Quick Start Guide FD 11

Final Draft 11 gives you powerful outlining, story structure, collaboration, and tagging tools in a friendly user interface that makes writing your screenplay effortless.

This quick start video is for writers new to screenwriting software.

For writers with more experience, visit the menu on the left to learn more about how to use the innovative tools in Final Draft.

Story Map and Beat Board FD 11

The Beat Board brainstorming tool and Story Map story planning tool work seamlessly to help you plan your script from high-level overview to page-by-page or beat-by-beat outlining. However you want to work, our prewriting tools conform to your preferences.


Working with another writer or a team of writers? Collaboration gives you the power to work on your script and Beat Board in real time remotely with your writing partners.

Tags Mode

Tags Mode offers powerful reporting, your way – create custom reports on any element of your script from story elements to character traits.

Inclusivity Analysis

Developed in collaboration with The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University, the Inclusivity Analysis feature tracks how diverse and inclusive a screenplay is by allowing the user to quickly assign and measure the ethnicity, gender, age, disability or any other definable trait of the characters in the script.

Alternate Dialogs

This indispensable feature allows you to store alternate lines of dialogue within the script for easy reference. A simple click takes you through every dialogue option you’ve written until you find the one that is perfect for your character. Don’t worry, if you change your mind, the other choices are still there!.