Celtx or Final Draft Neither

Celtx Software

For screenwriters, many books have tips on writing a script. All have what is thought to be the correct way and format. Well with the ever-changing SPEC way, what is the right way? That I’m still trying to figure out, but if you want to write with the visually correct way, there are different kinds of software to help you out.

Celtx Online

You may think of the free Celtx or Final Draft. Who wants to pay 100 to 200 dollars for something you can get for free? Celtx may sound like a good choice, but since they went fully online (no software only if you search for it), it’s more distracting than helpful. I saw a question from someone via LinkedIn asking about this issue.

Celtx Mobile

Celtx Mobile

I’ve used Celtx since they have a mobile app, and I’ve used it for screen writing and for comic book writing. I like it because of a semi standard way of writing comic scripts. I’ve used Final Draft but didn’t like it much. While searching for software I came upon a few free ones and others that cost way to much. However, I wanted to write on the fly and on my phone or tablet, what I found was FadeIn.

FadeIn Desktop Software

With Celtx, you can save your work to their cloud, but FadeIn you save to Dropbox. While Final Draft is more for Apple products where Celtx and FadeIn can be used on Windows and Linux machines. I also like FadeIn because the creator took some suggestions and implemented them into the mobile app. I need to suggest a comic book format option.

FadeIn Mobile

FadeIn Mobile

We all want to be flawless in our format and there are those who want you to use Final Draft. Well fade in can import from Final Draft and Celtx and you can export to Final Draft with FadeIn this is perfect for mentors or others who need to edit your work or edit with those you are collaborating with that use the un liked Final Draft.

If you’re looking for a Final Draft alternative the $50 plus $5 for the android app. You will have what you seek. I know this is short and not that wordy review most do. Check it out and try the demo of the desktop software and try out the free version of FadeIn mobile. They have free updates without having to purchase them in the future.



About WhiteShadow

The writer of these words did not originally want to put words to paper, but to draw the glorious things he saw. However, he could not draw from images in his mind. He could only draw those things he saw that had been drawn by others. He then almost died one day and that urge to draw became the urge to write. Again, however, the fuel was not always there, and before he knew it it was his senior year of high school, and he was tasked to write a 50page novella for a final project. This became the fuel and started his path of being a full-time writer. He may have struggled and may have made no difference in the world of man nor money in his hand, but he still moves forward. He currently is writing a comic book that has an artist who draws the things that are envisioned. Life could be better, but it could be always worse. So he keeps his head low to write but high to live life. This is the story of this man, to know more, read the words he has put into the world of the web. View all posts by WhiteShadow

5 responses to “Celtx or Final Draft Neither

  • Tony Folden

    As a user of both Celtx and Final Draft I will say that there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Celtx is free and has most of the same capabilities as Final Draft. Celtx has other perks that Final Draft does not. For instance, Celtx provides the ability to create A/V, Comics, and story boarding. The latest version of Final Draft (Final Draft 9) has some improvements to 8, but none of those abilities I mentioned that Celtx has. However, to comment on the topic of format, which was the bases of this article, Final Draft 9 provides templates for over 100 specific TV show and film formats. So if your looking for a program that will give the correct format without you having to guess, I would suggest using Final Draft.

  • xnagamedeveloper

    It is a collaboration effort for me, I feel the nature in the world we live in, connected, where we work across the globe the applications like Final Draft and Movie Magic are largely irrelevant in all other than adoption. Final Draft HAS been considered the industry standard for many a year if it is their reluctance to adapt or they feel a large scale revolt if they decide to migrate from their standard into a more modern and connected application.

    I am looking more into working with my other screenwriter and working together is key. Not many options available, how does Fade In go with working with others?

  • Nevaeh

    Haha, shouldn’t you be charging for that kind of kne?eodglw!

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