FDX Reader - Read Final Draft files on iPhone & iPad.

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An iOS app for reading Final Draft. Finally.

Final Draft uses a file format called .fdx. If you've ever attempted to open one of these files on iOS, you know it's not pretty. You get raw XML. You get brackets and code.

With FDX Reader, you get a screenplay, nicely formatted and ready to go.

Loving this app. Love the page color and graphics. Makes me want to go write something. Beautiful work. —J.J. Abrams

John August, Nima Yousefi, and Ryan Nelson discuss the design of the new iPhone version of FDX Reader.

Now a universal experience.

FDX Reader is now a universal application running on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The iPhone version of FDX Reader was redesigned from the ground-up for a superior reading experience on the smaller screen.

  • 9Video: Introducing FDX ReaderIntro to FDX Reader
  • 9Video: RunnerRunner
  • 9Video: iPhone DesignDesigning for iPhone

Easy to read.

FDX Reader on iPad works a lot like iBooks or the Kindle app.

Flip through pages with a tap or a swipe. Jump to a page with a tap on the page number. Adjust font sizes at will. (Try doing that with a PDF.)

On iPhone, FDX Reader provides a superior reading experience for screenplays.

Continuous scrolling and font resizing makes repeatedly zooming in and out on page after page a thing of the past.

Easy to get into.

Getting screenplays onto your iPhone or iPad is simple.

Read and share Final Draft documents with Dropbox.s→ In Dropbox, open the file then choose “Open in FDX Reader.”

Dropbox also works great on iPhone.s→ Dropbox also works great on iPhone.

Open Final Draft files from mail with just a tap.s→ In Mail, tap the .fdx file and choose “Open in FDX Reader.”

Or sync your screenplays with iTuness→ In iTunes, sync a bunch of files at once.

Easy to love.


I throw all my active script files into Dropbox already, so FDX Reader is incredibly convenient. For me, two steps have been eliminated: conversion to PDF and syncing those files to my iPad. My active scripts will always be available now.

I read a hundred scripts this staffing season, and they were all PDFs. Sure, I'm able to read them on my iPad, but without the ability to change type-size, I find the print is slightly too small for me to be totally happy. Life would've been much better if I'd had this app.



FDX Reader for iOS

1.1.8 - March 1, 2013

  • Added 4-inch screen support (iPhone 5)
1.1.6 - April 2, 2012

  • Updated retina graphics for new iPads.

1.1.5 - December 14, 2011

  • Fix for crashes caused by misreading Scrivener generated .fdx files.

1.1.4 - November 29, 2011

  • Significant iPhone performance improvements.
  • Fix for iPad place saving bug.
  • Added Settings bundle containing app info.

1.1.3 - August 29, 2011

  • Fixed intermittent crashes under low memory conditions.
  • SHOT elements are now correctly formatted.
  • Misc stability fixes.

1.1.2 - August 29, 2011

  • Fixed crashes caused by Final Draft generated Reports.

1.1.1 - August 1, 2011

  • Fixed caching problem that led to older drafts sticking around.
  • Improved VoiceOver support. (By the way, have you tried out VoiceOver? Amazing.)
  • Fixed pernicious crash that only seemed to show up when demoing app to strangers.

1.1 - July 20, 2011

  • Universal app (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
  • Many minor bug fixes

1.0.3 - June 13, 2011

  • Fixed crash when loading .fdx files generated by Scrivener

1.0.2 - June 7, 2011

  • Fixed formatting glitches with A4 paper. (We don't paginate to that size yet. That's coming.)
  • Added support for dual dialogue. With variable widths, we don't show it side-by-side, but we do show every word.

1.0.1 - May 30, 2011

  • Fixed crash when screenplay ends with a scene header or character cue (character's name with no dialogue under it).

1.0 - May 24, 2011

  • Initial release


App credits:

John August (idea), Nima Yousefi (code), Ryan Nelson (graphics)

Original Video credits:

John August, Ryan Nelson, Matthew Garrett (DP), Will Schulz (sound), Doug Crise (editing), Monika Santucci (music) and featuring Dana Fox.

Runner Video credits:

John August, Monika Santucci (music).

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