FinalDraft is not our top pick overall for best writing apps because it has a very outdated and confusing interface. You really need to watch some videos to understand how to use the features. Plus, editing and co-writing is complicated and can only be done with other people who have purchased FinalDraft. I guess it’s a little unfair to list FinalDraft here in comparison with the other apps, it’s not necessarily book writing software but rather screenwriting software.
But, it is the top pick for serious screenwriters. I emphasize “serious” because it costs a whopping $250 and it’s incredibly packed with features that will only be needed if you’re writing a screenplay that’s actually being picked up.
Formatting tools specific to screenwriting
Auto suggest for dialogue
Navigator window for scenes, script notes, characters, and tags (script day, location, makeup, cast members, etc)
Script templates such as Cole Haag or Warner Brother, Dramatists Guild Musical template. Also for different graphic novels, half-hour sitcom, or one-hour TV drama
Story Map shows the length of your script in pages, as well as your current position among those pages
Beat board which is basically a virtual corkboard. You can drag these scene cards into the story map
Split screen views
Collaboration with others that own Final Draft
Auto save every 15 minutes
Revision history saved to a local folder on your computer
The most tools, options, and templates for screenwriters
Many view options
Auto draft only saves every 15 minutes, not every keystroke
The price is higher than all other apps
Very complicated to collaborate and all the collaborators must own a copy of Final Draft.
Not book writing software so not good for books at all.