Final Draft

Works fine in 10.8

Works fine in 10.7

Final Draft

Supports iCloud

Secured by Gatekeeper

Supports retina graphics

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Available on the Mac App Store
Not available on the Mac App Store

Final Draft allows you to use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling application specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics, and stage plays. It combines powerful word processing with professional script formatting in one self-contained, easy-to-use package. There is no need to learn about script formatting rules - Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards as you write.

Version 8.2
Developer Final Draft
Status Works fine

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With the latest patch, version works correctly. Previous versions of Final Draft are unsupported.

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[ axe]axeAnonymous 20 Nov 2012 02:50

What a bunch of *cough* bullshitters *cough*. Final Draft 7 is working perfectly on my macbook, even with OS X 10.8. Unbelievable that they tried to scam me into paying $80 to upgrade the software. You'd think that such high-priced software would come with a little support and integrity from the company, but NOPE!

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Lion (10.7) Comments

[ fyrefly]fyreflyAnonymous 25 Mar 2011 13:42

I've actually found a fix:

1.  (CMD)+I the whole /Library folder (The one on the root hard drive, not the user/Library/ folder)
2. Click the little lock at the bottom to unlock it (this requires admin password)
3. Click the gearwheel and on the menu that pops up click on "Apply to all enclosed…"

That'll apply the /library folder's permissions to everything that's enclosed - seemed to fix the problem for me.

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[ kayloh20]kayloh20Anonymous 31 Mar 2011 16:58

Actually, all you need to do is set the permissions for /Library/Application Support/Final Draft

Setting the entire Library permissions takes a ridiculously long time and is unnecessary.

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[ Frants]FrantsAnonymous 11 Jul 2011 13:35

I received an email from Final Draft, informing me that only FD 8 will be supported on Lion. So basically a nice reason for them to force me to upgrade.

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[ Name]NameAnonymous 13 Jul 2011 08:46

Hmm. I don't have FD8, but a quick look at a FD7 machine reveals a file /Library/Application Support/Final Draft/Final Draft 7/Customer Info — I see this file contains not only the explicit contents (registration #, etc.) but also extended attributes, indicated by the @ in the directory when you type:

ls -la "/Library/Application Support/Final Draft/Final Draft 7/Customer Info"

The extended attributes are visible using the

xattr -l "/Library/Application Support/Final Draft/Final Draft 7/Customer Info"

command. Is this the case with Final Draft 8 as well?

I can't test anything related to Lion compatibility since as I said I don't have FD8 or Lion, nor do I intend to upgrade to the latter. But if you want to try changing the permissions manually rather than through the menu method described above, the following line typed into the Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/ might do it.

sudo chmod -R a+rw /Library/Application\ Support/Final\ Draft


The above command should ask for your user's admin password, and if it is entered correctly (and your user has admin privileges), it should then set the permissions of all files and directories contained within "/Library/Application Support/Final Draft" to read/write rather than read-only. (Note that each of the two spaces within in the file directory in the command have a backslash (\) in front of them.)

Here's what each part of that command is for:

sudo -means-> "do the following as super user/administrator"…

chmod -means-> change the permissions (or "modes" in unix speak)

-R -means-> recursively (meaning change all the files and folders inside, as well as any files or folders inside them, and any inside them, etc.)

a+rw -means-> give ALL users and groups both read and write permission…

/Library/Application\ Support/Final\ Draft -means-> …to this directory.

You can learn more about the commands "sudo" and "chmod" by typing "man sudo" and "man chmod" (without surrounding quotes) in the Terminal prompt. This will give you the "man page" (or manual page) of those commands.

One other note— changing the read/write permissions within the root /Library folder does introduce a small but worthy-of-mention security risk. Files and folders inside /Library/ are generally only supposed to be edited with administrator permission, and giving any user on the system the ability to change a file within the Library hierarchy could be inviting problems, especially if other people have regular access to your computer. I would therefore advise AGAINST changing *all* the folders to read/write as suggested a few comments up. It may be more advisable for someone to figure out exactly what file or files need write permission for FD8 to be happy in Lion and then chmod just that file (by naming it explicitly in the chmod command above.)

Again, I'm only vamping off the previous reports that changing the file permission works in the first place. So who knows.

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