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Orange arrow Can Final Draft 10 / 9 / 8 open scripts written in older versions of Final Draft and vice versa?

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  Final Draft 10 / 9 / 8 can open scripts written in FD 5, 6 and 7. When they're opened in FD10 / 9 / 8 they will automatically be converted to the FD9 / 8 file format (.fdx). Final Draft 7 / 6 / 5 can open scripts written in FD9 / 8 provided the writer using FD9 / 8 has saved the script as a .fdr f...
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Orange arrow Where is the Final Draft 7 backup folder?

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  Whenever you save or the auto-save saves your script, Final Draft makes an additional date- and time-stamped copy and places it in another folder for safe-keeping. You can set the location of this folder to be on any drive or partition you want and also set the number of backups stored in the folde...
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Orange arrow Where is the backup folder? (Windows)

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  Whenever you save or the auto-save saves your script, Final Draft makes an additional date- and time-stamped copy and places it in another folder for safe-keeping. You can set the location of this folder to be on any drive or partition you want and also set the number of backups stored in the folde...
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Orange arrow How do I access the backup scripts created by the Mobile App for iPad / iPhone?

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  Starting with v2.0.2, the Mobile app for iPad / iPhone automatically stores your last 100 successful saves. If you need to access one or more of these archived versions of your script: 1. From the Scripts list, touch the Application Settings at the upper left: 2. At the bottom of the next scree...
Orange arrow Where is the backup folder? (Mac)

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  Whenever you save or the auto-save saves your script, Final Draft makes an additional date- and time-stamped copy and places it in another folder for safe-keeping. You can set the location of this folder to be on any drive or partition you want and also set the number of backups stored in the folde...
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Orange arrow How can I recover a Final Draft script that's lost, corrupt or inaccessible?

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  Whenever you save or the auto-save saves your script, Final Draft makes an additional date- and time-stamped copy (i.e. 201607041730Scriptname) and places it in another folder for safe-keeping. In this example, the file named Scriptname was backed up in 2016, July 4, at 130 PM. See these articles ...
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Orange arrow Can Final Draft save or back up scripts to Dropbox, Google Drive or other cloud storage services?

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  Yes, if you save your scripts to your service's installed local synch folder, they will be saved to the cloud whenever the folder is synched. You can also relocate the Final Draft backup folder to the synch folder: Change the location of the backup folder (Windows) Change the location of the b...
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Orange arrow What is a .FDX file?

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  FDX is the XML file format native to Final Draft 10 / 9 / 8 and the Final Draft Writer for iPad. FDX files cannot be opened by Final Draft 7 / 6 / 5 / 4, whose native file format is FDR. However, FD9 / 8 have the ability to downsave a script in the older FDR format. If you are working with someone...
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Orange arrow How can I get a script written in Final Draft 9 or 8 into Final Draft 10?

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  FD10 opens FD9 / 8 files directly. You should be able to simply double-click on a script file icon and it’ll open in FD10, if that is the most recently installed version of FD on the computer. There is no need to copy and paste any content from a script into a blank FD10 document. If...
Orange arrow How do I rebuild a corrupted Final Draft 8 / 7 script? (Mac)

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  To rebuild your script: Go to File > Save As; Change the file name to something simple like bob; Direct this window to save the file to the Desktop; Change the Format menu to read Plain Text or Text Only; Click Save; Back at the original file, go to File > Close; Go to File > Open...
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Orange arrow How do I rebuild a corrupted Final Draft 8 / 7 script? (Windows)

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  To rebuild your script: Go to File > Save As; Direct this window to save the file to the Desktop; Change the file name to something simple like bob; Change the Save As Type menu to Plain Text or Text Only; Click Save; Back at the original script, go to File > Close; Go to File > O...
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Orange arrow Can Final Draft 9 export to Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting (MMS & B)?

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  Final Draft 9 does not export files to the MMS & B file format because MMS & B opens the FDX file directly. There is no need to export the script to another file format....
Orange arrow Can Final Draft 10 / 9 open scripts written in older versions of Final Draft and vice versa?

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  Final Draft 10.0.7 does not open scripts written in FD7 and earlier. See Final Draft 10 and Final Draft 7 (or earlier) script files for more information. Final Draft 9 can open scripts written in FD8 / 7 / 6 / 5. When scripts written in 7 / 6 / 5 are opened in FD9 they will automatically be conve...
Orange arrow Change the location of the backup folder (Mac)

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  To change the location of the backup folder on a Macintosh: Create the folder you want to use. This can be on the computer's hard drive, a cloud storage synch folder, an external hard drive, a USB stick, a network drive or some other storage device; Open Final Draft; Go to the Final Draft menu...
Orange arrow I have Final Draft 10/ 9 / 8 for Windows and it doesn't see the scripts I wrote in an earlier version of Final Draft.

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  Final Draft 10 / 9 / 8 defaults to only looking for newer FDX files. It doesn't know you want it to look for the older Final Draft file format, FDR. Open Final Draft 10 / 9 / 8; Go to File > Open; At the bottom of the Open window, adjust the Files of Type dropdown menu to Final Draft 5-7 Do...
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