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Final Draft 7 on Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista won't save as PDF.

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Final Draft 7 on Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista won't save as PDF.


Final Draft 7 was released in early 2004 and was engineered for Windows XP, at that time Microsoft's state-of-the-art flagship operating system. The last active development of FD7 was in 2006, long before the release of Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista. These operating systems have made Final Draft 7 obsolete and although it will run on Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista, the PDF export does not work. This isn't a bug and the program isn't defective. It's old. FD7 was never meant to run on Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista because there was no such thing as Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista when it was designed.

Final Draft 10 was built to Microsoft specs for Windows 10 / 8 / 7 and thus has no problem saving scripts as PDF. For this and other reasons we recommend FD10 to people using these Windows operating systems.

For customers who want to continue using FD7, we suggest using a free third-party utility such as CutePDF; it acts as a virtual printer that generates and saves a PDF copy of your script. We've found that it does not include the title page, although the title page can be saved as its own separate file. Bullzip is another free program that will allow you to print an FD7 script to a PDF file.

To use a third-party PDF creator:

  1. Once you have the application installed, open your script in Final Draft.
  2. Go to File > Print
  3. Change the Printer name from your printer to CutePDF/Bullzip and click OK.
  4. A PDF will be created.

Note that neither CutePD nor Bullzip include the title page in their PDF output. To remedy this:

  1. Go to Document > Title Page;
  2. Go to Edit > Select All to highlight your entire title page;
  3. Go to Edit > Copy;
  4. Go to File > Close to close your title page;
  5. Paste the title page (Control+ V) into your script as the first page;
  6. Go to Document > Header;
  7. Click the Options Tab;
  8. Change your Starting page number to 0;
  9. Click OK;

This process will enable you to include the title page with the PDF and if you have only one title page, it will also preserve your script's page count.

NOTE: Live support for Final Draft 7 has been discontinued. You will still be able to install, activate and use FD7 on appropriate computers but email, chat and telephone support is no longer available. Live activation assistance will be available via phone (818-789-6281) and email and chat (links on the left side of this page) until June 14, 2017.

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Views: 32625 Created on: Dec 28, 2009
Date Updated: Apr 13, 2017
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