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When I try to open a certain FD7 file I get this error: "This file is not compatible with this version of Final Draft."

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When I try to open a certain FD7 file I get this error: "This file is not compatible with this version of Final Draft."

Answer

This is a rare occurrence but it does happen from time to time. Something on the computer interrupted the data being saved from memory back to the hard drive, so the file wasn't written to the drive properly and is now unreadable by Final Draft.

Don't panic.

See this article for information on how to find the most recent auto backup file: Where is the Final Draft 7 backup folder?

Once you have the most recent backup open in Final Draft, see one of these two articles for information on how to rebuild it so that you can be sure you're using a healthy version of the script:

Click HERE for information on how to use Microsoft Word to recover the file, which in many cases will still have all of the data.

NOTE: All support for Final Draft 7, including software activation, has been discontinued. You may find solutions to problems in the online knowledge base or in the PDF manual found on the installation CD.


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Views: 12039 Created on: Dec 28, 2009
Date Updated: Jun 14, 2017
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