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How can I save my FD10 / 9 script as a template? (Mac)

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How can I save my FD10 / 9 script as a template? (Mac)


To watch a how-to video, click HERE.  NOTE that this video shows Final Draft 9, but the process and the commands are the same in Final Draft 10.

  1. Go to File > Export and give the file a different name, just to be on the safe side;
  2. If you want any text to appear in the template, leave it. If you want your new template to be blank, delete all the text from it (Command + A, then the Delete key);
  3. If you don't want the script's SmartType lists to be included in the blank template, go to Document > SmartType and click Rebuild for the Character and Location lists. This will quickly clear them;
  4. Go to File > Export;
  5. Name your template;
  6. Change the Format dropdown menu to Final Draft Template (.fdxt);
  7. Save the template to your Desktop and quit Final Draft (Command + Q);
  8. Go to Finder > Applications;
  9. Hold down the Control key and click on the Final Draft 10 / 9 application icon;
  10. Click Show Package Contents;
  11. Go to Contents > Resources > Data > Templates;
  12. Drag the template into the appropriate folder (Scripts or TV Templates);
  13. Restart Final Draft.

Once it's saved as a Template document in this folder, each time you go to File > New from Template / Scripts, you'll see the template. Open the template and you'll be in a new document, pre-set to your specs.

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Views: 18117 Created on: May 21, 2014
Date Updated: Nov 02, 2016
Posted in: Basic Functions
Tagged: template, FDX, FD9

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