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Category: Importing / Exporting
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Orange arrow How can I open my script in another word processing program?

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  You can save your Final Draft file as an RTF file, then open it in the other program. Go to File > Export (FD10 / 9) or File > Save As (FD8 / 7); Choose RTF or Rich Text Format under Save As Type on Windows or Format on Mac. Keep in mind that while the text will still be formatted as a...
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Orange arrow Importing a script from another program such as Word

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  Scripts written in other programs (such as Word) can be opened in Final Draft in a few easy steps. First, open the script in the program in which it was created; Go to File > Save As (or, depending on the program, File > Export); Choose the Desktop as the location and from the Save a...
Orange arrow How do I import a script from Celtx?

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  To import a script from Celtx: Open the script in Celtx; Go to Actions > Export to Text; The text file will automatically be saved to your Downloads folder; Quit or minimize/hide Celtx and open Final Draft; Go to File > Open. Navigate the Open dialogue box to look in the Downloa...
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Orange arrow When I import a script from Apple's Pages word processor, my text is a mess.

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  Pages does not export plain text files, it exports Unicode text files, which Final Draft has difficulty interpreting. Export the file from Pages as text; Open Final Draft, go to File > Open and open this file; When you are prompted, open this file as TEXT, NOT as a script; Save this script...
Orange arrow I imported a script from Word (or another program) and it's all messed up. How do I get it back in shape?

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  If you import a script from another program (or you have rebuilt a damaged Final Draft file) and you find that, for example, you have scene headings that are formatted as action or character names that are formatted as dialogue, you can easily get these pieces of text looking the way they're suppos...
Orange arrow How do I import a Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 script into Final Draft?

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  The way to get your Screenwriter 6 file is to save as or export your original file as a plain text file, then open the TXT 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 ...
Orange arrow I imported a script from another program and now it's several pages longer (or shorter).

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  Other programs do not paginate a script the way Final Draft does and when a file is imported into Final Draft, the page count will almost certainly be different. Element margins, top and bottom margins, page breaking, line breaking, line spacing and especially the font -- even if a Courier font is ...
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 Can Final Draft import a PDF file?

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  No, not directly. PDF (Portable Document Format) files are designed to be read-only and cannot be directly imported into Final Draftfor editing. If you've received a script as a PDF, you'll be able to open it, read it and print it. If you have to edit, tell the sender to get you the Final Draft fi...
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Orange arrow Final Draft on macOS (Sierra / 10.12) crashes when I try to export a script as another file format.

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  Due to changes in the Sierra operating system, the File > Export command in Final Draft 9.0.9 (and earlier) and Final Draft 8 on macOS (Sierra / 10.12) does not work. If you have Final Draft 9, download and install the free 9.1 update to remedy this problem. There will be no update to Final Dr...
Orange arrow How do I scan a script and bring it into Final Draft?

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  Most scanners come with OCR software (consult the scanner's manual for the details). This type of software converts the scanned image to electronic text, which you can open in a word processing program like Microsoft Word. In Word, save the file out of that program as a text-only file. Next, open...
Orange arrow Can Final Draft import a file written in a Fountain-based screenwriting program?

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  If the program outputs as .FDX, yes. However, since it's not genuine Final Draft XML, it may not format or behave as expected. If the program outputs as plain text (.TXT), yes; import the file into Final Draft as a script. If the program does not output as plain text, copy and paste the Fountain ...
Orange arrow When I import an RTF, it crashes or it's blank.

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  Some Final Draft users encounter problems when they save a script as an RTF file and import the RTF file into Word. Typically the script crashes or hangs or imports as a blank document. The problem is caused by two Asian-language fonts that ship with Vista and Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac. The fon...
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Orange arrow Importing a script from another program such as Word.

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  Scripts written in other programs (such as Word) can be opened in Final Draft software in a few easy steps. Open the script in the program in which it was created; Choose the Desktop as the save-to location and from the Save as Type or Format dropdown menu at the bottom of the window, choose Pl...
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Orange arrow How can I export my script to Microsoft Word or other word processors?

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  You can save your Final Draft file as an RTF file, then open it in the other program. Go to File > Export (FD10 / 9) or File > Save As (FD8); Under Save As Type (Windows)... ...or Format (Mac)... ...select Rich Text Format (RTF) and click Save. This will save a .rtf version of your s...

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