Fade In

While Final Draft is dominant, Fade In Pro has been gaining popularity in the professional screenwriting software world (just check out its testimonials). Its major advantage over Final Draft is that it gives its users upgrades for free. It also lets you install the software on more than one computer.

Now on its 4th version, Fade In features support for multiple languages, tools for outlining, organizing, and navigating, plus extensive screenplay formatting and robust functionality for managing rewrites and revisions.

It’s available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone/iPad, and Android.

At just $80 for the entire program, Fade In is also an affordable screenwriting software program choice for 2021!

Highland 2

Created by professional screenwriter John August, Highland 2 is a simple, streamlined software program designed to let you focus on words, not formatting. Like the other programs, it features templates and revision mode, but it also has some cool new options – like tracking which words you use most often! You can also look at the gender breakdown of your script and use writing “sprints” to keep you focused on your task.

Highland is also known for being highly compatible for various devices and file types – you can go back and forth between PDFs and Highland files, for example.

The base app is free, and the Highland 2 Pro Upgrade will run you $50. A student edition is also available.

Happy writing!