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I have FD8 and when I open a script written in Final Draft 7 / 6 / 5 / 4, I get an error message that says this file is not compatible with this version of Final Draft.

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I have FD8 and when I open a script written in Final Draft 7 / 6 / 5 / 4, I get an error message that says this file is not compatible with this version of Final Draft.

Answer

If a script opens in a previous version of Final Draft but returns this error message when it's opened in FD8, there is corruption in the file that the older version can handle but FD8 can't. In this situation we want to bring into FD8 only the words from the file, not the formatting code.

  1. Open the script in the earlier version of Final Draft and go to File > Save As;
  2. From the Format dropdown menu (Mac) or the Save as Type dropdown menu (Windows) choose Text Only as the file format;
  3. Click Save;
  4. Close the earlier version of Final Draft and open FD8;
  5. Go to File > Open;
  6. Windows only: From the Files of Type dropdown menu, choose Plain Text Documents;
  7. Navigate to where the text-only version of the script is and open it;
  8. At the prompt, choose Open File as Script.

Your script will be imported and will be stable and healthy again. Go to File > Save and give it the correct name (we recommend including today's date in the file name as well).

If the script has any formatting issues, click HERE for information on how to resolve them.


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Views: 5491 Created on: Dec 28, 2009
Date Updated: Apr 14, 2015
Posted in: File Management

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