Compare Movie Draft to other screenwriting software

Interestingly enough, because most people are familiar with Microsoft Word it will come as no surprise that Microsoft Word is actually the most popular screenwriting software in the world.

What? Are you serious? Why is that?

Well, Microsoft Word is not the most popular because it's the best tool for the job, but because most people have it installed on their computer and think "Hey, this'll do". Of course, if you're serious about screenwriting then you soon realize that Microsoft Word is far from the best tool for the job.

The following table outlines the key benefits of using Movie Draft over Microsoft Word for writing screenplays or stage plays. To keep the list short, commonalities are ignored and only differences are listed:

Video introduction

Get a quick overview of Movie Draft's key features by watching the following video:

View a 15 minute introduction to Movie Draft narrated by it's creator, Mark O'Neill
Feature Movie Draft Microsoft Word
Industry-standard formatting Yes No
TAB and ENTER functions Yes No
Auto-complete Yes No
View your screenplay one scene at a time Yes No
Index card and outliner views Yes No
Write multiple versions of your scenes Yes No
Add icons to your scenes Yes No
Automatic More and Cont’d Yes No
Full-screen mode Yes No
Color-coded editor Yes No
Time representation of your scenes Yes No
Character and location profiles Yes No
Page themes Yes No
Group scenes into acts Yes No
Template based Yes No
Import Final Draft documents Yes No
Script notes Yes No
Scene duplication Yes No
Final Draft keyboard shortcuts Yes No
Movie Magic keyboard shortcuts Yes No