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How do I import a Movie Magic Screenwriter 4 script into Final Draft?

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How do I import a Movie Magic Screenwriter 4 script into Final Draft?

Answer

The way to get your Screenwriter 4 file (or any file written in another program) is to save as or export your original file as a text-only file, then open the text file in Final Draft and let Final Draft reformat the text as a script.

Keep in mind that we don't support other programs, but this is how most users are able to convert their Screenwriter 4 files. If you have difficulty with this procedure you should contact their technical support for help on exporting.

  1. Open in Screenwriter the script you want to convert;
  2. Go to File > Save As and choose Desktop as the save-to location;
  3. From the Save As Type dropdown choose Formatted ASCII and click Save;
  4. Close Screenwriter and open Final Draft;
  5. In Final Draft, go to File > Open;
  6. Navigate this dialogue box to look on the Desktop. (On Windows, change the Files of Type to Text Documents);
  7. Double-click the text copy of your script;
  8. You'll be prompted to open it as Script or Text. Choose Script.;
  9. Final Draft will import the text and render it as a feature screenplay.
  10. Go to File > Save and save the script with any file name modifications you might want, such as today's date or the word "master" (without quotes).

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Date Updated: Apr 14, 2015

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