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Can Final Draft 7 / 6 / 5 open a script written in Final Draft 9 / 8?

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Can Final Draft 7 / 6 / 5 open a script written in Final Draft 9 / 8?

Answer

Yes, but not directly. Final Draft 7 / 6 / 5 can open a script created in FD9 / 8 but the script must be saved in a particular way by the FD9 / 8 user first. The FD9 / 8 user must go to File > Export (FD9) or File > Save As (FD8) and choose Final Draft 5-7 document (.fdr) as the file format.

This command will create another copy of the script that is openable by older versions of Final Draft.

FD 7 / 6 / 5 all use the same FDR file format and no file conversion or alternate saving methods between them are necessary.

FD9 / 8's FDX file format is XML and makes it possible for Final Draft to be used on mobile devices. The old FDR format cannot be used for these purposes.

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: 5388 Created on: Dec 28, 2009
Date Updated: Jun 13, 2017
Posted in: File Management

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