It’s Courier, just better.
Since the beginning, screenplays have been written in Courier. Its uniformity allows filmmakers to make handy comparisons and estimates, such as 1 page = 1 minute of screen time.
But there’s no reason Courier has to look terrible. We set out to make the best damn Courier ever.
We call it Courier Prime.Courier Prime Support
Designed for Screenplays
Perfect for page and screen
Screenplays have a lot of white space, so we made Courier Prime a bit heavier to balance things out. It looks just as good on your monitor as out of the printer.
Made for screenwriters
Courier Prime is optimized for 12 point size, and matches the metrics of Courier and Courier Final Draft, so you can often swap it out one-for-one.
Other Couriers just slant the letters to create faux italics. We give you a whole new face, modeled off the “casual” script of vintage typewriters, that looks magnifique.
Not too smudgy. Not too thin. Courier Prime is just right.
Courier for Mac
Courier Final Draft
Courier Prime was designed by Alan Dague-Greene for John August and Quote-Unquote Apps.
It’s released under the SIL Open Font License (OFL) license.
Is this free?
Yes. It’s free like beer and free like liberty. You can use it to your heart’s content.
Why did you make this?
Screenwriters shouldn’t spend their lives looking at an ugly typeface.
Is this available for iOS/Android?
Not directly, but our very liberal license means that developers can include it in their apps.
Is there a webfont version?
Yes! You can find the web version of Courier Prime at Typekit.
Is this available for Celtx?
Not currently. We hope they’ll add it as an option.
Will this change my page count?
Probably not. On the Mac, Courier Prime matches the metrics of standard Courier and Courier Final Draft, so the only thing that should increase is your satisfaction.
Some readers using Final Draft have found page count differences, though, so test it out first. There are so many variables — different operating systems, different app versions, old fonts — that what works perfectly in one situation might not in another.
I’m using Windows. Can I use Courier Prime?
Yes. Courier Prime is in the TrueType format, which works on Windows, Mac and other operating systems.
In Final Draft, how do I change my script to Courier Prime?
For best results, Final Draft says you should go to Format > Elements...
Then, in the Fonts tab, set the font to Courier Prime, then click Apply Font/Size to All.
I’m using Final Draft for Windows. Any special warnings?
(sigh) Yes, unfortunately.
Final Draft for Windows uses a special version of their house font with a different line height. So while you can absolutely use Courier Prime, your page breaks might change if you swap back and forth between Courier Final Draft and Courier Prime. Likewise, if your writing partner is using Courier Prime on Final Draft for the Mac, and you open that file on Windows, page breaks might be off.
It’s a Final Draft problem, not a font problem, so it’s out of our control.
Note that PDFs work great, so the only hiccups come when passing around an FDX file.
Can I send you money?
No, but that’s a great instinct. Why don’t you support another type designer by buying a font?
Can I use this typeface if I’m not a screenwriter?
Certainly! We made it so that it’s especially good at standard screenplay size (12pt), but you’re welcome to use it however you want.
If you’re looking for a font to use for coding, we’re partial to Inconsolata.