Upgrade is free for anyone who purchased V11 after February 15, 2021; company is donating free licenses to two non-profits that foster diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry.
Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, has released its latest update, Final Draft 12. Upgrades to the new version will be free for anyone who purchased Final Draft 11 after February 15, 2021. Additionally, the company is providing free licenses for two industry non-profits fostering diversity in the entertainment industry: Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab and #startwith8hollywood.
“Everyone’s been through so much over the past 13 months, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for our existing users to experience the very latest in our software,” explained Final Draft president Shelly Mellott. “We also wanted to invest in the next generation of storytellers by offering our support to organizations that are truly making a difference.”
Final Draft’s multi-year partnership with Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab includes not only providing software to Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab participants but also providing educational resources, partnering on events and other collaborative activations to nurture new screenwriting talent.
“Eliminating barriers for creatives of color is our top priority,” commented Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab executive director Justin Riley. “Our partnership with Final Draft gives writers the freedom to tell their stories utilizing industry-standard software, while also providing them with tools and resources to further develop their creative genius.”
Final Draft 12 offers flexibility to accommodate various work styles. “Focus Mode” lets users eliminate distractions on screen by providing the digital equivalent of the ‘blank page’ so they can get down to the business of writing. The “Track Changes” function keeps a record of edits to the script and allows users to choose whether to accept or reject them, giving writers greater control over the editing process. The “Outline Editor” gives users a ‘bird’s eye view’ of their screenplay’s structure and offers multiple customizable lanes for high-level outlining. Writers can then send their outline to script as “Outline Elements” and see it on the page for easy reference as they write. Also newly featured in Final Draft 12 is a much requested “PDF Import” function, which converts PDFs into fully editable Final Draft files.
“Great technology is not one size fits all,” added Mellott. “We enlisted the insight of real writers and real Final Draft users to develop the latest version because we wanted to create something that would work for every screenwriter. We’re really excited by the result.”
Source: Final Draft