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After I installed Final Draft 8 for Windows, when I double-click on my scripts Final Draft 7 starts and I get an "unexpected file format" error message.

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After I installed Final Draft 8 for Windows, when I double-click on my scripts Final Draft 7 starts and I get an "unexpected file format" error message.

Answer

If you have FD7 installed on your Windows computer and you install FD8, your FDX files may be erroneously associated with FD7 and you will receive an error message about an unsexpected file format or the file not being compatible with this version of Final Draft.

To remedy this problem, uninstall both FD7 and FD8, then reinstall FD8. On Windows 8, simply type "Control Panel" (without quotes) to reach the Control Panel, and from there choose Programs and Features; on Windows 7/Vista, go to Start > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a Program and on Windows XP go to Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove a Program.

There is no reason to keep FD7 on a computer that also has FD8.

If you need to re-download the installer for FD8, it's here: http://www.finaldraft.com/support/software/final-draft-8.


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Views: 1534 Created on: Dec 28, 2009
Date Updated: Apr 15, 2015
Posted in: Error Messages

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