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Best software for a professional TV scriptwriter

September 10, 2019 by SUZANNE ELIZABETH GILLIS  

If you're a novice in scriptwriting, getting started can be a hard task and to be a professional TV scriptwriter. Establishing an accurately formatted screenplay requires scriptwriting software. Many of the alternatives out there can amount to a clump.

We’ll take you through all the screenwriting software options that are used by a professional TV scriptwriter from free to prosperity, so you can decide which script software is best for you.

Studio Binder

First of all, it is free; you can create as many scripts as you want and write an unlimited amount of pages. This gives you the tools to manage your entire production all in one place.

Develop and write your content, sync your script, breakdown the scene requirements, shot list and storyboard, schedule your shoot days, manage locations, add cast and crew, and send out call sheets all in studio Binder. ​​​​​Make contact with your writing friends wherever and whenever you want. Whenever you need to change your script, Just hit "sync" to update all of your text turns into your production plan, and watch your schedules and shot lists change in a second.

Writer Duet

Writer Duet is another web-based, free screenwriting software, which prides itself on its intuitive keystrokes to help your stories flow from your brain to your fingers, and the screen. It’s also some of the best scriptwriting software on the market. Writer Duet. has fewer production capabilities. It's more specialized for script writing rather than expanding into other production needs. It's also on the web and has built-in collaboration features for you and your writing partners. That’s useful, especially if you’re not in the same room.


Caltex is a great place to start. It’s a scriptwriting an app for beginning screenwriters who want free screenwriting software. It’s a simple program to use and will help to put you on your way toward your career. Caltex software is capable of handling most of the tasks involved with preparing for a production. Because Caltex is web-based, all your scripts are stored on the cloud rather than a hard drive. This makes adding collaborators and writing partners easy, as well as storage.

Final Draft

You will possibly hear the name of Final Draft as the industry-standard software for screenwriting. And they expect you to pay for it. Currently, the latest version of Final Draft is $249.99. So how did Final Draft get to be the most widely used screenwriting software? The most straightforward answer is that they’ve been around the longest. Nearly every show and studio use Final Draft. While it's also the most buggy, it has the most natural user interface to navigate. They also are constantly updating the software with new features.

Movie Magic Screenwriter

A very capable and easy to use scriptwriting software, Movie Magic Screenwriter is the Windows to Final Draft's Mac. While Movie Magic has the capability of syncing with a production planning software, it is NOT free, and it requires a different purchase from your actual production planning software, which leaves something to be desired. If you want something more advanced, but with fewer bugs and crashes than Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter is the scriptwriting software for you.


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