(For price comparison with Final Draft click here.)
If you're looking for free screenwriting software, we have good news! There are three great options:
We’ll cut to the chase: Arc Studio Pro is a great option for writers who want a robust, rock-solid, FREE professional screenwriting software with cloud-backup and collaboration. WriterDuet is also a great screenwriting software, with a free option and a paid version. And of course there's Celtx, a popular option among students and industrial videographers.
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…And if you’d like a more objective and thorough analysis, continue reading for a quick comparison of 5 key features in the two most popular options for free screenwriting software: WriterDuet and Celtx.
(DISCLAIMER: This was written by a former CELTX user who switched to WriterDuet several years ago, then got a job with WriterDuet last month, so WriterDuet is probably going to win. For a dialogue with less personal investment, look here)
1. Getting Started
“You should each work in your own section of the script. While we encourage real-time collaboration, there is only one copy of that script shared amongst however many people and only one change can save at a time.”
“You won’t see changes in real time yet. If your partner or colleague is working on the script at the same time as you, you’ll likely need to refresh to view their changes.”
3. Scene Cards
…Also, view a scene or set of related scenes in isolation with one click. Toggle scene descriptions and optionally link the cards with the Outliner and Scratchpad. Color code your cards and leave extra notes.
View drafts from previous saves (and in the paid version, you can restore them as well).
CELTX is a functional and effective free screenwriting software, but when compared to WriterDuet, this isn’t a matter of opinion. Create a free WriterDuet account in one minute here.
Bonus comparison: Compatibility
If (when?!) your work is professionally produced, someone may ask for your script in Final Draft’s .fdx format. Unfortunately, CELTX does not have a .fdx export option. Fortunately, WriterDuet does, so you could simply import your CELTX script into WriterDuet and then export a perfect .fdx file to work from… but you may as well write it in WriterDuet from the beginning.
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