11" or 13" for Final Draft?

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  1. Buffsteria macrumors regular

    Buffsteria

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    Thinking of getting an MBA JUST for Final Draft. Using my main computer causes me to get easily distracted and I can't afford the attention deficit.

    Anybody else there writing on a Macbook Air? I'm unsure what size to go for.
     
  2. PrometheusGeek macrumors regular

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    It's a preference thing. The 13" is a bit more powerful, but if all you're using is Final Draft, you likely won't notice that. The 13" also has better battery life and more vertical lines of resolution on the screen - which is good for writers (you can display more lines of your screenplay ...)
    The 11" is smaller and lighter, which is good for portability if you travel a lot.

    I'm guessing the 13" will be a better choice for you, with the bigger screen and longer battery life.
     
  3. Buffsteria thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you PrometheusGeek. Would you say the keys on the keyboard are about the same size, regardless?
     
  4. throAU macrumors 601

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    Keyboards are the same.


    I'd get the 13" every single time.

    16x9 screens suck, you have no vertical space. 1440x900 is far more useful for doing proper work than 1366x768 (which imho, belongs on a netbook).

    Unless a 13" air physically won't fit in your luggage, go for it. It is the only reason (other than price) i can see for the 11".

    My GF went for the 11" purely because it fits in her handbag, and the 13" doesn't.
     
  5. Buffsteria thread starter macrumors regular

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    The 13" sounds good, I probably wouldn't even need the 8GB RAM if I'm only running one program.

    I'll be installing Final Draft 7 since FD8 is horrible in comparison.
     
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    Give us a couple of your slugs.
     
  7. Buffsteria thread starter macrumors regular

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    Pay me ;-)
     
  8. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    I have to question someone spending at least a grand on a Mac just to use it for Final Draft, and also the notion that version 8 is horrendous.

    If you really want to do this and have thought this through, then 11-inch isn't even an option. Get the 13. Bigger and also more battery life.

    But as someone who also writes scripts, if you can't focus writing on your main computer, then you won't be able to focus on this one. The computer is the problem for you. Why not go with a typewriter or something? That's what other people do when they reach this problem.

    I can hardly afford a grand to spend on my main computer purchase. Must be nice. Sounds like a crazy idea to me, but go for it if you have money to blow. But I don't see it changing a thing in terms of you being able to focus on your writing.
     
  9. Buffsteria thread starter macrumors regular

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    Version 8 changed some things I liked to use. Not to mention that according to the reviews it would be sluggish under 4GB RAM and Lion. My situation isn't that unusual, many other writers are obsessive-compulsive and have attention-deficit disorder. Some days pass without a single line written. On other days I type page after page. My last script started out as 20 pages that wouldn't move forward for about three weeks and then in one night 110 pages were added. That's a lot easier to do when not distracted.
     
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    Have your people call my people. :D
     
  11. octothorpe8, Aug 18, 2014
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    I use the 11" for Final Draft and I don't have a problem with the screen size. I do minimize the toolbars as much as possible and hide the dock, but that's a no-brainer. With those optimizations, I find I can see the better part of a page at 100%. The screen is wide enough at that point to also have a separate document (a script or maybe just my notes in a text document) off to the side. Obviously the additional screen real estate of the 13" would be welcome, but I do also appreciate how small and light that 11" is. Battery life on the 11" (it's a 2013 model) is upward of 6+ hours which is more than enough for a cross-country trip.

    As far as the distraction problem — is your main computer a laptop? Because if it is, maybe do what I did. I set up a separate, really minimal user account on the Air, and also on my Mini at home — that account is named "Writing Only". No email running, no iMessage notifications, no Facebook. I'm less tempted to look at the internet for "just a minute", and if I need to use social media, email, etc, I have to make a conscious decision to switch accounts back to my main one, where all the distractions are there waiting.

    Dropbox handles syncing of writing files between the accounts and between computers, so I never have any problem with versions. I encourage every writer to install the Dropbox (or Google Drive) desktop app so your writing files are continuously synced and backed up as you work. If you write offline, they'll sync up as soon as you reconnect.
     

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