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:
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|
|TAB and ENTER functions||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|
|Time representation of your scenes||Yes||No|
|Character and location profiles||Yes||No|
|Group scenes into acts||Yes||No|
|Import Final Draft documents||Yes||No|
|Final Draft keyboard shortcuts||Yes||No|
|Movie Magic keyboard shortcuts||Yes||No|