FREE: Reading Screenplays On The Go

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You want to read screenplays on your iPhone or iPad? If you go to the AppStore and enter “screenplay reader” into the search bar, this is what you get:

AppStore search for "screenplay reader" - Reading screenplays on the go
AppStore search for “screenplay reader”

And these are the two apps that I will give a short summary of what they can and can’t do. Which one’s better?

“Final Draft Reader” or “Weekend Read”?

The Reading Experience

In the Final Draft reader, your screenplay more or less looks like you’re used to it from the full version. You can adjust the text size to fit your mobile screen but that’s about it.

Final Draft Reader - Reading screenplays on the go
Final Draft Reader
Final Draft Reader with smaller letters - Reading screenplays on the go
Final Draft Reader with smaller letters
Final Draft Reader with bigger letters - Reading screenplays on the go
Final Draft Reader with bigger letters

Weekend Read’s philosophy is to reformat the script to give you a better reading experience. And I have to say, they’re successful with it. It really looks great:

Weekend Read script view - Reading screenplays on the go
Weekend Read script view

Both apps have:

  • Adjust text size
  • Dictionary
  • Character Highlighting

Final Draft Only:

  • Final Draft Notes (including colours)
  • Revision Colours
Final Draft Reader add notes - Reading screenplays on the go
Final Draft Reader add notes
Final Draft Reader note entry - Reading screenplays on the go
Final Draft Reader note entry
Final Draft Reader note - Reading screenplays on the go
Final Draft Reader note

Weekend Read Only:

  • Different fonts to choose from
  • Dark mode for reading in the night
  • Switch between optimized and original view
Weekend Read font selection - Reading screenplays on the go
Weekend Read font selection

So, judging from looks only I’d go for Weekend Read.

Transferring Scripts

Several ways to get your scripts into the app on both of them:

Both apps have:

  • Dropbox support
  • Final Draft file support

Final Draft only:

  • Manual import via iTunes

Weekend Read only:

  • Mail
  • Clipboard URL
  • iCloud (only paid version)
  • Also works with pdf, fountain, text, and markdown files
Weekend Read import menu - Reading screenplays on the go
Weekend Read import menu

This is just personal preference. I’d like to see iTunes drag and drop support on Weekend Read as well. That’s because I’m an old school USB cable transfer kind of guy, without the wireless magic. But that’s just me.

You’ll be fine with either version here. Except you want iCloud support. Then go for Weekend Read.

The Cost

Both apps are basically free. “Basically” means there are in-app purchases for Weekend Read that will give you additional value.

These are:

  • Featured scripts
  • Award season scripts
  • John August script library
  • A lot of Scriptnotes transcripts (from John August’s podcast)
  • iCloud support
  • Store unlimited number of scripts in your library

The paid version of Weekend Read is $9,99.

Conclusion

It depends on what you need the reader for. If you want all the Final Draft stuff (adding notes and revised page colours) then I’d say Final Draft Reader will be the way to go.

Having said that, Weekend Read offers a lot of value for money (should you go for the paid version) and has an awesome reading experience (and the dark mode is soooo coool!). AND reads several formats (including Final Draft files).

If you don’t need Final Draft notes or page colours, go for Weekend Read! If you want to change your notes back and forth with your final draft screenplay, go for Final Draft Reader.

 

Are you reading a lot screenplays on the go? What’s your experience? Which apps do you use?

Let me know below, I’m curious…

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